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In My Wildest Fantasies (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – 11 Jan 2008

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (11 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060819499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060819491
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,265,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Four years after being rescued from a runaway coach by a mesmerizing stranger, Lady Rebecca Newland, now betrothed to a man she detests, searches for her rescuer, Devon Sinclair--the future Duke of Pembroke--a man with his own nuptial woes.

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When she was 17, Lady Rebecca Newland was saved from a runaway coach by the dashing and handsome Devon Sinclair - the future Duke of Pembroke. Despite going back to her lonely and sheltered existence - she never forgot her hero and spent many nights dreaming of him.

Haunted by a terrible incident in his past, Devon has spent much of the time since rescuing Rebecca, in America. When he gets word that his father is ailing, he returns home determined to do his duty to the family he failed so many years ago.

When the pair meet again at a ball they both realise there is a definite spark between them. But can their relationship survive their secrets, lies and the unwanted attentions of a most dangerous other suitor?

This was my first book by Julianne MacLean and I have to admit I was quite disappointed in it and there are a few things that really stopped me from more than just mildly enjoying the story.

Both Devon and Rebecca were likeable characters but they seemed too nice and I felt their chemistry and interaction lacked any real sparkle. As this is the first book in a new series - there were plenty of secondary characters however they weren't so well developed that you could really enjoy or wish for more of them.

The storyline itself had a lot of promise and was the reason I picked up the book in the first place but it didn't really seem to get out of first gear. The villain wasn't scary, the horrible brother wasn't that horrid and the mean rival for Devon's affection wasn't good competition for Rebecca. And all these plot points really did slow the story down.
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A historical romance with a strong heroine, a gothic influence is a book I wanted to love and for the first half I did, however, for me it all went down hill after the marriage took place. At the start I loved Rebecca and Devon, the chance meeting in the foggy forest had me hooked. Rebecca seemed intelligent, curious and brave; Devon was strong, heroic and noble. The sparks were instantaneous, only destroyed by Rebecca being seventeen and therefore far too young for Devon.

Now this is a romance book so we all know the story doesn’t end at that moment. Rebecca after four or five years decides that Devon, her hero, will be able to save her once again; this time from an unwanted betrothed. Devon newly returned from America after leaving his family in disgrace his ordered to find a bride. Like before the sparks were immediate, with Devon becoming immediately infatuated with the red-haired woman at his parent’s masquerade ball. They flirt, they dance, and witty banter is exchanged. This leads to kissing and seduction; steamy scenes in darken portrait galleries. I loved it up to this point, Rosalyn Landor’s narration was five stars, Julianne MacLean’s writing was superb, the story was engaging and intriguing.

Then Devon proposed and soon after (one week) the couple is married. At this point it felt like a completely different writer decided to finish the novel. Rebecca and Devon went from being connected, passionate friends and lovers to almost strangers. Devon turned rude, cold and distrustful. Rebecca became to irritate me; she acted stupidly especially concerning the secondary plot involving her old betrothed. Rather than facing problems together they argued amongst each other about petty things. To me it felt like they had a complete breakdown of communication.
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In My Wildest Fantasies by Julianne Maclean begins about four years ago, when a devilishly handsome Devon Sinclair rescued Lady Rebecca Newland from her runaway coach. In her isolated existence, Rebecca has dreamed and fantasized about that wonderful moment ever since. In her imagination, she's idolized Devon and made him into the perfect man. When her father forces an unwanted fiancé upon her, Rebecca flees with her aunt to the man she believes can protect her--Devon. She attends a ball with the intention of catching his eye. Having not been in society and uncertain on gaining a man's interest, Rebecca uses knowledge gained from an old, explicit and wicked diary to lure and entice him.

About three years ago, Devon Sinclair, the future Duke of Pembroke, left England after betraying his brother. He failed miserably at behaving honorably and left his family. After letters from his mother, Devon returns to find his family in disarray. His father is slowing falling into madness with hallucinations and violent rages. To appease his father, Devon agrees to marry. He chooses the one woman at his mother's ball who catches his eye -- Rebecca -- the young lady he met years before his exile who tempts him with a curious combination of innocent and coquette.

Very quickly, Rebecca and Devon discover they are strangers with different expectations--and misunderstandings occur. Devon refuses to be anyone's hero or protector. Rebecca learns to fight for what she wants, but an unwanted suitor could sabotage her plans. She leads with Rebecca and Devon's tale. Rebecca is a wonderful heroine who learns to discard her childish fantasies and to accept Devon as a man with faults. The erotic diary Ms. MacLean incorporates into the plot adds to the sensual intensity.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 44 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Cant understand the high praise 15 May 2013
By Fergie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I never feel good about a less than three star review and therefore, usually just keep my thoughts to myself when encountering a crummy story. I read between one and three books in this genre weekly and I'm sorry to say those that are giving 4-5 stars must be missing out on some great reads if they rated this book as excellent. It was difficult to get into the characters and i never found it hard to put the book down; I'm surprised i finished it. I adore getting swept away and forgetting about life for a time but the characters lacked depth and story line was mediocre. I commend the fact that there are no typos which is getting to be so common. I really like spicy period romance but this just wasn't done well. The leading lady was the sexual aggressor and though i like a strong character she was so much more eager than our handsome duke, maybe thats what turned me off a little. I should have judged this book by its cover - which, at second glance depicts a girl in a cheesy porn star pose rather than a sultry beauty in a gorgeous, sexy period-style gown - that sort of epitomizes the story.. Don't mean to offend the author but to my fellow readers, you can make a better selection for your next read.
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it! 7 Aug. 2014
By Tracy T - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this story. I really liked the hero and the heroine in this book. I thought the chemistry was good and the sex scenes were nicely written. The story flowed well throughout the book, and was not full of filler moments. I would have liked a bit more dialogue, (I like a lot of dialogue) but there was still enough and the story was pretty fast paced.

I liked that this book was NOT filled with a lot of misunderstanding's, via thoughts.

I do plan on reading the rest of the series, it captured my attention and I liked it to want to know what happens to the other characters.

I read along on my kindle to audible: as to the narrator, Rosalyn Landor. She was fine. Not my favorite, but not my least favorite either.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for the first story in the Pembroke Palace series 5 Oct. 2012
By B. Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the first of five novels in the Pembroke Palace Series. The first chapter of the 4th book in the series was presented at the ending of another Kindle book that I read. I ended up purchasing book #4 plus the other 3 that went before it. In My Wildest Fantasies was a light read, interesting but not totally memorable to me. I give it 3.5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this 14 Feb. 2015
By Ms, MB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a great intro to the series. I love how Rothstone, Rebecca Newland and Devon Sinclair were obsessed in their own ways. The story progressed quickly and misunderstanding and plot twists were addressed quickly.
4.0 out of 5 stars nice story. easy reading but lacked the depth I expected. 24 Jan. 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the story plot of a young girls childhood hero coming back later in her life to save her again. But thought the struggled the hero had to learn to love and overcome past guilt lacked any true reasoning or depth.
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