For Your Arms Only Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2009
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From the Back Cover
He'd never been shot by a woman . . .
He was once a distinguished army officer, a man of honor and heroism. But that was before Alexander Hayes was wrongly accused of treason. Forced to abandon everything he held dear, Alec became a spy for England in an attempt to clear his name. His latest commission sounds simple: locate a retired soldier gone missing. But it also sends him back home, to a family who'd thought him deadfor five years—and a woman who'd like to shoot him.
Everything Cressida Turner's ever heard about Alec tells her that he's a traitor of the worst kind, and yet this enigmatic, infuriating, and utterly captivating man may be the only person she can trust—and the only one who can find her missing father. With nowhere else to turn, she reluctantly joins forces with Alec, unprepared for both the dangerous secrets that threaten them and the relentless passion that drives them into each other's arms.See all Product Description
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Hero Alexander Hayes was believed to be killed at Waterloo. Instead for the last five years the man has been a spy for His Majesty. He left his name behind after it was believed that he was a traitor. Alex feels his only hope at clearing his name is to spy and hopefully win the good opinion of his superiors who will vouch for his character. When Alex's brother dies, he must reclaim his name and return to the estate.
Heroine Cressida Turner lives very near Alex's estate with her older widowed sister, her grandmother and a servant. They are poor and desperate as their father has been gone for months and not sent back money for their support. Cressida writes to an acquaintance of her father hoping for some answers. Her answer arrives in the form of Alex who has been given this last mission, to assist Cressida in finding her father.
Cressida is taken with Alex and then she acts rather foolishly and illogically, she contemplates whether she will accept Alex's help, even though she and her family face some dire circumstances. This made little sense as Alex was specifically sent to help her find her father. She allows her emotions to rule her common sense.
The other part of this story which was a bit confusing was Alex's past which is told in flashbacks. I wondered why he was not immediately tried for treason as soon as he returned. It takes a while to understand why he is not hanging from the gallows.
What works well in the novel are the portions where Alex and Cressida work together to find her father. Cressida is a brave woman, more than a match for Alex. She is also loyal but not afraid to question evidence which tests her resolve. The search for Cressida's father was the most exciting part of this novel.
Cressida and Alex's romance was slow going initially mostly because Alex was polite and distant and Cressida was distrustful and prickly. The flashback battle sequences were well told and so were the scenes of Alex's recovery in Belgium but these are not written chronologically and it became a little confusing. This story ranks as 2.5 stars for me, the lead's romance was not thrilling, I actually found their romance to be unconvincing until the middle portion of this novel. The story line of the missing father was very well done but Alex's own story was disjointed and not as exciting as his present mission.
I really enjoyed this book and you can't really do anything wrong when you are looking for an entertaining Regency romance and pick up a book by Caroline Linden. FOR YOUR ARMS ONLY is no exception to the rule. You won't be able to put down the book because you want to solve the mystery of who is behind the incriminating correspondence that blackened Alec's name. Alec and Cressida are both lovable characters. He is the wronged hero and she the heroine who is desperately in need of some love. Sometimes Cressida's behavior seems to be a little untypical for the time and age of the time period the book takes place. But if you can oversee this small thing you are in for an overall good story that will entertain you well. I am looking forward to read more of Ms. Linden's book.
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At the same time, Alec is assigned a missing persons investigation in his hometown. A former sergeant who is father to two local women has been missing for several months and Alec is asked to locate him. It becomes clear to Alec that the missing father is involved in some suspicious activities. As Alec searches for the truth, he finds himself more and more attracted to the oldest daughter, Cressida. But he refuses to get involved with any woman until his name is cleared. This may prove a difficult promise to keep, for circumstances soon find them living under the same roof!
I enjoyed this book. The mystery kept me turning the pages, there were many moving passages, the dialogue was well written and the build-up of sexual tension was excellent. Alec was a wronged hero who was easy to root for and Cressida a deserving heroine who was long overdue for love. Both were intelligent and resourceful. My only complaint is that the lead up to their romance was stronger than its realization, and that Cressida was too sexually forward - in a sort of off-putting way - when they consummated their relationship. It did not seem in keeping with her character or the times. Overall, though, this was a nicely written and involving story...with seemingly unconnected events smartly coming together as the story unfolds.
He comes back home after being accused of treason and his family thinking him dead for years. He has a mission to help Cressida find her father and the way everything unfolds is great!
I don't agree that some others found her too forward sexually. She just isn't a virgin like you read about most times. I like her.