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on 7 October 2017
Interesting book. Elena and Adam are strong characters, both suffered events in the past that makes them wary of trusting others. The book joins the characters after the Elena had already suffered her misfortune, so this all comes to light mid-way thru the book. Adam is a bit of a recluse and in desperate need of parental coaching. All the different plots come together nicely. Truly romantic book with minimal intimate scenes, innocent storyline which focused more on penetrating looks with hidden meaning - lots of pent up frustration on all counts.
Much more plot time for three dowager duchesses and a nice intro to Justin in anticipation of book three.
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on 20 September 2013
I might perhaps have given this two stars because it isn't badly written. but by my own criteria, it has to be one star because I couldn't even bother to finish it. I read Regency romance because I want...romance. This story drags out many of the cliches. A hero who is rich, has 'the dark good looks and muscled physique of a Greek god' and is emotionally damaged by his first marriage. And he has 'chiselled lips'. What is this fashion romance writers seem to have right now with chiselled lips? The heroine,of course, has a secret, as they almost all seem to have these days.

So...same old, same old. But what killed it for me was the second chapter when, before the story had even begun to develop, we have the hero looking at the heroines mouth and imaging her on her knees before him doing...well you know what to what part of his anatomy...with those full lips. Two chapters in, just met the two main characters and straight to lust. Which, of course, we know will turn to love because he is the hero and she is the heroine. Always does, doesn't it. Unless, of course, it is the villain who lusts after the heroine, which, in this case, seems to have led to rape. However, I cannot confirm that because I quit reading. Where is subtlety? Where is character development? Where is genuine plot not dependent upon outlandish premises? Where, sigh, is romance?
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on 5 August 2013
Its great to read an extended romance by Carole Mortimer. Passion and romance bloom when secretive governess Elena Leighton gains employment with widower Lord Adam Hawthorne. Fans of historical and regency romance will enjoy this book.
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on 7 November 2014
I really enjoyed this story. The main characters are likeable and I found myself unable to put the book down as the story drew to a satisfactory conclusion. Readers of Stephanie Laurens will enjoy this romance.
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on 23 February 2017
Totally absorbing and enjoyable reading for any fan of historical romance novels written by Carole Mortimer and published by Mills and Boon.
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on 2 August 2013
Fantastic, pre ordered it ,well worth doing,came exactly as stated,excellent condition, can't wait to read it !! One of my Top Authors !!
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on 17 August 2013
Either the download messed up or it is a very short read with no detail or interest. I would not have any again from this author
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on 15 August 2013
A real rollercoaster of a read, gripping to the end, I couldn't put it down! Can thoroughly recommend Carole Mortimer!
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on 9 December 2015
i liked this book and most of her other books as well,a good story
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on 8 August 2013
Lots of twists and turns with likeable characters. Really looking forward to Eleanor and Justin's story! Hint hint - Ms Mortimer!
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