Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Jennifer Ashley / Sally Mackenzie

Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.
Hart has it all--a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him--his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss--his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late.
Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart's doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes--and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination--Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him . . . or save him.

Comment: Once again a book by this author was deeply engrossing and fascinating. I love the characters and how their family members interact with each other. The plot was interesting and I really wanted to keep reading even when I couldn't. This series is amazing and despite having enjoyed a bit more the previous book, this one I wanted to read since meeting Hart, I can say I wasn't disappointed at all, it was a fun story to follow and to see how they talked and did things was great. The relationship between Hart and Eleanor wasn't easy to settle but their path was wonderful to watch and to be honest, I thought it was done a bit too easily considering their past, but I guess part of it is due to Eleanor's personality, because she is practical and vibrant. Still, this could have been more emotional, I think. But in the end, I read this as fast as I could because I wanted to read more and more. Can't wait for more of these characters.

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When a naked earl climbs through the window into her bedchamber, Lady Elizabeth Runyon does the proper thing: She screams. Loudly. And then...well, Lizzie has had enough of being proper. She wishes to be bold. Wanton, even. She won't be commanded to put on her nightgown. Just this once, she will be absolutely daring...
Robert Hamilton, Earl of Westbrooke, has no intention of being tricked into marriage by a detestable female, and if he has to flee naked across a rooftop, he will. Jolly good there's an open window waiting--as well as an undressed, slightly drunk, and alluringly beautiful Lady Elizabeth. Oh dear. If they are caught together, he might have to marry her. The idea is delicious...and the temptation is irresistible...

Comment: I was positively surprised with this story. So far, I haven't really had any fun reading the books in this series or even real delight but this story was much more interesting and it provided good enough conflicts and situations to care about. Many things done in a clumsy I'd say, but seriously stronger than the others. The man characters, Robbie and Lizzie had chemistry and challenges to overcome and the secondary characters were interesting to know so, in the end, I can't say it was all that bad. It certainly was much more solid and alive than the other previous novels. Let's see the rest...

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