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Hero of My Heart

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

¿It was messy, inelegant, and definitely dangerous. It was heave

“It was messy, inelegant, and definitely dangerous.
It was heaven.”

I’m betting everyone can guess what that quote is about and it’s a good one.

In the beginning of the book, through a haze of opium and drink, Alasdair raises his head off of the table to see a young w...
“It was messy, inelegant, and definitely dangerous.
It was heaven.”

I’m betting everyone can guess what that quote is about and it’s a good one.

In the beginning of the book, through a haze of opium and drink, Alasdair raises his head off of the table to see a young woman dressed in a too-tight gown, noticeably drugged, and the proprietor of the establishment taking bids for her virginity, at the prodding of a young man behind him.  The younger man would be Mary’s brother… whom you will want to punch repeatedly.

Alasdair realizes that he can’t let her be thrown to the wolves, even if he isn’t right for her, at least he’s better than the other patrons all calling out bids. After he’s “won” her, he brings her up to his room, and after a little fuss, looks at her and says, “Welcome to hell.”

Alasdair is cursed by death, or so he believes, thus his addiction to opium. He continuously tries to warn Mary away, but Mary sees through him and decides to save him (as is written in the blurb). But from there, it’s not only a battle against his addiction, but a battle against time, before Alasdair’s cousin tries to ruin him in front of the London Ton, before Mary’s brother helps Alasdair’s cousin, and tries to get her back, and before Alasdair, himself, decides that Mary is safe enough, and retreat into the sweet oblivion of opium again.

If you’ve ever dealt with anyone who was an addict to anything, or you’ve been in that situation yourself — you’ll be able to relate to this book more so than others… but even if you haven’t — it’s still a great tale of romance, redemption, salvation and freedom.  It deals well with drug addiction, in an almost safe way, placing the story in the past, yet making it relevant to today.

Very well written, with pitfalls along the way for all characters, and feeling pity where you may not have thought possible, I very much enjoyed reading this book.

posted by FaeRhiannon on May 17, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Tiresome plot..............................

First they are brought together through bad circumstance --so far--so good. You've read the synopsis so I won't go there. And as expected they fall madly in love. I would hope so--its a romance novel. And then they spend the entire novel thinking about how much the...
First they are brought together through bad circumstance --so far--so good. You've read the synopsis so I won't go there. And as expected they fall madly in love. I would hope so--its a romance novel. And then they spend the entire novel thinking about how much they love each other and how they are going to leave the other person for their own good. Not out loud of course only to themselves. They have great sex and he is thinking about how its a shame he will have to leave her but its for her own good. They have great sex and she thinks she 'll miss him when she leaves him-- for his own good of course. That's pretty much the story. Except he's an opium addict. But she crushes his pills and in about 48 hours he's over. The author knows nothing about drug addiction if she thinks true love and a few days would cure it. The author has a nice writing style but the characters have no reality. At all. I'm deleting it --Iwon't read it again.

posted by kronan1 on June 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Tiresome plot..............................

    First they are brought together through bad circumstance --so far--so good. You've read the synopsis so I won't go there. And as expected they fall madly in love. I would hope so--its a romance novel. And then they spend the entire novel thinking about how much they love each other and how they are going to leave the other person for their own good. Not out loud of course only to themselves. They have great sex and he is thinking about how its a shame he will have to leave her but its for her own good. They have great sex and she thinks she 'll miss him when she leaves him-- for his own good of course. That's pretty much the story. Except he's an opium addict. But she crushes his pills and in about 48 hours he's over. The author knows nothing about drug addiction if she thinks true love and a few days would cure it. The author has a nice writing style but the characters have no reality. At all. I'm deleting it --Iwon't read it again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Not very good (LVR)

    The author started strong, but then the story became disjointed. Her description of opium withdrawal didn't seem realistic, as did the length of the return journey from Scotland to London in 1814. Built up a lot of drama and mayhem with antagonists, but resolutions were weak. Got into a repetitive mode in detailing the hero and heroines relationship goals. The ending was abrupt and unclear. Read like a rough draft, not a cohesive, finished story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Disappointment

    Start out good with a different kind of story. But rush at the end and simply boring.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Mary Smith is a vicar's illegitimate daughter who has an evil ha

    Mary Smith is a vicar's illegitimate daughter who has an evil half-brother named Matthis. After their father death, Matthis gambled and drunk thru his inheritance. To get out of debt he sold Mary's clothes and shoes and when that was not enough he will sell her too.

    Alasdair Thornham, Marquess of Datchworth, is a man living in opium haze. He was fighting the French with his older brother, Anthony, when he was shot. Anthony was killed and he returned to England to become the new heir apparent, disappoint his parents, marry his brother's woman, watch his parents die, and then watch his wife die with his daughter in childbirth. Alasdair crawls into a bottle of opium and never came out. He decides to travel far away in opium and disappear forever.

    Alasdair is waking up from his tavern table to see a woman and her virginity being auction off. He does not know why, but he pays £5 for her. Alasdair decides to marry her, establish her in society and then he can disappear. Mary is shocked that this man wants to marry her, but after Matthis threatens and kicks her the next morning she goes with Alasdair. These two take a misadventure to Scotland to get hitched and meet Hugh, Alasdair's cousin, who wants him to be committed so he can be the new Marquess. They have highwayman, Matthis, Hugh and even a posse to arrest them on their way to Scotland and then back to London. Will Mary's love be enough to keep Alasdair from opium? Will Alasdair love her enough to let her go?

    This is the 3rd book of Megan Frampton that I have read. The story has some funny parts with all the folks chasing them. Alasdair was a great character and I wanted to read more about his journey away from his addiction. Mary was fundamental to Alasdair wellbeing. I did not enjoy this book as much as her others. The story had many predictable moments and to much bad luck moments for the hero and heroine. His addiction for Mary was such a good story, but it never really took off for me. In my opinion, not her best book. I give this book 2 fingers up and 5 toes.

    Reviewed from a NetGalley ARC.

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    Posted March 21, 2013

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