All for You (de Piaget Series #14)

All for You (de Piaget Series #14)

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by Lynn Kurland
     
 

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FALLING THROUGH TIME IS DANGEROUS…

Peaches Alexander is thrilled to receive an unexpected invitation to a weekend party given by the handsome, eligible Duke of Kenneworth. The only problem: Stephen de Piaget, a stuffy medieval studies scholar who seems determined to get in the way. Peaches has absolutely no desire to get involved with Stephen,

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FALLING THROUGH TIME IS DANGEROUS…

Peaches Alexander is thrilled to receive an unexpected invitation to a weekend party given by the handsome, eligible Duke of Kenneworth. The only problem: Stephen de Piaget, a stuffy medieval studies scholar who seems determined to get in the way. Peaches has absolutely no desire to get involved with Stephen, until a quirk of Fate sends her hurtling through time…

UNLESS THERE’S SOMEONE TO CATCH YOU.

Stephen de Piaget has been leading a double life: respectable professor by day, knight-in-training during holidays and summer terms. When Peaches goes missing, Stephen knows he’s the only one who can rescue her from medieval peril. Little do they know that the greatest danger they’ll face won’t be the business end of a sword, but their own unruly hearts….

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ISBN-13:
9780515150650
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
de Piaget Series, #14
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
411,615
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Lynn Kurland is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and novellas all for Berkley. Her website is www.lynnkurland.com.

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All for You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book. I have loved the previous two about the Alexander women, but this one fell short. There was time travel, but Ms. Kurland didn't spend almost any time elaborating on the time they fell into. There was excitement, but as soon as she would talk about the excitement, she would transport you to after it was over, and Peaches and Stephen were safe. All in all, not one of my favorite books. I really, really wanted to love it, as I had been waiting on this book for a long time. But it felt flat and forced, and that saddened me. I would have liked more time in Scotland training, and to have seen Edwina more. She seemed like an interesting character.
Nixmom More than 1 year ago
Add me to the "I *wanted* to love it" list. I have read and reread Kurland's novels for years. The early books in the series were fresh and different. The last three or four have seemed to be on autopilot. There is a token appearance of our matchmaking ghosts at the beginning, but they completely disappear after the first few pages; then we trod along for another couple hundred pages with Stephen "smiling gravely" and Peaches alternately Thinking Deep Thoughts or bolting in panic over the concept that she may have misjudged Our Hero (over a fairly lame joke at a cocktail party). Maybe it's just me, but the whole "she got up and ran" nonsense is starting to wear on my nerves. The entire Alexander trio just didn't seem to have the backbone to deserve any of their dePiaget men. The time travel episode in this book (and let's face it, that's why we buy these, right?) was disappointing as well; there was a definate sense that the dePiagets in the past have grown completely accustomed to visitors from the Future popping in now and then. There didn't seem to be any real emotion evidenced by the characters in the past, unlike in previous books where their desperate need to know that people they loved and would never see again were well and happy reached out and grabbed you. The second excursion into the past had some real potential but was handled like an afterthought. I'll keep my fingers crossed that Kurland will return to the second-generation dePiaget family introduced in "Till There Was You" (Mary and Kendrick's cousins). There was some real opportunity there for character development and different adventures. Unless Ms. Kurland has also lost interest in this genre and is simply phoning it in, in between fantasy novels.
Kathleen_MacIver More than 1 year ago
This is the first review of Lynn Kurland's time-travels that I've written in a while because... well... I was a little disappointed by the last several. Disappointed as in I-only-liked-them instead of I-loved-them. At the same time, others I knew absolutely DID love them! (Like the previous reviewer!) So (especially since I was hard-pressed to define anything specific) it seemed best to skip reviewing them. This one, however, I do most definitely love. It has the flavor and romantic pacing of Lynn's older romances (which have always been my favorites). It also has something that no Kurland story since the very first two (12+ years ago in the de Piaget line) have had--characters with a history before the book opens. In this one, Stephen had heard of Peaches for years from her sister, Tess (heroine of One Magic Moment). They actually met sometime in the relatively-recent past, and their relationship definitely got a very bad start. Therefore, this is not exactly a love-at-first-sight story. Neither is it a fall-in-love-with-someone-from-a-different-century story like the last five have been. Stephen and Peaches are both firmly living in the present, and they are not exactly getting along when the book opens. Thankfully, Time has a bit of fun nudging them in the right direction. ::smiles:: It's true that there's not as much time spent in the past, but to me, that is less important than the pacing of the romance is...and that's what I didn't care for in the last several books. As this book opens, Peaches' life has recently gotten turned on end, and she's decided to jump at the chance for a Cinderella-story of her own. (As in the kind of Happily-Ever-After Cinderella story that her sisters got in the last two Kurland time-travels, rather than the delusional experience that her sister-whose-name-is-Cinderella had in One Enchanted Evening. And yes, I agree...their parents followed strange naming tendencies.) It doesn't take too long, however, for Peaches to realize that her "prince" prospect is anything but gallant, and she is stuck very much needing rescued. Fortunately for her, Stephen de Piaget, the handsome academic Medieval Studies scholar and heir to the earldom of Artane, is there to rescue her. Unfortunately for Stephen, he's stuck his foot in his mouth one too many times for Peaches to be interested in anything he might or might not want to do for her, with her, around her...you get the idea. And so he does his rescuing anonymously. But then Time steps in, forces his hand, and shows Peaches a side of Stephen that very few know exists. I'll stop my teaser there, for I don't want to tell you how this beautifully-written love story goes. But I will add this little bit for Kurland fans. (If you're not a fan, skip this part, as you won't know what I'm talking about.) I am happy to report that while Peaches does feel unworthy of being a countess, she does not carry it to extremes like a Certain Other Character In Another Story does. And while Stephen has reasons for holding back and not declaring himself, he isn't afraid to leap into the fray and pursue--really pursue--the woman he loves as soon as she gives him a chance, like Certain Other Male Characters have been. And while this is still a very clean romance story, you will NOT have to wait 'till the end of the book for some great kiss scenes, like Certain Other Books Have Made You Wait. ::grins:: The only real drawback I had with the story was that the last few chapters felt both tacked-on and rushed. I know that's a strange combination, but they were. You could almost take them off the book and still have the same story... or you could feel cheated out of what what might have been a great scene or two. For me, though, this small drawback didn't come close to ruining the beauty of this love story between the girl-with-the-awkward-name and the earl who loved her. ::happy sigh:: Here is one very happy Lynn Kurland fan.
AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
How in the world could things get any worse for Peaches Alexander? Her best client has just thrown in the towel and her other clients are rapidly following suit. Although spending a lot of time in England with her sister wasn’t in her immediate plans, it seems that Peaches has little choice. Perhaps the invitation she received to the ball held by the very eligible Duke of Kenneworth might change her fortunes. Unfortunately, no one comes to pick her up at the train station and Peaches is forced to slog through the rain to the estate. She’s cold, wet and miserable. So much for her ridiculous dreams of a fairy tale ending! To add to Peaches’ woes, who should drive up beside her but Stephen de Piaget, a medieval studies guru who seems to have a technique for ruffling her feathers. The insufferable man won’t allow her to continue walking to the estate on her own and suggests that Peaches drive both of them to the estate in his lavish car. There doesn’t seem to be a polite way to refuse his kind offer. Peaches has to admit that the dry warmth of the opulent vehicle does feel heavenly. However, once inside the impressive estate, Peaches finds herself exiled to the servants’ quarters, while elegantly-clad ladies and gentlemen enjoy the hosts of beautiful suites that the castle has to offer. Stephen, however, learns of Peaches’ inferior treatment and immediately orders a few changes. A new wardrobe magically appears in her room, including a stunning ball gown that makes Peaches feel like a princess. When Peaches learns the truth about who bestowed the gifts upon her, she cannot believe Stephen’s kindness. Perhaps, she needs to give the man a second chance. The more that Peaches gets to know Stephen, the more she realizes that there is a lot more to the man than meets the eye. The viscount is a time traveler. Stephen brandishes swords with a Scotsman from another century and has the opportunity to visit and reason with some of his own ancestors. Still, when disaster strikes and Stephen de Piaget is threatened with losing his entire estate, Peaches must somehow find the courage to follow him into the time gate. If the growing affection Peaches feels for Stephen is strong enough, perhaps she can protect both of them in the past and into an uncertain future. I really enjoyed the time traveling element of this story. It gave the novel an unexpected flair and made me consider the affect that changes in our past might have on the future. May Stephen and Peaches’ timeless love for each other be enough to see them through the ages.
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
All For You (de Piaget Family Series, Book #17) by Lynn Kurland Rating: 3.5 Genre: Contemporary Romance | Time-Travel Audentes Fortuna Juvat Fortune Favors the Bold -Aunt Edna My Review: Peaches Alexander is slowly coming to terms with the uncomfortable truth that she is utterly distraught with her current lifestyle. Not only is she pretty-much broke and unsatisfied with her current job, but she also cannot stop foolishly dreaming about some magical fairy-tale escape, similar to what happened to her sisters. So, when a private invitation from the Duke of Kenneworth arrives for a weekend house party, Peaches eagerly jumps at the opportunity to live out (at least temporally) her princess-inspired fantasy and, with a bit of luck, find her handsome prince at the fancy-dress ball. Unbeknownst to Peaches, the academically brilliant and annoyingly titled Stephen de Piaget happens to also be invited to the same weekend house party. And as bothersome as he can be, he does have some very tempting offers (ex. a Medieval castle, talented sword/Claymore skills, and a secretive pining crush for only Miss Alexander) that could easily appeal to a women craving something magical in her life. Now Peaches must battle with her nagging feelings that Stephen is out to either: 1) ruin her life (but can it really get any worse?) or 2) be her knight in shining armor (ok, really knight in tweed!). And, as Stephen begins to prove himself by saving her from various embarrassing, exhausting, and somewhat disastrous situations, Peaches realizations that "even Cinderella had gotten off to a rocky start" helps her decide to finally let her heart lead where it will ... which could really be toward the future and even the past. All in all, an enjoyable book from a time-travel author I always look forward to reading. Peaches story really took on a more contemporary romance feel this time compared to previous character narratives within the same series. Moreover, her and Stephens courtship was in its own way peculiar, but believable as well as somewhat silly and sweet. Unfortunately, the story's pace was rather slow at times and the heated sexual scenes were limited for the reader, but that was easily made up for by Peaches foolishly funny mannerism and her stubborn determination to experience her fairy-tale fantasy - no matter the odds against her. A fun bonus, if you are a fan of the series, is that you will treated to some great past character updates as well as receive some fascinating foreshadowing and future character introductions. So, if you are a young at heart reader who takes pleasure in fairy-tale adventures, check out All For You -- good fun!! Likes: Two Words -- Stubborn Determination and boy, does Stephen display that. He was always coming to Peaches rescue despite her rude, straightforward, and sometimes rather distant treatment toward him. So, who wouldn't enjoy a male lead like that? Dislikes: More time-travel please!!! For some reason, I felt this book was severely lacking in that department and I really kept wishing for more historical adventures with all the crazy fun drama that occurs during the characters rocky adjustment to the past. But, sadly, the time-travel trips within All For You were almost too easy, too planned, and overall too blah in comparison to some of Kurland's other works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Lyn Kurland's time travel series, and All for You did not disappoint. It has a great story line with time travel and romance. Another thing I like about Lyn Kurland is that all the books I've read in this series are good, clean romance. You don't have to worry that you'll come upon anything sleezy. If you like time travel, I highly recommend this book, and all the others in the de Piaget and the MacCleod series.
LanaM64 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book with some unusual twists. This author doesn't disappoint! All of her books are good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book continues the great story of the MacLeod and the de Piaget families.Peaches Alexander and Stephen de Piaget finally get together with the help of the three ghosts and some time travel. Loved every minute of it.
LuckyStar57 More than 1 year ago
Lynn should re-read her first books. This one pales in comparison. I hope her next one is better. I was always waiting for story to capture me and pull me in.
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I love reading Lynn Kurland's books. And I was not disappointed with All For You. I highly recommend reading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got a sample of this book it HAD NO SAMPLE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different and interesting fairy tale romance with time travel. Absolutely wonderful and entertaining. Held my attention and didnt want to put it down.
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Pringles More than 1 year ago
Liked the characters, the action and the romance!
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Msmamabear More than 1 year ago
I can't really give a review on any one book from her Maceod/Depiaget series *Time travel* I've nearly every single book in both of these series, they all interconnected to one another. It's impossible to pick just one, they're ALL fabulous. I love how she always puts a little bit of herself into each story. Elizabeth Smith Macleod, has become a time travel romance Author...she was always a writer, but snce Marrying James Maceod in a Dance through time, she's had more inspiration than she knows what to with...and in my of the books following her own story, there is a mention of certain books that she has written and those who are among her fans..are the characters themselves that each new adventure will be about and will also find its way to Elizabeth and therefore becoming the next new time travel romance
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I love reading her very funny romance books.