Because You're Mine

Because You're Mine

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by Lisa Kleypas
     
 

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“I don’t care about your conscience. All I want is for you to kiss me again.”

Lady Madeline Matthews would rather shame herself than sacrifice her freedom. To avoid marrying an aging, lecherous lord, she seeks out the company of Logan Scott,for a torrid affair with the notorious womanizerwould surely condemn her in the eyes of good society.

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“I don’t care about your conscience. All I want is for you to kiss me again.”

Lady Madeline Matthews would rather shame herself than sacrifice her freedom. To avoid marrying an aging, lecherous lord, she seeks out the company of Logan Scott,for a torrid affair with the notorious womanizerwould surely condemn her in the eyes of good society.

In truth, Logan is an intensely private man tormentedby past betrayals. Now a forward little minx, completelyat sea in London’s sophisticated whirl, is disruptinghis life with her vibrant charm and unspoiled beauty.But when what begins with a kiss threatens to blossominto something more rapturous and real, will Loganand Madeline have the courage to drop the masksthey hide behind in the name of love?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380781447
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Series:
Capitol Theatre Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
193,795
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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Madeline's gaze fell on the picture. The longer she stared at it, the more fascinated she became. The man's face could have belonged to a king, a sea captain, or an outlaw...someone powerful...someone dangerous. He was not classically handsome -- his features were too bold. There was a lionesque quality about his lean face, his gaze narrow and piercing, his wide mouth set with the hint of an ironic smile. The color of his hair was indeterminately brown in the print, but it appeared to be thick and slightly rumpled.

The other girls waited for her to blush and giggle as they had been doing, but Madeline kept all sign of emotion from showing. "Who is he?" she asked Eleanor calmly.

"Logan Scott."

"The actor?"

"Yes, the one who owns the Capital Theatre."

A strange feeling came over Madeline as she continued to stare at him. She had heard about Logan Scott, but she had never seen his likeness before now. At the age of thirty, Scott was an actor of international fame, surpassing the standards set by David Garrick and Edmund Kean. Some even said he had not yet reached the height of his powers. Among his attributes was a voice that was reputed to stroke the ears like velvet or set fire to the air with its crackling intensity.

It was said that women pursued him everywhere, enthralled not only by his skillful stage performances as the romantic hero, but even more by his portrayals of archvillains. He excelled as Iago or Barabbas...he was the consummate seducer, betrayer, and manipulator, and women adored him for it.

A man in his prime, attractive, cultured...everything Lord Clifton was not. Madeline was wrenched with sudden longing. Logan Scott inhabited a world she would never be part of. She would never meet him or anyone like him...she would never flirt and laugh and dance, never be seduced by a man's tender words or a lover's touch.

As she stared at Logan Scott's face, a wild, mad idea came to her -- one that made her fingers tremble.

"Madeline, what's the matter?" Eleanor asked in concern, taking the print from her. "You're so white all of a sudden, and you look very strange -- "

"I'm just tired," Madeline said, forcing a smile to her face. She wanted to be alone; she needed time to think. "The weekend was a strain. Perhaps if I rest for a while --"

"Yes, of course. Come, girls -- we'll meet in someone else's room." Considerately Eleanor herded the crowd out the door and paused before closing it. "Madeline, is there anything you need?"

"No, thank you."

"I'm certain that seeing Lord Clifton this weekend was an ordeal. I wish I could help in some way."

"You already have, Eleanor." Madeline lay on her side, drawing her knees up to her chest, the skirts of her simple school frock bunched around her. Her mind raced with thoughts, and she scarcely noticed her friend's quiet departure. Logan Scott...a man whose appetite for women was nearly as legendary as his acting talent. The longer Madeline considered her own dilemma, the more convinced she became that Scott could provide the solution. She would use him to make herself so undesirable to Lord Clifton that he would have no choice but to call off the engagement. She would have an affair with Logan Scott.

This excerpt from BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE © 1997 by Lisa Kleypas is published by arrangement with Avon Books and the author. All rights reserved.

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Meet the Author

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA® Award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband, Gregory, and their two children.

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Because You're Mine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Loves2ReadKR More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. There is something about LOgan Scott that captivates you. He is tough and aloof, but there is more to him. It takes Madeline "Maddy" Matthews to unearth it. In an attempt to escape a terrible arranged marriage, Maddy seeks a job at Logan's theatre company, in the hopes of seducing him as a way to escape her marriage. The book is full of twists and turns. I won't give much away, but it is really intriguing. My only disappointment was the ending. The very last chapter felt rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lisa Kleypas, but this is not her best work. The characters lacked depth. I could never figure out what initially made them fall in love. Also, book was easy for me to put down.
Happywitch More than 1 year ago
I LOVE all of her books! her writing style & the beautiful stories she writes. I can't put the book down... not being able to wait for what is going to happen next or how it will end. If there was any complaint it would be that I don't want the end of the book to be the end... I want to follow the characters for 10-20 years into there life.
MD_beauty More than 1 year ago
I haven¿t read a book fully in years, but I decided to take a chance on this book to see I would continue to skip pages. This book has actually captured my attention and has forced me to read it. That is how much I enjoyed reading the book. I laughed and was eager to turn to the next page. I finished the book in two days! Enjoy your read fellow readers
rapallini72 More than 1 year ago
Man, what a good book! As much as my heart hurt for both Madeline and Logan, I was just as elated for them in the end. For those who read the book: Do you remember when he cried? AWWW! :). Just the right balance of ... oh, just read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madeline Matthews, in an attempt to escape an arranged marriage to a wrinkled, old, and all around gross nobleman, runs away from school and into the heart of London, fully intending to ruin herself. She obtains a job at the Capital Theater and meets Logan Scott and he becomes the target of her misguided seduction. Logan suffered extreme physical abuse as a child and is now a hardened man and believes himself impervious to all emotion, especially that of love.....until Madeline. Madeline is shocked that not only is she physically attracted to Logan, but also that she believes herself to be fully in love with him. Logan fights his own attraction to Madeline tooth and nail. But eventually he succumbs to his emotions and accepts her love, and is willing to provide love for her. But Madeline's family tracks her to Logan Scott's home and her duplicity is revealed. Logan believes that Madeline has betrayed him and used love for her as a tool for her own advantage. He shuns her completely. The first two hundred pages of this book were SOOOOO GOOD! I was turning pages like a crazy person. Logan was dark and repressed, and so unnervingly sexy. Kleypas does a remarkable job of displaying his slow realization of his love for Madeline. This book COULD have been perfect. I was utterly enraged when Kleypas decided to bring an unwanted pregnancy into the picture. I can't stand it when authors do this. It FORCES the characters back together rather than actually allowing them to work it out for themselves. Not to mention that Kleypas turned Logan into a complete tool. He treats Madeline with such utter disrespect and coldness that I felt was undeserved. It is true that she betrayed him but that does not excuse Logan from becoming a misogynist. Not cool. Lisa Kleypas is a wonderful writer and I adored the first two hundred pages of this book. But I could not stomach Logan being so oppressive towards the end, or Madeline being so submissive.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I don't see how anyone can give this book less than five stars. Seriously its sooo good. The chemistry is through the roof! Also, this is not your typical romance. Lisa really gets in depth with the characters. Read it it's sooo good!
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A very enjoyable read
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I am big fan of Lisa kleypas. I have many books of her, but this one was a little disappointment. It was almost the same thing in the beginning until the end. I thought this book lacking passion and heat between the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally this one of my favorites romance novels, and also the other book that she wrote "Dreaming of You" Every year or so I will reread them. I can't help it. She is also one of my favorite romance writers.
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JoyFul_1 More than 1 year ago
One of her historicals. Plot is riviting and humor thrown in for fun.