Hero of My Heart

Hero of My Heart

3.4 34
by Megan Frampton

In this emotional and powerfully sensual tale of love and redemption, a tender vicar’s daughter and a tortured war hero discover that sin may be their only salvation.
When Mary Smith’s corrupt, debt-ridden brother drags her to a seedy pub to sell her virtue to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham leaps to the rescue. Of course the…  See more details below


In this emotional and powerfully sensual tale of love and redemption, a tender vicar’s daughter and a tortured war hero discover that sin may be their only salvation.
When Mary Smith’s corrupt, debt-ridden brother drags her to a seedy pub to sell her virtue to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham leaps to the rescue. Of course the marquess is far from perfect husband material. Although he is exceedingly handsome, with a perfect, strong body, chiseled jaw, and piercing green eyes, Alasdair is also too fond of opium, preferring delirium to reality. Still, he has come to Mary’s aid, and now she intends to return the favor. She will show him that he is not evil, just troubled.
Mary was a damsel in need of a hero, but Alasdair’s plan is shortsighted. He never foresaw her desire to save him from himself. Alasdair is quite at home in his private torment, until this angel proves that a heart still beats in his broken soul. The devil may have kept her from hell, but will Mary’s good intentions lead them back to the brink—or to heaven in each other’s arms?

Praise for Hero of My Heart
“It’s a fabulous book.”—New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries
“I didn’t want to stop reading!”—Amanda McCabe (aka Laurel McKee)
“Megan Frampton’s talent just sizzles off the page.”—Award-winning author Andrea Pickens (aka Cara Elliott)
“Mary and Alasdair’s budding love affair and their internal conflicts with their sense of love versus duty make this romance a page-turner; recommended for most romance collections.”—Library Journal
“A wonderful, sweet, hot romance . . . Hero of My Heart was a different historical romance that I absolutely adored.”—Imagine a World
“Recommended for fans of unique story lines with personal struggles and a happily-ever-after that will make you smile.”—Rogues Under the Covers
Hero of My Heart is definitely a historical romance with strong erotic entanglements.”—Tome Tender
“If you are looking for a quick read with a seriously flawed hero and a heroine in need of rescuing, I would suggest Hero of My Heart.”—What I’m Reading
“This is a suspenseful and romantic adventure of two lost souls who are destined to torture and love each other no matter what the outcome. I find Ms. Frampton’s style very clean and refreshing, and her characters are playful as well serious.”—The Eclectic Review
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Along Came Trouble, The Notorious Lady Anne, and Unforgettable.

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Library Journal
Less than a month after her vicar father passes and she learns that her mother still lives, Mary Smith finds herself (and her virginity) up for public auction in a seedy pub by her stepbrother, Matthew. With no choice in the matter, Mary resigns herself to accept whatever fate brings. Mary certainly doesn’t anticipate a hasty marriage to Alasdair, the marquess who rescued her that evening. Mary also doesn’t anticipate that the marquess will need her comfort and love to rescue him from his nightmarish past and opium addiction as much as she needed his rescue. The final question then becomes, Can true love blossom when neither party feels there is a choice in the relationship? After all, “Alasdair wasn’t going to fall in love with her. Just save her.”

Verdict The point of view transitions between Mary and Alasdair are at times abrupt and confusing. However, the language used by Frampton (A Singular Lady) to close each chapter is engaging and quotable. Mary and Alasdair’s budding love affair and their internal conflicts with their sense of love versus duty make this romance a page-turner; recommended for most romance collections.—Heather Lisa Maneiro, Minnesota State Univ. Lib.‚ Moorhead

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Hero of My Heart (Loveswept) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
FaeRhiannon More than 1 year ago
“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.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Mary Smith finds herself in the most precarious situation, her disreputable brother has lost everything after their father has died and now he is offering her and her virginity up to the highest bidder at the local pub. Lord Alasdair Thornham has been swimming in an endless trip of opium, trying to forget his past. He sees a beautiful young woman in need of rescue and purchases her from a horrible man. Promising her safety, Lord Alasdair comes up with a plan to marry Mary and give her his titles and money so he can disappear to his opium habit...thinking this will save her and let him carry on as he’s been. Little did he know Mary has other plans. Mary sees a man that is in need of a returned rescuing, wanting to help Alasdair deal with any demons that have caused him to take such a life path.  Both Mary and Alasdair, must face their pasts before they can decide on what the future might hold. Hero of My Heart is definitely a historical romance with strong erotic entanglements. Although the story might not be completely true to the historical “period’s” , I found it very engaging and an enjoyable read.  This ARC copy of Hero of My Heart was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on April 8, 2013.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I'm here to say I liked this book. This is a new author and I hope to keep finding books written by her to read. I know it's fiction but I found myself wondering all through the story-would this really happen? Were females really sold at auction? Were opium parlors really that prevalent? Now I'm curious and will check to find the answers to these questions. The characters were flawed and I'm glad as no one is perfect. I read this book in two days. It was hard to put it down. She is now one of the authors I will add to my collection. Try this book and you will be drawn in too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency era "road" novel. My time spent with these characters was worthwhile. It had just the right amount of humor and pain to make me sympathize with both the hero and the heroine. Our hero is an addict and we see his struggles, but despite them, he comes to the rescue of the heroine. She matches him in wit and humor which made the book extremely fun to read despite the seriousness of the challenges they face. The story is carried skillfully on the shoulders of both main characters, which was a nice change from all the head-hopping we sometimes get in this genre. The ending was the only part I didn't fully go along with, it was too quickly tied up - it felt a bit rushed. But I did like how Ms. Frampton tied it up! If you like an imperfect hero, humor, and a regency set more outside the ballroom than in, then this is the read for you.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
(3.5 stars…but I'm willing to round up, because for much of the book I was so thoroughly involved in the characters and their drama that I could overlook much.) What kept me reading was the relationship between Mary and Alasdair, especially their back-and-forth banter. I loved that he was an arrogant aristocratic jerk, but that he knew it and came to know how she'd react to his actions and as a result changed the way he treated people. I liked how they both ended up rescuing each other, even though for so much of the book they were working toward their own (secret, or maybe not-so-secret) agendas.  Loved Alasdair. Though I'm still not entirely sure how to pronounce his name. However, a lot of belief needed to be suspended for this one. A character is shot, and after having the wound cleaned and it bothering them for a millisecond or so more, everything is soon fine. Another character has an addiction, briefly suffers withdrawal and a relapse, and is also fine. An evil villain magically turns up dead. The HEA ending is really, really quickly (and kind of bafflingly) managed...so much so that the book lost a star right there.  Still, I really enjoyed the main characters' personalities and will definitely be looking for more books from this author in the future. It was a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It became too much with all the scrapes they kept getting into, and the ending was just abrupt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start out good with a different kind of story. But rush at the end and simply boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very anticlimactic and repetitive with large time gaps near the ending. Also, the way it was written left me feeling detached from the story. If it wasn't for my rule to always finish a book, I would have stopped pretty soon after starting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This had potential: witty damaged hero, strong female, steamy sex scenes & funny bantet between main characters. However, the end was abrupt & felt like the author gave up & wrote a resolution just to be done wihin 225 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot and hot romance, I loved both characters. However, I gave this only three stars because of the ending. It was flat and a total let down after all the action in the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy and fun this is a must read - if you like Sabrina Jeffries and Eloisa James you'll love this new Debut from Loveswept.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I rate 2 stars because although the story was (just ) ok, the ending was TERRIBLE. I would've liked to have read more of a happily ever after ending instead of, "they got back together the end".
Anonymous 12 months ago
The book gives a chance for forgiveness. We have been there maybe not as graphic but then aren't they love stories.
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*A most enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story, but I think it may be a little bit harder to get off the opium than the story leads you to believe. Alasdair is not that addicted if he can will himself to quit so easily. I really wanted to strangle the brother myself! If you get worked up over unfairness, you may not like this one in the beginning, but it works out in the end!
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2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
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.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Love me some historical romance. I've read so many of these damn things that you'd think I'd burn out but I don't. I love them. I love the dresses, I love the vernacular, I love the prim and proper of it all. I. Love. It. Hero of My Heart had a pretty interesting beginning. You're thrown into this seedy establishment that allows the auction of a virgin to happen. On top of a table. I was a bit taken aback by the initial vulgarity, to be honest. And I don't know why I was ... I've read way worse things. Things my reading eyes wish that they could unsee. Was this the most accurate historical romance that I've ever read? No, but the story was pretty entertaining. I really liked how the POV toggled back and forth between Alasdair and Mary. I enjoyed being able to find out what each character was thinking or feeling during the entire story ... that's something I wish that I had for a lot more of the books I've read. The story was pretty well written ... again, nothing world altering but it was amusing. The situations that these two characters would find themselves immersed in were pretty crazy. And watching them maneuver their way through the obstacles in front of them was interesting. My biggest issue with the book was how one of the major conflicts was resolved. It was so anticlimactic that it kinda ticked me off. I had invested time in this novel and for that issue to just be ... eh, finished ... made me a bit angry. One change to that whole situation would have made the biggest difference in the world for me. But because of it, this book received a low rating and I really wanted to give it two stars but it felt spiteful.
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