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Posted March 6, 2013
I picked up my first book by Burns a couple years back and have loved every one I've tried so far and Love's Revenge definitely lived up to all of my expectations when it comes to her writing. The characters tugged at my heart, the drama was interesting and the romance sexy and unique right down to the age of the hero and heroine with Sophie being in her forties and older than her love interest, Quentin, by a good 9 years! You really just don't find that every day especially not in a historical and I loved it!
One of the things that makes Quentin and Sophie a bit different is that they get together purely for revenge on her horrid excuse of a sister and father. And I mean they are vile! I did love the marriage of convenience plot. She wants to escape her family's hold and explore the delights of being a married woman and he wants to bring her father down! It really brought some interesting drama into the mix.
The two were pretty great together when they could put everything from the past aside. They play off each other well and you just want them to work it all out and go off blissfully into the sunset. And the steamy bits? Oh they are good! Quentin is so one of those heroes that, yeah, wouldn't mind him pressing you up against the wall and kissing the hell out of ya.
Overall, Love's Revenge was an excellent historical that grabbed my heart, made me laugh and had me falling for these two characters before I realized what was happening. Definitely one to add to your library :)
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Posted January 6, 2014
I purshased a set " Shades of seduction", which included "Love's portrait". All I have to say is I virtruly forgot to feed my kids breakfast, lunch and dinner this past weekend. Don't worry no children were harm or left hungry! The characters were all three " 3-D" and their stories told was simply wonderful as well as steamy and hot!!!
Posted December 10, 2013
Posted November 2, 2013
A Wonderful Historical Romance!!!!!
After finding Eleanor, his ex-fiance, compromised in a stable, Quentin Blackwell, the Earl of Devlyn, has been ostracized and had his family's fortune decimated by his Eleanor's father because he would not then marry her. So... he was beyond surprised to find Sophie, Eleanor's sister, at his doorstep with a proposal.
Sophie has led a difficult life as Eleanor's sister. Sophie has regularly been the victim of her sister's biting tongue and her father's lashes. Now she is a spinster in her early 40s as her father coerced Sophie's fiance to marry Eleanor when Eleanor became pregnant. Sophie can only see one way out of her hellish existence. Hence, she finds herself on the doorstep of the Earl of Devlyn, her family's sworn enemy, with a proposal allowing him revenge against what her father has wrongfully done to him in exchange for his name.
Monica Burns is a master at writing romances featuring older heroines. Heck! She's a master at writing romances period! This was a wonderful story and I highly recommend it!
Posted September 12, 2013
My first book by this author and it was excellent! Quentin was ruined because he refused to marry Elizabeth. Sophie was badly treated by her Father and degraded by her stepsister Elizabeth. At forty one she was left on the shelf by her Father, she knew she had to get away! Sophie believed herself old and homely, but she propositioned Quentin with something he couldn't refuse. This was so good from beginning to end, never a dull moment! I love reading about an older woman finding Love with a younger man! I too married a younger man! Also 3 chapters of her book Obsession was at the end. It was enough to interest me so purchased that book. This book will be a keeper to read over and over again. Highly Recommend!!!
Posted March 19, 2013
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The romance of Quentin Blackwell, the Earl of Devlyn, and Sophie Hamilton was sigh-worthy. What started out as an arrangement for revenge against a common enemy turned into a true love match. The fact that Sophie was older than her husband added to the story. Monica Burns created a very sexual romance. The obstacles that the couple overcame to achieve their HEA kept me glued to the page. This is one book you don't want to miss.
Posted March 13, 2013
Posted March 8, 2013
Quentin Blackwell the Earl of Devlyn thought the past was in the past until an unexpected woman appears at his keep
and offers him a proposition he cant refuse. It has been 5 years since he has been financially ruined by the Baron of
Townsend because of his lying daughter Eleanor. Sophie Hamilton the older sister to Eleanor came to offer him revenge
on Lord Baron and financially ruin him. But Sophie wasn't naive and she needed to get out from under the care of Lord Baron
and in order to do so she needed Quentin to marry her.
Sophie was older than Quentin and they will be the talk of the town because most men would never marry a woman older than
them. But would Sophie's age bother Quentin ? Would he be able to exact his revenge on the ones who ruined him? Will Sophie
find happiness married to the devil of Devlyn? Will Quentin find out why Sophie wants to leave the care of Lord Baron? Will they get
I loved this book! I didn't want to put it down. I loved that Sophie was older than Quentin because really age doesn't matter and that is
what I think Monica Burns brought across very well in the book. I also liked that Sophie spoke up to Quentin and didn't take crap from
him. I highly recommend this book.
Posted March 4, 2013
Five years ago, Quentin Blackwell, the Earl of Devlyn, was financially ruined after being betrayed by the woman he thought he loved. He longs for revenge against the woman's father and is surprised when a visit by the man's eldest daughter gives him the means to carry out that revenge.
Sophie Hamilton offers Quentin what he will need in exchange for marriage. She's 41 (nine years older than Quentin) and feels there's no other way out of her father's house and away from his verbal and physical abuse. She wants to experience the physical relationship between man and wife and also have the possibility of a child.
What started out as a business relationship soon grows to be so much more as Quentin and Sophie get to know each other. I really loved this story and liked both Quentin and Sophie. I also hope Sophie's brother Spencer might get his own story.
Posted February 26, 2013
For those not accustomed to my review style --- I like to stop at intervals to record my thoughts, speculations, wants, opinions. This allows me to record all that the book makes me feel.
Monica Burns is a new to me author.
8% in - Right off the bat we are introduced to the hero. From the scene alone, with his thoughts, we glean a great deal about Quintin and how he was wronged.
Then enters the heroine with a proposition. Two bitter souls wronged by the same people converging together. That really works for me. It makes me think of the saying "The enemy of thy enemy is my friend".
And I like the age difference. Sophie is older than Quintin - which is quite different in historicals (and paranormal) but not too old. I really could not see her being termed a cougar due to that age difference. It's minor.
17% in the story - Ugh, the more I read about Sophie's father (the Baron) and her sister Eleanor, the more I really dislike their person. Burns did really good job of making those two unlikable.
Now the brother Spencer - I have to admire the boy to his devotion and care for his sister. It made him admirable and somewhat guillible.
As we get further into the story the more and more we learn about Sophie, the life she lead, the type of person that she is. I am liking how clever she is and smart. Wily without it being a detractable. More it strikes me as a survivor's smarts.
23% in - I do have to say the scene I am reading right now is sort of sweet. Sure Quentin has been dragged metaphorically through the mud.. yet with this scene, he and Sophie at picnic and their first meeting, the hero had a empathic bond with Sophie.
Sure he's embittered - what person wouldn't, distrustful, and yet, he was not so low as to hurl insults to a person connected to the people who done him wrong. He was guarded.. but not an arse
42% - The age issue has once more surfaced and it has me confused. The difference in age between the hero and heroine is not that steep. I could well understand if she was fifteen to twenty years (or plus) his senior.
I am just having a rough time wrapping my mind around what they in the book feel is a problem.
It has been a month since I last read a historical. But Love's Revenge reminded me how much I am truly missing out on not reading so much the genre. I may have to rectify that.
For my first foray into Monica's books I must say that I quite enjoyed her writing style. Love's Revenge kept my interest. I never got bored, and the heroine did not annoy me like some do.
Will I read more books from her? Absolutely. I have one other book of hers in my TBR list.
Posted September 8, 2013
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Posted March 5, 2013
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Posted June 30, 2013
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