Only with Your Love

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Celia Vallerand fears for her life as she stares into the deep, arresting eyes of the dashing man who purchased her from the brigands who had abducted her. But it soon becomes clear that it's her virtue, not her life, that's in danger. The rugged, powerful renegade known only as "Griffin" arouses desires in Celia as dangerous as they are forbidden. And though she knows she must resist him, she fears she may be unable to do so.

But the magnificent adventurer is a man trapped in a...

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Overview

Celia Vallerand fears for her life as she stares into the deep, arresting eyes of the dashing man who purchased her from the brigands who had abducted her. But it soon becomes clear that it's her virtue, not her life, that's in danger. The rugged, powerful renegade known only as "Griffin" arouses desires in Celia as dangerous as they are forbidden. And though she knows she must resist him, she fears she may be unable to do so.

But the magnificent adventurer is a man trapped in a perilous deception. And the shocking secrets he guards could deny him the love of the fair captive lady who has enslaved his reckless heart.

The enticing sequel to Only in Your Arms--adventurous romance set in New Orleans and the islands in the Gulf of Mexico. A ravishing French beauty prays for deliverance from the brigands who captured her schooner on the high seas, especially from the one they call the "Griffin"--a renegade as irresistible as he is dangerous. Original.

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Don't you just hate it when you hear about a book by one of your favorite authors and you can't find a copy anywhere? That sort of thing happens all too often with books that came out early in an author's career. That's why Avon has brought out a beautiful reissue of Only with Your Love, a passionate romantic adventure that first came out in 1992, before Lisa Kleypas became a New York Times bestselling author. Lovely Frenchwoman Celia Vallerand was little more than a bride when her life veered suddenly off course. The ship she and her husband, Philippe (the son of the protagonists of Only in Your Arms) were traveling on was boarded by pirates, and even her new husband's connection to a powerful Creole family in New Orleans could not prevent the fierce brigands from casting her wounded husband overboard and claiming her as a prize. In a matter of moments, she became both a widow and a captive -- a gift for Andre Legare, a man nototious for his cruelty even among pirates. Fortunately, Captain Griffin of the privateer The Vagabond pays a fortune in ransom for Celia. But, even in Griffin's hands, Celia is still not out of danger. For her handsome rescuer arouses irresistible desires…even as fate involves them in a deception that endangers both their lives. Sue Stone
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380761517
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 196,126
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the author of nineteen historical romance novels that have been published in twelve languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and WaldenBooks. Lisa is married and has two children.

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Chapter One

Before ten minutes had passed the sounds of combat died away and hundreds of footsteps seemed to pound the deck. Celia remained in the cabin, longing to open the door and see what had happened. But all she could do was wait with terrified anticipation.

She stiffened with alarm as heavy feet walked the length of the companionway and the door rattled. "Locked," a voice growled. Celia jumped as a blunt object crashed against the other side of the door, splintering the fine paneling. Swiftly she readied the gun to fire. Another sharp blow, and the hinges creaked in protest.

Celia used her palm to wipe at the cold sweat on her face. She raised the barrel of the pistol, pressing it to her temple. At the touch of the metal to her skin, thoughts raced through her mind. If Philippe had died, she would not want to live. And if she did not use the gun on herself now, she would face a horrifying fate at the hands of the sea bandits. But something inside rebelled at the thought of pulling the trigger. She took a deep breath and steadied her hands.

The door crashed open. Frozen, she stared at the two men who stood there, both swarthy and unkempt, their matted hair held back with kerchiefs, their faces sunburned and stubbled. The shorter of the two held a cutlass in his hand, while the other clasped a bloodstained boarding pike.

Dropping his cutlass, the small but sturdily built man stepped over the sill at the bottom of the doorway. He licked his lips and watched her with keen eyes. "Put it down," he muttered in a thick American accent, gesturing to the gun.

Celia couldn't utter a word. Now, her mind insisted, end it now ... But her armlowered to her side. In a flash of self-hatred, she realized she was too much of a coward to take her own life.

"I'll stake me share of th' spoils now," one pirate said to the other. His mouth split in a yellowtoothed grin as he walked toward her.

Automatically Celia raised the gun and squeezed the trigger, feeling as if some force outside herself was guiding her actions. The bullet that should have ended her own life buried itself in the man's chest. A crimson flood spread over his unwashed shirt. Blood spattered everywhere, and Celia heard herself scream as the body crumpled at her feet.

"Little bitch!" Enraged, the other pirate grabbed her and threw her against the wall. The pistol fell from her hand and clattered to the floor. Her head hit the hard surface, and she halffainted, sinking into a world filled with gray mist. She moaned as she was dragged through the companionway and up to the main deck, where she was dropped to the yellow planking. The ship rang with the sound of voices, and barrels and boxes being moved across the deck. There was a strange smell mingling with the scents of salt water and sea air.

Blinking hard and pushing herself up to a sit ting position, Celia saw one of the pirates drop a crate of chickens, some of the live cargo taken aboard to allow the crew of the Golden Star occasional rations of fresh meat. The crate broke open and the frightened birds scuttled in every direction, causing an outbreak of laughter and swearing. As she looked at the scene around her, Celia put a hand to her mouth, afraid she was going to be sick.

There were bodies everywhere, with gaping holes, partially severed limbs, and glassy stares. The deck was coated with blood. She recognized some of the Iifeless faces ... the ship's Cooper, always so cheerfully busy with his hoops and staves; the sailmaker; the cook; the boy who had served as tailor and cobbler; some of the officers with whom she and Philippe had shared meals. Philippe ... Frantically she crawled toward the bodies, desperate to find her husband.

A booted foot shoved her back to the deck. She cried out in pain as a hand tangled in her hair and jerked her head back. Motionless, she stared into the cruelest eyes she had ever seen. The man was smooth-shaven and darkly tanned, his jaw thin, his nose a decisive point in a sharp-featured face is hair was dark reddish-brown, pulled back in a neat braided queue. Unlike the othersof the boarding party, he wore well-made clothes that had been tailored to fit his wiry body.

"You cost me a good man," he said in a crisp voice. "For that you'll make amends." He inspected her slim-hipped, small-breasted body with an asexual glance. She tried to push down the hem of her gown, which had ridden up to expose her bare feet and calves. He smiled, revealing a jagged line of teeth. "Yes. You'll serve as entertainment for my brother André." His hand tightened in her hair, bringing tears of pain to her eyes. "André needs a steady supply of women. Unfortunately they never last long with him. "

One of the pirates approached them. He was a stocky young man with heavily developed arms and chest. "Captain Legare, the best of the cargo should take well nigh an hour to unload. Not much gold, sir, but some fine dry goods, cinnamon, brandy, oil in jars --"

"Good. As for the remainder of their crew, lock them in the hold. We'll set fire to the ship when we put away for the island." Legare shoved Celia at the young man. "Bind the wench and put her in with the spoils. We're taking her with us. And tell the men not to touch her. She's for André."

At the mention of the Star's crew, Celia had begun to struggle. "There are some still alive?" she gasped.

The young man dragged her away, seeming not to hear her.

Only With Your Love. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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First Chapter

Only With Your Love

Chapter One

Before ten minutes had passed the sounds of combat died away and hundreds of footsteps seemed to pound the deck. Celia remained in the cabin, longing to open the door and see what had happened. But all she could do was wait with terrified anticipation.

She stiffened with alarm as heavy feet walked the length of the companionway and the door rattled. "Locked," a voice growled. Celia jumped as a blunt object crashed against the other side of the door, splintering the fine paneling. Swiftly she readied the gun to fire. Another sharp blow, and the hinges creaked in protest.

Celia used her palm to wipe at the cold sweat on her face. She raised the barrel of the pistol, pressing it to her temple. At the touch of the metal to her skin, thoughts raced through her mind. If Philippe had died, she would not want to live. And if she did not use the gun on herself now, she would face a horrifying fate at the hands of the sea bandits. But something inside rebelled at the thought of pulling the trigger. She took a deep breath and steadied her hands.

The door crashed open. Frozen, she stared at the two men who stood there, both swarthy and unkempt, their matted hair held back with kerchiefs, their faces sunburned and stubbled. The shorter of the two held a cutlass in his hand, while the other clasped a bloodstained boarding pike.

Dropping his cutlass, the small but sturdily built man stepped over the sill at the bottom of the doorway. He licked his lips and watched her with keen eyes. "Put it down," he muttered in a thick American accent, gesturing to the gun.

Celia couldn't utter a word. Now, her mind insisted, end it now ... But her arm lowered to her side. In a flash of self-hatred, she realized she was too much of a coward to take her own life.

"I'll stake me share of th' spoils now," one pirate said to the other. His mouth split in a yellowtoothed grin as he walked toward her.

Automatically Celia raised the gun and squeezed the trigger, feeling as if some force outside herself was guiding her actions. The bullet that should have ended her own life buried itself in the man's chest. A crimson flood spread over his unwashed shirt. Blood spattered everywhere, and Celia heard herself scream as the body crumpled at her feet.

"Little bitch!" Enraged, the other pirate grabbed her and threw her against the wall. The pistol fell from her hand and clattered to the floor. Her head hit the hard surface, and she halffainted, sinking into a world filled with gray mist. She moaned as she was dragged through the companionway and up to the main deck, where she was dropped to the yellow planking. The ship rang with the sound of voices, and barrels and boxes being moved across the deck. There was a strange smell mingling with the scents of salt water and sea air.

Blinking hard and pushing herself up to a sit ting position, Celia saw one of the pirates drop a crate of chickens, some of the live cargo taken aboard to allow the crew of the Golden Star occasional rations of fresh meat. The crate broke open and the frightened birds scuttled in every direction, causing an outbreak of laughter and swearing. As she looked at the scene around her, Celia put a hand to her mouth, afraid she was going to be sick.

There were bodies everywhere, with gaping holes, partially severed limbs, and glassy stares. The deck was coated with blood. She recognized some of the Iifeless faces ... the ship's Cooper, always so cheerfully busy with his hoops and staves; the sailmaker; the cook; the boy who had served as tailor and cobbler; some of the officers with whom she and Philippe had shared meals. Philippe ... Frantically she crawled toward the bodies, desperate to find her husband.

A booted foot shoved her back to the deck. She cried out in pain as a hand tangled in her hair and jerked her head back. Motionless, she stared into the cruelest eyes she had ever seen. The man was smooth-shaven and darkly tanned, his jaw thin, his nose a decisive point in a sharp-featured face is hair was dark reddish-brown, pulled back in a neat braided queue. Unlike the othersof the boarding party, he wore well-made clothes that had been tailored to fit his wiry body.

"You cost me a good man," he said in a crisp voice. "For that you'll make amends." He inspected her slim-hipped, small-breasted body with an asexual glance. She tried to push down the hem of her gown, which had ridden up to expose her bare feet and calves. He smiled, revealing a jagged line of teeth. "Yes. You'll serve as entertainment for my brother André." His hand tightened in her hair, bringing tears of pain to her eyes. "André needs a steady supply of women. Unfortunately they never last long with him. "

One of the pirates approached them. He was a stocky young man with heavily developed arms and chest. "Captain Legare, the best of the cargo should take well nigh an hour to unload. Not much gold, sir, but some fine dry goods, cinnamon, brandy, oil in jars --"

"Good. As for the remainder of their crew, lock them in the hold. We'll set fire to the ship when we put away for the island." Legare shoved Celia at the young man. "Bind the wench and put her in with the spoils. We're taking her with us. And tell the men not to touch her. She's for André."

At the mention of the Star's crew, Celia had begun to struggle. "There are some still alive?" she gasped.

The young man dragged her away, seeming not to hear her.

Only With Your Love. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    It pains me to give a Lisa Kleypas book one star. It really does

    It pains me to give a Lisa Kleypas book one star. It really does. Normally I LOVE her. I've read almost all of her books and this is the first one I haven't liked.. In fact, I was a little horrified by this book. Brace yourself...This is spoiler-y but I think you'll want to know before you buy this book that......

    The hero rapes the heroine in the first hundred pages. Rapes her in an almost pseudo ode-like fashion of the romance books of the 1970's and 1980's. It made me feel queasy. I mean she says "no" several times. Has classic reactions of rape victims, (tries to mentally detach herself from the situation, for example.) But you know it's OK that he forced her to have sex with him because afterward (and mind you, heroine goes through a hell of lot of trauma even BEFORE the rape) she "liked" it. *Blec*...I almost threw my nook across the room. Besides the rape scene, I also wasn't a big fan of the hero (obviously) or the heroine. he was a gigantic A-hole who really didn't have any redeeming qualities, although he was a very consistent character, I'll give him that. And she was a wimpy heroine who lacked a back bone...And may also have been borderline manic. Overall it was just not an up to par Kleypas book, for me. I really liked the prequel to this one though. That is a great one, but the follow up...wasn't much a follow up.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Everyone sees things a bit differently

    I love Lisa Kleypas, and have enjoyed all the books I have read of hers. I was a bit dissapointed when I found out that the Vallerand series was set in New Orleans vs. the UK - but it didn't take me long to be googleing information about History of Lousiana.

    I think that this book is great - obviously there are people who don't agree. I very muched loved the characters and was very attached to them - hated to see it end in many ways.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Best Book by Lisa Kleypas

    I've read each and everyone of Lisa Kleypas books and this one is probably my favorite. I love the character of Ceilia and loved Justin even more. Love how they come together in the story, and the love scenes are wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    PIRATES, RENEGADES, NOTORIOUS SCOUNDRELS, OH MY!!

    In this Swashbuckling Erotic Romance-Adventure, lie hidden just above the surface, intrigue, deception, and mysteries that will have you gasping until the actual conclusion.

    The perilous passion Celia & Griffin posses will ignite your concealed Swashbucklers Fantasy to be unfastened at the very seam. As you've been languidly lying upon your bed, just satisfied from your own release. Who needs a knight in shining armor? When you can experience your own devilishly wicked pirate instead.

    I haven't read a Lisa Kleypas novel that has displeased me, thus far. As soon as I think I could escape to another author, she manages to suck me back in, and entangle me within another STUPENDOUS, RIVETING, CARNAL, ANIMALISTIC NOVEL.

    This novel has my seal of approval, and as usual, ALWAYS DESERVING WELL BEYOND A 5 STAR RATING!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Completely and utterly amazing...

    I loved how she chose to do a story not about London. For heavens sake we read enough about London in just about every historical. This was a different take on a historical and I couldn't get enough! The french in the book was great. It kept me thinking back to hs french class and remembering all the words. And to bring the story down south to NOLA it was amazing (I'm biased from south miss) but still London gets old. The whole pirate storyline I loved. The love story was a different type than any story that I've read. The match with the characters was very well thought out. The romance scenes are hot and steamy and what true love is about in bed. All and all this is one of my fav books. I will def put this book in my library to read again and again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Only with your love

    I am a great fan of Lisa Kleypas and this book pleased me to no end. However, this book had elements that set it apart from the others. The main difference is that the main characters are french, the setting is both France and the United States. The plot involves pirates and a lot of violence including rape. But my God, I love it. This book was raw bonned and exciting. I would like to see it as a movie. It was swoon worthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Him ad....

    Him and his only wifes book....2 results after

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Really good

    I loved this book...talk about action, it would make a great movie. Dont read this without reading When Strangers Marry first. Otherwise the character of Justin wont make sense. Poor Phillipe doesnt get the attention his character deserves in this book. I love the way Justin brings Celia to life. This transformation is very true to life although the plot of this story is truly outlandish. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorites. Julie Ann Long is another.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    I really, REALLY liked this book!!!!! It stared out great in al

    I really, REALLY liked this book!!!!! It stared out great in almost every aspect, except I kind of thought that Celia was a little two weak and snobbish for my tastes (I tend to like more bold and strong willed, but still kind and still totally feminine, women) but Lisa did a total switch on me. Celia had a back bone after all!! I thought the book progressed nicely. Celia and Justin first really couldn't stand each other but had an unexplainable desire for one another, then they start developing feeling for one another (feelings they both fought naturally), then they finally give in and admit that they love one another. I also loved that Justin was such a hard son of a gun at the beginning of the story but because of Celia he starts to soften and become a better man. It's the ultamite bad boy reformed story! All the girls know that it's hard to resist the bad boys and I don't think I have met one girl who tried to at least once, change a bad boy, a lot of time without success. It was nice to read that, even though fantacy, bad boys can change for the love of the right woman. READ THIS BOOK!!!!! You wont be disappointed.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    a good read

    I love Lisa Kleypas and have read almost all of her books. I really enjoyed this book, its not her best but still very good (her best book is 'Again The Magic'). I liked how it was very informative on how pirates really were, many movies romanticise pirates, (pirates of the caribbean, for example). This book makes you realize how cruel they really were. Aside from that, it is a great romance. However, if you want to read this book, definitely read the prequil 'When Strangers Marry'. That was a really good book too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

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    Fantastic Story Line!!!

    This book has got to be one of Lisa's Best EVER!!! The book was so intriguing that i read it in one day. The story line was riviting and always bring up surprises

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    Arggg Matey!

    This is one of the few "pirate" historical books that I have read. I was surprised to find a Lisa K book that I hadn't read. I really liked all the pirate stuff which was a nice change of pace.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Only With Your Love...

    I enjoy historical type reading and this is based during the "pirate" error. Its been a fairly easy read, the only thing that I'm not crazy about is some of the explicit description of the love scenes. I'm not sure that I'm interested in all the details, but other than that, its a good read. The chapters could stand to be a little shorter. I've noticed that she has very long chapters. All in all, she writes well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    My kind of Adventure!!!!!!

    Lisa Kleypas is an awesome author... I love her imagination... I love how she put more adventure and just made it different, not te usual story that takes place in England... I love how Celia and ustin's relationship... they changed each other's life... I read it in one day, I couldn't put it down!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    Book Worm

    I usually love mostly all L.K's books but this book I believe was her worst. I didn't understand why characters were flat, and the objective of the book is questionable. I was excited to read the book because of Marry to Stranger but I was highly diaappointed. If you decide to read it do not expect it to be a usual L.K. book b/c it is not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    Happily Ever After

    I am so happy with the way things happened in the end, with Justin and Celia. It was quite the adventurous story, and full of chemistry between Justin and Celia. I'm so glad to see that Phillipe survived, but very happy that the story ended nicely for everyone concerned. Have not been disappointed in anything I have read, of Ms. Kleypas' novels. I have enjoyed everyone I have read. I still have 4 more of her novels to read, and look forward to them. The only disappointment is being done with all her novels that I have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Gorgeous Scenery

    Wow! You can almost see the spanish moss hanging from the oak trees as you are reading this book. I got caught up in the scenery with this book much more than in Lisa's English Regency books. Maybe because I am more familiar with this setting than the old English settings. This book is amazing when it comes to everything: Love scenes, scenery, the twists and turns. I could have read this book forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    'Justin' The Pirate? Where did she come up with that one?

    I have been an avid reader of historical romance novels for over 20 years now (I started in my high school years). I have found many great authors and those, well...less than great. I have read many Lisa Kleypas novels in the past and started reading again after a few years off. I had hoped this one would be great too as she often made her characters emotions very life like - you felt close to the people by the end of the story. When you hate to say good-bye to the hero and heroine - you know an author has done her work well. In this story - I had no problem saying 'au-revior' to Justin and Celia and moving on to other romance novels. I didn't feel connected in Only with Your Love. First, I just couldn't get into the name 'Justin' for the main pirate character. For one thing, he came from a French-Creole family in the south... his father was Maximillian, his mother in law Lysette, his brother Phillipe, their last names Vallerand and the main female character Celia - ALL completely French. So...where did JUSTIN come from? That's not french and not romantic or sexy for a setting in the early 1800's. Second...it was odd that Justin was already having sex with his supposed dead brothers widow only hours after meeting her. Justin and Celia were having intimate relations by page 84. That's a bit too soon for me and it should have been for Celia as well. There was over 325 pages left to go...my goodness, the intrigue, fascination and anticipation were gone already, what could be left? What a let down! It was also too easy to guess that the family was going to pretend the dead brother was alive and the alive brother dead to save Justin's hide early on...no guess work needed there. If you can get past some of this early nonsense the book does pick up and get much better later on. Wise people know know how hard it is to change people yet Justin became an entirely new man by the end of the book. Was this due to the new love of his life Celia? No...just good writing by Lisa Kleypas the author as it should be. Had she not cleaned him up - it might have been hard to see this hero in the light he was needed to be seen by. I would recommend this book, just try not to roll your eyes at a few of the strange events early on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    this was a re- reader!

    i have read many a romance novel, but this is one of those novels that makes you hold your breath and that makes you want to lock your door and unplug the telephone so that you wont be interupted. every kiss in this book i felt, and every love scene was like an adrenline rush! a must read with all the fixings of a great novel. romace, obession, devotion, pride, surrender, passion, all can be found in thise book. worth every penny and after you read it you will find that you judge every other book by it, and you'll find many come up short. i love it and re read it almost every week and its still breathtaking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    A truly moving love story

    Wow! That's all I can say when I think of this novel..It is beautiful, touching, and it definitely receives the highest praises from me :) The story of Justin and Celia is very very touching, and it left an immovable imprint upon my heart. They are wonderful together. I learned more about their love for one another through their silent interactions, and not their spoken words. The love scene on pages 260-270 clarifies this point well...It really brought tears to my eyes :) Perhaps of all of Lisa's romance novels, this one has been given the least attention. However, I can honestly state that it is truly worth the money, time, and praises..

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