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Say You Love Me (Malory Family Series)
     

Say You Love Me (Malory Family Series)

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by Johanna Lindsey
 

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Left penniless after her parent's death, Kelsey Langton must now take responsibility for the well-being of her younger sister, Jean. But when circumstance and human frailty conspire to leave them homeless as well, Kelsey is forced to resort to drastic measures. Only by allowing herself to be sold at auction can she rescue her sister's future — and so Kelsey

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Left penniless after her parent's death, Kelsey Langton must now take responsibility for the well-being of her younger sister, Jean. But when circumstance and human frailty conspire to leave them homeless as well, Kelsey is forced to resort to drastic measures. Only by allowing herself to be sold at auction can she rescue her sister's future — and so Kelsey enters the infamous House of Eros, resigned to becoming the plaything of some well-heeded gentleman.

Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder for Kelsey's charms — a dashing rakehell from a family of charming London rogues who draws the sensuous dark-haired maiden into a world of unparalleled pleasures and dangerous rivalries. But Kelsey must scrupulously guard the secret of her highborn past — even as her grace, wit, spirit and beauty entice her new "master" to renounce his scandalous ways...and take a chance on true love, the most perilous and rewarding gamble of all.

Author Biography:

With more than 54 million copies of her books in print and translated into twelve languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of historical romance. Every one of her previous thirty-six novels has been a national bestseller, with several reaching the #1 spot on the New York Times list. Ms. Lindsey lives 'in Hawaii with her family.

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
A memorable wonderful read that bring us laughter and joy . . .Magic!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Romance write Lindsey stays true to form-and formula-as she continues to chronicle the romantic entanglements of the Malory clan. Set in Regency England, sometime between 1811 and 1820, the latest Malory novel (after Love Me Forever) includes the three stock romantic figures: a Virgin, a Villain and a Rogue. The Virgin is Kelsey Langton, who willingly agrees to be auctioned off in a London whorehouse to pay her uncle's debts and ensure her younger sister a marriageable future. The Rogue is handsome Lord Derek Malory, who plunks down a fortune to make Kelsey his mistress rather than see her bought by the Villain, Lord David Ashford, an insane sadist who takes his sex with a healthy splash of blood. The implausible set-up quickly becomes ludicrous as Malory falls in love with Kelsey, but her unwillingness to reveal her true background prevents a wedding. Malory's ardor for Kelsey is inflamed when Ashford kidnaps her, necessitating a heroic rescue in a grisly dungeon where Kelsey is on the verge of being whipped and mutilated for Ashford's pleasure. In the end, family secrets fall from both the Malory and Langton family trees like rotten apples while social conventions are swept aside. Scant historical detail and 20th-century dialogue make this unfortunate novel even more far-fetched. (Nov.) FYI: Avon Books will simultaneously publish Love Me Forever in paper; and will republish the four previous Malory novels.
Library Journal
From a best-selling hardcover debut, Love Me Forever (Morrow, 1995), to this Regency.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688142872
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Series:
Malory Family Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.23(d)

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Chapter One

It wasn't such a bad place, this place that was going to witness her sale to the highest bidder. It was clean. Its decor was quite elegant. The parlor she had first been shown to could have belonged in the home of any one of her family's friends. It was an expensive house in one of the better sections of London. It was politely referred to as a House of Eros. It was a place of sin.

Kelsey Langton still couldn't believe that she was there. Ever since she had walked in the door she had been sick to her stomach with fear and dread. Yet she had come here willingly. No one had carried her inside kicking and screaming.

What was so incredible was she hadn't been forced to come here, she had agreed to -- at least she had agreed that it was the only option available. Her family needed money -- and a lot of it -- to keep them from being thrown into the streets.

If only there had been more time to make plans. Even marriage to someone she didn't know would have been preferable. But her Uncle Elliott was likely right. He had pointed out that no gentleman with the wherewithal to help would consider marriage in a matter of days, even if a special license could be obtained. Marriage was simply too permanent to be jumped into without careful consideration.

But this ... well, gentlemen did frequently acquire new mistresses on the spur of the moment, knowing fall well that those mistresses would be every bit as costly as a wife, if not more so. The great difference was that a mistress, though easy to acquire, could also be easily disposed of, without the lengthy legalities and subsequent scandal.

She was to be someone's mistress.Not a wife. Not that Kelsey knew any gentlemen personally she could have married, at least none who could afford to settle Uncle Elliott's debts. She had several young beaux courting her in Kettering, where she had grown up, before The Tragedy, but the only one with a large income had married some distant cousin.

Everything had happened so swiftly. Last night she came down to the kitchen as she did each night before refiring, to heat a bit of milk to help her sleep. Sleep was something she'd had difficulty with ever since she and her sister Jean had come to live with their Aunt Elizabeth.

Her insomnia had nothing to do with living in a new house and town, nor with Aunt Elizabeth. Her aunt was a dear woman, their mother's only sister, and she loved both her nieces as if they were her own daughters, had welcomed them with open arms and all the sympathy they had desperately needed after The Tragedy. No, it was the nightmares that disturbed Kelsey's sleep, and the vivid recollections, and the ever-recurring thought that she could have prevented The Tragedy.

Aunt Elizabeth had suggested the warm milk all those months ago when she had finally noticed the dark smudges beneath Kelsey's gray eyes and had gently prodded for the reason. And the milk did help -- most nights. it had become a nightly ritual, and she usually disturbed no one, the kitchen being empty that time of night. Except last night ...

Last night, Uncle Elliott had been there, sitting at one of the worktables, not with a late repast before him, but a single, rather large bottle of strong spirits. Kelsey had never seen him drink more than the one glass of wine Aunt Elizabeth allowed with dinner.

Elizabeth frowned on drinking, and so naturally didn't keep strong spirits in her house. But wherever Elliott had obtained that bottle, he was more than halfway finished. And the effect it had on him was quite appalling. He was crying. Quiet, silent sobs, with his head in his raised hands, tears dripping down onto the table, and his shoulders shaking pitifully. Kelsey had thought it was no wonder Elizabeth didn't want strong drink in her house....

But it wasn't the drink that was causing Elhott such distress, as she was to discover. No, he'd been sitting there, with his back to the door, assuming he wouldn't be disturbed while he contemplated killing himself.

Kelsey had wondered several times since if he would have had the courage to actually go through with it if she had quietly left. He'd never struck her as being an overly brave man, just a gregarious, usually jovial one. And it was her presence, after all, that had presented him with a solution to his troubles, one that he might not have considered otherwise, one that she certainly would never have thought of.

And all she'd done was ask him, "Uncle Elliott, what's wrong?"

He'd swung around to see her standing behind him in her high-necked nightgown and robe, carrying the lamp she always brought downstairs with her. For a moment he'd appeared shocked. But then his head had dropped back into his hands and he'd mumbled something she couldn't quite make out, so she'd had to ask him to repeat himself.

He'd raised his head enough to say, "Go away, Kelsey, you shouldn't see me like this."

"It's all right, really," she'd told him gently. "But perhaps I should fetch Aunt Elizabeth?"

"No!" had come out with enough force to make her start, then more calmly, if still quite agitated, he added, "She doesn't approve of my drinking ... and ... and she doesn't know."

"Doesn't know that you drink?"

He didn't answer immediately, but she had already assumed that was what he meant. The

family had always known that he would go to extremes to keep Elizabeth from unpleasantness, apparently even those of his own making.

Elliott was a large man with blunt features and hair that had gone mostly gray now that he was approaching fifty...

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Say You Love Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 215 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Say You Love Me is definitely UNIQUE. Derek Mallory is a loving, tender and chivalrous hero who takes his responsibilities seriously, while Kelsey Langton is a selfless, strong-willed heroine who has good survival instincts. The storyline is different, a bit darker than the others (Kelsey Langton is auctioned off to the highest bidder at a house of ill-repute frequented by aristocrats The villain is a sadistic, murderous lord). But somehow the lovestory/family bantering keeps this novel light. I bought this novel before I went off to watch a movie, and actually ended up ditching the movie to read this novel. I finished this in about TWO HOURS and re-read the whole book just two days later! It is defnitely romantic, much better than Jeremy's story. In fact, Jeremy Malory is more interesting in THIS book than he is in his OWN book ('A Loving Scoundrel'). Personally I love the friendship between Percy, Derek and Jeremy- whenever those three are thrown in together, they create the most hilarious scenes in the book! You will literally laugh out loud!! The next book in this series is Jeremy's story, but unfortunately, it is not as witty, romantic and engaging as Say You Love Me. In the past Malory books, Percy, Derek and Jeremy would always make an appearance that will guarantee you laughter, but alas, the threesome are no more by the last Malory book.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
I read many books and this one just is heartwarming and a good read. Just ideal for the hot summer days
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an awesome book...its the first of johanna lindsey's books that i read...i could not put it down..although the book never really kept you guessing you always know whats going to happen next, but at the same time you still just want to read it because the way she describes it is better
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every single book released from Johanna Lindsey. I have kept up with her for many years before I was married and now still can't put them down. I am anxiously waiting for a new release from her to add to my collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, I love and am addicted to all of the Malory novels. JL writes gripping books that are interesting from beginning to end. I love books that focus on the characters and their families and this and all of the Malory novels do so. I have read and reread the whole series many times.
jamie24 More than 1 year ago
I have not read a book this good in years!!!! From the moment I put this one down I have been reading the rest of the series. Johanna Lindsey is amazing!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, another of my favorites. Kind of slow in the beganing but it all builds up to have a great ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main characters and their story was really good, but parts of the book just dragged!!! A little disappointed in this JL book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down, almost reading the entire Novel in one day. It was that good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really picky when it comes to romance books, I like alot of history in them. This one got me and I couldn't put it down. This is my first one of her books that I read a long time ago and then I had to buy them all !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!! I read the book within 2 days because I hated to put it down!! Definitely gets my thumbs-up!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could, I would give this book 10 Stars and beyond. It's a wonderful read that I would hesitate to read again in the future
Guest More than 1 year ago
Say You Love Me is one of the best books I have ever read. If I could read this book over and over again, not knowing what would happen, I would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Say You Love Me" was the 1st book I had ever read from JL and I think it is everything a romance novel should be. I found it hysterical, passionate and absolutely captivating.Once I read it I new I had to read the whole Malory series! I am really interested in seeing how Jeremy handles love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second JL book I have read and it was amazing!! I love reading historical romances and this one didn't leave me wanting for anything! Few books have me staying up late because I just can't put them down, but this one managed to do so without even trying!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second JL book I've read. Was intrigued from page one. A definite must read for historical romance fans. Kept me up all night because I couldn't find a good break in the story to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book took me for a ride. I love all the Malory novels and this one is no exception. With all the plot twists and Derek finally finding out who his real mother is was something I didn't expect. A must read for all Malory lovers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
sweet and touching, yet hilarious! the Malorys are by far the best storyline created by Johanna Lindsey. gotta love James and Anthony!
ladywolfLM More than 1 year ago
Hope she writes more in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect with this book. It's a very easy (and affordable) read. I really enjoyed the two main characters, especially the strength of Kelsey. I thought the bad guy was going to be weak and cheesy but I was proven to be VERY wrong. The ending was a little weak but i enjoyed the book so much it didn't bother me. It's a great period piece and has a different twist from other romance novels. I won't say it's the best, but worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed reading the Malory family series. This was an excellent book that had me spending all of my spare time reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far i love them all now on to the present
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dont read all the books in order you wont get it. There are alot of parts where it just keeps going back to the other books in the series and it confused me so its not a stand alone book. The book was okay not as good as id thought
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really read this book because I saw the reviews and was interested in the story. It turned out really good, I love it. I couldn't put the book once I started reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own every single book written by JL, and I absolutely adored this one!! It's definitely one of my fav. Malory novels. My fav. part is when Derek comes back after leaving Kelsey in the cottage for a week with NOTHING, and she's sick and hungry, and she flips out on him!! Hilarious!!! I definitely recommend this book, as well as ALL of JL's books.