Say You Love Me (Malory Family Series)

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Her parents' deaths left Kelsey Langton penniless - and responsible for the safety and well-being of her younger sister, Jean. Now circumstance and human frailty have conspired to leave them homeless as well, unless Kelsey can avert the disaster. But she knows only one way to rescue Jean's home, future and honor - and it means sacrificing her own. Kelsey must allow herself to be sold at auction. With fear and trepidation she enters the House of Eros - resigned to becoming the plaything of some well-heeled ...
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Say You Love Me (Malory Family Series #5)

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Her parents' deaths left Kelsey Langton penniless - and responsible for the safety and well-being of her younger sister, Jean. Now circumstance and human frailty have conspired to leave them homeless as well, unless Kelsey can avert the disaster. But she knows only one way to rescue Jean's home, future and honor - and it means sacrificing her own. Kelsey must allow herself to be sold at auction. With fear and trepidation she enters the House of Eros - resigned to becoming the plaything of some well-heeled gentleman. And Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder - a dashing rakehell from a family of charming London rogues. Enchanted by the stunning, dark-haired maid with flashing bright eyes, he purchases her for his mistress - and sweeps Kelsey into a world of astonishing family secrets, perilous rivalries and unconventional loyalties. But Lord Derek is unaware of the true worth of the prize he has so frivolously acquired - never imagining that the proud, spirited miss is a highborn lady blessed with grace, wit and intelligence as well as beauty. And he certainly never expected that he would fall in love with her.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480513907
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 6/21/2013
  • Series: Malory Family Series , #5
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 933,669
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Johanna Lindsey is one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with over sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of “first-rate romance” (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-three previous bestselling novels, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.
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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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    The best out of all the Mallorys.

    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.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    good

    I read many books and this one just is heartwarming and a good read. Just ideal for the hot summer days

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    WONDERFUL!!!!

    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

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    Loved this hard to put down book!

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    a fan of many books

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

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    I have not read a book this good in years!!!! From the moment I

    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!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Couldn't put it down.

    I couldn't put this book down, almost reading the entire Novel in one day. It was that good!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    Really Incredible!

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    Very Good

    Great book, another of my favorites. Kind of slow in the beganing but it all builds up to have a great ending.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    What got me started !!

    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 !!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    The Best Book

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Worst book

    This book is almost a summary or a story to promote the other books that the writer had written. Too much of this book is about the other characters in another book but you have to read chapters after chapters before you could feel any, if there is any chemistry between Derek and Kelsey. It was dragging and so scattered of a story that you don't even want to finish reading it. Read the first 5 chapters then go straight to the last 2 chapters and that tells you about Derek and Kelsey story. The rest is just nonsense about the Mallory characters from another book. Waste of time reading most of it especially if you don't know the story about the other characters.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Love the series

    So far i love them all now on to the present

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Just ok!!!!

    The main characters and their story was really good, but parts of the book just dragged!!! A little disappointed in this JL book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    Hard read to put down!!

    I absolutely loved this book!! I read the book within 2 days because I hated to put it down!! Definitely gets my thumbs-up!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    Captivating¿ Wonderful Read

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    Wonderful!!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    Romance and Laughter

    "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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    Interesting from page one

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2001

    Say You Love Me

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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