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From a stately country house in Hampshire to the dazzling drawing rooms of London Society, comes an exquisite tale of an elfin beauty, a vengeful lord, and a sweet love that is sheer poetry.

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heals in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and ...
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Overview

From a stately country house in Hampshire to the dazzling drawing rooms of London Society, comes an exquisite tale of an elfin beauty, a vengeful lord, and a sweet love that is sheer poetry.

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heals in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen-pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But the mysterious Earl of Blade is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily... never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous wit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of his golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known...
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Under the Quick ( Surrender ) pseudonym, veteran romance novelist Jayne Ann Krentz (see review of Silver Linings below) offers a tale of Regency England that, while deftly handled with touches of humor, is more notable for its darker side: the hero and heroine rescue each other from past injuries while challenging each other for control within their relationship. Emily Faringdon, a 24-year-old spinster, adores a man she has never met: Simon Traherne, her favorite correspondent on her favorite subject, romantic poetry. When Simon attends a meeting of Emily's local literary society, he indeed seems to be ``the man of her dreams,'' a handsome earl apparently willing to overlook the scandal in her past--a thwarted elopement. But Simon is interested in her mostly as an instrument for revenge: he blames Emily's father for his own father's ruin and suicide 23 years before. Since then, Simon has plotted to destroy the Faringdons. A romantic with a strong pragmatic streak,pk Emily persuades Simon that marrying her enhances his possibilities for gaining revenge and she pk then begins her own campaign to win his affection and free him from the past that has poisoned his life. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423387664
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Quick is the pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers; there are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Seattle.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    I had to force myself to finish this book

    Every second of this book made me mad, i did not like how the book treated Emily, who is naive and down right stupid at times. I expect a romance to leave me in another realm of happiness, this one did not. Simon was always so dis-respectful and mean. I had to force myself to keep reading and then immediatly start reading another book. I usually love Amanda Quicks books but this one left me wanting. I wanted Emily to run and i wanted something horrible to happen to simon, i know thats sound bad but, it is the way the book made me feel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2005

    read it two weeks ago and i still come back for more!

    Okay, this is not what I would consider your typical romance. I wont pretend the beginning was a little tedious to read (but the rest made up for that) and in the beginning the characters don¿t seem developed, but once you get into the middle and ending the books is incredible. What makes it different from other romances by most other authors is that this is an example, a true literary one that is, of what I consider unconditional love. Simon is cold at times and harsh, but once Emily knows that she loves him she doesn¿t ever give up showing him her love and trying to uncover the real Simon. This was not a battle of the wills Emily never tried to hide her feelings in fear of being hurt. It was so refreshing to read a book where I wasn¿t constantly frustrated because the main characters were trying not to get hurt by hiding their true feelings for one another. This is a real story, a real romance it makes you wish to be as trusting and open as Emily. It made me realized how guarded most other characters in romances are. Another difference was how the book mostly consisted about Emily and Simon¿s relationship, not some mystery or threat (although one comes up near the end, its brief and revealing and only enhances the real plot of the story, love). A must read and if your like me you'll soon be lining Amanda Quick¿s pockets for more of her books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

    Library worthy but worth buying

    Wonderful plot and love that they were strong characters along with the naive romantic main character. My problem is that her love was based off on falsity's and didn't stray even after she found out the truth and learned that he was opposite of what she thought him to be. His character never gave her any hope, nor any real civil conversations to make her build romantic notions even though she professed undying love. I wished that he would have at least portrayed some affection toward her along with the distant husband act that he was pushing onto her. They were always going their separate ways as well and only ever really conversed in the bedroom which I might add he would vacate once he bedded her.

    It left me with the feeling of having to find another romantic read immediately but this time with a couple who you could picture in love and not just a one-sided love story until the last 5 pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    Hopelessly Romantic

    Emily is a 24 year old hopeless romantic who because of an indiscretion in her past is doomed to spinsterhood. Then comes in the Earl of Blade (Simon) who wants to marry her even if she might seem ruined to everyone else, but wait it's not all as easy as that. Turns out Emily just fits in to a plan of vengeance Simon has plotted for years against Emily's father. Emily knows Simon's plans and marries him anyway because she is already so in love with this man. She hopes that in time Simon will come to love her too. Sometimes I want to shake some sense into Emily for being so naïve but I do adore her unwavering affection for this dragon man of hers. While this mysterious, powerful and dangerous man may scare off the entire ton all Emily sees is a flawless, noble, generous man. From the start Simon does find Emily quite intriguing but he cannot make sense of the thoughts going thought his little elfin wife's head. As Simon spends more and more times with his passionatley devoted wife he starts to wonder if he is as in control of the situation as he thinks he is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    A great Read !!!

    As always Amanda Quick has written a wonderful story!!!. Her characters are always very interesting and different. Not only are the stories full of romance, but humor and mistery as well. I fully recomend the reading of this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    ADORABLY FUNNY

    As I write my review, I'm still chuckling. I have never laughed so much while reading a Regency Romance. Nice change and thoroughly enjoyable. Anyone giving this a low rating just doesn't understand the humor of it or doesn't have a sense of it! LORRAINE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Unbelievably Stupid

    That is the way to describe Emily. If I had to listen to her talk about the metaphysical plane ine more rime I was going to throw up. No one is that naive. The book as a whole was completely not worth my time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Fun and romantic

    A fun read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Generic Amanda Quick book

    Generic Amanda Quick book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    A Great Story

    This book was great and it reminded me of ABC's Scandal because of the acrions and the lives of the people that were in the book. I thought that this book was actually what the TV show was based off of but I was wrong like most of the time but I still like the book even though it was not what I expected a lot of strong main characters.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    This is one of my favorite books.

    It is a reminder that even intelligent people need their dose of unreality - especially when their reality is just too much to deal with. I love how Simon spends so much time seeking vengeance while Emily spends her time looking for the good in everyone.

    It's a very relaxing book but never ceases to make me laugh - I'm not sure what is funnier the things Simon says or Emily's unrelentless belief that he's going to do what's good and just...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    exhaustively naive

    The plot of this book was interesting at first but after reading less than 20 pages I was regretting this purchase. The main character Emily is so ridiculously naive and lives in a different reality. Although the idea is that she has suffered hardships and is now being rescued by Simon, I have no sympathy for her. She is childish and oblivious of whats going on around her and live in a delusional world where everything is good and people will do anything she wants. I tried to force myself to read it because I was on an airplane and there wasn't much else to do but her stupidity about metaphysical planes and a higher level of communication very quickly became to annoying to even force myself to finish the book.

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

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    Just one more book on the shelf

    Simon wanted the ultimate revenge against the Farhingdon family. By marrying the only daughter he has taken away the gambling addicted family's only source of income. Alhough Simon comes to realize he should look to the future and not dwell on the past and inevitably comes to love Emily I found him highly overbearing and just plain cruel throughout the whole book. Even after numerous times of telling Emily he only married her as part of his revenge plan she still holds on to the notion that Simon really loves her and they are connected on some metaphysical plane. She is mostly naive and all her fantasy talk gets annoying. Unfortunately this book is forgettable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    *shrugs*

    This book had great character ideas along with plot but neither was develped in a way to get hooked on. Not really a 'have too see what happens' next book.

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