To Have and to Hold (Wyckerley Trilogy #2)

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Suave, cynical, and too handsome for his own good, Sebastian Verlaine never expects to become a magistrate judging the petty crimes of his tenants and neighbors. Nor can the new Viscount D’Aubrey foresee that, when a fallen woman appears before him, he’ll find himself beguiled against all reason to alter her terrible fate....

Rachel Wade has served time in prison for her husband’s violent death, but she soon discovers that freedom has its own price. For no one will offer her a ...

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Overview

Suave, cynical, and too handsome for his own good, Sebastian Verlaine never expects to become a magistrate judging the petty crimes of his tenants and neighbors. Nor can the new Viscount D’Aubrey foresee that, when a fallen woman appears before him, he’ll find himself beguiled against all reason to alter her terrible fate....

Rachel Wade has served time in prison for her husband’s violent death, but she soon discovers that freedom has its own price. For no one will offer her a second chance but a jaded viscount who needs a housekeeper. Scorned by the townspeople of Wyckerley as D’Aubrey’s mistress, tempted beyond her will by the devilish lord, Rachel risks all she had to claim a life of her own...and a love that will last for all time.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After spending ten years in prison for killing her husband, the newly released Rachel Wade is picked up for vagrancy and brought before the magistrate, Sebastian Verlaine, Viscount D'Aubrey. Bored, debauched, selfish and quite willing to admit it, Sebastian is intrigued by Rachel, who seems old beyond her years and beaten by the world. From the first, Sebastian admits that his attraction for Rachel has something a bit perverse about it-an odd theme that runs the length of this romance set in 19th-century England. To save Rachel from another jail term, he hires her as his housekeeper, a position, everyone assumes, that includes more intimate duties. After it becomes obvious that Rachel suffered at the hands of her husband, Sebastian continues to force Rachel to submit to his own selfish desires. Gaffney tries to justify this by the fact that he wants only ``to give her pleasure,'' while her dead husband had found ``pleasure in giving her pain.'' The explanation is not enough to take the bad taste from one's mouth, nor does it help endear a hero who in one scene allows his jaded London friends to spend an amusing evening in tormenting Rachel about her past. Gaffney may have written a different kind of romance, but it is also unsavory.(Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451405357
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Wyckerley Trilogy , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    This book contains rape

    I started this book expecting a lovely romance up to the amazing standards Mrs. Gaffney had set with 'Wild at Heart' and 'To Love And To Cherish'. The 'hero', Sebastian, hires Rachel as his housekeeper on a whim, thus saving her from jail or the workhouse. From that moment on, she is completely in his power, both of them knowing full well that if she leaves, or if he fires her, she'll be sent back. Sebastian shows no compunction about abusing his power in ways that, today, would have rightly sent him to jail several times over, culminating in no less than rape. This is not a case of 'forced seduction': Rachel is very clear about not wanting to have sex with Sebastian, and he is perfectly aware of that, and simply doesn't care. I would have found such scenes shocking in a romance if they involved the villain, having the 'hero' do shuch things is beyond sickening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    I loved this book almost as much as the 1st one in the series.  

    I loved this book almost as much as the 1st one in the series.  A previous reviewer states that the actions of the "hero", Sebastian, are sickening.  And, yes, for a while they are.  But, that's the point.  There's no redemption if there wasn't the callous, bad behavior first.  Rachel and Sebastian save each other, and that's what makes it so moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    One of the best written and provocative of the genre...

    Enjoyed this immensely -- really couldn't put it down -- it involved all the senses: mind, heart, soul, and sex. Strongly recommend it. Sort of Laurens, Beverly, Kleypas with an edge...

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