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Posted January 26, 2008
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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Posted August 25, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2003
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...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.