A classic tale of sensuous secrets and unanticipated passion, from the extraordinary New York Times bestselling author The toast of the town ... All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet--and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not ...
A classic tale of sensuous secrets and unanticipated passion, from the extraordinary New York Times bestselling author The toast of the town ... All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet--and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention ... and cannot love. For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony's invisible chains. And he is astonished to discover his "bride" is none other than the exquisite lady he'd hoped to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon's--until he conquers her fears, his formidable rivals ... and her proud, passionate, and independent heart.
This book only lacked one thing ? a logical story line. The very idea that a marriage between two young children could be valid is pretty wild. And, since I didn?t buy that, the rest of the story seemed like an exercise in smoke-and-mirrors.
The book seemed overwrought; maybe Lisa Kleypas got caught up in the drama being staged at the Capital Theatre. I really didn?t see love between the two main characters; however, the story abounded in lust and obsession.
The start of the book was very interesting and I settled in for a great story. However, as soon as I found that Julia was running away from a marriage that took place when she was 4, I knew we were in trouble. I gave the book 3 stars because the story was interesting enough to finish - barely.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-03 Married as childrenæhe was seven, and she was fouræDamon, the Marquess of Savage, and Julia Hargate have gone their separate ways. With Julia's dowry, Damon has become rich and powerful; and Julia, who never wanted Damon's title anyway, has transformed herself into Mrs. Jessica Wentworth, the most celebrated actress of Regency London (all men want her, and all women dream of being her). When the couple finally meet as adults and are clobbered by chemistry, Damon has to get used to loving a woman who won't give up her career, and Julia has to figure out how to integrate babies and greasepaint. The theatrical setting distinguishes Kleypas's sensuous formula romance, the first of a two-parter. (The second will be about brilliant actor-manager Logan Scott, "whose powerful yet vulnerable Hamlet was legendary.") (Oct.)
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