Tuesday, June 30, 2009
A prim, well-bred gentlewoman, Sara Fielding is a writer who puts pen to paper to create dreams. But now curiosity is luring her from the shelter of her country cottage into the dangerous world of Derek Craven -- handsome, tough, and tenacious -- and the most exciting man Sara has ever met.
Derek rose from poverty to become the wealthy lord of London's most exclusive gambling house. And now duty demands that he allow Sara Fielding to enter his perilous realm of ever-shifting fortunes -- with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But there is a hidden strength and sensuality to the lady that captivates him beyond his better judgment. And in this world, where danger lurks behind every shadow, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress -- and a cynical gambler can be shaken to his core by the power of passion and the promise of love.
Let me get this out real quick...I LOVE THIS BOOOOOOKKKKKK!!!! Wow ok I feel better...man this book is simply breathtaking! I can honestly say it has fallen under the "My All Time Fav's" category. Epp! ;o)
Ok, so you meet Sarah. She is the prim and proper virgin author who is researching her newest book about prostitution and gambling. And what better way to do it than go straight to the source...?!?! Sara decides to go to a very popular gambling club ran by the devil himself...Derek Craven. Mr. Craven lived a life of prostitution, thievery and lying as a young boy and had climbed his way to the top only to still fall short by his peers. When the two meet its obvious there is something there but 1) Sara is ALMOST engaged to a gentlemen back home and 2) Derek wants nothing to do with love. Will these two get over their hurtles to be together or will their differences rip them apart?
HOLY SMOKES I LOVED THIS BOOK<3<3<3 LK is the bestest writer out there. lol I mean everything of hers I've been picking up is GOLD!
Derek...oh Derek and that wounded little heart of yours. Derek has such a big heart, yet hes one of those guys who totally put of that front! I really loved how he was a total man whore but loved Sara and her innocence SO MUCH that he refused to ruin her. I hate to claim Derek as a boyfriend of mine (sorry Iz) but I gotta! The man is WONDERFUL...once he let down his shield he was the perfect man! I kept thinking "Ok I'm sure he's going to mess up and then Sara will have to forgive him"...but OMG he was perfect!
Oh and how I loved Sara. What an innocent little mouse! lol I loved how she was so sheltered yet she wasn't judgmental of the differences of others. Even when it was a totally questionable person. And I loved the part in the story where she asked for a kiss from Derek for "research purposes" lol!!! Ya right sweetie!
One really great thing about this story is that no stone was left unturned. Every little issue that came up was solved. Perry, her returning home to her family, Joyce...even the characters from the first book, Lily and Alex. You didn't feel like you were left in the dark or that the author quickly wrote a resolution to any part of the story. Everything was well written and thought out.
GOOOD Snib bit...
"Promise me you won't cut your hair"
Sara couldn't believe he was being so ridiculous. "If I did, it would grow back."
"Promise." he insisted.
"Does my appearance mean so much to you?"
"It's not that. It's...I like to watch you braid it...and the way you let a few curls fall on your neck after you've pinned it up...and when you brush it out at night I know I'm the only man who sees it loose and long over your back. It's a part of you that only I can have."
...REALLY..OMG...*sigh...ok go get the dang book already...what are you waiting for?!?
Ok guys off to read Smooth Talking Stranger...I'm sure another great by LK! :o)