A wealthy and bitter exile, he most dangerous and desirable man in all of England, he burns to possess a proud, headstrong beauty who is promised to another. But winning Emma Stokehurst's exquisite hand through threats and determination does nothing to fill the empty spaces in Nikola's heart—until passion's magic carries the handsome, tormented prince back to a bygone era of splendor and romantic dreams. For there his destiny awaits him in a distant life. And in one remarkable woman's tender touch—achingly familiar but gloriously new—he must seek the elusive promise of ecstasy . . .and learn, at last, to love.
In English exile from his Russian homeland and his family, Prince Nikolas Angelovsky is a wonderfully romantic, dark and brooding hero complete with a haunted past. One of his occupations in exile has been watching Emma Stokehurst and waiting for her to reach marriageable age. But Emma nearly slips from his grasp when she makes marriage plans of her own to a fortune-hunting scoundrel. Nikki puts the fear of God into her intended, sending him off to marry another heiress. Unaware of the intrigue surrounding her suitor's desertion, the devastated Emma agrees to a marriage of convenience with Nikki, who promises her personal freedom, access to his vast wealth and a lasting sanctuary for her menagerie of abused animals. But once they're married, Nikki steers clear of his bewildered bride, eventually turning ruthlessly cold and hard. This is where the haunted past comes in, one that gives readers a clue as to Nikki's horrid behavior. But readers have no clue that Nikki's about to be zapped back 170 years to 1707, into the character of one of his ancestors. For some 100 pages--practically a novella--Kleypas deserts the main point to plague us with this ancestor's tragic love story, which is intended to teach Nikki a lesson. Kleypas's (Only with Your Love) style is clear and uncomplicated. If one can forgive the flashback (most easily done by skipping it), then the rest of the book is a treat.
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So I just read everything of Lisa’s in order and I started in 1805 with the Vallerands and to go through everything from lord savage, Derek Craven, breeze through the capital theatre and the bow street runners, onto the heart stopping wallflower series ( words do not begin to describe how these books change my love of reading) then the wonderful unconventional Hathaway’s, they are forever in my mind as the care free spirit in a time where darkness surrounds many relationships in the story. Next the quirky and somewhat why but fun loving Ravenels, and to continue St Vincent’s line with Gabriel and Lady Pandora, i could not love Lisa more for creating Pandora. I am constantly looking for glimpses and tidbits on characters through out the years, how I wish Westcliffe and Lilian’s children will make an appearance, as well as Annabelle and Hunt, and Daisy and Matthews. Then to come to the Stokehursts and the Russians, I love love love love these novels Iam so sad to have gotten this far for it seems like an end of an era, and I feel like I know every character, in every series and I am so excited to see who comes next. Nikki is just the basket case I needed to wrap up Lisa’s historicals. And the history in each book blows my mind, the dedication to detail is beautiful.
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