She gave him her innocence . . .
Lady Aline Marsden was brought up to marry a man of her own class, but from the moment she meets John McKenna, she risks everything to be with him.
He gave her his heart
Although their love is forbidden, McKenna's passion for the beautiful Aline is too compelling to deny.
When their secret is discovered, their world is shattered. McKenna is forced to leave forever, unaware that the only reason Aline has given him up is to save him.
Now McKenna has returned, a powerful man determined to take revenge against the woman who broke his heart. But the magic between them burns as fiercely as ever . . . and as McKenna uncovers Aline's deepest secret, together they discover a love that will defy Fate itself.
Kleypas (Worth Any Price, etc.) has made a name for herself with her darkly sensual historical romances and her willingness to treat the social issues of the Victorian era with the same intensity she brings to the relationships in her novels. Her latest book follows the romance between childhood friends Lady Aline Marsden and stable boy John McKenna. When the budding romance between Aline and McKenna is discovered, McKenna is banished from the estate. In order to protect him from her father's wrath, Aline makes McKenna believe that she's rejecting him because of his lowly status. Now a real estate tycoon in New York City, McKenna returns with a plan to seduce and abandon Aline as punishment for her earlier rejection. However, McKenna is unaware of the secrets Aline has kept all this time, and he's unprepared for the passion that he and Aline still share. Although the conflict between hero and heroine could be resolved with one honest conversation, the author creates a believable reason for their continued silence. Kleypas also explores some intriguing issues, particularly in a subplot involving Aline's sister and a charming alcoholic who accompanies McKenna. All in all, this is another solid effort from an author who has established herself as one of the premier names in the genre.
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A Winning Regency Romance!
The title of this book is so apropos for me because Ms. Kleypas’ magical writing sent me into transports…again, as I started this series at the beginning and read the first book in the series. There were actually two romances fomenting in this book, two sisters who thought they were doomed to spinsterhood and magically found second chances in love. Lady Aline grows up with and falls in love with a stable boy called McKenna but later denounces him supposedly because of class differences—and McKenna shows up years later and the magic begins again. And her sister, Lady Livia, mourns her dead lover for years only to meet and fall in love with a rich wastrel called Gideon at a house party who stirs up Livia’s magic again. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series!
Again the magic
The best book of this writer!!!!!!
Love the story & characters!