BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.
From one of America’s most beloved storytellers comes a classic love story—the breathtaking tale of a man and a woman caught in a web of temptation and seduction.
All she wanted was to escape the hot, crowded London ballroom. But moments after stepping into the bitterly cold night, she is seized by a pair of strong hands and spirited away. Fully expecting to be ravished, sheltered Alexandra Purnell instead finds herself at the mercy of the man who saved her from certain scandal. Edmund, Earl of Amberley, is bold and sensual, tempting Alexandra to be reckless for the first time in her life. But as passion ignites, Edmund’s offer of marriage takes Alexandra completely by surprise. Now a woman who craves her freedom above all else is about to discover how far one man will go to protect and possess the woman he loves.…
I must say I have read most of Mary Balogh's books including those out of print ones which I buy second-hand at great expense. There are some books I do not like as much as others but I have to say that this is the most dreadful book. I will not waste time reading the others in this series.
I felt the urge to smack the heroine at every turn. She was unbelievably stupid and I cannot imagine a woman of that era behaving like her. It was unbelievable how her abusive father suddenly appeared loving to the heroine. Most of the story was about her stupid desire to be free and not really knowing what that meant.
I will not get started on the hero. The only time I felt good about him was when he lost his temper with Alex, the ninny-hammer heroine. Up to that point he was just a major wuss. He then ruined it by apologizing for losing his temper!
I am so disappointed with this book I just had to write a review.