Lady Aline Marsden knows that her role in life is to make an advantageous marriage, but instead she willingly gives her innocence to John McKenna, a “mere” servant on her father’s estate. She is ruined, left to live in the country while John is sent away. Now, years later, he has returned: rich, powerful, and more handsome than before. His plan is to take revenge on the woman he feels betrayed him, but he still cannot resist the passion that flares between them.
Another historical romance novel though much much different from my past historical romance read.
I see a glimpse of Danielle Steel’s style in Kleypas’ writing. Just like how she came up with Aline’s character – a woman with a strong character who is able to face hes disability optimistically and who was able to give up her love for his own protection.
Since I’ve been indulging myself with McNaught’s novels lately, I saw how different Kleypas’ writings were. She was able to show the wild side of England where women do what they want and where they have free will over their marriage.
I like McKenna because he’s a loyal man. He’s very faithful to Aline, which evidently, is the reason why he wasn’t married. I like the fact that he returned to England to claim Aline.
Aline, do you know what hell is?
Yes. Trying to exist with your heart living somewhere outside your body.
No. It’s knowing that you have so little faith in my love, you would have condemned me to a lifetime of agony. To something worse than death.”
However, there are some dull moments within the books and at some point I skipped pages.
Overall, it was a good read. Lisa Kleypas knows how to weave a good and touching love story.
Sleep, my love.
You sleep too.
No. Not when staying awake is better than anything I could find in a dream.
Only a fool argues with his fate.
I’ve finally realized that you were never an illusion. Loving you has been the most real thing in my life.
I suppose things that are unseen are often worse in one’s imagination than they are in reality.
I want you for no reason at all, other than the fact that you’re you. I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.