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Secrets Of An Accidental Duchess: Number 2 in series (Donovan Sisters) (Inglés) Libro de bolsillo – 22 mar 2012

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"Sweep-you-off-your-feet historical romance! Jennifer Haymore sparkles!" "New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle on A TOUCH OF SCANDAL""

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As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes-quiet, sometimes-raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she's earned degrees in Computer Science and Education and held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she's never stopped writing.

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I thought there'd be a good story under all that florid language. 13 de febrero de 2012
Por rameau - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
This is the first time I've heard of Jennifer Haymore, and had I known what to expect I most likely would have passed the opportunity to read her work. This isn't going to be a positive review.

The title is misleading. There really weren't that many secrets this accidental duchess had and the ones there were, were revealed quite quickly and without in a timely fashion. His secrets too.

There really should be a series warning for all unsuspecting readers. Not that I was one of them. I knew I was jumping in in the middle of a series, but that wasn't the problem. The problem was the extensive character gallery I was expected to familiarise myself with immediately. To this moment I wouldn't be able to name and place all the important side characters. I barely remember the main characters, but that has more to do with the poor characterisations or lack there of. More about that later.

From the very start I realised that Haymore's writing style wasn't for me. I happen to think there's a difference between detailed and florid-one of which is good and the other one isn't-I thought she crossed that line, although, it did get slightly better when action overtook the moment.

Speaking of things that were better than expected, the sex scenes were a positive surprise. Despite the fact that the her happiness was dependent on his orgasm, there was nothing too awkward or unintentionally hilarious. I found these scenes quite titillating, which is a first in a professionally published work for a while.

Having said that, I still think there was more passion between Max and his rival Fenwicke than there ever was between Max and Olivia. That's because of the characterisations. Max and Olivia both felt so flat and uninteresting in comparison that over the top evil Fenwicke appeared to the only three dimensional character in the book. I could have handled the brutality and the abuse described, had it been properly addressed and not been reduced to a mere plot device. Fenwicke was nothing more than a ploy to create drama and angst where none was needed as the relationship between Max and Olivia had its existing inner tensions.

What's worse, neither Fenwicke or his victims were addressed with enough care or attention, but they were quickly dismissed as their part in the storyline expired.

I could dwell on the idiocy of the two main characters exhibited throughout and especially towards the end of this book, but suffice to say that there's a reason why I shelved this book under the too-stupid-to-live category. I'm not just talking about the contradiction between a gentleman willing to seduce a virgin but reluctant to fight dirty when being attacked by a mob, I'm talking about the lack of pure survival instinct. He'd rather beat up a man in his weakened state than run to save her life.

I'm aware that my generation nor that the one of my parents'-or their parents'-invented sex, but to read about sisters-one of which is an unmarried virgin-talk about contraception sounded too modern to fit the time to me. There was also another instance, when Olivia was asking Max to give her space , that felt out of place in this historical setting.

Also as detail orientated as the author is, I was surprised how easily Olivia could wolf down her meal despite the injury to her throat.

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.**
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Really liked 5 de junio de 2012
Por Ramblings From This Chick Blog - Publicado en
I just finished Secrets of an Accidental Duchess and I'm just all over the place. I'm feeling so many different emotions now that I've finished this book. I really enjoyed this book but there were a few times I had to put this book down because it became a little rough to get through. It wasn't bad at all but this book was definitely not a light read. In fact, the villain of this story is so heinous and brutal and some of his actions made me shudder. Besides my hatred of the villain, I really enjoyed the story and all of the characters that are in it.

Let me just start off by saying that I love Max. I love Max so freaking much! Watching him and Olivia both fall in love with each other was great to watch. Their interactions with each other and just the way they both opened up to one another was great. There really weren't any games between them and I liked that. I liked that they both fell and fell hard.

I'll admit that the first couple of chapters kind of dragged for me a bit, but once Olivia and Max started interacting with each other the story just picked up and I found myself unable to stop reading. I loved getting to know who both Olivia and Max were. The type of people they were inside and out. Both are caring and so full of love. I was worried that I might not like Olivia based off of reading the back of the book. I'm not the biggest fan of heroines that always need saving and are helpless. That wasn't the case at all with Olivia. Everyone may try to baby her and shelter her but she definitely doesn't need it. She is strong and if given the chance, independent. She is also selfless. She willingly put others first to save them even if it costs her so much more. She doesn't back down when times get hard and I loved that about her.

With Max, in the beginning he's portrayed as a womanizing rake that doesn't have a care in the world and could care less about another feelings. That was not the case at all. Max is so caring and considerate. He fights for what he believes in and the ones he loves and cares about. He is truly good even though it takes him a while to realize it.

As I said before, I really enjoyed this story. I loved meeting the rest of the Donovans and I am eagerly awaiting the next book from Jennifer Haymore. I can't wait to see how things end up for the rest of the Donovans. I also will be checking out the first book in this series, Confessions of an Improper Bride. I loved seeing the little tidbits of Serena/Meg and her husband and I am very curious about their book.

**ARC copy provided by NetGalley/Forever Romance Publishing**
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What happens when you most unbelievable dreams come true? 3 de febrero de 2012
Por Mary Gramlich - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
Olivia Donovan grew up in a house full of sisters being viewed as the weak link. Having contracted malaria as a small child Olivia knows that every day she is susceptible to a recurrence of the fevers. Olivia does not want to be treated like a china doll on a shelf and the minute she meets Max, her wishes for adventure may come true.

Max never thinks of Olivia as frail or less than perfect, he sees her beauty and yearns to place a gentle hand on Olivia's beautiful face. Max is more than interested in Olivia and the ridiculous bet he made to win her affection have nothing to do with his intention. Being competitive has made Max strong but the mere sight of Olivia astounds him and there is no amount of compensation for that reward.

When Olivia chooses adventure over sedentary the game she and Max begin to play is dangerous with severe consequences. Olivia throws care to the wind and goes after the one thing she has always wanted and feared she would never have intimacy. Her life is too set in one direction, shifting the sand is going to be fun.

With all the joy in the forefront, neither Max nor Olivia could see the darkness right behind them. The entire Donovan family is taking on a mad, cruel man bent on ruining Olivia just because it will hurt Max. When both of them are shocked with the severity of this man's vendetta Max and Olivia wonder who will come to the rescue of these two lost souls.

Jennifer Haymore writes intriguing, detail orientated stories wrapped around the most glorious depths that is the romance of love. The scenarios and details that Ms. Haymore creates make every reader feel as if they too are being held captive by the magic that is the blush of true love.
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Excellent Romance 4 de marzo de 2012
Por Jessica McKelden Cave - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
I've read other Jennifer Haymore novels, but not from this series. While this is the second book in the series, and I haven't read the first, I was not disappointed.

Olivia, our heroine, is a really great character. Her weakness is quickly apparent - she's "sickly." She is not the traditional sickly, though, but it somewhat rules her life. The big thing that made a difference for me: she doesn't let her semi-frequent illness define her life. She remains active and doesn't let anything get to her; she's moved on with her life and refuses to let it get the best of her. She's very quick-witted and clever. Most of all, though, she knows exactly what she wants - until she begins falling for Max.

Max is one of the best heroes that I've had the pleasure of reading about in a long, long time. He's sexy and strong (both physically and emotionally). My favorite thing about him was that as soon as he saw Olivia, he knew he wanted her. Not in a completely sexual way, like many heroes in romance novels these days, but he truly felt something for her. He was drawn to her in a way that he couldn't explain. I think this is, largely, what made me love him as a character. He doesn't see Olivia as "less" than she is, just because of her illness, but is truly interested in helping her live her life normally - as long as he's part of it.

The plot is truly just as excellent. There's a ton going on, but it just adds to the story, rather than taking from it. There's the villain who really did make my skin crawl. He is well written and you know pretty much right off that he's the enemy. This plot escalates, finally culminating with tons of exciting action. The romantic plot was well done and completely believable. The subplot with Jessica and Beatrice is interesting and ties in well with the rest of the plots. These plots don't just happen to be taking place in the same location with related characters - they're all related and build off of one another.

Jennifer Haymore was already firmly in my to-read pile, but I think with this book, she jumps straight to auto-buy. I've purchased the first book in the series and look forward to reading Serena and Jonathan's story very soon.
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4.5 Star - This book grabbed me! 3 de agosto de 2012
Por Leah Weller - Publicado en
I won this book on the Hanging With Bells blog and is the fist book by Jennifer that I've read. It is the third book in the Donovan Series. I WILL be on the hunt for her other books! This book grabbed me and didn't let go until I read the last paragraph. I knew that I would love Olivia and Max from the moment they lay eyes on each other at a ball. Having suffered a bout of malaria as a child, Olivia's family treat her as if she is delicate because of the fevers she still suffers from occasionally. In reality, she is very strong and independent. Max has a rival, Leonard, that makes a bet with him that he cannot seduce Olivia. Max accepts an invite from Olivia's brother-in-law to partake in a hunt at his estate so he can get close to her. Once there, he realizes that she is someone he admires and wants to know and he soon regrets this bet. They both find themselves falling for each other even though they both have declared their intent to remain single. Their story takes you down a road of sweet love and into one of unspeakable jealousy and horrors at the hand of Leonard that involves Max and Olivia and, in turn, her family. Leonard's wife suffers at his hand also. I laughed, teared up, and went through nail biting moments while reading this book. Jennifer Haymore keeps you engrossed from the beginning to the end with no lagging in between. I can't wait to read more by her!

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