- Copertina flessibile: 360 pagine
- Editore: Shelley Bradley LLC (17 ottobre 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1936596105
- ISBN-13: 978-1936596102
- Peso di spedizione: 535 g
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Kira is simply one of the best and most complex heroines I have ever read about in a romance novel. She is half Persian and she is considered bad blood. She cannot find her place either in London or Persia. She desires peace and a family and the only one able to provide these for her is a sweet vicar. The Vicar knows of her past but dismisses it. He does not love Kira but desires to save her. This too-good-to-be-true vicar has an important cousin though, Gavin Daggett, the Duke of Cropthorne
Gavin has heard the rumors surrounding Kira and is appalled. He decides seducing her is the only way to show his cousin her true nature. Of course, the seducer becomes the seduced. Shelly Bradley doesn't take the easy road with these two characters though. Gavin is prejudiced against Kira's Middle Eastern bloodline. Furthermore, he feels ashamed and guilty for his prejudice. His seduction is despicable and he knows this but seems unable to stop things once they are in motion.
Kira is so incredibly lonely that it is totally understandable why she would see Gavin's cousin as her savior. It also explains why she responds so quickly to Gavin's seduction. He portrays kindness and acceptance, something she has never had her entire life from the ton. He is also passionate and ready to take a stand on her behalf.
Gavin has his own demons to exorcise. He does not want to succumb to real love and passion, else he end up like his father, an indiscriminate womanizer. His transformation is slow but by the end of the book he is totally redeemed and worthy of his heroine. Kira was bold, brave and had a wealth of kindness. Her unselfish nature and confidence were amazing even under some of the most trying circumstances. This book will most assuredly go on my keeper shelf.
I felt so bad for Kira. Circumstances and conventions of the time made her life hell. She tries to stay strong, but the glimpses of her heartbreak were all the more poignant for it. I can't even imagine what it would have been like for her back then. Not only is she vilified for something she didn't do, but the fact that her mother is Persian was unacceptable for the times. Simple proof that bigotry and racism are alive and well in all times throughout history. When you add in the burden of class and ranking of the time, poor Kira never had a chance.
I really wanted to just beat Gavin, so many times. I thought he was a horrible snob of the worst sort for a good portion of the book. His issue with her foreign ancestry really cranked me. How could I love him as a hero when he couldn't look past the color of her skin. I had to keep reminding myself it was a fact of the times and his upbringing. However, he has his own past burdens to bear. A scandalous childhood has formed him into the coldhearted man we see in this book. He is a proud man with the conviction that he must save his family from scandal. One other character I want to mention is Darius, Kira's brother. I fell a little in love with him. The way he protects his sister at all costs is amazing.
This brings me around to what I loved about this book; the themes of family and what we will do to protect them. There are so many fabulous moments that illustrate this. Most of all, this book did a great job of making me feel. For me there is nothing better. When I can experience rage, heartbreak, jealousy, love, and even a few moments of gut wrenching danger, all in one book? That's a win as far as I am concerned. Despite the fact that I wanted to hurt Gavin, I also wanted to hug Kira and flirt with Darius all while beating down a few of the judgmental bitches that call themselves Lady's.
I think I will have to go back and find the book before this that tells the story of Gavin's cousin, Strictly Seduction. It looks just as interesting!