“Book three. A Romance novel. There really isn't much else to say. It's a one read only book for me.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Book three. A Romance novel. There really isn't much else to say. It's a one read only book for me. ”Serephene wrote this review Friday, June 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best book in the series. Loved Ethan and Madeleine as a couple. The were both great charachters, they`ve been through so much pain, they are strong! Great story!”* Magy * wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very heartwarming ending.”rasha t wrote this review Monday, November 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best book of the series. ”DramaQueenLucy wrote this review Sunday, August 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I heard that this was the best of the whole series, and they were sooo right!”Camilia wrote this review Monday, July 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ethan Maccarrick is both the eldest and most complex of the brothers. Cruelly disfigured when the lies of a spurned woman led to Ethan's face being left badly scarred. This incident fueled an unrelenting need for revenge which inadvertently affected an innocent, Maddy Van Rowen, the daughter of the woman whose lies got Ethan hurt.
This book was my favorite of the trilogy, I found the characters of Ethan & Maddy and the complicated issues that forged them (Ethan's scarring, Maddy's poverty) really captivating and was so into this book I read it in one sitting. Highly recommend this!
Grade: A+ ”
“ I truly enjoyed this book. I haven't read historical romance in awhile - my book shelf has been taken over by paranormal romance/urban fantasy. The characters were colorful, real, and full of life. The story line was new to me. (There are so many regency era romances out there that I have given up on the sub-genre. Truth be told, I bought this book about 2 years ago and was just so regency romanced out that I couldn't even look at it, but I am very happy that I got over my historical overdose.)
Ethan, the leading man, is hell bent on revenge and he intends to use Maddy to full his evil plans. Though, once he sees what his revenge plo”
“Given what I've rated the first two books in this trilogy, I'm surprised at the turnaround of events. The books could be read as stand alone because of the overlapping events, but it's better to read them in order. This is undeniably my favorite in the series.
After such a long time, Ethan has finally found a woman who made his heart beat, and made him hard in all the right places. There's a good prologue before everything else, and it really helped that the two brothers convinced Ethan they were misinterpreting their book of fates the wrong way. Though he's not 100% convinced, he can't deny his attraction for Madeleine Van Rowen. She's connected to the Weylands through Claudia, Jane's cousin.
It saddened me how she lost her virtue in a cab, and Ethan's cruel treatment of her. Because she's jaded he assumed she's worldly. Things got worse until he recovered from Grey's bullet. What's more intriguing is her true home in La Marais, which is a slum. It was where she grew up, learned how to face dirt, like poverty in its finest. I liked how it was described, I felt sorry for her and really admired her feat. At such a tender age, she stood on her own feet because her worthless mother abandoned her.
I'd like to just comment on how socially relevant this is. Even though she's not a prostitute, she's as good as one living in those conditions. Maddy is such a strong character and even though she's destitute, she has her dignity intact. She still strives to make it to the next day without broken arms, and when Ethan liberated her from that, of course I felt happy, but I'll also feel he has to rub it in her face where she came from. Though I know he's comparing the luxury she can have when she marries him, I still felt it was degrading.
Ethan's character is a total rehash. I liked how Ms Cole made it work between the two of them aside from being in lust with each other. I hurt for Maddy for all the times she was wronged, and I triumphed with her everytime she survives. Ethan's deception was the final straw, but with everything he did for her, I knew he just has to make a grand apology, and that he did.
In fairness to him, he's still suffering from guilt of his machinations. He was the one who put her in the slums in the first place. He was able to get his revenge on her parents and she suffered for it. I cried when Maddy was afflicted with the cholera, I know that she'll survive because Ms Cole is not known for her tragic endings, I really thought she's not gonna make it, but because of Ethan's stubbornness and love, she was able to recuperated in a safe environment.
I felt the emotions going through the characters, fear of losing a loved one. Finally wanting to live for that someone, and wanting to be a good person for that someone. Wow, the story isn't difficult to love. Aside from the hot love scenes, the happy ending, the wonderful MacCarrick families would live happily ever after.”
“Mmmmmmmm... tortured heroes. Ethan is my favourite of the brothers.”margaret m wrote this review Thursday, December 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No