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IN MY WILDEST FANTASIES
JULIANNE MAC LEAN
ISBN# 9780060819491
October 2007
Avon Books
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Lady Rebecca Newland has been fantasizing about Devon Sinclair, Lord Hawthorne since he rescued her from a runaway carriage when she was seventeen. Now almost twenty-one, her father is trying to force her to marry a man she abhors. Now she hopes he will save her again.

Summoned back to the home he was banished from by a plea from his mother, Devon Sinclair returns to Pembroke Palace to find his father delusional. The duke has changed his will and will leave his money elsewhere if Devon and his three brothers do not marry by Christmas.

A delusional duke and a greedy extortionist push a young couple into a hasty marriage. The two have much to learn about each other and the secrets they keep may push them apart if they are not careful, but a very erotic diary brings them together.

Rebecca and Devon are well written characters. Rebecca is a bit naïve, hoping that Devon will once again be her knight in shining armor, forgetting that he is just a man with faults like anyone else. Devon is willing to use her hero worship for his own ends but finds himself falling in love and he does not like it one bit. He is also intrigued by the diary and what it taught her. I liked Devon’s family, even Vincent to some extent. The duke is clearly insane, but feels he is protecting his family, so he is difficult to dislike. Rebecca’s father, on the other hand, has a lot to be blamed for. He tries to give his only child away to a man he fears and loathes, but redeems himself in the end. The author captures the time period; its mores, her characters very well and combines these with a great love story.

Maura
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