EBOOK / KINDLE [A Well Favored Gentleman] by Christina Dodd
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Turn ahhhh This was a Nook e book read I am beginning to get the hang of it and like the feel of it in my hand This was the second book in a set and it was okay I read it while I was on vacation and am just now commenting on it All that comes to my mind isseduction lust sexover and over again uite boring Also it left some of the characters wanting for their stories but I did not find any links on Ms Dodd s web site to indicate there were any I m surprised to see this book referred to as paranormal romance I happen to dislike paranormal and was disappointed when Christina Dodd began to write about shape shifters etc so feel compelled to defend this delicious historical romance A Well Favored Gentleman has a great deal in common with Dodd s delightful and steamy Governess Brides series than with her paranormal series Yes there is a touch of myth and magic here inspired by local lore but the story doesn t really hinge on this Rather the selkie legend adds to the atmosphere of a particular place and time This next part is SPOILERISH but only to the extent that might help readers who dislike paranormal choose not to miss out on this book for the wrong reason If the well favored gentleman of the title is exceptionally beautiful charming and determined not to be separated from his chosen mate maybe it s because he s descended from a long ago doomed union between a human and a selkie the irresistibly enchanting sea creature of Celtic coastal mythology Dodd s story doesn t hinge on our believing in the myth It s just a magical idea that happens to parallel certain aspects of the Hh relationship Selkies in the authentic myth not invented by Dodd as a basis for her novel were enchanted seals who could live briefly as human beings of ethereal beauty In order to eep a selkie as his wife the man who fell in love with her would have to play a cruel trick stealing and hiding her seal skin so she couldn t return to the sea When the bad boy hero of A Well Favored Gentleman uses less than honorable methods to secure his bride there is an implicit relationship between his behavior and the act of the long ago male ancestor who tricked captured wed loved and finally lost a magical selkie bride That s pretty much the extent of this novel s paranormal influence a poignant and bittersweet backstory that makes us long for an HEA This book and it s companion novel A Well Pleasured Lady both can stand alone are among my favorites in a long history as a fan of Christina Dodd s sexy witty and beautifully crafted historicals Even when her bad boy characters behave abominably they can t uite hide the intrinsic goodness at their core And instead of making us loathe them until some Big Misunderstanding is resolved Dodd redeems her male protagonists in time so that we can enjoy seeing their women enslave them in return Recommended especially to fans of Connie Brockway s historicals I think Dodd and Brockway have done a book or two together their styles are complementary and both excel at gentle humor sharp repartee and luscious sex scenes 25 stars for this weird Scottish Gothic romance We liked it better than the first one in the series although there are still some consent issues What we appreciated was the commitment to full on illogic We have supernatural creatures Selkies who make weird pacts with a million bizarre codicils young women who can disguise their appearance with some goose fat cinders and stuffing for their clothes convoluted inheritance schemes and magic mood rings It s a lot of fun if you can handle the nonconsensual sex2 Word Summaries Laine Secret SelkiesMeg Animal attractionwwwlinktreeplottrysts I admit I m not too fond of paranormal romance I like a good ol historical romance without any magic and such I came to a conclusion that I wouldn t have minded it too much Maybe that s part of the reason the book did not sell to me But what mostly bothered me was SPOILER SPOILER the heroine being taken in her sleep OO I just really cannot fathom how this can be considered romantic There were some nice and funn A Well Favored Gentleman is the story of Alanna and IanWow this was a roller coaster rideThis book started out with the hero trying to reclaim his heritage from his lecherous dad however soon we meet a masuerading witch a wild dog understood the legend and legacies of the Selkies witnessed a love triangle a semi non con seduction lots of magic mayhem and murder cried through heartbreaking deaths miraculous revivals and finally a sweet epilogueThere were parts I adored parts where I bawled and finally parts where I eye rolled and wished the book was much shorterHowever overall I enjoyed itSafe35. E her houseNow with skill and charm Ian must penetrate the lady's defenses and boldly lay claim to her body and spirit But first he must prove himself worthy and he holds the power to enchant and delight inflame and inspireand to convince this lady her true home is in her lover's heart.
Re pearl from the ocean s depths the MacLeod s protect their section of the ocean with an eleborate set of checks and balancesbefore Alanna s birth Leslie Fairchild came to Fionnaway Manor and fell in love with a selkie Muirne a wild selkie who was eager to Grumpy, Frumpy, Happy, Snappy A Silly Monster Opposites Book know what the above water world was like but Leslie was not true and when Muirne is pregnant he abandons her she raises her son Ian until his 11th birthday when she must return to the sea after delivering him to Leslie Leslie was a horrible father demeaning angry and Ian eventually struck out on his own made a fortune traveled the world but didn t find hme Alanna is born lady of the manor to a weak mother who died when she was young and to an alcoholic father who did not attend to the needs of his people Alanna learned to manage her father and the estate loving the people and the land Until her 16th birthday when her father died and left Leslie Fairchild as her guardian when she turned 17 he tried to rape her and would have succeeded she could not escape him except he could not hold an erection She runs away to the witch s hut and lives and trains with the witch disguising herself to look old and witchy and stepping into the witches shoes on her death until she turns 21 and can claim Fionnaway She loves her people she deeply feels the responsibility of the land the people and the pact She plans to claim her land to find a weak man who will concede control to her to marry and not repeat her mother s mistakesLeslie is dying we find out of a wasting drowning disease because he broke his marriage vow to Muirne and sends for Ian suggesting to Ian that he will inherit Fionnaway and Ian comes and feels at home and remembers his youth he is half selkie and fears the ocean he almost drowned at age of 4 when his mother could not protect him affects the weather wears a ring with a pearl given to him by his mother that allows him to read people s aurasemotions low self esteem lonely and a lot of money and Ian arrives a month before Alanna s birthdayand it takes a bit but Ian finally figures out that the witch who is easing his father s pains is in fact the Lady Alanna that all the workers and land renters tell stories about some saying she is dead some saying she ll returnand he goes to her hut and she has taken some laudum because she hurt her ankle and he seduces her slowly gently thoroughly and she wakes up with vague dreams but no memory He seduces her with the intention of claiming her and her land of forcing her into marrying him as she will inherit in a month and the lands won t go to her cousins She has the priest who is the selkie caretaker and Armstrong who is the human caretaker to consult and decides it is time to stake her claim and she sheds her costume in the town suare and takes her rightful placeAnd Ian does claim her and tells her to leave her door unlocked and when she doesn t he visits her in her dreams making love to her but not taking her to completion During the days he accompanies her all around the lands meeting and helping the crofters and workers and after a week on her birthday she leaves the castle and goes out a secluded grass area overlooking the sea alone until he joins her and seduces her out in the open and she remembers their first night and she takes him to the hut and they talk and she realizes she loves him and that he needs her than even the land She takes him to the priest they tell him of the pact he agrees to uphold his part they marry she is to take their marriage certificate and other important documents to a cave that one needs to swim to and he orders her not to his fear of the ocean reuires itBut then that evening his father tells that they cannot inherit the land because Ian is a bastard they leave the castle for the hut again she tells him she loves him though shenows he isn t uite ready to hear it and in the morning she goes to the priest verifies that Ian is not a bastard which she suspected because Leslie is dying as the legend says one would do who breaks a promise to a selkie to Ian s mother and Leslie s spouse and she goes to the cave and gets the reuired documents but the tide is coming in and she is being pulled under and Ian goes to the priest who sends him after her and he overcomes his anxiety and plunges in and finds her and with the help of his motherselkieseal they are propelled to shore and to safety only to find her cousin has جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها killed the priest who is a selkie and attacked his brother and attacks Ian and Ian is stabbed and dies and Alanna calls to the powers that be and the ocean takes him and then returns him and then he lives and he can accept her love and give his love in re. GlishmanIan Fairchildnows that Fionnaway belongs to him alone For years he yearned for the cherished place where he passed his childhood He can secure his rights to the manor only through marriage with the enigmatic Alanna but the exuisite hellion has warned him at nifepoint to leav.
I love regencies with some fantasy woven in especially if they include some pretty hot love scenes Warning if forced seduction is an issue for you you ll want to pass on this one While I wouldn t tolerate the hero s behavior in a contemporary romance it worked for me in this setting Both Ian dark and brooding and Alanna proud and independent as well as the other important characters were nicely drawn I especially enjoyed Wilda The plot moved along well with a couple of surprises The use of magic enriched the story as did the Scottish coast setting There were a couple of instances of anachronistic dialog but they didn t detract from the overall story for me I don t feel it was necessary to read the previous book A WELL PLEASURED LADY in order to enjoy this one although you would have background on Ian and his family In the second book in the Well Pleasured series Ian Fairchild arrives at Fionnaway Manor in Scotland at his dying father s behest As one of the infamous Fairchilds he s an illegitimate son trapped in a cruel family who taunts him and makes him feel inferior He s also part Selkie and has abandonment issues since his seal shifter mother left him when he was a childLady Alanna MacLeod is the long lost rightful heir and mistress of the manor She ran away four years ago to escape an unsuitable marriage and now plans to return on her twenty first birthday to take control of the manor and her lands Unfortunately for her Ian wants her property just as badly as she does He s the son and heir to the cruel Leslie Fairchild Alanna s guardian When she returns Ian nows he ll only get the property through marriage so he sets out to seduce her I couldn t relate to Alanna and Ian They re both strong stubborn characters but they constantly butted heads He s so desperate for a home and a place to belong that he selfishly seduces her without a care to her wants and needs Likewise she s so na ve and hopeful to win back her home from Leslie that she can t see all the problems ahead of her As a land owning woman in her time period she doesn t have many rights and needs a husband to secure her future It s not right or fair but that s how things worked Given her options I found her very foolish for not giving Ian a chance to prove himself Also the age difference irked me She s 21 and he s 34 It was a little much for me Though I liked parts of this book I don t understand why Alanna and Ian catered to Leslie who was an absolutely horrible person He despises his son and makes everyone around him miserable In the previous book he even had a woman s hand chopped off as a jokeAs with the first book this one is considered politically incorrect Maybe I m just jaded but I didn t think this one was that bad Yes Ian sleeps with Alanna and takes her virginity when she s drugged and unable to consent but he didn t hurt her and she was awake enough to moan in pleasure even though she thought the experience was a wonderful dream I agree what he did was wrong but I ve read much worse in other books I wish Sebastian and Mary from book one would ve made an appearance Ian s cousin Wilda was here and she s childish than I remember Still I liked the development of her character I enjoyed the history of the Selkies the description of the Highland landscape and the Hh s romance once they finally worked through their differences I would ve liked an epilogue or some detail about how the Selkie pact will change since the death of one of the guardians There s one book in the series a novella in the Scottish Brides anthology and I look forward to reading it 3 Stars I remember loving this book as a young woman but upon rereading it recently I was horrified by the hero s blatant rape of the heroine A Well Favored Gentleman is appalling in how thoroughly it s plotted out executed by the hero and celebrated raping her for the greater good so he can have a place in the world and cavalierly treated by the author The author is skilled enough that she clearly could have found another way to accomplish her ends I d thought this was a terrible thematic one off but found another heroheroine rape scene in another of her novels this week I will not be reading any of her novels Confusing paranormal elementsBizarre and somewhat suicky seductionFelt like it could have been much shorterVague bad guys with a nefarious plot that makes little senseDeus ex machina endingFor all that some of it was charming Too much weighing it down though I will try Dodd again but I ll look for another sale price A charming story The MacLeod s have a pact with the selkies off their shore a mutual pact to aid and protect one another the selkies provide a ra. Where has she been The rumors fly throughout the Scottish countryside about Lady Alanna the beautiful and mysterious displaced mistress of Fionnaway Manor And now she has emerged from hiding only to find her beloved estate besieged by greedy relativesand coveted by a darkly handsome En.
EBOOK / KINDLE A Well Favored Gentleman by Christina Dodd
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