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A Most Dangerous Affair Mar 20, 2008
Viola Haversham had loved Marcus Kingsley all her life. So, when he finally he finally proposed marriage it seemed like all of her dreams had come true and she fully expected to live happy ever after with the love of her life. For his part, Marcus has just been waiting for Viola to grow up.
But when Viola stumbles across Marcus in a compromising position with another woman on the night they are to announce their engagement, she is crushed. And when Marcus marries the other woman, it is the destruction of all that she has ever wanted.
Now years have past and Marcus has returned to be with his dying father and when his father passes on, to assume the responsibilities of his title. However, Marcus also has another agenda. He wants Viola to forgive him for the past and give him another chance. But can Viola forget the pain he caused her and ever trust him again?
I picked up A Most Dangerous Affair because I love historical romances, but by the end of the book I was simply frustrated. I had a very difficult time forgiving Marcus and that greatly took away from my enjoyment of this book. Marcus' indiscretion was caused because he mistook the other woman for Viola due to the fact that they were both wearing the same mask at a masquerade.
However, to me, this made Marcus a hero to which I couldn't warm up to. Viola is supposedly the love of Marcus' life yet he can't tell the difference between her and another woman to the point where he can literally make love to another woman and be convinced she is Viola based on a mask? What happened to the romantic idea that a romance hero can tell his soul mate by her kiss and by her scent? And the fact that Viola walked in on him literally in the middle of making love to this woman made the scene that much harder to resolve. Add to this the fact that Marcus was forced to marry this woman because he got her pregnant and then appeared to be just fine with the marriage, and you have a romance that left me wishing for Viola to find a true hero. When Marcus returns looking for Viola's forgiveness I never felt like he truly deserved it.
Christy Gissendaner appears to be an author who has talent. Regardless of how much I found myself unable to connect with Marcus and how much I really didn't want Viola to forgive him, I still found her story well written. I truly believe that without Marcus' identity crisis I would have found myself totally absorbed. I will be looking for Ms. Gissendaner's books in the future in hopes that her next hero won't fall so flat and that her writing will shine through.
Melissa Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
Four Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies! Aug 15, 2007
Viola Haversham is almost officially a spinster. Having loved with her whole heart years ago and having it broken, Viola refuses to even consider finding someone to love again. She goes through the motions of living her life when in actuality, she is slowly dying inside. Years ago, Viola and Marcus loved each other and were going to be married. However, on the night of their masked engagement ball, Viola found Marcus making love to another woman in the same mask as she was wearing. Fleeing into the night, she refused to listen to Marcus as he tried to explain. When the woman that Marcus was with discovered she was pregnant, Marcus married her although Viola was the one he continued to love. Viola was crushed again months later when Marcus' wife died in childbirth and he escaped to India. She hopes time will heal her wounds but it is not to be.
Marcus Kingsley has loved Viola since she was five years old and kicked him out of a tree. Watching her grow up was agony because he knew that he needed to wait for her, and wait he did. When Viola finally turned 18, Marcus was free to pursue her as a potential husband. Unbeknownst to Marcus, there was one plotting to keep the lovers apart. When Marcus saw Viola in the mask he bought for her at their engagement ball, he seduced her. However, it was not Viola at all, but Agnes, the Countess of Weatherington's daughter. Once Marcus realized that he was making love to the wrong woman he was horrified. Viola refused to see him or listen to explanations. Agnes became pregnant, and Marcus did the only thing he could and married her. Sadly, Agnes perished in childbirth, and Marcus ran away to India to lick his wounds. Three years later, he is ready to face his demons and Viola once more and refuses to rest until Viola has forgiven him and becomes his wife.
Never before has a book taken me on such an emotional roller coaster as A MOST DANGEROUS AFFAIR has done. Not only was I on a roller coaster, but I had to fight with myself to be on Marcus' side. Very rarely am I sympathetic to a hero who strays, but once the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, I realized that Marcus truly and deeply loved Viola and never meant to break her heart. I can now only fault him for not knowing how Viola kissed and therefore, being able to tell that she was not the woman he was making love to. As for Viola, she has to be the most stubborn heroine I have ever come across; but for good reason. She was devastated by Marcus's betrayal and refuses to be hurt again, ever.
Having never read anything penned by Christy Gissendaner, I was unprepared for the intensity of A MOST DANGEROUS AFFAIR. That said, let me be the first to say that this book exceeded expectations and by the end, I can say A MOST DANGEROUS AFFAIR is one of the better books I have read in a long time. The story flowed, the suspense kept you on the edge of your seat, and overcoming adversity, the characters were free to love each other. The making of a truly, good read. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Gissendaner in the future.
***Natasha Smith, Romance Junkies***
A MOST DANGEROUS AFFAIR Feb 16, 2007
FROM THE BACK COVER:
After losing the boy she thought she would love forever, Viola Haversham never wanted to face the man he has become. But now he is back, threatening the wall she has built around her heart. Older and infinitely wiser, Viola vows to never fall under his seductive spell again.
Three years after a cruel twist of fate separated them, Marcus Kingsley never forgot the girl he was forced to leave behind. When he returns to England to assume his father's ducal title, Marcus realized that his feelings are just as strong as they ever were. Unfortunately, Viola is determined to reject his every advance. Can he convince her to give him (and love) a second chance?
I enjoyed the story I actully read it in one day. The only thing I didn't like was how long Viola stayed mad at Marcus. I will be checking out other books by Christy Gissendaner.