Friday, 22 October 2010

When a Stranger Loves Me - A Book Review by Voodoo Bride

When a Stranger Loves Me by Julianne MacLean

What is it about:
I saved his life . . . and I had much to demand in return.

When he washed up on shore, I knew my prayers had been answered, and that I, Lady Chelsea Campion, need no longer fear poverty and heartbreak. To secure my family's estate, all I needed was a child. Handsome, clearly noble-born, and with no memory of his previous life, the mysterious man was perfect. All I had to do was visit his bedchamber and seduce him. I had expected him to be a skillful, scandalously wonderful lover, but once in his arms I was overcome by something more than mere passion. I had fallen hopelessly, desperately in love.

My plan has gone shockingly awry. But I will not give up a man who makes me feel such wicked ecstasy. No matter his true identity, no matter the secrets he struggles to remember, I will do anything in this world to make this stranger love me.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
If you're thinking this book is written in 1st person: It's not.
That out of the way: I really liked this book. Chelsea is a sweet, innocent character thinking she's quite the clever, scheming seductress and this is what makes the story work for me. Had she really been as scheming as she thinks she is I wouldn't have liked her, but in this case I really felt for her and got dragged into the story, hoping she wouldn't get herself too tangled up in the mess she's creating and really wanting to see her get her happy end. The one negative thing in this story is that I think the plot got unnecessary complicated near the end as some extra obstacles got thrown up that could have easily been left out and which would have lead to a more balanced story in my opinion. Still it's one of the better historical romances I've read lately.

Why should you read it:
It's a very nice Historical Romance


M.A.D. said...

When a Stranger Loves Me sounds pretty good! Sometimes we need a *break* from chasing zombies, huh? ;D

btw - if you've never read anything by Barbara Erskine you MUST lol
Her paranormal romances are just about the best thing ever! The first one of hers I read was Lady of Hay (long read but worth every word).

Sullivan McPig said...

Hmmm, Voodoo Bride will look into it. thanks for the recommendation

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Awesome review!! I haven't read anything by this author, maybe i will pick this one up.