Saturday, January 18, 2014

Intimate Surrender by Laura Landon

The bewitchingly beautiful Hannah Bartlett never meant to fall in love, and certainly not with a vicar. But when she meets Vicar Rafe Waterford, she discovers a warmth and tenderness she’s searched for her entire life. Not until it’s too late does she realize that Rafe holds more than the key to her heart; he possesses the power to destroy her—especially when he discovers who she really is.

For years, Vicar Rafe Waterford’s family has made every attempt to find him a wife and see him settled down. Yet, no lady has enchanted him enough to draw him into matrimony…until he crosses paths with the breathtakingly beautiful Miss Hannah Bartlett. Struck by her wit, her charm, and her heart overflowing with love and compassion, he relentlessly pursues her. But when he discovers the secret she’s kept from him, that she is Madam Genevieve, owner of London’s most famous bordello, their love is tested beyond all measure.

This book just never really came together for me. Neither Hannah nor Rafe were particularly appealing, and it was essentially impossible to believe society ladies accepted her despite her position even if they were childhood friends. I couldn't help but wonder why they hadn't tried to help her escape her situation over the years rather than just providing a space to spend a quiet vacation. Given Hannah's backstory, it was difficult to see why she would choose to continue in the life once she had the means to escape. Rafe was just rather boring, making it hard for me to connect to him or to their relationship. Not a successful offering in my opinion.

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