Book Reviews of The Lover

The Lover
The Lover
Author: Robin Schone
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ISBN-13: 9780758204271
ISBN-10: 0758204272
Publication Date: 4/1/2000
Pages: 310
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 86 ratings
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
Absolutely outstanding gothic erotic thriller, but not for the faint of heart.

Intense erotic thriller with some disturbing themes. Involves Michel de Anges, a career male prostitute named for his ability to make women "see the angels." Michael was disfigured in a fire 5 years ago and no woman has wanted to touch him since. He is surprised and delighted when 36 year old virgin spinster Anne Aimes wants to pay 10000 pounds for one month of his services.

He has longed to touch a woman since the fire, but none have wanted him. He suggests to Anne that she live with him for the duration of the month she is paying for because he is lonely and longs to spend more time with her and experience more intimacy. Anne doesn't want to die a virgin and longs for a man's touch, but doesn't want to marry so chooses an expert male prostitute to ensure that she'll find a man who gives her pleasure. Unknown to Anne, Michel/Michael needs her just as much as she needs him. Michel/Michael is being tormented by an evil villan who kidnapped and tortured his last girlfriend, after which she killed herself in a fire (Michael was scarred trying to rescue her and has never forgiven himself). Michael is very much the tortured hero. Not only is he physically scarred, he's emotionally scarred by the previous girlfriend's death and seeks to "lose himself" in a woman to assuage his pain. He is redeemed through Anne's love and almost can't believe that she wants him to touch her despite his disfiguring scars.

Michael is hiding a terrible secret, however, and the villan who kidnapped and tortured the previous girlfriend threatens Anne and this results in a very emotional and horrifying kidnapping and torture, from which she is rescued by Michael and his lifelong friend Gabriel.

Very graphic, emotionally intense novel with some disturbing scenes. If you're looking for a "sweet" harlequin-type romance, this isn't it. However, if you're ready for something more intense and mature, you will probably enjoy it.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is a very HOT historical romance about a spinster (aged 36) who pays for a male prostitute for 30 days (and nights!) to introduce her to pleasure.
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Helpful Score: 5
Wonderful book----I thoroughly enjoyed it. As other reviewers have said, it has more explicit sex scenes in it. However, they weren't as graphic as some that I have read. She goes into more detail than the typical romance, but it is done very provacatively without using some words that I just prefer not to read (they take the romance out of things!). This book does not do that, it just makes you sweat (in a good way!). I found myself fanning myself a lot! Whew! And if you love your heroes tortured...this one is for you. Michael ranks up there with Lord Sin and Acheron on the tortured list! I can't wait to read the next book about Gabriel. Hopefully it'll be in the mail tomorrow.....:)
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Helpful Score: 3
The sex in this book is great, and the characters are intriguing. (I picked it up one night and stayed up until it was done!) I think the plot is a needlessly complicated, though - an "old" woman and a former male prostitute having lots of erotic sex is plot enough for me!
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Helpful Score: 3
Tries hard to be literary erotica, but doesn't quite pull it off. There are some very erotic moments (though nothing especially excessive like you'd find in Anne Rice's erotica), but be warned that there are plenty of gruesome scenes as well. The backstory motivating the main characters is woven in throughout the book, and I like that the author reveals pieces of it bit by bit, but there were so many passages that I had to read twice to understand exactly what was going on. In other words, parts of it were quite confusing (the whiplash POV switches alone are hard enough to deal with). And I really didn't buy a crucial factor that played into the revenge storyline (I don't want to give anything away, but it relates to the effects of a sex toy). I'm looking forward to reading the follow-up, Gabriel's Woman, to see if "The Lover" isn't this author's best work, or to see if it's me and I just don't "get" this author.
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Helpful Score: 3
VERY Dark romance. Not for everyone. I loved it.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the first book I read by Robin Schone so I don't know if all her books are like this or just this one. It was strange. The sex was great. The main characters were good. The storyline, for the most part, was good but the rest of the storyline was, well, disturbing. I don't want to give anything away - so I'll just say that the things that happened in one of the main characters past comes back to haunt them. I just have a weird feeling about this book. I should mention that I skipped over some of the blah blah blah part (how beautiful the garden looked and the roses were.....). I liked the ending though. :-) I think I would recommend this book - like I said, overall the story was good and the sex was great and I liked the ending. Hope this helps.
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Helpful Score: 2
I find it hard to follow the dialect in this author's books. The sex scenes are hot but the story is hard to follow. I love the flawed hero but this book was just okay for me.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a good read. You kinda have to be in the right frame of mind for this genre-type book..(if you've read THE LOVER, the prequel to this book, you'll understand what I mean) Although, please know that this story line stands on it's own, just fine :))

Personally, I love Robin Schone's work. She is deep, verrry, verrrry dark (yet, lustfully-entertaining)... She is a writer who seems to "get's" what it means to lust, be used-and love it, lol, and yet still yearn for a tender touch or caress. Her plot lines are very thorough, as well as time-period correct, etc., Her research is meticulous and is very evident in her work...

So, if u enjoy a heart-wrenching, gut-twisting romance with lots of hot, dark, deeply-hidden passions and hot, graphic and lurid sex scenes ... you may just have found another "keeper" for your erotic library.

*** NOTE TO SELF: Read "The Lover (Pre-quell), by Robin Schone first. ***
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Helpful Score: 2
If you're a Robin Schone fan, then you know that she often writes in a dark, haunting and sometimes disturbing style. It is quite amazing that an author can create a sense of foreboding and fear, passion and longing--all at the same time.

From the first page, the story draws the reader in, keeps you engaged, wondering how these two tortured souls (actually, many more than just the two main characters) can possibly find peace when surrounded by (haunted by) tragedy, betrayal and injustice. It's not my favorite Schone--that is The Lady's Tutor--but, I believe it is a story that will stay with you long after the final page.

Overall score: 4.25 stars
Story: 4
Romance: 4.5
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Helpful Score: 2
I thought I would try this author, but I really couldnt get into her books. Too dark for me. But they were very erotic.
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Helpful Score: 1
Anne is a spinster by society's standard. Her needs are well met except her need to know a man's passion. She intends to have this desire sated. To this end she purchases the services of Michael who is known for his ability to bring women pleasure. She does not know that he is stalked by a cruel evil which he has determined to stop once and for all. If you like danger and passion you will love this book. Don't forget it's sequel, Gabriel's woman.
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Helpful Score: 1
A pretty hot historical romance. Written with lots of sex scenes and a halfway decent story. That said, I read it a week ago and couldn't tell you what it was about. I enjoyed reading it but it certainly wasn't a story that stays with you. Worth the read, not a keeper.
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Helpful Score: 1
Historical romance. Thirty six year old Anne Aimes is a spinster whose only attraction is her wealth. but her plain looks mask a passionate woman who yearns to know a man's intimate carresses. Michel des Anges - Michael of the Angels - is renowned for his ability to bring women to pleasure. All it will cost her is ten thousand pounds...

Driven by vengence, ravaged by tragedy, Michael seeks to lose himself in a woman who will demand only physical pleasure. A woman who won't suspect his own aching needs - or his true motive for accepting her terms. Unable to resist the lure of her guileless desire, he plunges her into a deadly web of deception and revenge where the price of carnal ecstasy is life itself...
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Helpful Score: 1
Erotic romance.....Very Hot!!!!! Large size book
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Helpful Score: 1
Hot read.
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Helpful Score: 1
4.5 stars!
Robin Schone trusts her readers to be able to follow along and connect the dots on their own. This dark story of the walking wounded finding one another and discovering a new world of passion and emotional connection is truly romantic. The physically and emotionally scarred hero is a "stallion" paid for a month's service by a spinster who is determined to experience the things that had never been offered her because she was plain. The mystery of the deadly danger lurking is intriguing and keeps the reader on their toes. The hero and his lifetime friend have a unique relationship that remains mysterious for the next book Gabriel's Woman. And never fear, Robin Schone delivers the goods with her sex scenes! Strongly recommended!
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Helpful Score: 1
A novel of erotic romance.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent, engrossing story about a tortured hero and a lonely woman. Riveting, couldn't put it down!
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I enjoyed this book. The way it is written, it implies paranormal, but instead is based on very real circumstances. Being more intrigued with Gabriel, I can't wait to read his story in the next book.
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THIS BOOK SHOULD BE READ WITH "GABRIEL'S WOMAN". THEY GO TOGETHER. THE STORY OF TWO BOYS GROWING UP TO BE MEN WITH ALL THE SKELLS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER OF WHOREDOOM. AND HOW THEY FINALLY CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOR THE BEST DUE TO THE WOMEN IN THEIR LIVES. A VERY GOOD READ
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Good book!
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This is another well written erotic romance by Robin Schone although not as good as Gabriel's story. I read Gabriel's story first and so felt like some of the pieces were missing. Michael's story does explain why his uncle wanted to have him killed, but neither book really does a good job of explaining why Gabriel is targeted. All of Robin Schone's books are very well written, but in my opinion, the best one is Lady's Tutor.
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4.5 stars!
Robin Schone trusts her readers to be able to follow along and connect the dots on their own. This dark story of the walking wounded finding one another and discovering a new world of passion and emotional connection is truly romantic. The physically and emotionally scarred hero is a "stallion" paid for a month's service by a spinster who is determined to experience the things that had never been offered her because she was plain. The mystery of the deadly danger lurking is intriguing and keeps the reader on their toes. The hero and his lifetime friend have a unique relationship that remains mysterious for the next book Gabriel's Woman. And never fear, Robin Schone delivers the goods with her sex scenes! Strongly recommended!
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A mystery with a lot of very sexual content. Not for faint of heart. Seeing the advances society had made in that century was fascinating.
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Unique, dark, sad story and highly erotic. It is the story of two souls lost to pain, loneliness, and torment, finding each other. The book is sexually graphic but similar to a painting of a naked woman rather than a naked woman in a playboy magazine.

There is a very cryptic mystery involved and played out through the book. The man behind the mystery is what compels Michels thoughts, fear, and actions. The writing style of the author was different and the mystery elements were even more difficult to decipher by this quirky style. It took a bit of time to get used to this style but I did.

I have book 2 and I will definitely read it. I think I will need time just to think about this book and absorb everything that happened in it.
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If you want to read a steamy story Robin Schone is a good start. She delivers stories that are romantic and steamy without the same stories that are out there. Anne is an unforgettable woman and when she meets Michael things get very interesting.
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Wow, is book was so hot right from the start. could'nt put in down.
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AWESOME READ! Couldn't put it down.
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Erotic romance.
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I enjoy Robin Schone's novels.
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Some very erotic sex, but a very strange storyline. I was confused to the very end about the who's and why's. Still a decent read.