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Subject: The Wicked Lover / Julia Ross
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 7:49 AM ET
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A hero you could fall in love with.

 

 This is only my third book by Julia Ross.  Long ago I had read and loved Flowers under Ice by Jean Ross Ewing.  I hadn't realized Julia Ross is the same author.  I later read The Seduction, which I also loved.  Then, in one of the discussion forums, somebody had recommended The Wicked Lover.  I started the book, didn't like the beginning, but decided to stick with it due to the great reviews. 

  

The hero, Robert Sinclair Dovenby (Dove) is so unique and unusual for historical fiction that I immediately fell in love with him.  He?s playful, mischievous, easygoing , and open-minded, compleltely at ease with himself and his own sexuality, but most of all he's a delight because of his infectious joie de vivre.  He spends the first 200 pages taking his "male" secretary (who he knows is actually woman in costume who may have been sent to spy on him) on a series of adventures at that time reserved strictly for men.  They go ice-skating on a frozen river, participate in an exhilarating sleigh race, visit coffee houses and low pubs and pay a visit to his naughty print shop, among other things.  He completely seduces her without even touching her.  I?ve only rarely encountered other heroes this delightful.  The other that comes to mind is Nicholas in Mary Jo Putney's Thunder and Roses.  This book has some of the most beautifully written prose I've ever read and hands-down the most beautifully written, sensual love scene without even a hint of crudity.  The only thing that keeps the book from being a 100% keeper for me is a little too much turmoil in the ending. 

 

 What other heroes have you encountered that you immediately fell in love with?

I don't even remember who recommended this book, but thanks a bunch.  Now I simply MUST read My Dark Prince. 



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Date Posted: 3/15/2010 8:22 AM ET
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sounds like a good one Claudia!

as for heroes I've immediately fallen in love with - Zane Mackenzie *sigh*, John from Midnight Man, Kenny from Brockmann's seal series..off the top of my head! but mainly Zane..

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 10:26 AM ET
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Yes, Jean Ross Ewing/Julia Ross is high in my keeper ratio.  I don't usually like the disguised(secretary/maid/footman) plot but she made this one work for me. 

Heros??? I too absolutely adore Nicholas from MJP's "Thunder and Roses".  Another MJP hero that works for me is Ian Cameron from her "Silk" trilogy-Ian's book is #3-Veils of Silk I think.  And the not-quite "Dedicated Villian" Roly Mathison from Veryan. 

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 10:56 AM ET
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Claudia I liked your description so much I went and ordered a copy. I hope I like it just as well.

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 12:48 PM ET
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I ordered a copy too! and the person I ordered from had Illusion as well..hope that's a good one 'cause I ordered it too!

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 1:03 PM ET
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I couldn't get into that one, but it's because I hate the woman masquerading as a man premise, I'm sure.  I loved My Dark Prince & Games of Pleasure though, and I thought The Seduction was pretty good.  Some of the books where I instantly went feet up in the floor for the hero --> Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney, Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran, As You Desire, Bridal Favors & The Bridal Season by Connie Brockway, Beau Crusoe by Carla Kelly, The Last Arrow by Marsha Canham, Delicious by Sherry Thomas, For My Lady's Heart & Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale, and Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 1:13 PM ET
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Loved The Seduction and My Dark Prince. I must confess I didn't think much of The Wicked Lover, though it was the first of her books I read and did intrigue me enough to try her again. I still have it in my "potentially reread" pile.

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 1:14 PM ET
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Kim,

You missed a good one.  This premise works because she's in disguise for a reason-- she's being paid to spy on him. 

I agree with your other hero choices, though, except for Sherry Thomas.  If you haven't read Thunder & Roses, you're missing another great one. 

 

 

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 1:21 PM ET
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Yeah, I did get the impression that it was a pretty decent cross dresser story:P  That's just me & one of my big hot buttons though.  The shades just sort of slam down the minute I see it & all of the story between there & when she finally starts dressing like a girl is snooze time for me.  Just one of my funky/weird quirks:P  The Sherry Thomas is a hard one to qualify, but I loved Stuart just because he was so anal & repressed.

Oh... I've read everything Putney.  My fav Putney hero is Dominic from The Wild Child.



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Date Posted: 3/15/2010 6:25 PM ET
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the hero in WICKED LOVER was sexier but I preferred THE SEDUCTION, even if the hero in that was a limpid pretty boy blonde.

I didnt really like any of the other JR's I read and that includes the 2 that she as Jean Ewing Ross. She is one of those beautiful prose stylists (like Judith Ivory) who doesnt quite satisfy me in the actual ROMANCE dept. And like, Ivory, she is too fond of her manslut heroes.



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