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Review Date: 9/11/2012
I'm a sap I know but I like books that have at least a positive outlook in the end, this book did not.
Review Date: 10/22/2014
This book is Great, well written and sensible an just hot enough for most everyone's taste! Pretty much a one of a kind historical with an African American Hero and a Caucasian Lady Love, I have never been able to find Anything else like it out there ( And if YOU have I'd appreciate a PM with the info, LOL!!)a must read!!!!!
Review Date: 2/11/2012
Review Date: 4/29/2008
Great book! A half-breed mountain man gets saddled with a woman and her son while running from false charges. he falls in love with them both but thinks they would be better of in civilazation. She has other ideas!
Review Date: 8/27/2008
Helpful Score: 3
A. Alters (Springfield, IL USA
This book tops my list of all-time favorite romances. Simply put, there's no other book like it. Certainly there's never been another hero remotely like Domenico. The story is about a Duke (Duke = King), somewhat uneasy on his throne, who sees a peasant girl in a window, buys her from her brother and forces her to become his mistress. But that short synopsis doesn't do justice to the intensity and complexity of the story, which weaves you through the politics of Renaissance Italy through the eyes of a woman who's more used to cleaning kitchens than consorting with noblemen, or the richness of the writing and characters.
Domenico, the Duke, is a remarkably complicated man. How many heroes have there been who would have a man horribly tortured because he was afraid the man had stolen his mistress's affections, have a man's legs broken because the other man was taller than him or who is clearly bisexual? Raised from birth in an atmosphere of distrust, obsequiousness and betrayal, he comes to us a man who has had most of the worst facets of his character rewarded throughout his life. There is a decidedly cruel streak in Domenico, and yet he's amazingly attractive - to both the men and women in the story, and to the readers. One might say he exudes sex appeal.
Be warned, this is a dark story - with a happy ending, of course. It's a cult classic that deserves more readership. It breaks my heart that we'll never see another story from Denys, but I thank her for writing a book I've enjoyed reading over and over through the years.
Review Date: 1/31/2008
good book with a diffrent cultural view of sex . i like the interaction between the hero and lady. i also like that nether one has a perfect past but both are willing to try and overcome that and make things right.
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