Monday, March 28, 2011

Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn

Synopsis: Seven years ago she broke his heart... 

When Robert Kemble stumbles across Victoria Lyndon in hedgerow maze, he can't believe his eyes. The girl who'd torn him in two, who let him plan on elopement and then left him standing by the side of the road, was suddenly within arm's reach, and even though his fury still knew no bounds, she was impossible to resist...

Seven years ago he left her all but ruined... 
                 Victoria's father had told her an earl would never marry a vicar's daughter, and he was right. Robert had promised her marriage, then danced off to London while she suffered the shame of a foiled elopement. But even though Victoria doesn't particularly enjoy her new life as a governess, when Robert offers her a job of a different sort—his mistress—she refuses, unable to sacrifice her honor, even for him.

                 But Robert won't take no for an answer, and he vows to make her his, through any means possible. Can these star-crossed lovers learn to trust again? And is love really sweeter the second time around?

My thoughts: My first book from this author and I loved it! We are introduced to Victoria and Robert, two lovers who, because of disagreements in the past, they hate each other in the future. When they broke up, she thought that he was only using her; and he thought that she was an adventuress after his fortune, but never his heart. She became a governess; he became a lady-killer.

                Seven years passed, and they encounter each other at Victoria’s boss’s party. That is one my favorite parts, because they hate each other, but they can’t deny their desire towards the other. She is wiser now and won’t fall for the same spell twice; he wants his revenge… but also longs for her with all his will.

                I have to say, I’m in love with Robert. Completely, utterly in love. His love for her is so pure, so cute and warm that you can’t not love him! He fights for her, makes A LOT of mistakes  - like, asking her to be his mistress because he didn’t want to see her being attacked by some asshole(SPOILER!) – but she’s too afraid to fall in love again when he already made her suffer so much.

                Victoria hates her job as a governess. She doesn’t have any friends, never forgave her father for what he did to her in the night of the elopement with Robert, has to take care of a little five-year-old brat and now have to deal with Robert. Great. He is very persistent in his advances and every time their lips touch, she forgets herself in his embrace. What’s wrong with her? This man tried to use her seven years ago! You can understand her side: when would an earl want to betroth a vicar’s daughter? Not in a million years! That is her way of thinking. And she wants to be independent, being able to choose for herself and she’s afraid that by marrying she would have to give up that right. Robert will show her that that’s not true. And that he loves her enormously (awn, Jesus, this guy kills me!)  

                In the middle of all their fights ending in warm and breathtaking kisses, Julia Quinn is being considered the modern Jane Austen, place of great honor due the uniqueness of Austen’s texts. It’s really worth it! I read this book twice already, and every time I read it I’m more in love for Robert Kemble than ever! He’s just… such a gentleman, you know.


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