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Summer of the Raven She was trapped into a lie Rowan s stepmother, Antonia Winslow, was selfish and totally unscrupulous It suited her purposes to pretend that Rowan was only sixteen years old But it was nineteen year old Rowan who suffered the backlash of the lieForced by Antonia s conniving to live in the isolated household of famous painter Carne Maitland, Rowan was helplessly drawn by the force of his personalityBut what was the use of falling in love with him when Carne assumed he was merely the object of Rowan s adolescent fantasies [PDF / Epub] ☁ A Fire Sparkling By Julianne MacLean – 9facts.co.uk Antonia Winslow ❮Download❯ ➶ Running Blind (Havoc, Author S.E. Jakes – 9facts.co.uk was selfish and totally unscrupulous It suited her purposes to pretend that Rowan was only sixteen years old But it was nineteen year old Rowan who suffered the backlash of the lieForced by Antonia s conniving to live in the isolated household of famous painter Carne Maitland ❮Read❯ ➵ Tell Me You Love Me (Fire Me Up, ➹ Author Julie Prestsater – 9facts.co.uk Rowan was helplessly drawn by the force of his personalityBut what was the use of falling in love with him when Carne assumed he was merely the object of Rowan s adolescent fantasies 3.5 to 4 starsI can t decide This gets high marks for the old skool WTF factor It s been a long while since I was engrossed enough to read an HP in one sitting This one was so intense, I found I just couldn t put it down This is a Cinderella story, complete with an evil abusive stepmother and naive heroine The plot really thickens as we see the H h fighting their attraction and the hero ashamed that he is lusting after a 16 year old she is really almost 20 Good, intense But I tho3.5 to 4 starsI can t decide This gets high marks for the old skool WTF factor It s been a long while since I was engrossed enough to read an HP in one sitting This one was so intense, I found I just couldn t put it down This is a Cinderella story, complete with an evil abusive stepmother and naive heroine The plot really thickens as we see the H h fighting their attraction and the hero ashamed that he is lusting after a 16 year old she is really almost 20 Good, intense But I thought the ending was a bit abrupt I would have liked to see him sweat a bitfor his actions view spoiler Evil stepmother steals from the estate to pay off her gambling debts and frames the heroine Hero falls for it and asks the heroine to leave I think he needed to grovel a whole lothide spoiler While reading Harlequins, a reader will often come across a vile character they would like to die an unpleasant death In the case of Summer of the Raven, ALL the characters should die Horribly Painfully Graphically The tiny h should die in a blaze of glory, burned at the stake, like the fricking stupid, doormat martyr that she is The evil OW stepmother should either die of lead poisoning from all the makeup her vain, useless, manipulative self uses or maybe have her lying tongue cut off, While reading Harlequins, a reader will often come across a vile character they would like to die an unpleasant death In the case of Summer of the Raven, ALL the characters should die Horribly Painfully Graphically The tiny h should die in a blaze of glory, burned at the stake, like the fricking stupid, doormat martyr that she is The evil OW stepmother should either die of lead poisoning from all the makeup her vain, useless, manipulative self uses or maybe have her lying tongue cut off, and the so called big fat jackass of a hero should diehmmm, how do I say this, with one less man part than he was born with for jumping what he assumes to be a 16 year old girl Yes, our hero makes it clear that he wants to have sex with a girl he believes to be 16 He s not happy about it hence the verbal and minor physical abuse, but stillI am quick reader for which I am grateful as it means I wasted less time than I otherwise would have on this book I don t know who recommended this on Goodreads, but when I remember who it wasgrrrr I should have known when I saw Sara Craven She likes to torture her heroines almost as much as Penny Jordan.The plot The h s and her stepmother are bound together under the dad s trust until the h either turns 21 or one of them gets married The useless stepmother who needs to either die or be pilloried eventhan the other two MC s MAKES her step daughter leave university and pretend to be 16 when they go live with a distant relative of the stepmother The SM has her eye on this guy as he is an artist and is wealthy Stepmom is supposed to take care of the housekeeping, but guess who does all the work instead The doormat does her Cinderella routine, gets a job, and is threatened with a hiding by the H every third page or so Ye gods There is no real attraction No action Just low level physical threats and abuse with a tad of verbal abuse from the H, and nasty innuendo from the stepmother I was holding out hope that there might be some redemption or something, but the kicker for me view spoiler is when after all the crap little Cinderstupid endures, the stepmother plants evidence that the h stole from the H s housekeeper The blithering little idiot keeps quiet even then I am sorry, but if a fictional heroine can not stand up for herself what are we readers to do hide spoiler Great classic style HP. Rowan is 19 and living in a somewhat pokey but still nice flat in London with her stepmother, Antonia Rowan s father has been dead for two years, and she and Antonia are reluctantly living together because otherwise they don t get the allowance from Rowan s father s estate, which is all they have to live on, because Rowan s father died in a plane crash with a lot of unexpected debt The allowance is due to run out when Rowan turns 21, or she and Antonia stop living together Antonia is 37 and b Rowan is 19 and living in a somewhat pokey but still nice flat in London with her stepmother, Antonia Rowan s father has been dead for two years, and she and Antonia are reluctantly living together because otherwise they don t get the allowance from Rowan s father s estate, which is all they have to live on, because Rowan s father died in a plane crash with a lot of unexpected debt The allowance is due to run out when Rowan turns 21, or she and Antonia stop living together Antonia is 37 and beautiful.I was once again ready to dismiss this book as another useless girl winning the man battle because she s 19 and her rival is old Sure, the old ladies in these books are always mean, terrible people and probably deserve to be slapped into far nastier marriages or other arrangements than the ones they ve been planning with the heroine s love interest, but let s be honest the heroine s usually not much of a prize Generally, her only asset is that she s young.I was prepared for Rowan to be hopeless and miserable and without a dream to call her own Except she surprised me She d dealt with the end of her boarding school education by finding somewhere else to finish her studies, and she was close to finishing her course She was then planning to go on to get a qualification as a social worker I was completely knocked over by a girl with ambitions beyond cleaning a hotel or maybe doing a secretarial course Then, as a bonus she was secretly a writer After that I was won over Finally, a character in a Sara Craven romance who wants something, and it s something that she won t have to relinquish when she marries the hero As well as being beautiful and not quite horrible enough to make Rowan want to stab her, Antonia is heavily in debt from a failed business venture She also has gambling debts from bridge I hadn t realised this was a possible thing I thought bridge was something old people played so they had something to do with their hands while they talked about the recent murder of poor rich Uncle Foster, thereby providing the amateur detective investigating the case with vital clues to identify the killer.Apparently, bridge was once cool like poker is now I don t really get it James Bond never played bridge, I m fairly sure.Anyway, Antonia s backer in the failed business venture is now calling in the loan He s Antonia s sort of cousin, and Antonia will have to work off the debt acting as his housekeeper at his remote Lake District house And Rowan will have to come along too.No, Rowan says, she will not She can stay in London and finish her course and go on welfare Antonia can look after her own mess.Antonia turns on the charm It s not that much of an ask, really Of course Rowan will have to pretend to be 16, but Antonia still needs the allowance, and this is what Rowan s father would have wanted, etc.The set up for Rowan to agree is nicely shaded Rowan feels that she is obliged to look after Antonia She can t handle confrontation well, and she s got used to Antonia using her to take the fall when anything in Antonia s life goes wrong Rowan s not happy with the role she s been assigned, and she spends much of the book wishing she hadn t agreed.Her ultimate and tortured reason for agreeing was that she fell at first sight for Antonia s cousin Carne She was definitely going to the Lakes District to watch Antonia winning Carne, thereby eternally blighting Rowan s one chance at happiness She was looking forward to the dagger in her heart, because then she could begin her colourless existence as a broken hearted spinster It would give her something interesting to bitterly rave about on her deathbed.Carne what a name He s called meat How do you name a hero meat Isn t there a huge romance publishing machinery to make sure that sort of thing doesn t happen Sara Craven has plenty of Spanish speaking characters in her other books, so unless we re in a strange alternate universe where Spain never existed, she did it deliberately I couldn t get over it I also spent a lot of time trying to work out pronunciation Was it the Spanish meat word Was it Kahn, like how Kirk yells KAAAAHN in Star Trek Was it like Kayne My head went with Kahn, but in my heart he was secretly Kayne.Anyway, Carne had dropped a passed out drunk Antonia back at the flat she shared with Rowan, and they d shared a look It wason Rowan s side, because Carne by that stage already thought Rowan was 16.And he was to persist in thinking she was 16 for most of the book, and be pretty put out by it He was quick to establish that when he felt her up and later began initiating pre sex scenarios that it wasn t paedophilia She was past the age of consent But he could never quite justify the age gap to himself When he did learn the truth after a period of intense crankiness over the lies , he uncomfortably acknowledged that 19, while better, was only marginally so.Rowan has an exciting and terrible time being Antonia s dogsbody and Carne s sort of Lolita Carne is a famous portrait painter and rich businessman He once had a crush on Antonia and Antonia is pretty sure she can win him back Like most old lady rivals, she focuses her energies in the wrong direction She probably could have succeeded if she d done at least a half assed job of being Carne s housekeeper, if she d gritted her teeth and been mildly nice to his frail aunt, and if she d stayed away from the demon bridge Instead, she concentrates her energies on convincing Carne that Rowan is mentally unbalanced, and convincing Rowan that Carne is definitely picking Antonia as his bride.I think because I liked that Rowan had dreams of her own that I was prepared to overlook the age gap I got the feels a bit, especially as Rowan s suffering turned pretty dramatic at a number of points Given that both Carne and Rowan had creative interests, it looked like they would end up being fairly solid as a couple This book wasfun than I d expected An oldie but not a goodie Sorry, Leona Rowan and Carne did not spend enough quality time together for me to be convinced of their love for each other It seemedlike lust than love Carne even admitted at the end that he hardly knew her, making his interest in Rowan doubly creepy since he d believed she was only 16 to his 30 something I would have feltcomfortable if Carne had kissed Rowan after he discovered her real age But I guess the inner carnivore in him was too ravenous An oldie but not a goodie Sorry, Leona Rowan and Carne did not spend enough quality time together for me to be convinced of their love for each other It seemedlike lust than love Carne even admitted at the end that he hardly knew her, making his interest in Rowan doubly creepy since he d believed she was only 16 to his 30 something I would have feltcomfortable if Carne had kissed Rowan after he discovered her real age But I guess the inner carnivore in him was too ravenous to wait Okay, nopuns for me today.This didn t work for me, but it doesn t mean it won t work for you Gotta love those vintage Harlequin booklets It is rather refreshing coming across a book, especially one in the Harlequin Silhouette line, with quite a good story without the required quota of sex scenes But this one was written in the beginning of the 80 s when the mattress dancing in books was definitely a no no.I like my books a little on the steamy side, I m not dead, but I found I didn t miss it that much in this book The author had woven an intricate plot, heaving with fairy tale refe Gotta love those vintage Harlequin booklets It is rather refreshing coming across a book, especially one in the Harlequin Silhouette line, with quite a good story without the required quota of sex scenes But this one was written in the beginning of the 80 s when the mattress dancing in books was definitely a no no.I like my books a little on the steamy side, I m not dead, but I found I didn t miss it that much in this book The author had woven an intricate plot, heaving with fairy tale reference, with the evil, conniving stepmother, a naive and stubborn heroine that didn t know that well when to shut it, and a brooding, short tempered hero with a cradle robbing fetishAnd despite it all, especially the latter, the whole thing still worked And worked quite well.It could be dubbed as Two proud idiots and the evil bitch that should ve been pushed off the frickin cliff yet it worked Go figure.I would ve loved to have a little insight into the hero, but though it was written in the third person, it still told the story from the heroine s point of view, occasionally coming off as a little childish and asinine, but that was easily forgotten when the plot started thickening.The characterization had a little to be desired, except in the case of the evil stepmom that ended up being the most developed character of the bunch and one the reader couldeasily understand.I wasn t put off by the age difference or the jail bait theme Maybe because I was prepared thanks to Danielle s review or maybe because I knew she wasn t really jail bait, though the hero didn t Not that she tried to act her true age, anyway No wonder he bought the taleI kept hoping he d be a little quicker on the uptake, though.Yes, the story had a dubious plot device, the conflict could ve been easily resolved with a little backbone, some bitch slapping, and a long talk, but I can t help but give it a great rating.It was entertaining, refreshing despite its age , and one of those books that once you pick up have to read through just to see what the idiots would come up with next, and to get the usual HEA fix.If you re a fan of vintage, old school Harlequin stories, you don t want to miss this one I can t decide who wasannoying Rowan, the child woman female protagonist or Crane, the world weary much older male protagonist Both of them hardly spent any quality time with each other to be in love It seemed like a simple case of lust I can understand Rowan s attraction for Crane but I can t imagine how she fell in love He didn t really do anything to endear himself to her A few brutal and punishing kisses, an attempt to rape don t really go a long way in making someone fall in lov I can t decide who wasannoying Rowan, the child woman female protagonist or Crane, the world weary much older male protagonist Both of them hardly spent any quality time with each other to be in love It seemed like a simple case of lust I can understand Rowan s attraction for Crane but I can t imagine how she fell in love He didn t really do anything to endear himself to her A few brutal and punishing kisses, an attempt to rape don t really go a long way in making someone fall in love.As for Crane, he seemed like one heck of a confused guy I can blame Rowan s youth for being confused Crane was fighting his attraction for Rowan but he had no reason for forcing himself on Rowan out of sheer anger Alright, she lied about her age This being an old skool Harlequin, the alpha males have every right to force themselves on the heroine and their anger often justifies it and we are told how the heroine soon starts responding because she is in love with the hero The ending was very unsatisfactory I doubt how successful or lasting their marriage will be Neither did I feel either of them to be in love A marriage based on strong attraction doesn t bode too well for their marriage A good vintage Harlequin Presents with the downtrodden heroine who is under the evil stepmonster s thumb but still has some spunk and a smart mouth The rather different aspect about this one is that the stepmonster has convinced Rowan to pretend to be a teenager when they go to stay with a distant cousin who is also the stepmom s love interest Things get eveneye raising when sparks fly between the hero, Carne who is is in his thirties, and Rowan who was supposed to be a sixteen year old A good vintage Harlequin Presents with the downtrodden heroine who is under the evil stepmonster s thumb but still has some spunk and a smart mouth The rather different aspect about this one is that the stepmonster has convinced Rowan to pretend to be a teenager when they go to stay with a distant cousin who is also the stepmom s love interest Things get eveneye raising when sparks fly between the hero, Carne who is is in his thirties, and Rowan who was supposed to be a sixteen year old Nowaways, I don t think this author would have been able to get away with this plot device And when Carne makes his move, you are still under the impression that he thinks Rowan is sixteen I was sitting there reading and thinking, Dude that girl is underaged as far as you know I don t know if that would turn most readers off I hope it doesn t make me a bad person that I kept reading, but I certainly didn t want to throw the book away without seeing how things would turn out The old school HPs are a lot of fun because they heavily feature the lying evil wench who does everything to discredit the heroine to keep her and the hero apart They don t rely on hot sex to fill in any plot holes, and can be a lotcreative This one was no different Again, maybe not for everyone with the rather questionable is he really trying to seduce a sixteen year old moments But I thought it was an enjoyable Saturday morning read This is the second Sara Craven I read but the first I review.In this the heroine is Rowan who is pretty much Cinderella to her evil stepmother Antonia.They have been on their own ever since Rowans father died and are forced to live together because his will stated that they had to reside under the same roof to get allowance money from what was left of his fortune.It was less because her father wanted Antonia to take care of Rowan andwith Rowan taking care of her stepmother.Also the stepmot This is the second Sara Craven I read but the first I review.In this the heroine is Rowan who is pretty much Cinderella to her evil stepmother Antonia.They have been on their own ever since Rowans father died and are forced to live together because his will stated that they had to reside under the same roof to get allowance money from what was left of his fortune.It was less because her father wanted Antonia to take care of Rowan andwith Rowan taking care of her stepmother.Also the stepmother smokes and drinks so if you at first couldnt tell she was supposed to be the villain you can hardly miss.One night Antonia returns home in a drunken state escorted by a strange man who mistakes Rowan for being younger than she is also Antonia told him she was 16 when shes really 19 The man turns out to be Carne who is a distant cousin of the stepmother and who she has been borrowing money from Hes handsome,hes from a rich family but not only that hes a world famous portrait painter too And he can wear a a suit frilly shirt without looking effeminate Very important that.The next day Antonia without Rowans consents gives up their apartment and reveals that they are to go to Carnes house in the country where Antonia will act as his housekeeper to repay the money Antonia squandered awya Rowan of course questions why she has to come with since she has school to finish But in the end her stepmother plays on her guilty conscience and she relucantly agrees.When they arrive,surprise surprise all the housekeeping tasks falls to Rowan but with Antonia taking the credit and making out like Rowan is a lazy girl who has dropped out of school.It turns out Antonia is also planning to become Carnes wife and so she does all she can to drive a wedge between Rowan and Carne Strangest phrase in this whole book embryo charms is used when Rowan and Carne has a moment out in the gardens one day By moment I mean they kissed and Carne disgusted tells her to get no ideas.But still he keeps sending out vibes and confusing herbut even though hes like your alluring eyes wont trick me you teenage morally corrupt girl Its still he who progresses things I just found him mean and immature hes like 35 years old Rowan was thegrown up of the two despite being only 19 Not a good match at all.These books werent written so long ago,but yet I feel they could just as well be from a century ago.I mean of course people are using cars and wearing jeans but still uses insults like swinish obsessed with marrying and getting gambling debts playing bridge gambling debtsfrom playing Bridge.Imagine that.Didnt like

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