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  • ISBN 0739431080
  • ISBN13 978-0739431085
  • Language English
  • Author Cheryl Holt
  • Publisher St. Martin's Press; Book Club / BCE edition (2003)
  • Pages 377
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  • Category Mystery and Suspense
  • Subcategory Thrillers and Suspense
  • Size ePub 1382 kb
  • Size Fb2 1621 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 357

Historical Romance, Good Book!

Behind him was the portrait he'd begun of her. The background had been filled in with his customary meticulous attention to detail. The pastoral setting tickled the senses, so lifelike that he could detect the aroma emitted by the roses climbing up the trellis. But the center was blank, as though the person who had been posed there had simply strolled away.

Absolute Pleasure book. Another Cheryl Holt book. It was just alright for me. I feel like many of the books by Ms Holt are basically the same. Just change the names and change up the situation and setting a bit and voila! Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the book, I'm just tired of reading the same thing over and over again.

The lonely, never-married Lady Elizabeth Harcourt desperately longs for a distraction.

I highly recommend this book due to the believable characters and likeable co-characters. I think I just might have fallen in love with Gabriel myself. She finds one when a chance encounter leads her to the lush studios of artist Gabriel Cristofore. Until He Showed Her The Most Irresistible Passion The first moment Gabriel sets eyes on Elizabeth, he can see she's not his usual mark. Her lush auburn locks, luscious skin, and ruby lips offer just a hint of the pleasure they promise.

Cheryl Holt is a lawyer, mom, and bestselling novelist who lives on the Oregon coast. Her varied employment history includes public school teacher, mediator, cook, bartender, lobbyist, musician, and political activist. A graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, she worked as a law clerk for the Attorney General of Colorado and Wyoming.

Books by Cheryl Holt. Shown by most recent release first.

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I read numerous reviews before buying this book and clearly it was a - love it or hate it type of book - I wanted to see for myself, bought it, read it and I find that it was an `absolute pleasure'.
Gabriel Christofore, the male lead - and by no means a hero, was a scoundrel; his life shaped clearly by the father he adored, the fourth son of an earl, who was also a scoundrel! Gabriel's Italian mother, the love of his father's life, had been murdered so that their relationship was extremely close as they really had only each other. Lady Elizabeth Harcourt, was targeted as a `mark', for Gabriel, an accomplished and gifted artist, as well as a master in seductive arts.
Lady Elizabeth, who at the age of 27, had never been romanced; for years her father's personal secretary, hostess, etc. her life was mundane but having known none other, content - until her father married a young girl of 17 who was turning her life into hell. The outrageous appeal of this handsome, outspoken, and flamboyant artist was a temptation that held appeal. Elizabeth soon realized that the painting was secondary in nature to Gabriel's true mission but as he awakened a passion in Elizabeth, she did the same to him which would end up consuming them both.
One would think that you should dislike Gabriel, but through the author's deft characterization, you see where he was not all bad - outrageous at times - but not a bad person. When he soon realized that he came to care deeply for Elizabeth, he tried to break it off and remove himself from the situation but Elizabeth wouldn't let him and what follows was an extremely sensual downfall of this scoundrel - and his father as well. Yes, as a secondary romance, even Gabriel's father was struck by Cupid's arrow. This was a very good story - I thoroughly enjoyed it and except for a warning to the very faint hearted as to the explicit sexual content I heartily recommend it!
I've read a few of Cheryl Holt's books and was obviously pleased enough to read this one, which I have to say was a real disappointment.
The hero, is completely unlikable. I can't imagine what the heroine sees in him, other than eye candy. Secondly, while I like the idea of 3 different stories happening at once (hero/heroine, heroine's father and obnoxious teenage bride, hero's father/housekeeper), I felt like none of them were developed properly.
The hero/heroine plot is flimsy at best. I could care less about either of them and think they deserve each other.
The hero's father/housekeeper plot could have been engaging, but they went from having 2 conversations to groping each other in a carriage, to marriage so quickly that I had to read it twice to see what pages I missed the first time around. Unfortunately, I didn't miss any.
Forget the heroine's father/obnoxious teenager storyline. My tastes don't tend toward the prudish, but this was quite simply, gratuitous [...].
But my biggest complaint is that same cookie cutter pattern she's used in the last three books: Innocent, "Quality" female meets unsuitable, reticent male. In an inexplicably short period of time, they have reached the point where the male has described, in explicit detail, everything that can/would/should happen during numerous sexual acts. After which the female, mesmerized by the recitation, decides to throw caution to the wind and succumb to her irresistible hormonal urges. Fair enough. But, of course, they fall in love--she willingly and he, not so willingly. Eventually, the only way she can get him to admit his feelings is to break down his masculine walls by turning herself into a wanton seductress. It may work for one book (as it did with Love Lessons), but this is one too many for me.
I feel as though she's just rewriting the same book, without even bothering to check her thesaurus. If I have to read "virgin's blood", "haunting groan" or, "bigger than most" one more time, I'll demand a refund.
I've enjoyed other Cheryl Holt novels, but this one was not worth my time or money. The hero is thoroughly unlikeable. The plot was non-existent. Holt wasted too many pages on sex scenes. What was the point of this book? To show that sex with love is always better than without it? We're romance readers. We know that already! Her heroine was exactly like all the women that the hero duped before he meets her, so to accept that he falls for her as opposed to his previous conquests, is unsupportable and unbelieveable. Don't waste your time with this one.