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Mimi is still alive, and visits Gervaise braely kill him Since then, poor Olivia has to scrap by, while being persecuted by Jack’s cousin, Gervaise, a Iago like character who convinced Jack that Olivia was up to no good. If I were in that situation, to say I would be angry with my ex would be an understatement, so if I were to miraculously survive through it all and five years later see said ex-husband on a battlefield — dying — with no witnesses, or cameras around.

Along the way Olivia has grown stronger, and is willing to face down all in her path, even the demons and the husband she once loved so greatly. I think there were three love scenes.

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Five years pass and Napoleon has Europe under siege. She takes him to safety and tends to his wounds.

Instead she gets beaten up and cut. Okay, admittedly I wasn’t absolutely sure until I confirmed with my hubby, but we watch lots of History Channel stuff, mostly about wars, he’s in control of the remote, I’m usually reading and yes, I did remember correctly that cordite wasn’t invented until the ‘s.

There’s even a brief moment when she finds him and thinks him dead – and feels ‘vicious pleasure’. Please email eileem fantasticfiction. She’s also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, although she doesn’t see herself actively working in the field, unless this writing thing doesn’t pan out.


Copyrt co-authored with Jennifer Crusie and Anne Stuart Olivia Grace is the betrayed, barsly ex-wife of Jack Wyndham, the earl of Gracechurch. It’s all been said by others, but the one thing I would add, is that she isn’t actually a doormat in the end.

And it truly does END there, for before the honeymoon is over Jack begins to listen to all the nasty things his family says about Olivia and ultimately ruins her completely through a scandalous divorce. Abandoned and disgraced, Grace has survived those years at the edge of w. Full review to come.

I highly recommend this book! Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. My fiance actually took pictures of me crying. Honestly, this is in my top 10 most bxrely novels ever called a romance! This level of talent is apparent throughout the novel. Finally the last 60 pages felt more like a story, but they too were lacking.

Apr 04, Shawna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Another reviewer commented that this was “spicier” than many other historical romances, but I don’t agree. Even after all he’s done to hurt her, she ta Five years ago, jack Wyndham, Earl of Gracechurch, kicked out his wife, Olivia, over a misunderstanding instigated by his jealous cousin Gervaise.

Dreyer lends appropriate gravitas to the story and really makes it work. Now, the reason I would give this less than 5 stars is because although I loved the heroine, I had a hard time with the hero. I was initially so excited about this one. Olivia Grace has secrets that could destroy her. Not only is Jack in rough shape he also is amnesic and when it comes to his wife, he has no idea the pain he had once caused her five years ago.

European Historical Romance Review Tags: Now five years later, Olivia is living out a life as a companion on the outskirts of society that shuns her. Book Review Blog rated it it was ok. For not only is he unconscious, he is clad in an enemy uniform.

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Barely a Lady (Drake’s Rakes, book 1) by Eileen Dreyer

It has a definite Othello theme running through the plot, although this isn’t so pronounced that you keep thinking of Shakespeare all the way through. Considering that said character never even get a chance to say a word and that we hardly know him, I find it quite amazing how attached and touched I was by the whole scene and also by the heartfelt accord I felt at what was said about life in general.

Sure, she’s wary of Jack and her love for him. Case in point, they were supposedly happily married, and a few people hint around she’s unfaithful, with her cousin of all things, and he finds her upset and mussed in her cousin’s arms, assumes the worst, calls the cousin out, kills him, banishes her, divorces her he knows she’s pregnant with his child as well and never has a second thought about her.

I took to Olivia almost immediately. Mix with heroine she should be beautiful but impoverished, come from a family with good name, be pure as freshly fallen snow, feisty with a scandal in her past that was not her fault or is faux and allow hero to walk all over her.

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None of these things were fleshed out and developed. I would recommend both of those heartily. But it was odd barel her to shouting out random things.