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Long strands framed a face with tired amber eyes. Despite the hideous serge mourning gown, she was rather pretty, though her cheeks were thin. She was familiar, but her name hovered on the out-skirts of memory. Her eyes glistened, but she kept her chin up. There had to be a mistake. He had little patience for her frustration. And each time he tried to reach back and seize the memories, it was as if they faded into smoke.
What had happened to him? He stared hard at her, unable to believe it was true. Though her rigid posture proclaimed her as a modest woman of virtue, he remembered her throwing rocks at his carriage. And climbing trees to spy on him.
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He shook the thought away,thankful that at least some of his memories remained. And by God, if Emily Barrow thought to take advantage of him, she would be sorry for it. He had no intention of drinking anything she gave him. His vision swam, and a rushing sound filled his ears.
Closing his eyes, he waited for the dizziness to pass. When the world righted itself, he studied the room. Heavy blue curtains hung across the canopied bed, while bookcases overflowing with books filled another wall. The pieces of remembrance snapped together as he recognised his bedchamber within Falkirk House, one of the country estates. She shrugged. He tried to reach for the memory, but nothing remained, not even the smallest fragment of a vision. It frustrated the hell out of him, having pieces of his life gone. He could remember most of his childhood and adolescence.
He even recalled working upon a list of accounts for one of the estates in January. But after that…nothing. He clenched the bedcovers. February, March, April, almost all of May…three and a half months of his life were entirely gone. He closed his eyes, trying to force himself to remember. But the harder he struggled, the worse his head ached. There was worry inside her tone, though he found it hard to believe she cared.
There was a desperate air about her, as though she had nowhere else to go. She dipped the cool cloth back into the basin, wringing out the water. Then she set it upon his forehead, her hand grazing his cheek. The gesture was completely at odds with her sharp words. A bit on the thin side, but the soft curve of her breasts caught his eye. But her full lips parted, her shoulders rising and falling with a quickening breath. The fallen strand of golden hair rested against the black serge. Had he unbuttoned her gowns, tasting the silk of her skin?
The china clattered, revealing her shaking hands. He caught a glimpse of something more…something lost and lonely. At last, she gave up and set the cup down. She picked up the tray containing the teapot and cup. Later, that is. She ignored him and moved towards the door. He might as well have been ordering a brick wall to sit. If the unthinkable had happened, if he really and truly had gone off and married her, one thing was certain.
He had lost more than his memory. Emily fled to a nearby bedchamber and set the tea tray down with shaking fingers. The Earl of Whitmore was back. It was a pretty good book by itself, I just think a lot more would have made sense to me if I read this one second. The one thing I wasn't s Well crap! The one thing I wasn't so sure about, was Stephen's feelings. I never felt like he really loved Emily the way she loved him. He bought her gifts, and was definitely attracted to her, but I it felt like there was something missing. The very end when she was in danger for about a millisecond, and he got scared he might lose her, just didn't seem like enough for me to believe he fell in love with her.
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Maybe it was the whole secretive thing. Him keeping her a secret. I wish there could have been a bigger moment when he claimed her as his. Showed everyone of the Ton just how much he loved and was proud of his wife. Snapping at his father and storming out of a party wasn't large enough for me. It definitely had a lot of mystery to it. It was kind of frustrating at times.
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I wanted him to get more of his memory back quicker. It seemed painfully slow being in the dark for so long about what had happened to him the 3 months prior. Jan 14, Harlequin Historical added it Shelves: harlequin. The Earl of Whitmore, Stephen, is in serious trouble when he awakens and discovers he can't remember the past three months of his life and apparently he got married!
Emily is hurt when he can't remember their wedding and the short amount of time they spent together before he left only to return injured. She married him to protect her family and he has failed her. Now it is likely he will try to end their union. First, Stephen has to find who is trying to kill him and unravel all the secrets of t The Earl of Whitmore, Stephen, is in serious trouble when he awakens and discovers he can't remember the past three months of his life and apparently he got married!
First, Stephen has to find who is trying to kill him and unravel all the secrets of the past few months then maybe he can concentrate on Emily and the strange feelings of protection she invokes. As the back cover says, can they find trust and love before it it to late? I loved all the little twists and turns this story took. I wanted to scream at them to just share your secrets and all will be fine but as in real life, they probably wouldn't have listened to me. They had to discover it on their own and once they did Michelle definitely had a love match that would survive anything thrown at them.
Good read and I'm glad the wait wasn't long for the next Accidental title. I have it just haven't had a chance to read yet. May 14, Olivia rated it did not like it Shelves: nook. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was thoroughly bored with this book about half way through, and that was after skimming pages and pages just to get to the middle.
And did I mention boring? If Emily and Stephen would just talk to each other instead of pushing each other away, their conflict would be solved. I guess the author could not think of another conflict than the old, tired, "I'm not good enough for him," tripe. The angst was so heavy handed, that every time E I was thoroughly bored with this book about half way through, and that was after skimming pages and pages just to get to the middle. The angst was so heavy handed, that every time Emily had a thought, it was the same.
And it got old and boring very quickly. Then there's the ending. The author introduced all kinds of people that would be good villians, also to confuse the reader, but that's not uncommon. Good stories have lots of possibilities. But this villian ended up being ALL of them, multiple villians. Good grief. I had to force myself to read the ending.
And ended up getting in trouble, aka being held at gunpoint. My eyes were rolling so much I got dizzy. Sep 27, Kat rated it really liked it.
With a decent mystery, and sex scenes that are neither too flowery nor too glossed over. But it was missing that sparkle of humour and witty conversation that could have elevated it beyond run-of-the-mill. Apr 03, Becky rated it liked it. Not bad I would have given it another star or two, except for two things. One, the whole conflict between the two main characters, Emily and Stephen, just seemed a bit silly and drawn out. They could have resolved their differences much sooner if they'd just have actually sat down and talked things over instead of Stephen getting angry and giving orders and Emily getting her feelings hurt and dwelling endlessly on how hurt and betrayed she felt.
The author kept telling u Not bad The author kept telling us she was getting stronger and more confident--she had to tell us, because otherwise it was pretty hard to tell. The other bothersome element is that the whole nefarious plot just seemed a bit convoluted.
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Certain elements of the story also didn't seem to mesh with what had happened the prequel, An Accidental Seduction. All in all, it was an okay read, but nothing special. Mar 01, Vicki rated it really liked it Shelves: , ebook. Stephan wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three months, including his new wife and the young neice and nephew he's obtained. Soon Stephen and Emily are refinding their marriage as well as on the hunt of the man who made attempts on Stephen's life and killed her brother. Honestly, this book, as expected, is built on cliches.
But, it's one of those times when the reader doesn't notice the cliches as cliches. The characters were quite well rounded with an excellent balance of vulnerabi Stephan wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three months, including his new wife and the young neice and nephew he's obtained.
The characters were quite well rounded with an excellent balance of vulnerability and strength. I was also quite impressed by the writing style, which seemed more believable than the sterotypical Harlequin. Also, it felt as though the author had done her research and had a good idea of the time period she was writing about. Mar 21, Tammy rated it it was ok Shelves: accidental-michelle-willingham. I haven't read a historical romance in a while, but the description of this one caught my eye.
The hero has amnesia and can't remember his wife. Sounded different than the usual amnesia plot. But I have to say, I was incredibly bored by the romance. Most of the conflict between the protagonists could have been resolved by sitting down and simply having a conversation like adults, rather than the spoiled 12 years olds they acted like. There was a decent mystery going on, which is the only thing t I haven't read a historical romance in a while, but the description of this one caught my eye.
There was a decent mystery going on, which is the only thing that kept me reading and why I gave the book two stars. Nov 18, Brittany rated it it was ok Shelves: historicals. Well, if I had read this book before I read the novella prequel it might have been a completely different story. However, I did read the prequel first and I therefore spent most of this book furious. Stephen was a completely different person and a JERK!! Half the time I wanted to throw the book out the window and the other half I wanted to smack Emily for falling right back into his arms after how he treated her.
View all 3 comments. If I hadn't gotten to like the two main characters in the short prequel, An Accidental Seduction, I probably wouldn't have finished this. Somehow both of them managed to continually rub me the wrong way - and the angst caused by the amnesia not really a spoiler, the book starts with it did not seem like a good enough reason for this.
Pity, I had hoped for more! Aug 04, Andrea Jackson rated it really liked it Shelves: book-in-series , favorite-authors , historical-romance. I usually read her Highlander romances, but this was a treat as well. I must say I love that sexy Stephen, the Earl of Whitmore.
I got a bit confused in places by the plot but it was still a very good read. Jun 20, Nicky rated it really liked it. This was pretty good in a typical historical romance kind of way. There was even a little action thrown in. I enjoyed it and was really rooting for the couple. Dec 13, Vicki rated it it was ok. A few days later, I was on an airplane and had nothing else to read, so I decided to return to it and found it much more enjoyable.
There were still things I didn't like, but it wasn't totally without merit. Probably my biggest complaint is that the author uses way too many questions to show her characters' uncertainty especially in the beginning --to the point that it felt less like a story and 2. Probably my biggest complaint is that the author uses way too many questions to show her characters' uncertainty especially in the beginning --to the point that it felt less like a story and more like never-ending series of questions.
Why did I marry her? Where did this tattoo come from? Who stabbed me? Where have I been for three months? Does he want me? To me, it seemed like lazy writing. I also found myself extremely irritated by the author's attempts to create suspense. She was way too vague and it felt intentional. The characters' actions did not feel genuine, and both of the main characters contradicted themselves often, both in words and thoughts, as well as behavior. Emily annoyed me frequently throughout the book, always jumping to conclusions and thinking the worst of Stephen.
Nov 30, Regency Reader2 rated it it was ok. This accidental countess would be better described as the irrationally angry, defiant, reckless bride. So many aspects of this plot and the characters nudged, niggled and finally irritated me, I paused to reread the first several chapters: what had I missed? Compare Emily's anger and threats when her husband of four months returns, seriously injured and suffering a three-month gap in his memory, to "Loving a Lost Lord" by Mary Jo Putney or "Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman" by Lorraine Heath.
This book lacks character depth, plot development, and Victorian accuracy. No thank you. Feb 24, Amy Day rated it liked it. The book itself was fine. Typical historical romance, traditional HEA ending. The dropped stars are because I really did not like the hero, Stephen Chesterfield, Earl of Whitmore.