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Carnal Gift (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy #2)

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“I expect you to show my friend just how grateful you are. Your willingness is everything.”

With those harsh words, the hated Sasanach earl decided Bríghid's fate: Her body and her virginity were to be offered to a stranger in exchange for her brother’s life. Possessing nothing but her innocence and her fierce Irish pride, she had no choice but to comply.

But the handsome m
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Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 (first published March 1st 2004)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Carnal Gift is the second book in the Blakewell/Kenleigh trilogy, and is Jamie Blakewell’s story. Jamie, as you might recall if you’ve read the book, was the young brother of Cassie Blakewell-Kenleigh who we met in the first book, Sweet Release. Now he’s all grown up and trying and to aid a young America in the French and Indian War by heading back to England to petition Parliament for more soldiers and money for ships. And of course it would be asking for too much to have everything go smooth
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Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
4 stars

I feel fortunate that my first experience reading Carnal Gift was the version Pamela Clare originally intended for publication. In this book we are given Jamie's full story. How his torment and guilt over Nicholas' supposed death affected his decisions throughout the story. The elimination of this contributing factor would have left Jamie's character virtually prosaic and the overall impact of the book sorely lacking.

I enjoyed this book.The romance between Jamie and Brighid captured my he
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Buggy
Well then, it seems that I have found a new favourite author in Ms Clare; she really can do no wrong. CARNAL GIFT is the 2nd book from the Blakewell/Kenleigh trilogy and another epic read. With adventures of a grand scale, passion, heartache, suspense and characters that stay with you long after you’ve finished, this is how historical romances are meant to be.

I also just have to mention the detail paid to historical accuracy. The research involved here boggles my mind and is appreciated althoug
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Kathrynn
3 1/2 Stars!

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the plot and all the characters; however, the writing was "loose" and repetitive--at times. I disliked (really, really!) how time was taken to "explain" what was happening. Duh! Or to recap the events. Double Ugh! This was my second historical book by this author and though this was much better than the first (Sweet Release), I enjoyed her modern romantic suspense series (I-Team) much more.

Set in Ireland, 1754, with the fo
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Ruth
I really enjoyed this book, although perhaps not as much as the previous one in the series. It didn't feel as detailed, and the plot didn't evolve at the same gradually accelerating pace that just sucked me in in Sweet Release. Having said that the setting was again fabulous, in Ireland, during the period of Georgian repression, and the hero and heroine were also excellent.

The hero was merely a child in the previous book, and here we get to see him as an adult. He made a great hero, but I didn't
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~J~ Riverina Romantics
Pamela Clare is one of my go to authors when I'm in a book funk.

I know her stories will have loveable characters, heart wrenching romance and a whole heap of drama to keep me hooked from start to finish....So when I read the worst book known to man this week, I went straight to my Pamela Clare pile.

Carnal Gift was gorgeous. It gave me those really nice warm and fuzzies...you know the ones you get when the author has the ability to convince you of the most powerful love between two fictional ch
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Mei
This is the story of little Jamie, Cassie's brother.
Now, here he's not so "little"! *wink*

The story is really exciting. I don't know much about the enimity between Irish and English, but from what I read in this book I could sympathize with the Irish people. Their plight was dire indeed! They were taken away their faith, their land, their birthright... poor people...

Brighid is Irish, catholic, poor and Jamie is English (even if colonial), protestant, and rich. How will they manage to be toghethe
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Pamela(AllHoney)
The second book in the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy. Another awesome story from Pamela Clare. While I prefer Ms Clare's Romantic Suspense books, her Historical Romances can definitely hold their own. I truly felt myself transported to 18th century Ireland and felt their struggles against the dread Sasanach. Brighid and her family are just simple Irish folks, living the life that they were born into. Jamie is a colonist, in Ireland visiting his "friend", Sheff.

I should mention I have both th
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Lynsey A
Another awesome read by Pamela Clare. I liked this one but not as well as the others. It wasn't anything I could put my finger on but still enjoyed it. I loved, loved, loved the ending and even though I was pretty sure it would end that way it was nice to see it too.

The only problem I had was the Gaelic. Such a pretty language but no idea how to read it. I only guessed at how the names were pronounced.

All in all a great book. I'm anxious to begin Ride the Fire but alas know that will be the las
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Beanbag Love
I really enjoyed this book. It's the second in Clare's Kenleigh/Blakewell trilogy and I think I might have liked it the most. I read the whole series out of order -- third one, then the first one, then the second one -- but it didn't throw me. Pamela Clare is pretty good at making each of her stories unique and independent from the others in a series.

So, this is the last PC book I had to read until Defiant. I'm proud of myself for holding off as long as I did.

Definite 4.5. Good chemistry from th
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Gina
ok i stayed up late to finish book. This book was awesome! I loved these two Brighid and Jamie had passion! This book grabbed me right from the start, I really got into these two. I want to be irish now!! I loved how close she was to her family. Jamie had such respect for her, he was going to do the right thing under forced circumstances.

And then there was Nicholas, oh say it isn' so..

The end made me smile and my eyes filled with tears....I loved this book.
PepperP0t (ireadthatbook.com)
4.5stars really
More than twenty years have passed since the end of Sweet Release. Young Jamie Blakewell has grown to adulthood, done a stint in the army and traveled to England on Alec's behalf for business where he meets up with a schoolmate who is now a cruel, harsh and landed Earl. The Earl who's lands now encompass those of Brighid Ni Maelsechnaill and her family, much is also forbidden by law including religious gatherings for her faith. When Brighid's brother gets into trouble with the Ear
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Jane Stewart
Dry writing. Lengthy development of predictable things. It needs richer characters.

TWO BOOKS (Sweet Release and Carnal Gift):
I liked books 3 and 5 in the author’s I-Team series, but I did not like her first two books “Sweet Release” and “Carnal Gift.” The main conflicts were based on the settings where it was against the law for hero and heroine to be together. SR takes place on a tobacco plantation in 1730. Heroine’s father owns the plantation. Hero is a bondsman. If they are discovered he will
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TJ
Incredibly well-written, this story of a young Irish peasant girl who is brutally taken from her family by their cruel English overlord and forced to play the whore in exchange for her brother's life, is gritty yet tender. Ms. Clare is kind enough to keep the heroine's virtue in-tack (at least until she decides otherwise) while still painting the horrors that were experienced by the Irish at England's hand with heart-wrenching realism, all while creating a wonderful love story that rises above a ...more
Amanda
Ah yes.....picture it. A man who isn't afraid of hard work, back-breaking, long-into-the-night kind of work. His body is tanned and toned, every muscle and chord stark proof of the hours spent toiling in the fields. Yet, put him in a gentleman's dress....expensive tailoured waistcoat and breeches, hair tied back in a tight cue, and he fits right in. His manner is charming, witty and extremely intelligent. Brawn and brains....an enticing mixture in a man, one each and every female would be happy ...more
Kim
2011 edition with the "rest of the story". Could not resist reading the 100 pages that was omitted from the first print. Read this 2011 version as an ebook. I had read this book a couple of years ago but as with all Pamela's books you always want more, so when she said "I've got an additional 100 pages to go with Carnal Gift" yep I was all over that. I absolutely adore you, Pamela Clare. I love history and I love romances. When I read your books I want to go look up old history books to get more ...more
Anne OK
If you hear this is "not the best" - don't believe it! Wonderful Irish storyline. I would not want to miss one single book in this series.
Amy
Another perfect story from Pamela Clare that tugs at my heartstrings! I love her sweet heroines!
Vince Darcangelo
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This review originally appeared in the BOULDER WEEKLY

Carnal Gift
by Vince Darcangelo

The line distinguishing fiction from non-fiction has always been blurry. So-called fiction writers have produced thinly veiled confessionals, while history books have been slanted to fit a particular agenda. And even when they’re making things up, writers are giving life to characters and places–thereby making them real in a cerebral sense. It’s this real-ness that creates
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Karla
Brighid is a teenage Irish girl with all the hopes of girls her age. She lives with her brothers and her father, as her mom died when she was a little girl, until everything in her world takes a turn when her father is taken to be sold as a slave to the colonies, for he defied English law by being a teacher to Irish kids. The story takes place in Ireland during a time where Irish are rebels forced to submit to the English lords. Brighid is forced then to care for the household and hide her feeli ...more
Teresa
There are two things I can’t forgive a book: bad writing (which often means poor description of feelings) and characters I can’t connect with. Both mistakes weren’t made by Pamela Clare here, so I have nothing to complain.
Her research seems to be very thorough, she included whole lines in Gaelic, and the atmosphere she created was genuine and authentic. She does a marvelous job in creating the bleak poverty of the Irish people, the hard life they are leading: Her heroine isn’t a spoiled brat, bu
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Morgan: Read, Eat, Dream
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Carnal Gift, the second book in the Kenleigh/Blackwell series, by Pamela Clare was WONDERFUL. I don’t want to just repeat my review of Sweet Release, but my thoughts and feelings about this book are identical to my feelings about Sweet Release. The main characters, Jamie and Brighid, are 3 dimensional. Clare writes her characters so well that you can see them before your eyes. The plot was suspenseful and twisted,
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Michelle [Helen Geek]
I liked this book. I read it out of order, there is one before this. These are newly re-releases of Pamela Clare's older works. She modified them a bit and made available electronically. I bought for my Nook and was very reasonably priced. Sweet Release is the first one and then the 3rd one will be available in 2012 - Ride the Fire.

You can tell this is one of her earlier works. The story was good, rather sweet at times -- which isn't what I'm used to from her, but very good. She tells a story ab
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Coleen Scott
Tremendously satisfying read ... kept me up late at least one night, and had a lovely "awwww" romance ending. Surprisingly touching redemption for the Bad Guy, which was a nice touch. It was clear that a lot of research went into making this novel authentic to the times and culture - I saw none of the jarring missteps that tend to pop up in many genre romances.

I've never read the original version of this story (the expurgated one), but I'm almost inclined now to track one down. I can't imagine w
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Patricia
Pamela Clare always delivers what her readers want. This book was a really great read. It is part of a series but can be a stand alone read. It had a great storyline and great plot, lots of action, romance and a wonderful ending. The characters jumped off the pages as you visualized being back in that time period and watching the events unfolding as if you were watching it on a big movie screen. The story takes place in Ireland in the mid 1700's. You get a real sense of how destitute and suppres ...more
Brittany
Completely different from the first in the series... everything from the characters to the settings to the issues...

Jumping ahead 20+ years and moving the story to the other side of the sea, we are now in the 1750s, in Ireland... catching a glimpse into a family of Irish Catholics stripped bare of their religion and the sick and twisted English Lord making their lives miserable.

Little Jamie Blakewell is not so little anymore... and he is our Hero... and heroic he is!

I do not think that I coul
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Pam
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Desiree
4.5 stars.

I'm pretty sure this is the Pamela Clare book I read years ago. Some things, as I was reading, seemed familiar.

This was a great book. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one but it was still really good. It mostly takes place in Ireland and England. The one thing that bugged me a little was that we barely got any update information about Alec and Cassie. I have a feeling it's being saved though for Ride the Fire which is about Alec and Cassie's son. So I cannot wait to read the ne
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Yona
I hate when a happy end makes me sad.
J~*Bhook-Junkhie
Loved it!..But then I love everything from this author!!!..I am REALLY looking forward to the next book..I might have to go out and buy it in print if the ebook isnt out soon:)...I can not believe that they cut a 100 pages from the first print edition!...I have no idea where it would have come from...It would have been a different story for sure and Im glad I got to read it the way it was originally written:)
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