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The Lover (The Lover #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,497 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Kensington launches an as-yet-unnamed erotic romance imprint with Robin Schone's The Lover, in which a wealthy Victorian spinster pays an unusually handsome and well-endowed man pounds10,000 in exchange for a month of sexual pleasure. But the couple wind up with more in common than love for sale when their contract blossoms into fullfledged passion and devotion.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Kensington (first published 2000)
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3 1/2 to 4 Stars

This book took me by surprise. I didn't expect such a dark, angsty, provocative, convoluted, and thoroughly engrossing tale. I did have some mixed emotions regarding the writing prose. I loved the overall clandestine feel of the book; however, I had to pay attention to understand the intent within the author's prose. Also, I didn't care for the authors continual use of technical terms (vagina, clitoris, penis, ect) during the highly erotic sex scenes. It felt odd, dispassionate a
Wow, this book was actually really good. Do I sound surprised? I suppose I am, a bit. I had no real basis for low expectations, I freely admit that, but for some reason I had them. I had been told this was dark, and that was what made me pick it up, but I really didn't expect the reality of it.

I liked it! I liked it enough to order the next book, Gabriel's Woman, before I had finished this one. What can I say? I found him the most interesting character in the book. That's not a slur against eve
Jess the Romanceaholic
Holy cow I've got mixed feelings on this one! It was DARK and gritty and horrifying and sexy and sweet and romantic, all wrapped up into one crazy little package.

What worked for me:
*Male prostitute hero and a spinster heroine. Oh yeah, I'm a sucker for stuff like that
*I would liken Michel/Michael to an Anne Stuart hero -- tortured, earthy, at times very cruel, while at the same time both resistant and deliciously befuddled by the feelings elicited by the heroine. I was especially reminded of an
Opening line: "Death. Desire. Michael did not know which of the two had brought him back to London."

I have never read a book quite like this before. Robin Schone's style of writing is amazing. Extremely personal and without rush, with pages of deliciously drawn out foreplay. The intimacy of her words makes you feel as though you were right there in the room with our lovers. Voyeuristic, reader foreplay if you will.

I was initially surprised that THE LOVER is a period piece, taking place in Victo
Jun 08, 2008 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical erotica readers
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Juliana Philippa
3.5 stars
So weird. I wasn't really sure what to expect and I'm kind of (very!) torn on how to rate the book. It's a very emotional read featuring two - or three, if you include Michael's friend, Gabriel - tortured souls. Michael and Gabriel especially are haunted and have survived some unbelievable things. This is the first book I've read where the hero was this old (they're both 40).

Our heroine, Anne, is 36 - also unusual - and while she doesn't have the tragic history that they do, she is tort
I know people love the books this author writes.
She sure writes with a passion, I can tell you that! Her syntaxes are good and she has no visible flaws in her text. She does not, like so many of the new authors, sound like a child trying to write. But...Oh and what a but that is!...her books sound so pretentious and cocky - it actually gets weird.

Only a few chapters after I plunged in to this read - I have grown to hate the chopped up thoughts. It was tedious. It was horrorific. And most importa
May 04, 2008 Auntee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a somewhat explicit, historical romance.
Recommended to Auntee by: Everyone it seems
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Sep 02, 2009 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I was suposed to be reading something else but picked this up,read the first page and that was it...hooked!

So what makes this book special? Anyone who has read and enjoys Robin Schones books will know... her writing is wonderful, she captures the atmosphere perfectly! This book is a dark,passionate, erotic, romantic tale between Michael (A whore ,whose life is dictated by a series of tradegies) and Anne ( A spinster,who has never been given a chance to live her life at all). They come togeth
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
The Story
Once a gorgeous prostitute renowned for his skills as a lover but now ravaged by burn scars on his hands and face, Michel de Anges aka Michael of the Angels seeks revenge against ‘the man’ responsible for pain. He will use Anne Aimes, a wealthy spinster, to attain his vengeance. As he teaches Anne the gratification of being his lover Michel also discovers a woman who sees beneath the scars to the vulnerable man within him. In the meantime, his enemy watches and waits to strike first.

Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Unique, dark, sad story and highly erotic. It is the story of two souls lost to pain, loneliness, and torment, finding each other. The book is sexually graphic but similar to a painting of a naked woman rather than a naked woman in a playboy magazine.

There is a very cryptic mystery involved and played out through the book. The “man” behind the mystery is what compels Michel’s thoughts, fear, and actions. The writing style of the author was different and the mystery elements were even more diffi

I didn't like the author's style, I found the story seedy/sleazy and the few sex scenes that I read repulsed me.
Tammy Walton Grant
I think I might possibly be one of the last people in the western hemisphere to read this book. Thanks to Kristen, who read it last week and recc'd it to me. She convinced me to move it up on my tbr and dive in.

Here goes, I thought, and then spent the better part of two days scowling. Mostly at my Kindle as I tried to decipher the meaning in Robin Schone's prose, but sometimes at my husband, who insisted on chatting with me the whole time I was trying to read this. To be fair we ARE married, an
Mar 08, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
After reading this book two words are left in my head. WHAT? and WHY?

WHAT is going on with the Character developement? Nothing!!! Schone has two great characters constantly labels them over and over again "The Whore and The Spinster" we never really get to know them any deeper than that. The sex scenes were just words on a page with no feeling for the h/h I really didn't care what happened in the bedroom and nothing went on out of it. Even at the end you get this "powerful trust me" banana scene
Aly is so frigging bored
This book was so very weird... I don't know why I finished it, because I certainly didn't enjoy it
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Miss Anne Aimes has spent her life looking after her elderly parents, but now her parents have passed, she finally wants something for herself, and decides that at thirty six, it is time she lost her virginity. But Anne knows all she has is her wealth, she is plain and far past the first blush of youth, so who better to introduce her to intimacy than Michel de Anges, a man renown for giving women a price. But Michael is hiding something and being with Anne puts her in mortal dang
Feb 25, 2016 Natalya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
This one got a great moodiness to it and nice buildup to a memorable ending. Not afraid of discomfort, the author relishes difficult situations. Heroine's strength of character in going through with such a drastic decision was well presented, and hero's reluctance in opening up to her is well done. But, same insecurities are rehashed over and over again, and there is an intruding gloominess, plus I got bored of being cooped up with them in the bedroom learning french words for sex stuff. I thoug ...more
Red Iza
Apr 01, 2015 Red Iza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals
Finally, after all the dull books I read lately, this one was a definitely good purchase ! It was totally gripping, very hot but not only.
I was originally looking for a steamy story, with lots of sex and dirty talk (yes, this is my way of relaxing from life, sue me).
But I got more. The characters were original, by their age (40 and 36), the female lead is said to be plain, have greying hair, be a little too full on the hips. Even though Michael/Michel is said to have been a very handsome man, he
The Lover by Robin Schone

I loved this book he first time I read it a long time ago and when an opportunity came up to do a buddy read with it’s recent e-book release, I jumped at the chance to talk about it with friends. It was as wonderful the second time as it was the first. That’s not something I can say about many things and certainly not books. I’ve changed as a person and my tastes in reading have changed too but this story is classical Historical Erotica and has stood the test of (my) tim
Premise seemed interesting but somehow the characters seemed rather cardboard. Also it took place over only 3 days. I would have liked it better if it had actually been a former street urchin male prostitute and they had actually had a month's worth of falling in love over the course of the contract. I also think that authors who try to convince me that someone with burned but fully funtional hands and a burn scar on one cheek that doesn't touch his eyes, lips or hair would be considered too ugl ...more
The first book in Robin Schone's The Lover series. Something a little different. More erotic and a little dark than my normal fare. It has an "Across The Tracks" theme, featuring a gigolo. May not appeal to everyone but I did like it with reservations. There were elements that were not my particular taste and more erotica than romance.
Laura V.
Aug 12, 2016 Laura V. marked it as puede-que-lo-continue  ·  review of another edition

Y mirá que a mí me gusta este género, pero hay algo en la escritura de esta mujer, en su forma de narrar las escenas de sexo que me hastía. Los personajes no me llenan lo suficiente como para seguirla por ahora, algún día me dará curiosidad y volveré, pero hasta este momento..
Jul 05, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been one of the darkest, creepiest, most compelling novels I have ever read. It was so disturbing I had to keep putting it down and going back to it but at no time did I contemplate not completing it. It needs the reader to concentrate as it swings back and forth between Anne's and Michel's inner thoughts and at times seems confusing but all becomes clear eventually.

Michel des Anges....Michael of the a renowned male whore, women pay highly for his sexual prowess, his notabl
Eleonora aka Elnora Blake
Difficile rendere in poche righe un libro così particolare. Spesso si legge l'espressione " roller coaster di emozioni" a proposito di libri emozionanti, ma nemmeno questa metafora rende, diciamo che calcio nello stomaco potrebbe essere più calzante.
Consigliato per chi vuole leggere qualcosa di diverso dalle solite trame " rassicuranti" ( del resto se conosci la Schone sai già che NON è rassicurante) Se siete pronte ad un viaggio nel buio dell'essere umano senza sentirvi soffocare, allacciate le
„The Lover“ is a book by Robin Schone. After reading “The Lady’s Tutor” I wanted to read more by her because I was fascinated by the novel.
It’s the story of Anne Aimes and Michel des Anges. She’s 36 and still a spinster. Not even a year ago her parents died whom she had nursed over the years because she was an only child and felt responsible for them. Soon she realizes that they never had needed a daughter but a nurse because they were quite old when they got her.
So now having her dowry, a rat
Mar 30, 2011 Yulia rated it liked it
It really was just an ok, cuz first of all there wasn't that feeling of love. In some erotica-romance you can at least feel something (if not love, and lots of like), but here it was maybe too hurried or something, but the end of the line is that he said he loved, ed!! past tense! WTF?, her and I didn't get why it's loved and not love. Plus I don't see where that could've happened, cuz they've known each other for what? 3 days, and before that all we read is about how much he want to be with som ...more
Jan 12, 2012 ChristiLee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Robin Schone as a writer. Her style is definitely unique to the Historical Romance genre. In this story Ms. Schone delves into the dark side of the usual but unusual aristocratic love affair, featuring the lonely and headstrong spinster, Lady Anne Aimes, and the emotionally and physically scarred gigolo (for lack of a better word) Michael des Anges.

Both of these characters have a past that leaves them emotionally bruised and unable to trust the intentions of the other. When Anne s
Dark erotic fiction. Better than most as it had a plot with a major mystery, twist and turns, and shock value. Was not predictable at all and I liked that.

Very unusual haunted hero and heroine: an aging spencer (too funny 36 is NOT aged by todays standards!) and an aged male escort (again 40 is hardly old). Almost everyone in the book has a disfunctional background and almsot everyone is in love / impassioned with someone. Very erotic and different sex scenes. Loved the sex talk and seduction. I
Sep 19, 2011 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This story was well written, complex, but fucked up. I feel like it deserves more stars, but it was not something I enjoyed, ultimately. I did appreciate the depth and thoughtful subtlety that went into Michael's portrayal and also the complicated psychology of the motives behind each character.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Schone is the recipient of the Romantic Times 2008 Career Lifetime Achievement Award for Most Innovative Historical Romances. She is published in thirteen countries, including China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain. Scandalous Lovers (Kensington Brava 2007) was chosen by RUSQ (Reference & User Services Quarterly, the official journal of the Re ...more
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