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Master of Love

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A sexy historical romance featuring a genteel book dealer who is commissioned to organize an impressive personal library in the home of London’s most notoriously seductive lord.

Dominick Avery, Viscount Rexton, has a brilliant mind, yet is so intoxicatingly handsome no one ever takes his intellect seriously. He cultivates a wicked reputation as Lord Adonis, Master of Love,
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Pocket Star
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Jan 02, 2013 Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...] rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a witty, fun read
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Mar 29, 2016 Lexie rated it liked it
This book...oh this book. Let me put this out there first and foremost--LaRoche has her heroine, the very prim and proper Miss Callista Higginbotham, come up with not only the Dewey Decimal System (because it makes more sense then alphabetizing alone!) but also the card catalog system. Which I admit to missing quite a bit (but that's a discussion for another day). Its 1846. The Dewey Decimal System is created by Melvil Dewey in 1876. I'm going to assume from here on out that Melvil saw the syste ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
I really enjoyed this one. Callista is now in charge of a struggling business after her father's death. No one takes her seriously because she's female. She is hired by Dominick, Viscount Rexton to organize his library. Dominick has a reputation of being a ladies' man. He has always been intelligent, with a love for books, but because he was so handsome as a child, everyone assumed he couldn't be smart as well. His reputation as a rake wasn't deserved, but he had allowed the deception to continu ...more
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
I loved the first half of Master of Love. Callista is struggling to support her impoverished family, and she thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she is given a commission to organize Dominick Avery’s library. Overwhelmed by the viscount’s massive collection of books, she dives into her task, determined to use this opportunity to make a name for herself. She is dismayed to learn that she is the topic of unpleasant gossip, and she quickly finds herself fighting off the unwanted advances of young gen ...more
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
Callista Higginbotham has been struggling to keep her household together after the death of her father. She is a book dealer and also takes on the job of a library organizer. She didn't really think of the scandal that it would cause being an unchaperoned female in the house of Lord Rexton, but she is already hearing the gossip soon after she arrives. She needs this commission so she has to do the job, but why does her employer have to look so handsome.

Dominick Avery, Viscount Rexton is really s
Nicole Bonia
Dec 06, 2012 Nicole Bonia rated it really liked it
Master of Love is an engaging read featuring characters that are well-drawn and easy to like. The biggest impediment to my enjoyment of this novel was Dom’s insecurity about his intelligence. LaRoche gives further insight about just why he was so touchy about it, but that part still felt a little flat. It seems that a man of his time and rank would have been comfortable about just about any aspect of himself. Pushing that out of mind, I enjoyed the secondary characters and subplots, murder attem ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Diayll rated it really liked it
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher
Reviewer: CrayolaKym

LaRoche has captured a beautiful romantic story with Master of Love, giving it an almost Beauty & the Beast style storyline. She molds her characters from the inside out, becoming so life like I felt as if I actually grew to know them and was saddened upon finishing the book. She left me feeling as though I had lost two close friends.

Dominick Avery may be irresistible to the l
Jan 24, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2013
Master of Love is the debut novel by Ms. LaRoche. I really enjoyed the book It's well written with wonderful characters. Dominick and Callista are the perfect match for each other. Callista wants the world to see her for who she really is; a smart and capable business woman. Dominick wishes he could be himself instead of the flighty playboy that most people believe him to be. I felt really bad for Dominick as he struggled to find the courage to shed his loverboy image and learned to be true to h ...more
Mar 12, 2016 Isabelle rated it really liked it
I liked the strong intellectual heroine who braved gossip to do the work she loved an sustain her household.
What I did not like was the stretched out ending and some of the sex was borderline and did not seem to fit an innocent.
Loved the story premise of an intelligent determined lady and an equally (and more) intelligent swoon-worthy gent. And the hilarious twist on the dumb blonde metaphor - in this case its the guy who suffers from the label. The author gives us a good taste of the times and how difficult it was for a genteel woman to support herself and her family without calling down reprobation on her and hers. CLR writes some cool banter and interesting characters and weaves in the love of books...what else coul ...more
Charming, but the style was a little anachronistic for my taste, even though I quite approved of the modern lady protagonist. I liked that the sexually adventurous woman was not portrayed as an evil, scheming bitch since so many romances use virginity or lack of experience as a stand-in for moral goodness. Also, female friendships that aren't catty or competitive FTW. The introduction of the second suspenseful bit stretched credulity more than a bit, focusing on one of the other would have been ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I had very mixed feeling about Master of Love. Dominick Avery played on his looks and acted like he cared about only having a reputation as a lover. He never let people know how smart he was and all the time he was whining to himself about how no one would ever take him seriously. I found him to be something of a wimp and wondered why some one as strong and intelligent as Callista even bothered with him.

On the other hand I loved Callista. She did not whine aloud or to herself. I did enjoy parts
Christina Rosenberg
Mar 19, 2014 Christina Rosenberg rated it it was amazing
Loved this story, did not see the twist comming until it did.
Eleni Konstantine
4.25 stars. Love the librarian angle and how this librarian allows the hero to reveal who truly is.
Jan 19, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Mater of love
An enjoyable book set in time and character with the two books she indicated or quoted from Jane Eyre and Black beauty. Only two areas of erotica, although very well written loving moments. The book stands on its own with the period pieces of the era it was set. Very well written, and with intriguing and mysterious twists and turns in plot and character. I could not put down the last few chapters.
Jan 19, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it
My review will be posted at Urban Girl Reader, I hope you will stop by and check it out. It should be posted at somepoint this month. You can't go wrong by adding this to your list of books to read.
Jan 30, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Same old story: find one true love, live happily ever after. A few real surprises and breath-taking plot twists and entertaining enough for a winter read.
Aug 01, 2016 Belletab rated it it was ok
took forever to get going / I would say the first 60% book was extremely boring. I finally got interested at the end, but still a slow read
Kathy Cohen
Feb 15, 2013 Kathy Cohen rated it liked it
Interesting premise--bibliophile versus ladies man--but more about dressmaking and fashion than bibliography and bookselling.
Mar 13, 2013 Pamela rated it really liked it
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 03:20PM  
  • Harstairs House
  • Love on a Midsummer Night (Shakespeare in Love, #2)
  • Gallant Waif
  • The Corrupt Comte (The Bourbon Boys Quartet, #1)
  • Nearly a Lady
  • Love Is Blind
  • Devil's Bargain
  • This Wicked Man
  • Breathless
  • A Hearing Heart
  • The Tempest: A Gisborne Novel
  • Impetuous Innocent (Regencies #3)
  • His Contrary Bride (A Gentleman's Guide to Once Upon a Time #2)
  • The Lady Meets Her Match (Midnight Meetings, #2)
  • Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick
  • The Thornless Rose
  • The Toll-Gate
  • A Bewitching Bride
Catherine LaRoche is the romance pen name of Catherine Roach, who is a professor of cultural studies and gender studies in New College at the University of Alabama. Catherine won the Romance Writers of America Academic Research Grant in 2009 and is writing a book on how the story of romance—“find your one true love and live happily ever after”—is the most powerful narrative in popular culture.

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“Sighing, she headed back to work. She braced herself to lift the heavy lid of yet another trunk. The sight inside curled a small smile onto her lips, as it had with every trunk she’d pried open this morning.
Books. More beautiful, precious books.”
“The truth was, she found it hard to look at the man. It was like gazing at the sun.” 2 likes
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