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A notorious rake is about to make the ultimate faux pas—fall in love with his own wife.

Gil Truman has eyes only for the beautiful Tilly—until he is forced to marry plain, sickly Rose Davenport to reclaim the lands his father foolishly gambled away. After a disastrous wedding night tainted with his bitterness, he deposits Rose at his remote Northumbrian estate, soothing his...more
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Published January 15th 2013 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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3 1/2 stars. It can be difficult for me to read a book or write a review objectively when I have a bias towards the author. Oddly enough, in this case, the bias might be working the other way. I like the author very much online, and I loved her first book, The Lady's Secret. I have to ask myself, if this had been a book written ten years ago, from an author I had fewer expectations from, would I have found it so disappointing?

First, the good. The story was riveting and I hated to put it down to...more
Jan 16, 2013 Kmont added it
I just bought this yesterday and read it in a few hours, but hours that lasted till quite late since I was having trouble sleeping. Since it turned out to be one of my favorite tropes in romance - The Grovel - it was soon hard to put the book down anyway.

Gil Truman wasn't a very likable hero, despite his situation being understandable at times. It didn't take long for me to slap the label of Irredeemable Asshole on his chest and he didn't do much of anything to improve on it from there on out....more
I'm vacillating between thinking this book is wonderful and that it is absolute tosh. Rather than making a decision I'm going to play it safe and rate it 3 stars.

Things that made me think it was wonderful

Rose. I really like the ugly duckling to swan storyline and this one is very well done. When we first meet her, Rose is recovering from a very nasty case of chickenpox. She's skinny, with a shorn head and still has the remains of spots/scars. As the book progresses she regains weight, hair and t...more
I have no tolerance for cheating heroes. It is almost impossible for me sympathize with a character who cheats, especially when they are married, (not to mention totally unrepentant about being unfaithful.) And Gil abandoned his wife, (after practically raping her after their wedding,) and went on to spend the next five years screwing anything that moved.

I felt bad for Rose, but Gil was a jerk through and through. He was a horrible, dishonorable man with no redeeming qualities who treated his wi...more
Please see status updates below for earlier thoughts.

Bottom line: I could kinda sorta maybe see why he loved her, but I'll be damned if I can see why she loved him. ALL her interaction with him, except when he was weaving his magical schlong spell in her enchanting vagina (which I couldn't figure out why she participated in so eagerly) (which was a HUGE problem), was spent with him being an ass. And they hadn't spent a lot of time together. It's explained that she fell in love with him when they...more
Brie C.
I liked this one a lot. I thought it was a proper old-school historical, but less rapey and perhaps lacking that epic feel those older romances had, which is good because it helps the flow. The plot is similar to Ravishing the Heiress so recommended to those who enjoyed that one.

The hero is probably the most interesting part of the book. He was very immature, selfish and whiny. These are adjectives usually associated with "difficult" or "unlikeable" heroines, so exploring similar characteristics...more
WOW!! even though I hate cheating books this was different. There was so much angst. I still have tears in my eyes.
Saw this on a website and was intrigued by the blurb. I finished it in one sitting because I had to know how it ended. Then I reread the last few chapters this morning to see if I could really understand what I read. I did like the story and it was very well written. One of the things I liked about the story was Rose. She was an ugly duckling in the beginning but became a woman over the course of the story. She ran an estate and ran it well. She took the bull by the horn and went to confront her...more
really loved the writing style. but the hero? seriously? what a douche!
Spoiler Whore but you can call me Amanda
Oh how I miss you historical romances.

Review to come
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...The ups and downs of this story had me both on the edge of my seat and frustrated. Gil was so very charming when we first met him but that charm left and it just never reappeared. He treated Rose horribly and even when he knew he was treating her horribly he couldn’t stop himself from digging the verbal knife deeper. When he finally fell in love with her it didn’t stop him from acting like an ass and frankly at the end when he was to be redeemed he fell very short, imho. He need to grovel a h...more
Linda Sims

Gil Truman the eldest son and heir to the Earl of Stanhope is forced to marry Rose Davenport. The Earl had got himself into a hole and the only way out was for Gil to marry Rose. Unfortunately Rose does not discover that Gil does not wish to be married to her until it's too late. She soon realises that after their disastrous attempts at intimacy.

Gil deposits Rose at his northern estate and abandons her for five long years. Rose had been seventeen when they married, and just prio...more
Feb 20, 2013 D rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of kinsale's slightly more mournful heroines and duran's stronger works
Shelves: erotica, regency, romance
3.5 stars -- a lovely book whose strengths often compensate for the weaknesses.

it's the mirror has two faces in petticoats, with wayyyyy less unflattering/dated gold lame'! in her second book, joanna chambers banishes the silly hysterics that marred The Lady's Secret's plot and lovingly, patiently constructed what could have been an eye-rolling plot arc into something special. that said, a few too many underdeveloped pivotal plot joints and side characters prevent this from being a slam dunk.

This is one of those books I hesitated between giving it a 2 or a 3. On one hand the writing is excellent, and I felt so strongly for Rose and all the pain she goes through made my heart hurt. The first few chapters made me literally want to weep for her, when she realizes that her new husband despises her and poor baby was so young and inexperienced, bewildered and hurt she didn't know how to handle the situation.

It's such a shame I didn't love the hero as much, even though he's a gallant, kin...more
can't believe I'm already done with this one.

I have been searching for this book in my ebook for 2 long days because I couldn't remember the title.

This story was great. I'm not a fan of historical romance, not really because I couldn't get the feeling by the characters or the period.

but here in this one, I could. It wasn't all prudish, but shy. Anyway, I got so engrossed in this book that I put it down twice and I can't fathom how fast I was done with it. The story made me sad and angry. I jus...more
Unforgivable is my kind of book, deeply moving and often sad--so sad to see two wonderful people continually misunderstand each other--but the redemptive power of love eventually washed over them. I can see that the quietness of the story, the length of time it took them to finally see the truth (and with a helpful push from a surprising deus ex machina) might not appeal to everyone but it reminded me, in a completely original way, of stories I have enjoyed and re-read often. I'm not sure if thi...more
So this book was a roller coaster of emotions. I literally felt like I was being put through the wringer. Just when I thought, great, this is about to settle into the usual gentle, slowly progressing romance (really I had been looking for and expecting a much more mellow read), some new trial and tribulation or a major fight with incredibly hurtful words flung about comes up and everything gets thrown off course again. Not really sure how it managed to be so dramatic when not much actually happe...more
The Eleventh Hour
This book is hard for me to rate because while I was very engaged with the story, I hated the hero. OMG did I ever hate the hero, Gil. What a selfish cheating jerk he was! He's basically a slightly modernized version of the old school alphaholes who were omnipresent during the 1980s. Since I loathe old school alphaholes, I had a hard time warming up to Gil.

My thoughts about Gil, all the way through the book.

Anyway, the story is... Rose and Gil have an arranged marriage. Gil feels that he was tri...more
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ TrixieTracy Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
This was 'OK'...I liked it. Nothing amazing but pleasant enough...
Angst, angst, and more angst. The main characters spend the entire book fighting and being angry at each other.

Then the author does something so sad and so heartbreaking, I cried. It was terrible and it had no place in a romance novel.

This book did not leave me with a happy feeling. It left me with "I can't believe I wasted time reading this" feeling.

3 - it was ok - Stars

I kinda feel a little disappointed by this one... It seemed like it would go beyond angsty and into heart wrenching, but unfortunately for me it didn't. I just don't think I connected enough with the characters emotions. I felt like it was just too much of a big misunderstanding and not very believable... The ending was also way too rushed.

That being said I was invested enough in the story to want to know the end which in my opinion means the writing was good. The story was...more
A great story! Not your usual misunderstanding tale, this is a story where the actions by most characters are completely deliberate. Each character has their own reasons for their actions, but the actions themselves aren't accidental. Each person in the story acts of their own volition, regardless of the circumstances that make up their situations, and they each have to atone for their actions. Well, one character does not have to atone for his actions because he dies. The rest have to work at c...more
Very interesting book with a very realistic view of a marriage of convenience, I think. No chemistry at the beginning, no love of course. It's not possible to love someone you d'on't know at all. And love grows between the heroes, slowly, strongly. I liked very much this book.


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Joanna Chambers est une auteure discrète qui publie peu et chez des petits éditeurs. Tout est fait pour manquer cette auteure qui pourtant a une plume élégante et tran...more
Unforgivable by Joanna Chambers is exactly as good as I anticipated. I really loved her firs book The Lady's Secret so I just had to read this one too.

Her characters are always strong and well written and the story intriguing.

I loved the way the story started - the chemistry between the main characters is there just our hero is shallow and cares only about his pride and about his brides looks and our heroin is self-conscious and used to be left behind. So they part their lives - her into runnin...more
Sue Grimshaw
If you're a historical romance fan you'll enjoy this story.

Marriage of convenience - heroine has recovered from an illness her father arranges a marriage of which she agrees too; hero based on circumstance marries the heroine whilst thinking of another woman -- leaves her for five years only to return to a different woman. . . his wife.

They meet again at a masked ball, she removes her mask & Gil does not recognize her but is amazed by her beauty. So, she poses as an estranged wife intereste...more
Joyfully Reviewed
Viscount Waite, Gilbert Truman is being “forced” to marry the plain, ailing Rose Davenport in order to reclaim some unentailed lands that belong to his family. Gil resents being placed in this position of saving his family from what his father has done. But after the ugly wedding night with his new bride, Gil feels it is best to do as she says. He leaves Rose at his remote estate and carries on as though he isn’t married at all!

Rose has heard all of the stories of her estranged husband and what...more
The hero was a jerk (that's putting it mildly) but the author successfully redeemed him at the end. This was a highly entertaining historical romance not because it was funny or anything but rather watching those two (the H & h) "break up, make up and then break up again' kind of relationship was amusing for me. I quite liked the groveling part and the angst.

3.5 stars!
This book deals with the aftermath of two young people entering into a loveless marriage. Some scenes were rather difficult to read, because of how distraught the characters felt in their situation. You could easily feel their anguish, rage and loneliness when being thrust into a life not really of their own choosing.

I was unable to easily put this book down, because while engaging it just never reached a happy place where I could stop for a bit. I really wanted to see the characters get to a ha...more
This was a quick read that was recommended to me. I liked Rose from the get-go, she was one hell of a heroine. Gil on the other hand took some doing for me to thaw - he was a dick of monumentally epic proportions, I'm still not sold on their HEA, he did not redeem himself.
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Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by...more
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