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The Winter King

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, Harlequin Presents Subscription #19, 188 pages
Published November 1995 by Harlequin (first published February 1994)
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Okay maybe its more like 4.5 stars. Different than a normal HQN read. I've never bookmarked as many pages before and that's always a good thing, I guess. A lot of things to think about and the hero's a sweetheart.



Some choice quotes:
'.....It's funny, but your parents can give you everything in the world, but they can't teach you what to do with it. That, you have to learn for yourself.'
'I'm too offended to
Rating 3.5

There is something compelling about AC's writing style even if her characters especially the heroine here has a tendency to be overly dramatic and turn everything into a tragic drama. Seriously, the book was over the top so much so that I wanted to send the heroine to some therapy still I enjoyed it. She from a famous family in Hollywood and herself very succesful when at 22 she found herself drowning, losing her identity, so she ran and has lived quietly for two years.

She then returns
Mar 06, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: print
4 1/2 Stars! ~ This is the first book I've read written by Amanda Carpenter and it will not be my last. Yvonne is a very talented actress who is manipulated from seclusion to star in a new movie by the charismatic director Adam Ruarke. Sparks fly when these two are together. Yvonne focusing her rage at Adam, and Adam pushing Yvonne to break free from her demons. Theirs is a volatile relationship that will keep you riveted to seat eagerly turning the pages. I'm very much looking forward to readin ...more
All I can say I : wow!

I like this author, but this time around I wanted to jump in and separate the hero an heroine and send them both to therapy. All the manipulation and heaving drama! I think the needed an intervention more than a HEA.
Make Kay
Adam is very calm and cool overall, but Yvonne pushes his buttons and breaks his vaunted control again and again. The sparks they create are quite breathtaking. The sex scenes are mostly implied, characteristic for a category romance of its time. Fans of Thea Harrison who want to peek at her earlier works and those who enjoy old school category romance books will enjoy THE WINTER KING.

See my complete review at Fresh Fiction:
Flowery, over-the-top melodramatic and somewhat cheesy, but nevertheless a fun and feel-good read.
This feels earlier than a 1994 book to me. The prose is completely overblown.
Patti Ashley

I did not realize until afterwards that this was a retro romance.You know the ones we used to tease our mothers about reading. The writing in this book is phenomenal.
An actress at the peak of her career disappears for two years to keep her sanity. A director blackmailed her into returning for his movie. She finds a man who appreciates the woman more than her skill and he discovers a woman who melts his icy heart and makes him feel. You laugh out loud as they argue and learn. Bravo!
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Amanda Carpenter (aka Thea Harrison) resides in northern California. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.

She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. Her graduate degrees are in Philanthropic Studies and Library Information Science, but her first love has always bee
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