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An Impossible Attraction (deWarenne Dynasty (Publication Order) #12)

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With her mother's passing, Alexandra Bolton gave up on love to take care of her family. Now, with the Bolton name in disgrace due to her father's profligate ways, marrying an elderly squire might be the only way to save her family from absolute ruin. But when she meets the infamous Duke of Clarewood, old dreams—and old passions—are awakened as never bef...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Few things I didn't care for that the "hero" did. First off I wouldn't call him much of a hero. He's very harsh and at times mean to Alexandra. She just takes it and accepts it. Look, I get that his "father" was a meanie to him but does that mean he can't say he's sorry for being an ass?? What about the fact that he not only hooked up with that bitch, Charlotte, a time or two after dismissing her. But then he had the gall to have a different courtesan each night after she fled his home cause he'...more
I really enjoyed this story. It was not the typical historical romance but the two characters grabbed my interest as soon as started reading. Stephen Mowbray, the Duke of Clarewood, is not the typical hero, but is the illegitimate son of Sir Rex de Warenne (so anyone who has read any of the previous de Warenne Dynasty series or specifically A Lady at Last is probably programmed to like him because of the family connection). Stephen Mowbray was raised by the Duke of Clarewood who was cold and hea...more
Seriously, I couldn’t put this book down. I was hooked from the very first word. Alexandra gives up the love of her life to fulfill a vow she made to her mother. While I don’t believe her mother ever intended for her to put her life on hold, that’s exactly what she does to take care of her two younger sisters and increasingly drunk and belligerant father. Unable to afford the basic things that the ladies of her class takes for granted, Alexandra considers marrying a much older Squire in order to...more
Very very beautiful romance: romantic, not rhetorical, not repetitive, very engaging, never a dull moment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He (Stephen) really is a little evil.
BUT he change - he evolves to reach the positive final, of course - without haste, the reader is not shocked by the change;
I really appreciated the way in which Joyce has made this mutation;
in other novels, it seems have changed the book ...
But this novel really surprised me, I appreciated the skill of the writer in describing the mutatio...more
The de Warenne legacy continue with Stephen Mowbray and Alexandra Bolton's tempestuous and passionate love in An Impossible Attraction.

As the Duke of Clarewood, Stephen Mowbray is a powerful and arrogant man who is used to getting what he wants. In sharp contrast is Alexandra Bolton, an impoverished but proud woman who once sacrificed true love to care for her family. The instant they meet there is no denying the immediate and powerful attraction between them. For Alexandra it is an impossible a...more
A deWarenne Dynasty historical romance novel (and I LOVED the earlier 'Masquerade' novel). Brenda Joyce is wonderful, whether she is writing a historical romance or Paranormal Romance (which are EXCELLENT). Couldn't put this one down. I was on a 5 hour flight from Maui and the time just flew as I was reading this book. Alexandra Bolton sacrifices again and again for her family, but since this is not 'literature', but a romance novel where happy endings are always guaranteed... one did not get de...more
Anne OK
I actually found myself enjoying this book. I became involved in the angst and struggles of the two main characters. Although there were times in this story where I felt the story lost steam, I kept on chugging and ended up pleasantly surprised. There was a secondary romance between an older couple that I found worthy as well. Not on of my favorites by far -- but worth an afternoon's read.
Emma Hillman
I thought it was so much better than the latest de Warenne books. It was reminiscent of 'The Masquerade', which is still my all-timefavorite of Ms Joyce's books.

After the first few chapters, I read it in one sitting, going to sleep far too late as a result. Oh, and it made me cry too, which I'm taking as a good sign (angst is good!).
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I must begin by saying I enjoyed the book very much. I cried along with Alexandra. But I must also add that I couldn't understand how PRIDE was such a virtue. I write the words in capitals because the entire book makes so much of the fact that she is proud, as though that were a good thing. She is willing to sacrifice everything because she is proud? Really. Are these people supposedly not Christian? Then isn't pride a sin?

The Duke of Clarewood is gorgeous, dashing, generous and cold. Fine as f...more
Sarah Le
I really loved this book. The moment I got it I could not stop reading it. The love story was remarkable, even though he thought she was a gold digger, she eventually proved him wrong with her pride. Pride on the other hand is a taboo when in love but fortunately can be beneficial according to the novel. As I continue to re-read this book I feel trapped inside Alex's mind, I could understood the decisions she made, it was a sacrifice for her family but a rash decision. She could have gotten to k...more
Ana T.
After one winner and one loser I decided to give Joyce another try. The blurb sounded like an emotional story which is always favourites of mine. I didn't like it as much as The Perfect Bride but it was definitely better than A Dangerous Love.

Clarewood is a hero in the tradition of Joyce's alpha heroes. He is not a bad guy but around the heroine he behaves abominably. He is decided to have Alex has his mistress despite the fact that she is a gentlewoman. She wants to marry well to help her famil...more
Kitaba beklentiyle başlamadım açıkçası. Zira Tehlikeli Aşk'ı da çok severek okumamıştım. Bana göre çıkan 7 Brenda Joyce romanından Maskeli Balo ve Kusursuz Gelin en iyileriydi. En azından ben karakterlerle empati kurup, kitaptaki duygu yoğunluğunu alabilmiştim.
Özellikle çıkan son iki kitap vasat bana göre. Devlin'in hayattan soğutan hikayesi bile çok daha güzel kalıyor yanlarında.
Dük Clarewood, yani Rex'in oğlu Stephen ve Alexandra Bolton'ın ki kendisini diğer hikayelerden tanımıyoruz, öyküsüydü...more
If you have ever read anything from the deWarenne series and liked it, run don't walk to a bookstore and purchase "An Impossible Attraction." Brenda Joyce has hit another home run with this page-turner. I cried when it was over because as many as there are in this blue-eyed clan, I just can't get enough of these passionate romances with strong heroes and equally strong-minded women to love them.

Alexandra Bolton is an impoverished gentlewoman who gave up dreams of love to care for her two sister...more
Feb 03, 2012 Gemma marked it as did-not-finish
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Lori Kurochkina
I absolutely loved this book! ...and I am so happy because I started this de Warenne Dynsaty series with The Masquerade (and loved it) but all of the other books up until this point had been blah. This one, An Impossible Attraction, is going on my Keeper Shelf. I love Brenda Joyce's style in which her leading lady characters are such sweet, easy-to-love characters. It's not that often that I 'just can't put a book down'... but this was one of them. I felt it was a sweet, light read (no bad guys,...more
The DeWarrens' are REALLY growing on me. I think this book was a little confusing for me at first because I started with A Dangerous Love, which was a definite DeWarren, while placing Stephen was kind of hard for a while. Lol. I was confused about how everyone tied into the DeWarren family when I read the back cover. And when I read about some of the other books, and the O'Neil name came popping up, I looked into the lineage. This family is VERY extensive, but warm and close. I love that about t...more
Tonya Warner
Alexandra put aside the love of her life to keep her family together after the death of her mother. As her father drank more and more, and gambled their money away, she worked as a seamstress as their station in society went further down.

Stephen grew up with an abusive father. Learning he was also a bastard, increased the pressure on him, making him withdraw even further. Even knowing his real family did not lessen the burden in his mind of what had been beaten in to him.

Saving Alexandra at a b...more
This book was realllly good and I would have given it a 5 except for Stephen. I was almost to the point of hating him when I read this book. I was even rooting for Owen over him and thats just sad. LOL He was annoying and in need of a swift kick. I was hoping Alexi would beat some sense into him! Alexandra was so put upon and take advantage of at times I wanted to scream at her to wake up and smell the coffee!! And the fact the Alexi and Elyssa story hasnt even been written or released yet?? wha...more
Perhaps one of the historicals that truly deals with the snarl in that society over their sexual rules. Ok to sleep around if you are not a virgin; not oK if you are a virgin. Brother, what a mess. Yet we have a woman in Alexandra who is torn, not just by her attraction to Stephen, but by her understanding of what it meant to be taking care of her sisters and her drunken/gambler father. Truly a case study in a Regency family dynamic, but it was also an on-again, off-again romance. Kind of hard t...more
Gold Grino
Story is really really nice, it made me cry once. But Brenda Joyce has other better books. This one lacks excitement. The plot is somehow the same with her other books, but i'm a sucker for romance so I still get carried away...

I like Alexandra's character, she is strong and has a mind of her own. I just hate how she could not find time to tell Stephen about the child, how she caressed Owen in Stephen's house! Owen may be Alexandra's best friend but out of respect and manner, you must never do...more
I don't think i i'll be famous or if anyone will like my books if i become an author. But i can think of atleast a dozen more possible outcome or twist in this story. It's lame. I love the characters but i am really dissapointed. First in the The Stolen Bride, then in the The Promise and now this. I was even looking forward in finishing this series. I didnt read them according to the date ther were publish, I read them according to their story really. I don't think reading them the other way wil...more
Nfadziela Lee
I never imagined that Stephen story will be like this... Its beyond my imagination since I read the promise first before this... I much loved Alexis story, quite original along with other De warenne stories... This story quite common in my opinion with other historical romance... But since Brenda Joyce writing is very great so I give 4stars even its quite disappointing for me since I expects much more resilient heroine and much better Stephen.. But you didnt know a thing about writing so I just...more
It was ok. I found myself skipping through their thoughts. They kept thinking the same thing over and over again as though BJ copy/pasted the same thought tangents after every meeting. She gasped far too often and like most heroines of this genre she lost her tongue more times than I can count - I'm surprised BJ didn't add drool to the list of idiocies. Mind you she wasn't the stupidest heroine I have come across and she did have many redeeming factors so for that I gave this story a 2 star. As...more
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As always, I bow at Brenda Joyce's excellency!!

This book was so intriguing that I couldn't leave it at all. Alexandra and Stephen were a nice couple (although not my favourite in the series so far). At the beginning I thought that 'why are we reading this story in the De Warenne series if there none of the heroes is a De Warenne?' But soon my question was answered.

Well written and full of strong emotions, An Impossible Attraction is continuing well the myth of the De Warenne family.
I would've liked it more had there been an actual courtship between these two than what went on. If she hadn't (spoiler), he probably wouldn't have (spoiler). If you read it, you'll know what I mean!

Stephen's character felt a little lacking in depth, which is a shame, because I really had hopes for him.

I cared SQUAT for the Dowager's story, and not much more for the goings-on of Stephen's family. I'm really not interested in reading other stories about the others.
Did not put it down, stayed up all night finishing it. I Loved it. I've been reading excerpts all week and couldn't wait to get it. I really liked the conflict and I loved the stength of the heroine, she weathered it all and stood her ground, plus she works!!! It was good to see the other characters from the rest of the series and now I can't wait to read Alexi and Elyssa's story which comes out later this year.
Fiona Goodman
I really tried to like this book,especially after reading all the favorable reviews. The story did not hold my attention and I thought it seemed as if Ms. Joyce had just 'churned it out'. She did a similar plot device to much better effect in "Scandalous Love", which is one of my favorites. I felt her 'story within a story' was just filler as a way to hide the fact that the book had little substance.
My first Harlequin. This is one for the baby book.

This was absolutely amazing. I went into this book with low expectations, and came out wanting more. Brenda Joyce is a fantastic writer. This book has so many elements, so many things going on, and yet, instead of being overwhelming, it was great, seamless even. It was realistic and emotional and beautifully done. Five well-deserved stars.
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