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An Impossible Attraction (deWarenne Dynasty #10)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
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 before. Yet she cannot ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 29, 2010 Jeannie rated it it was ok
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
Jun 10, 2011 Jadaloves rated it it was amazing
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
Lucie "a heart so wild"
Another winner for me! 10*
I love the whole story, ...I read the whole word, each one by one...until the last page
and still requesting more*
Very touching, very genuine
This is a real Duke for me...high class people-haughty mogul Hero
Finish it in 2 days, with an big wow*
I love this book
I shall choose another Brenda Joyce
Mar 01, 2010 Danielle rated it liked it
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
Geovanna Maya
Oct 27, 2014 Geovanna Maya rated it liked it
El inicio de la historia a penas comencé y ya odiaba a la protagonista, bueno, no tanto pero me fastidiaba su actitud, para mi era una tontería como tomaba las cosas, parecía una santa por todas sus decisiones, incluso sus hermanas menores me parecían más maduras, no se, a lo largo de la historia no me agrado, si hubieron momentos que no hacían que arrogara el libro por la ventana por que Alaxandra al parecer no era tan tonta e ingenua del todo.
Por otro lado el protagonista, Stephen, tampoco fue
Mar 19, 2010 Ns rated it really liked it
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
Ana T.
Oct 24, 2010 Ana T. rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Sep 29, 2010 Vivianne rated it it was amazing
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
Tuba Özkat
Aslında çok güzel başladı kitap. Severek okuyorsunuz ama bir müddet sonra yazar kendini tekrarliyor gibi geliyor. Karakterler durmadan aynı şeyler için kavga ediyor, barisiyor, sonra hiç duymamis gibi hir çıkararak bir daha kavga ediyorlar.

Karakterlerin ikisi de önyargılı, kimi zaman bencil ve düşüncesizdi. Kadın karakterin erkeğin karşısında bu kadar güçsüz resmedilmesi, durmadan ama durmadan dizilerinin bağının çözülmesi ve birilerinin onu tutarak destek olmasını okumaktan illallah geldi.

Aug 31, 2011 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
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
Emma Hillman
Apr 12, 2010 Emma Hillman rated it really liked it
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!).
Feb 17, 2010 Allison rated it liked it
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Anne OK
Mar 07, 2010 Anne OK rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
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.
Genieve Ong
Feb 06, 2017 Genieve Ong rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
3 stars for Alexandra and her sister Olivia, I really love their characters tho I love other deWarrene members too, but since the story is about Alexandra I had my focus on her and somehow her sister Olivia captured my attention.... I wish the author made Olivia as the second heroine instead of Julia because truthfully I don't like her.... She's a cheater isn't she? So why the hell is she the second heroine?! The Heck! The author made it easier for me to read this book since I had to skip a lot ...more
Sep 22, 2012 HÜLYA rated it it was amazing
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Haley Osborn
Feb 25, 2010 Haley Osborn rated it it was ok
Where was the romance?
There was absolutely no relationship development between Stephan and Alexandra in the friendship direction let alone romance. There was more romance between Stephan's mother and Tyne then the main couple. In romantic terms or any relationship there was more so between Alexandra and Owen her previous close friend and love. While there was no relationship development of any kind between the hero and heroin there was more time spent between them with him trying to entice her i
Jun 26, 2016 Crystal rated it really liked it
I don't usually read historical romances but the pretty cover and interesting summary caught my eye. The plot was great, the characters even greater. Alexandra Bolton is a 26 year old spinster living with her drunk father and younger sisters. Not everything is well in her household as they struggle to get by due to her fathers gambling and drinking habits. He decides that its time that Alexandra husband and who better than the old, ugly farmer who is nearly twice her age. I feel really sorry for ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Tasneem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
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
Sarah Le
Jun 10, 2010 Sarah Le rated it really liked it
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
ZaBeth  Marsh
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
Mar 01, 2014 Nesli rated it liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
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
Dec 14, 2016 Patrizia rated it did not like it
Una narrazione eccessivamente lunga, confusa, ricca di scene pseudo-sensazionali e di introspezioni o conversazioni sentimentaloidi. Ma, soprattutto, un'ambientazione 'storica' improbabile, tale da spingere un lettore con qualche dimestichezza con la letteratura inglese di sette-ottocento (alla cui schiera mi picco di appartenere) a un irritato rifiuto. Letto a volo d'uccello, senza molto desiderio di saperne di più
Oct 15, 2011 Gemma marked it as did-not-finish
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Sep 28, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2014 Lorka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-keeper-shelf
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
Sep 11, 2010 Kindaangelic rated it really liked it
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
Jun 01, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it
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
N. Desire
Mar 03, 2015 N. Desire rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Look... by far one of my FAVORITE books. Brenda Joyce never seems to fail me.

from the first page I automatically knew I was going to fall in love with this book, and fall, might I add (hard) I did.

The two main characters made me laugh, cry, rage... the whole nine. I felt every bit of emotion spilled in this book, from the laughter to the tears... yes I was THAT emotionally involved... but I do have to say the grandmothers parts were quite draggy... and not necessary, that's the only reason I g
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
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deWarenne Dynasty (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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