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Complete Abandon

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  348 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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When Emma Fitzgerald storms the manor home of the new Viscount Wakefield, she feels more than justified fury. Having just inadvertently witnessed his lordship in scandalous dishabille with his London mistress, her blood pounds with outrage...and with a thrill she has never felt. She has come to demand better treatment for his tenants, to seek so
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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May 09, 2012 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kris
Story Rating 5 Stars
Character Rating 5 Stars
Romance Rating 4 Stars
Heat Level 4 Stars
Favorite Character - Emma
Overall Rating 5 Stars

I read all of Cheryl Holts older book's years ago and remembered that I loved most of them. Rereading this book completely reminded me why I did love them so much.

I loved both the H&h in this book, Emma being my favorite character. She was so feisty and smart and she put others needs way above her own. The Hero John started out as a total rogue. He spent his days
I'm torn on what to say about this book. The parts of the story that pertained to John and Emma and their budding friendship turned romance were amazing. I loved every bit, even when I wanted to smack John for being a stupid man. ;) I'm fairly new to historical romance, so my feminist side still has a hard time getting past the way men were so high handed and hypocritical in that era. (not that they aren't today ;)) I can't stand when they say things like what they do in their private lives is n ...more
It's been so long since I've read a Cheryl Holt book. I hadn't forgotten how much I love her work, but I'd forgotten how addicting her books are. One is never enough.

I love Emma. She's spunky and awesome. She went after what she wanted and wouldn't take no for an answer.

And I liked Wakefield. Lol. He was a character. And he was completely enamored by Emma. He didn't know what hit him. She made him a better man.

This is one of my favorite Cheryl Holt books. Although, seeing as I'm more than a l
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I was totally enamored by this book mainly because it's been weeks since I've read a good one. It's a typical cookie-cutter story of lady falls in love with a wealthy lord. Both are fighting attraction to further prevent hurting each other but ended up together. Bedding a woman in exchange for cancelling land evictions was a typical old story plot. I am satisfied with the story not just because of the smexy scenes *wink wink. I liked it because as an individual, Emma was a lik
I really love this book. It's the quintessential fairy tale: the plain spinster is saved by the dashing prince. Although that does not happen until the end, the ups and downs of the relationship of Viscount Wakefield and Emma Fitzgerald is fraught w/ laughter, tears and at times insurmountable class separation. But persevere because it is such a wonderful book you'll ask for nothing else.
Another Cheryl Holt winner for me. I so hope Ian and Caro have a book I am so intrigued to see the two go head to head.

Cristina Contilli
Passione e differenze sociali...

"Emma si chiese se il mondo di ricchezza e di lusso in cui viveva il visconte non fosse in realtà miserevole quanto il suo. Forse anche lui non aveva nessuno che gli dimostrasse vera empatia, che lo capisse davvero, che lo abbracciasse con tenerezza."

Avevo già letto qualcosa della Holt in inglese e, nonostante la difficoltà di leggere e tradurre contemporaneamente, i suoi libri mi erano piaciuti... certo resta il fatto che solo in un rosa un nobile libertino con
La storia non è male, lei povera si innamora di lui che sta nei gradini più alti della società...prima lo travolge e cerca di redimerlo dai suoi vizi peggiori (alcool e donne) ma nel farlo si innamora e poi lui la coinvolge in una relazione che sanno entrambi non potrà avere nessun futuro...
invece, tra un colpo di scena e l'altro l'amore vince su tutto, e la passione è la vera protagonista, anche se da un romanzo erotico mi aspettavo più scene infuocate... cmq non male nel complesso, forse una p
Really cute! The main characters are a little outside the patterns at last!! She, at the beginning of history, it is almost embarrassing and I tore easily even to laugh! Too funny! I also liked the evolution of the story that although at some point tracings stories already read the author calls for a truly original way to propose them. Really picevole and satisfying!
It's a good story but not one of Holt's best. The hero could be described as tortured or spoiled depending on how you see him. There are incidents of child abuse described in this which some readers may find objectionable, but they add some gravity to the book. Not a bad read.
Danette Steward
Just a bunch of sex along with a common plot of an aristocrat ending up with a commoner....(gasp). Entertaining enough and certainly steamy enough. If you're a Cheryl Holt fan you'll be happy, content, and satisfied.
While I don't hate Cheryl Holt's work, I am becoming a bit bored with the repetition of the stories. It feels like I've read this same storyline in several of her books.
Billie Jo
While this is not my all time favorite, trust me, you cannot go wrong with any book from Cheryl Holt!
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CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels. She is hailed as the undisputed "Queen" of erotic romance, as well as the international "Queen of Villains". She has numerous national writing awards to her credit and is particularly proud to have been named "Best Storyteller of the Year" by Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine. The magazine also selected her ...more
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