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356 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published August 2, 2012
”She broke hearts with a single smile and was never visibly affected either at the commencement or conclusion of a love affair. Her dalliances were legendary, and some claimed lovers fell into a swoon when Juliette but disrobed.”But underneath her smexy appeal, all Juliette wants is to find her prince and live happily ever after. She tried it once, but her first marriage to the farmer Oliver was absolutely disastrous.
She accepted gifts and tokens from admirers who hoped to woo their way into her bed. But she didn’t want to endure a man’s caresses. She didn’t want to have to close her eyes and pretend he or she were someone else.She’s not exactly surprised by the rumors swirling around in the paper, but then again they are quite amusing, considering she and the duke have never even met. Speaking of the duke...
She wanted to fall in love. Forever.””
”He had always claimed he was not impressed by female beauty. He had always claimed one woman looked pretty much the same as the next.He’s bowled over, but stays cool as a cucumber about the whole thing. Cause 1)HE’S ENGAGED, and 2) She’s a courtesan who’s basically bedded every hot blooded, legally aged male in London. He’s not impressed, he’s not having it, he ain’t got time for that. So naturally, he does the extremely dumb thing of telling that to her face, kicking off the typical, headache inducing love/hate relationship, which include zingers like this,
He was a colossal liar. ”
”’You’re supposed to protect me.’
‘You?’ He raised a brow. ‘You’d give him one of your icy glares and slay him on the spot.’
‘You say the most romantic things.’”
”’Do not touch anything,’ the warned her. ‘Do not sit. Do not move. Do not speak to anyone.’So romantic, I know.
‘Is it all right if I breathe.?’
He gave her a dark look. ‘No.’”
”He didn’t detest her. He just thought he did. Really, he needed her, needed someone to wrench him from his mind-numbing routine and introduce some fun into his life.”Cause he’s extremely boring and curmudgeonly, and he needs someone not so orderly and not quite so curmudgeonly to help him out of his funk. And it kind of actually works. She starts to see a softer side to him, and he actually starts to have a heart of some sorts.
”She wanted to detest him, but how could she when he held her when she cried over a dog lost years before? How could she hate a man who sat on a rough attic floor with her, probably ruining trousers that cost more than one of her best gowns?”But most importantly, he believes in treating stuffed animals with dignity, cause real men do that, dammit. You can’t hate someone who loved stuffed bunny rabbits.
”How could she hate a man who had treated Mr. Whiskers- who really was little more than a rag now- so tenderly”
”Had he ever apologized to her for cutting her at Carlton House? For calling her a slut or a strumpet? For embarrassing her at the inn after they’d left London? What he had said at the prince’s ball? She was not a lady but a well-paid whore?”
”He’d never been loved. His father certainly hadn’t loved him. His mother, if she had loved him, never showed it that he could recall. His friends might like him a great deal, but he doubted they loved him. No one loved him. No one had ever loved him. No one would ever love him.(The most profound quote in the whole book)
And now he’ driven her away. ”
“Love was not ordered or diciplined. Love was not logical or stately. Love made fools of everyone it touched. He hadn't thought he could fall in love— that was the chink in his armor.
"only a diamond can cut another diamond."