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Carnal Gift (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,520 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
"I expect you to show my friend just how grateful you are. Your willingness is everything."

With those harsh words, the hated Sasanach earl decided Bríghid's fate: Her body and her virginity were to be offered up to a stranger in exchange for her brother's life. Possessing nothing but her innocence and her fierce Irish pride, she had no choice but to comply.

But the handsome
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Leisure Books
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Carnal Gift is the second book in the Blakewell/Kenleigh trilogy, and is Jamie Blakewell’s story. Jamie, as you might recall if you’ve read the book, was the young brother of Cassie Blakewell-Kenleigh who we met in the first book, Sweet Release. Now he’s all grown up and trying and to aid a young America in the French and Indian War by heading back to England to petition Parliament for more soldiers and money for ships. And of course it would be asking for too much to have everything go smooth
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I feel fortunate that my first experience reading Carnal Gift was the version Pamela Clare originally intended for publication. In this book we are given Jamie's full story. How his torment and guilt over Nicholas' supposed death affected his decisions throughout the story. The elimination of this contributing factor would have left Jamie's character virtually prosaic and the overall impact of the book sorely lacking. 

I enjoyed this book. The romance between Jamie and Brighid captured my
Well then, it seems that I have found a new favourite author in Ms Clare; she really can do no wrong. CARNAL GIFT is the 2nd book from the Blakewell/Kenleigh trilogy and another epic read. With adventures of a grand scale, passion, heartache, suspense and characters that stay with you long after you’ve finished, this is how historical romances are meant to be.

I also just have to mention the detail paid to historical accuracy. The research involved here boggles my mind and is appreciated althoug
Jennifer Lane
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another Winning Historical Romance From Pamela Clare

Carnal Gift is a wonderful follow-up to Sweet Release, book one in the Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga. This time it's Cassie's brother, American Jamie Blakewell who's the hero of the story. Jamie visits his Oxford friend Sheff in Ireland in 1754, but discovers Sheff isn't the amusing and kind classmate from before. Sheff seems to have turned into a sadistic bastard, actually.

Sheff's abusive behavior is first exposed when he and Jamie come acros
3 1/2 Stars!

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the plot and all the characters; however, the writing was "loose" and repetitive--at times. I disliked (really, really!) how time was taken to "explain" what was happening. Duh! Or to recap the events. Double Ugh! This was my second historical book by this author and though this was much better than the first (Sweet Release), I enjoyed her modern romantic suspense series (I-Team) much more.

Set in Ireland, 1754, with the fo
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, although perhaps not as much as the previous one in the series. It didn't feel as detailed, and the plot didn't evolve at the same gradually accelerating pace that just sucked me in in Sweet Release. Having said that the setting was again fabulous, in Ireland, during the period of Georgian repression, and the hero and heroine were also excellent.

The hero was merely a child in the previous book, and here we get to see him as an adult. He made a great hero, but I didn't
Riverina Romantics
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pamela Clare is one of my go to authors when I'm in a book funk.

I know her stories will have loveable characters, heart wrenching romance and a whole heap of drama to keep me hooked from start to finish....So when I read the worst book known to man this week, I went straight to my Pamela Clare pile.

Carnal Gift was gorgeous. It gave me those really nice warm and know the ones you get when the author has the ability to convince you of the most powerful love between two fictional ch
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This is the story of little Jamie, Cassie's brother.
Now, here he's not so "little"! *wink*

The story is really exciting. I don't know much about the enimity between Irish and English, but from what I read in this book I could sympathize with the Irish people. Their plight was dire indeed! They were taken away their faith, their land, their birthright... poor people...

Brighid is Irish, catholic, poor and Jamie is English (even if colonial), protestant, and rich. How will they manage to be toghethe
The second book in the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy. Another awesome story from Pamela Clare. While I prefer Ms Clare's Romantic Suspense books, her Historical Romances can definitely hold their own. I truly felt myself transported to 18th century Ireland and felt their struggles against the dread Sasanach. Brighid and her family are just simple Irish folks, living the life that they were born into. Jamie is a colonist, in Ireland visiting his "friend", Sheff.

I should mention I have both th
Lynsey A
Another awesome read by Pamela Clare. I liked this one but not as well as the others. It wasn't anything I could put my finger on but still enjoyed it. I loved, loved, loved the ending and even though I was pretty sure it would end that way it was nice to see it too.

The only problem I had was the Gaelic. Such a pretty language but no idea how to read it. I only guessed at how the names were pronounced.

All in all a great book. I'm anxious to begin Ride the Fire but alas know that will be the las
Beanbag Love
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It's the second in Clare's Kenleigh/Blakewell trilogy and I think I might have liked it the most. I read the whole series out of order -- third one, then the first one, then the second one -- but it didn't throw me. Pamela Clare is pretty good at making each of her stories unique and independent from the others in a series.

So, this is the last PC book I had to read until Defiant. I'm proud of myself for holding off as long as I did.

Definite 4.5. Good chemistry from th
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pamela-clare
ok i stayed up late to finish book. This book was awesome! I loved these two Brighid and Jamie had passion! This book grabbed me right from the start, I really got into these two. I want to be irish now!! I loved how close she was to her family. Jamie had such respect for her, he was going to do the right thing under forced circumstances.

And then there was Nicholas, oh say it isn' so..

The end made me smile and my eyes filled with tears....I loved this book.
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adore this author's sweet heroines and her heartwarming epilogues. Great love story, adorable heroine, dreamy smitten hero.
Jane Stewart
Dry writing. Lengthy development of predictable things. It needs richer characters.

TWO BOOKS (Sweet Release and Carnal Gift):
I liked books 3 and 5 in the author’s I-Team series, but I did not like her first two books “Sweet Release” and “Carnal Gift.” The main conflicts were based on the settings where it was against the law for hero and heroine to be together. SR takes place on a tobacco plantation in 1730. Heroine’s father owns the plantation. Hero is a bondsman. If they are discovered he will
4.5stars really
More than twenty years have passed since the end of Sweet Release. Young Jamie Blakewell has grown to adulthood, done a stint in the army and traveled to England on Alec's behalf for business where he meets up with a schoolmate who is now a cruel, harsh and landed Earl. The Earl who's lands now encompass those of Brighid Ni Maelsechnaill and her family, much is also forbidden by law including religious gatherings for her faith. When Brighid's brother gets into trouble with the Ear
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Incredibly well-written, this story of a young Irish peasant girl who is brutally taken from her family by their cruel English overlord and forced to play the whore in exchange for her brother's life, is gritty yet tender. Ms. Clare is kind enough to keep the heroine's virtue in-tack (at least until she decides otherwise) while still painting the horrors that were experienced by the Irish at England's hand with heart-wrenching realism, all while creating a wonderful love story that rises above a ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ah yes.....picture it. A man who isn't afraid of hard work, back-breaking, long-into-the-night kind of work. His body is tanned and toned, every muscle and chord stark proof of the hours spent toiling in the fields. Yet, put him in a gentleman's dress....expensive tailoured waistcoat and breeches, hair tied back in a tight cue, and he fits right in. His manner is charming, witty and extremely intelligent. Brawn and enticing mixture in a man, one each and every female would be happy ...more
2011 edition with the "rest of the story". Could not resist reading the 100 pages that was omitted from the first print. Read this 2011 version as an ebook. I had read this book a couple of years ago but as with all Pamela's books you always want more, so when she said "I've got an additional 100 pages to go with Carnal Gift" yep I was all over that. I absolutely adore you, Pamela Clare. I love history and I love romances. When I read your books I want to go look up old history books to get more ...more
Anne OK
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
If you hear this is "not the best" - don't believe it! Wonderful Irish storyline. I would not want to miss one single book in this series.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant edition to the Blakewell/Kenleigh family saga. I love Pamela Clare's historicals. She has a way of writing that is so vivid that I feel I have fallen into the past.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Another perfect story from Pamela Clare that tugs at my heartstrings! I love her sweet heroines!
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an audio book for me. Love this series. So interesting and the characters too. I have some challenges with audiobooks where a male narrator does female voices. Sometimes it just doesn't translate well and loses something. Especially during the sex scenes!
But the story was great and I loved ok forward to reading more by this author.
Vince Darcangelo
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, fiction

This review originally appeared in the BOULDER WEEKLY

Carnal Gift
by Vince Darcangelo

The line distinguishing fiction from non-fiction has always been blurry. So-called fiction writers have produced thinly veiled confessionals, while history books have been slanted to fit a particular agenda. And even when they’re making things up, writers are giving life to characters and places–thereby making them real in a cerebral sense. It’s this real-ness that creates
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy # 2
"Quando Deus une um homem e uma mulher, Ele ajuda a encontrar o caminho".

Essa frase resume com perfeição a linda história de amor de Jamie Blakewell e Brighid Ní Maelsechnaill. Considerando o contexto histórico e social em que viviam, essa união parecia impossível. Ele é um inglês protestante, que muito embora não possuísse título de nobreza, era rico e proprietário de prósperos negócios na Virgínia, América. Ela é uma humilde camponesa irlandesa católica, f
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, 4-historical
Brighid is a teenage Irish girl with all the hopes of girls her age. She lives with her brothers and her father, as her mom died when she was a little girl, until everything in her world takes a turn when her father is taken to be sold as a slave to the colonies, for he defied English law by being a teacher to Irish kids. The story takes place in Ireland during a time where Irish are rebels forced to submit to the English lords. Brighid is forced then to care for the household and hide her feeli ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

Carnal Gift, the second book in the Kenleigh/Blackwell series, by Pamela Clare was WONDERFUL. I don’t want to just repeat my review of Sweet Release, but my thoughts and feelings about this book are identical to my feelings about Sweet Release. The main characters, Jamie and Brighid, are 3 dimensional. Clare writes her characters so well that you can see them before your eyes. The plot was suspenseful and twisted,
Regan Walker
4 and 1/2 Stars! Wonderful Irish Love Story

This is the second in Clare’s Blakewell/Kenleigh Family trilogy and it’s a good one.

Set in Ireland (and some in England) in 1751 (prologue), 1754 and 1756 (epilogue), it tells the story of Jamie Blakewell, an Englishman with a tobacco plantation in the Colony of Virginia, who has returned to England to try and persuade Parliament to provide money for ships to defeat the French and their Indian allies in the war that has just begun.

To help Jamie with t
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
I liked this book. I read it out of order, there is one before this. These are newly re-releases of Pamela Clare's older works. She modified them a bit and made available electronically. I bought for my Nook and was very reasonably priced. Sweet Release is the first one and then the 3rd one will be available in 2012 - Ride the Fire.

You can tell this is one of her earlier works. The story was good, rather sweet at times -- which isn't what I'm used to from her, but very good. She tells a story ab
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are two things I can’t forgive a book: bad writing (which often means poor description of feelings) and characters I can’t connect with. Both mistakes weren’t made by Pamela Clare here, so I have nothing to complain.
Her research seems to be very thorough, she included whole lines in Gaelic, and the atmosphere she created was genuine and authentic. She does a marvelous job in creating the bleak poverty of the Irish people, the hard life they are leading: Her heroine isn’t a spoiled brat, bu
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