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Hero of My Heart

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  381 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
In this emotional and powerfully erotic tale of love and redemption, a tender vicar’s daughter and a tortured war hero discover that sin may be their only salvation.
When Mary Smith’s corrupt, debt-ridden brother drags her to a seedy pub to sell her virtue to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham leaps to the rescue. Of course the marquess is far from perfect husband mat
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Published April 8th 2013 by Loveswept
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Ivy H
This started off as a 4 star story, worked its way down to a 3 star by the 70% marker, fell down to a 2 star low around the 90% point but managed to redeem itself back up to 3. I was so excited to start this novel because the blurb fascinated me. I love romances where the H plays a gallant knight in shining armor to the damsel heroine and this novel was definitely crafted along that theme. The heroine Mary is the daughter of a poor vicar who has just died and her evil stepbrother Matthias has de ...more
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful read of redemption, love, and exciting action, both in and out of the bedroom. The driving force of Hero of My Heart is the struggle both characters feel within themselves and each other.

When Alasdair Thornham, Marquess of Datchworth, sees a drugged woman being sold in a tavern, his chivalrous nature sprung out amidst his half-awake state. He bought Mary, but acted like a guardian. And once he learns Mary is a proper miss, he does the honorable and marries to save her repu
Mary Smith is tossed up on the auction block by her debt-ridden step brother and sold to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham who really has no idea why he bought her, only he felt the need to rescue her. Somehow through his opium induced haze, he recognizes that Mary needs to be taken care of and he seems to be the perfect man for the job. He will simple marry her and then she will have access to his home and funds and he can go off and let the opium to its job, rid him of all his painful fami ...more
In the beginning, there was......

Love, for the description and book cover!
Hope, that this would be an awesome choice!
Faith, you can never lose with reading a historical romance book!

In the middle, it developed to.....

And in the end.....

In short: I find this book to be a desperate attempt to include a little bit of everything that is trendy nowadays! With a little bit of emotion mixing with the hero's turmoil and self-pity (boohoo, I am to blame for everything!! ~> rolleyes 1st), adding a t
Lady Wesley
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, amz-rev
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I've given this a C+ at AAR, so I reckon that's 3.5 stars

Hero of My Heart began very promisingly indeed. I liked the set-up, the hero was immediately established as broken yet honorable with an air of instability about him, and the story proceeded to develop strongly and at a good pace. It wasn’t long before the hero was revealed to be not all he seemed to be, and the dynamic between him and the heroine was subject to frequent shifts which served to heighten my interest and keep me on my toes wh
Kathie (katmom)
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Hero of My Heart
starts with Mary on the auction block. She's been drugged by her half brother who is now selling her virtue to the highest bidder. Fortunately for Mary, that happens to be Alasdair Thornham, Marquess of Datchworth. He's got issues, but he's an honorable man and when he realizes that Mary is drugged, he buys her. Later he realizes that she's a good woman, the daughter of a vicar and she doesn't deserve what's happening to her.

Alasdair has his own issues. He's addict
Two people are in need of salvation, one from the hands of her rotten half brother, one from a life of drug addiction and self-loathing. Put these two together and you have a delightful tale of adventure, redemption and love with a splash of attitude and spice! In other words, a great escape into another time and place that is easy to read and get lost in!

Told from different POVs, the story becomes even more likeable! There didn't seem to be a need to stick to 'words of the day'-for some, this i
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
Really liked this, would recommend if you're looking for an emotional romance. The only complaint is there was no epilogue, and that pisses me off because the book felt very very incomplete at the end
May Mostly Romance
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I got this book though Valentine's campaign via NetGalley.

I request this title immediately after I saw the blurb described the hero as "opium addicted". I love dark and tortured hero. However, writing about addition was not easy to accomplish and this book felled into the between good and really good book.

The opening of the story concerned a little bit. Mary Smith, our heroine was auctioned off in the tavern by her half brother and our hero came to the rescue by buying her. And of course even Al
Hero of My Heart was a GREAT historical romance with two flawed, but sweet, characters. When the novel opens Mary Smith has been drugged and put up for auction by her disreputable half-brother. Alasdair Thornham, war-hero and Marquess, happens to be drowning his sorrows at the tavern where the auction is taking place. He manages to drag himself out of his opium-induced stupor and decides that he is going to rescue Mary to atone for his sins.

After his less than heroic rescue, Alasdair and Mary he
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Originally posted on What I'm Reading

All right, last night I was able to finished Hero of My Heart by Megan Frampton. I must say I enjoyed this quick read. I shall share what this story entailed and my thoughts.

Poor Mary Smith has been down on her luck. I mean her rotten half-brother decides to sell her virginity to the highest bidder to pay off his debt. The one person who saves her is Alasdair Thornham, Marquess of Datchworth, who is... well just say he isn't really hero material.

As you read t
Tina  Peacock (Formerly -Bookcrack)
4.5 STARS Loving this! Almost done and have laughed out loud at the comedic timing and dialogue between the hero and heroine-Alasdair and Mary and can't stop thinking about what a fellow blogger coined as "Darcy dick". Not sure if she meant Alasdair (forgive me if I've misspelled) He so is! In the BEST of ways! LOL

I can't stop picturing either Colin Firth as Darcy (because the dialogue is that fun) and Hugh Jackman in Kate and Leopold (horrible movie but great visual) Yum.

Just the crook of his
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ NetGalley

Mary Smith’s asshat half-brother sells her (and her virginity) in a seamy pub, but lucky for her Alasdair Thornham is there to save her from a nauseating fate. But is the marquess any better than the rabble who would have bought her? Damsel in distress meet wounded hero.

For the most part this is a decent tale of rescuing the damsel who, while not a totally strong heroine, is not simpering either. Mary has an interesting background as does Alasdair, but what could have bee
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Merry" Mary Smith, the late vicar's daughter, is in a very bad predicament. Her half brother is gambling and drinking her inheritance away and has decided to sell her to the highest bidder who happens to be a devastatingly handsome man who seems to be ill. Little does she know she is in for the adventure of her life. "So much for her prayers".

Alasdair Thornham, Marquess of Datchworth, is in an opium laden state when he sees the man auctioning off a beautiful woman in the local tavern and feels
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Notes: I read an ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

My Synopsis:

"She's a virgin, gentleman. And She'll be sold to the highest bidder."

Mary Smith had been raised to be a good girl. Her father was a country vicar and she had been a teacher. Upon his deathbed, Mary's father made a startling last confession. He hadn't been married to Mary's mother and she hadn't died in childbirth as he had told her. In fact, she was still alive. With her father gone, it soon became obvious that her half-br
May 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
***Snark Alert**
This a major pet-peeve mine. A 'half-baked" novel.

A hero addicted to opium has been done before but curiously I wanted to see another take by a new author to me.
To make a tortured man into a hero and heroine up to task takes a skilled author. Sadly not here..
I never fully understood Alasdair's pain. Frankly he felt manufactured. The author threw a boat load at us. The war and injuries. The devoted but useless brother and guilt over his death.His wife married him instead of brothe
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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A wonderful, sweet, HOT romance! Hero of My Heart was a different historical romance that I absolutely adored.

This book is unique among historical romance. And, it definitely managed to pull it off. The idea of an opium addict hero and vicar's daughter heroine is different among the genre and it could have easily gone wrong. But, it not only met my expectations, but greatly exceeded them.

Mary was a perfect heroine. Sh
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Alasdair Thornham is a good man, but he’s addicted to opium. He finds himself in a pub where an auction is taking place. Mary Smith’s brother is selling off his virginal sister in order to earn money to pay his debts. Alasdair realizes something is wrong with the woman, suspects the use of drugs, and decides to act. He buys her, and thus starts an adventure that changes both of their lives. At first Mary fights the situation, but Alasdair decides they should travel to Scotland and get married.

Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars really

I really liked the idea of these two characters. Vicars daughter in need of rescuing and opium addict Marquis in need of some saving himself. The recovering addict behavior was at times intriguing and page-turning, and at other times conveniently pushed aside for the love arc plotting.

This entire work happened in real time: first from the hero's perspective and then the heroine's. If they were apart for any reason, the author would go back and retell it from the other's POV. It w
Barbara Rogers
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When I first started reading it, I was afraid it was going to be a dark book because it started out with the hero being addicted to opium and the heroine being hauled up onto a table in a tavern/inn and being sold to the highest bidder. I just don't like dark books, so I almost didn't continue. However -- the dark didn't last beyond the first chapter or so and then it turned into a lovely story of suspense, redemption and love.

This book does employ one of those pl
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mary Smith finds herself in the most precarious situation, her disreputable brother has lost everything after their father has died and now he is offering her and her virginity up to the highest bidder at the local pub.

Lord Alasdair Thornham has been swimming in an endless trip of opium, trying to forget his past. He sees a beautiful young woman in need of rescue and purchases her from a horrible man. Promising her safety, Lord Alasdair comes up with a plan to marry Mary and give her his titles
Allie Bates
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Megan Frampton
Random House Publishing Group: Loveswept

In Megan Frampton's Hero of My Heart, we find ourselves in a rustic tavern where Mary Smith's virginity is being auctioned off by her half-brother. The hero who purchases her is a totally wasted Alasdair Thornham, Marquess of Datchworth. Yes our hero is a full time Marquess, and a part-time opium addict. The way he sees it, he can rescue and marry the Vicar's daught
In Hero of My Heart, Megan Frampton cleverly and subtly anticipates the reader’s reaction to scenes and conversations. We meet our protagonists, Mary, the daughter of a vicar, and her noble rescuer, Alasdair, marquess and addict, at a sell-the-virgin-to-the-highest-bidder auction. Mary is the virgin, her wastrel brother the seller and Alasdair the hero of the hour:

“She fell into Alasdair’s arms. It was not an elegant rescue, the kind where the noble prince gathers the humble milkmaid gently in h
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms. Frampton had me at ‘private torment’ of a hero! It’s those stories that delve into the psyche of a human beings that I relish the most and this was one gem of a story!

Despite many dark moments our pair goes through, I found that I welcomed lighthearted ones and the author did a wonderful balance between the two.

This story is as much sweet as heartbreaking and I highly recommend it.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Hero of my Heart it's a historical romance cute and easy-to-read, set between England and Scotland. You can also see as a romantic and passionate tale of a couple on the way back to London, in fact most of the story is set during an escape with a bit of adventure.
Mary Smith is the vicar's young daughter, who after his father's death, is literally offered at auction in a tavern to the highest bidder by his half-brother, who needs money to pay for the huge gambling debts; the girl was drugged and
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The gist: Mary is a vicar's daughter. Alasdair is a Marquess. When her father died, Mary's brother tried to sell her virginity to the highest bidder. Luckily, Alasdair was in the pub where the auction took place. Alasdair agrees to marry her and they embark on quite the journey.

Well... I'm not real positive how I want to rank this book. I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars. I was sucked into the story pretty quickly and my attent
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
When Mary Smith’s corrupt, debt-ridden brother drags her to a seedy pub to sell her virtue to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham leaps to the rescue. Of course the marquess is far from perfect husband material. Although he is exceedingly handsome, with a perfect, strong body, chiseled jaw, and piercing green eyes, Alasdair is also too fond of opium, preferring delirium to reality. Still, he has come to Mary’s aid, and now she intends to return the favor. She will show him that he is not evil, ...more
Katie Michaels
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. There were things about it I really, really liked. But there were others that really bothered me. There was definite potential there; it just didn't quite hit the mark across the board.

One of the things I liked best was the set-up... and the hero. (Yes, that's two things; sue me.) The story begins with a drugged out Alisdair witnessing a woman's virginity being put up for auction at a tavern. Even in his condition, he can't let Mary go home with one of the b
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
(I'd give this 2.5 stars)

When Mary Smith is drugged, and sold off in a seedy pub by her half-brother, it's clear that she needs rescuing. Alasdair Thornham is the only rescuer available, and so he saves her. But Alasdair is hardly in the ideal position to be anyone's saviour as he's addicted to opium and consumed with guilt.

Mary is a vicar's daughter, who imagined a life spent in her village, teaching at the local school. When she's rescued by Alasdair, her life is turned upside down. Before lon
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Megan Frampton's love affair with books began when her parents moved her to a remote town in New Hampshire where there was only one television station. And then the TV broke. She devoured every book of fiction in her well-read parents' library, finding special joy in Georgette Heyer and the fairy tales collected and translated by Andrew Lang. Megan majored in English literature at Barnard College ...more
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