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The Duke and The Baron : Absolute Surrender

(Lords of Time #2)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  61 reviews
This book was originally published as ABSOLUTE SURRENDER no other changes have been made.

Happiness was always too much for Lady Amelia to hope for.

Now all she expects is to secure her future and marry Charles, Duke of Castleberry, as arranged. But Amelia has a dangerous secret that could not only destroy her in Charles's eyes and the eyes of society, but could also very
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Illustrated Romance (first published April 6th 2014)
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Jenn LeBlanc, and I was taken as much by the interesting characterizations as the beautifully illustrated images. This is a longer historical romance than most, and with good reason.

Lady Amelia is very unconventional, not in the sense of reckless behavior per se, but in that she has a certain problem (the nature of which soon becomes apparent) which forms the basis of her relationship with Hugh (Baron Endsleigh) and Charles. One is her light, and one is her darkness, ye
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I downloaded this book because it was free & hey, who doesn't like a freebie? but to get to the point,
Amelia is a young woman with an unexplained mental illness & she "loves" two men from different standings in society (hence the title), one of the men, Charles, is her intended, a duke, she's been promised to him since they were children, the other, Hugh, a baron, is her "friend" who "helps" her with her (unexplained) affliction.
Whatever mental illness this woman suffers from is never truly expl
Jess Michaels
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Oh my God this book! It's amazing. I loved pretty much every moment of it. Amelia's "issues" feel very real and the love both men have for her and ultimately for each other is super powerful. LOVED LOVED LOVED ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting two freaking years for this book and when I finally got my hands on it, I did several arm flails, Tom Cruise-style jumping up and down on a couch, maybe some short bursts of screaming, and a couple OMGOMGOMG,.

I absolutely loved the angle relationship (no triangle here, I'll let you figure that out) between Amelia, Hugh and Charles. And the ending? I totally didn't see that one coming.

If you're looking for a book that will make you think, make you laugh, make you sigh, and ma
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Historical romance with several twists. First this is an “Illustrated Romance” meaning there are pictures. I can’t remember the last time I read anything with pictures. These pictures were tastefully done and spot on the characters. I liked it in this instance probably because the author took the photos and knew what her characters would look like and do. Second this historical is light ménage. Accidental touching between the men but that is all. Mostly it is about the love of a woman. Amelia ha ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy from the author for an honest review.

Beautiful Illustrations

Things are not always what they seem to be. It sometimes takes a little darkness to find the light at the end of the journey.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An illustrated romance? What? A historical ménage? What had a chosen to read? What I found was one of the best written tales of love, need and desire I’ve ever read!
Amelia, Hugh and Charles have known each other since childhood, but it is Hugh that knows Amelia. The boy who has become a man that knows her secrets, her “Twitchy Episodes” and can help her through those dark moments where she loses herself within her mind.
However, Charles is a Duke and the man she is to marry even is Hugh has been
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of Jenn’s work. Her The Rake and the Recluse is one of my favorite historical romances, and I was so excited to get an ARC of Absolute Surrender. The story revolves around three childhood friends—Amelia, Charles, and Hugh—who’ve come of age and are ready to do their duty to the Crown. Charles, the Duke of Castleberry, is hoping to wed Amelia, but there’s an issue.

Amelia has an undisclosed mental illness, possibly an extreme anxiety disorder, and only Hugh can stave off her episode
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If you’re looking for a fresh take on erotic historical romance, your search ends here.

Let me start by saying that even if you don’t dig graphic, Ms. LeBlanc does an incredible job of capturing the troubled and misunderstood mind of Amelia. You must give this book a chance, if not for our heroine, for Hugh…my heart goes out to the lad. The poor man doesn’t compare to Charles, but boy does he understand our Amelia so much better. His touch, whisper, and…well…you get the point.
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Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book since I read the first book, The Rake and the Recluse, and I fell in love with both Ms. LeBlanc’s writing skills and her beautiful illustrations. I absolutely adore the illustrated romance, because it’s clear that a lot of care, talent and artistry goes into both the pictures and the story.

This is a great book, it made me smile, sigh, and even turned me on at times. So I can definitely say that I was fully engaged with the book, even to the state of being a b
1/10 of a star. This has got to have the worst heroine in history. I felt 0 pity for her. I skimmed the last 1/4 of the book. Let me first say I give it a low rating not because of the sex, in fact I was excited at first and hoping it would be sizzling. Ha!

I would not even call this erotica since there is nothing sexually enjoyable to me about two idiots who are obsessed with a mentally ill woman who doesn't deserve either of them.

A quick synopsis:

Woman has debilitating mental illness. Her two c
Jane Harper
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf, mmf-and-mfm
Really liked this book, though it wasn't perfect. Most notably, it's a true MFM (a subgenre I generally avoid), which means in this novel the men aren't sexually attracted to each other and have only minor physical contact. What this author did very well was to explore the relationship between the two Heroes, not just each one's relationship with Amelia. The begin as rivals, even enemies; become reluctant allies; and finally grow close:
Charles felt an incomparable care for this man, something he
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, earc
Absolute Surrender is the newest release of author Jenn LeBlanc. Her previous book the The Rake and Recluse was a illustrated romance as is this new book. In other words there are pictures to go with the story. I don't know about anyone else but the pictures add more depth to the book by helping to create a visual of the story as we go along. Ms. LeBlanc takes us into a historical romance but with a twist. Well more than one twist actually. First this is an erotic historical romance with 3 peopl ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am going to have to be honest about this book and why I rated it so low.First of all,I do not feel that the description of the book tells you enough to determine if you really want to read it.The description does not tell you that most of the entire book is very sexually expletive and I including homosexual acts as well.That would be fine for those interested in reading that,but I am a much lighter romance reader.This book was basically quite pornographic,again if a person wants to read that,i ...more
At times the heroine Amelia's overwhelming inner dialog moved the story along with just the right amount of tension. Sometimes.
I usually don't care to be too much in a character's head, because when overdone it takes too much away from the storyline...often not moving a story forward. At all.
The repetitiveness can simply be boring.
For this story is was needed as the heroine had "issues" deemed by her family as inappropriate and embarrassing. So she was in her head, a lot. For most of the book I
Vickie Valentine
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect with this story given the wide variety of reviews. It's a unique storyline. That's for darn sure. I found myself turning the pages and really wanting to know what happened next.

This story is, without a doubt, an erotic romance with a ménage, and a quite plausible one. These three characters really worked well together and I loved all of them for different reasons. However, the illness that the heroine suffers is exhausting, and I felt it myself when reading the pass
Historical Romance, as it is, is a give or take for me. I don't have to read it, but when I do I am almost always blown away by what the author has done with the story. I have drowned in her words and will have a hard time coming up from underneath them to read another story directly after. But that's me. And the author has fulfilled my want in a historical.

Jenn LeBlanc draws us so far into our leading lady, Amelia, that at times we will feel her darkness creeping around the edges of our mind.
Kayse Fabans
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book. It was not your normal historical romance or your normal romance at all for that matter. These were real people who weren't "perfect" trying to make it work in a world where you were expected to be "perfect" and I loved that. This book was a true menage in a way that very few authors can write. It was realistic in that not everyone felt sexual attraction to everyone else, specifically the two men felt attraction to the woman but not each other, but everyone had a love ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love conquers all.

Wow, where to begin..this was an amazing story to read. The dynamics between the characters were awesome. The connection that was formed between them as children gave their adult life substance. Amelia had her episodes and Hugh learned how to take care of them and her. Charles loved her from the moment he met her, although at a young age he didn't know that's what he felt, he only knew he needed to be around her. Menage is such an inadequate word to describe what their relation
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I will not write much in this review because I don't want to give anything away. I want to say that a few reviewers have called this a book a three-some and I completely disagree. This book is about three individuals finding love and doing what is best for each other. This book is out of the box and refreshing. What I really enjoyed about reading Absolute Surrender is the characters are characters that we have never seen before, in other historical romances. Ms. LeBlanc really opens your eyes to ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Our heroine may win the award for weakest heroine ever. I don't think I ever fully understood what in the world was wrong with her, except for the fact she's a total nut case. This is not really a ménage story - it's only ménage because she literally can't function without one of the characters there. Her "episodes" got really old and it seemed everything set her off. Our heroes were such great characters, I really wish the heroine had been stronger and given them a true run for the money.

One ot
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really found myself completely sucked into this novel, and that is a rarity for me. Having Aspergers myself and three littles with ASD, it fascinated me to see a character with it, and have the author spend so much energy convincing the reader that she is beloved, captivating, and sensual. This is a vastly different than the misunderstood, barely tolerated, and outcast loneliness that many of us often truly feel.

My only complaint is the strange and irritating over use of the phrase sotto voce.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. I really liked all of the characters. I loved how the author made it very believable that this would be how things of this nature would have been dealt with in historical times. I felt that there were times that the book drug on, mostly in the beginning. other then that I loved it and will be reading more from this author. I must add that this book also has pictures through out the book and it was just so interesting to have that as part of the story.
Lorraine Anton
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story stems from three childhood friends, Amelia, Charles, and Hugh. Then they come of age and are ready to do their duty to the crown. The Duke of Casselberry,Charles, is ready to ask Amelia to wed but there is a problem.
Amelia has some sort of mental disorder,or episodes. This begins a love triangle. These two men try to fix her no matter what it takes. It is hard on all of them actually. It is something unacceptable back in that time and our time.
Cathy Maxwell
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTE SURRENDER has been one of the most intriguing books I've read this year. Jenn LeBlanc is a real find. This is her first book and it is an engrossing, intriguing read. For those who groan on about how all historical romances are alike, wake up! There are all sorts of off the beaten path stories about the mysteries of love and ABSOLUTE SURRENDER is one of them. ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book I was really concerned about Amelia and whether she could cope with these two men and if they could come up with a solution. I was riveted and just hated to put this book down. I needed to see what happened and I wasn't disappointed. This book does get steamy in places but it also has heart and some places where I laughed too. ...more
Just couldn't get into the writing style. I thought it was excessively convoluted and hard to follow. Who was speaking when, who was thinking when. Is it a thought or did the person speak out loud? Four sentences to express what could easily have been said in one...
It was a chore. Like the author was trying to be impressive with her prose at the expense of the story.
Holly Bargo
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unusual and very good

This isn't the usual menage a trois romance of all hot and heavy lust. This story is brought with deep emotion, uncertainty, and exploration of love beyond romance. Aside from a few anachronisms (e.g., the bale of hay and use of the word "okay") this is a wonderfully written story.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Instead of mystery and intrigue it is kind of confusing. Very confusing actually. The h has some problem. The problem is never fully described, explained or maid clear the what actual diagnosis is. The problem is greater than passion or attraction. So why would anyone especially a duke want a woman like her.
It really makes no sense. Giving it two stars is being kind.
Linnea Bassin
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

This was the first book from this author that I have read. It is well written, in does drag a bit in a few places, but I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
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Jenn LeBlanc is a Colorado girl living in a Hollywood world. She writes “wildly original” illustrated Victorian erotic romance.
She wrote, photographed, and published the first ever Illustrated Romance and is Queen Of StudioSmexy.
She loves getting new research books and chatting with readers.
The Rake and The Recluse is the first book in the illustrated Lords of Time erotic romance series.


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