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    Book Review: In My Wildest Fantasies by Juliane MacLean
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  • Published: Jul 26th, 2008

Reviewed by Andrea Williamson

4.5 stars

maclean_diariesreview.jpgJulianne MacLean is an author that I discovered in the middle of a series. Actually, it was the last book of the series. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Surrender to a Scoundrel, the last of her American Heiress series. Like many other readers, I’m very picky about wanting to read a series in order, but I couldn’t resist and sat down to read it. I wasn’t even 100 pages in and immediately hopped online and ordered the other five books in the series. Yes, I was hooked. The Mistress Diaries is the second in Ms. MacLean’s Pembroke Palace series, following In My Wildest Fantasies.

Lady Cassandra Montrose met Lord Vincent Sinclair at a ball immediately upon coming out of mourning. The attraction they instantly felt towards one another was palpable and undeniable. Impulsively, they left the ball and spent a single passion-filled night together that neither one would ever forget. One year later, Cassandra has no choice but to come to Vincent’s home . . . but she is not alone. Vincent, a renowned rake and libertine, has recently become betrothed. He doesn’t particularly want to get married, but his father, the Duke of Pembroke, has made a stipulation in his will that all four of his sons must be married by Christmas in order to gain their inheritance. When Vincent returns home to present his fiancée to his family, he is shaken by what he learns–he has a daughter.

I really felt for Vincent. He has suffered tragedy in his past–three years before, he was betrayed by the woman he had loved since childhood and his brother. That incident hardened his heart to not only his brother, but also to love. Now, he finds out that a former lover is in the palace at the same time that he has brought his fiancée home. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place! Ah, but then he meets his daughter for the first time. That scene is so sweet and so touching and you know that he isn’t as heartless as he appears.

Cassandra has had her share of tragedy as well. She was married to a man who loved another, his mistress, until his death. After becoming pregnant (after her night with Vincent), she is shunned by friends and family, left completely destitute and has to work and scrape to make ends meet for her and her daughter. Upon learning from a physician that she hasn’t long to live, Cassandra swallows her pride and brings her daughter to the palace in the hopes that the child will be cared for. When she is examined by the Pembroke doctor, she is told that all she needs is rest and nourishment. But, when Cassandra tries to leave with their daughter, Vincent doesn’t want them to go.

Cassandra and Vincent are fantastic, well-written characters. Cassandra is proud and determined, but cannot resist Vincent and his charms for long. There were several times in the story when she could have done the “expected” thing, but I was grateful that Ms. MacLean didn’t take the easy route. Cassandra was smart and stayed true to her character, and I absolutely respected that. Vincent wasn’t always so cynical, but it took the love of the right woman to help him realize it and heal his heart. The scenes between Cassandra and Vincent were filled with sparkling dialogue and plenty of sexual tension. Ms. MacLean is one of those writers that shows you rather than tells you and it’s one of the reasons why I am such a huge fan of her work. The Mistress Diaries is a fast paced read brimming with emotion that I highly recommend!

 

***This book releases July 29, 2008***

7 Responses to “Book Review: In My Wildest Fantasies by Juliane MacLean”

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  1. keoweegirl
    on Jul 27th, 2008
    @ 12:39 am

    Great review, Andrea. I’m also a huge fan of Julianne MacLean and have been anxiously awaiting this book. She’s a very gifted storyteller.


  2. Maria Lokken
    on Jul 27th, 2008
    @ 6:52 am

    Hey Andrea – from all us fans of Julianne – thanks for the review…


  3. Buffie
    on Jul 27th, 2008
    @ 9:01 am

    I am a total Julianne fan!!!! She can write some unbelieveable hot scenes. Anyone else remember that carriage scene from An Affair Most Wicked?? OMG!

    I can’t wait to pick this one up. Great review Andrea!


  4. AndreaW
    on Jul 27th, 2008
    @ 11:12 am

    Thanks, ladies! Yes, Julianne is a very gifted storyteller. I hope y’all enjoy The Mistress Diaries!


  5. Dina
    on Jul 27th, 2008
    @ 3:30 pm

    Great review, I’d love to read it when I have some time. 🙂


  6. Julianne MacLean
    on Jul 28th, 2008
    @ 6:35 pm

    Hi guys – thank you Andrea for that wonderful review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I’m off to the RWA conference in SanFrancisco tomorrow morning, so it’s crazy around my house right now, trying to get packed!


  7. AndreaW
    on Jul 29th, 2008
    @ 6:11 am

    Thanks, Dina. I hope you enjoy it!

    Aww, thanks, Julianne! I loved it. Have a great time in SF!

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