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    Passions of a Wicked Earl by Lorraine Heath
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Passions_Wicked_EarlCountess Claire Westcliffe has been exiled to her husband’s country estate for three long years while he’s been bed hoping all over London. Her banishment wasn’t due to some slight indiscretion—in fact, she was caught in bed with the Earl of Westcliffe’s brother. Oh my! Imagine finding your new bride in bed with your brother on your wedding night, I’m not sure the circumstances are forgivable. And as I continued to read, I wasn’t sure the author could get me past it, or make the heroine sympathetic enough for me to care. I knew this was a romance, and I knew with certainty it would end happy, but is that always enough? While reading, I wondered if the author would bring me to a believable conclusion I could accept. All this wondering actually enhanced my enjoyment of the story, because you see, while reading, there were dual emotions warring inside my head. Do I like these characters? Do I trust these characters? The heroine has such spunk, but is it enough? The hero is so tender and sympathetic, but does that redeem him? I felt so many emotions while reading the story, I suddenly hit myself on the side of the head and said, “Self, this is why you read romance, for all the emotions it stirs up!” In truth, I ended up loving the characters and as Claire and Westcliffe developed trust for each other, my trust increased. MORE

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