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The Scarletti Curse [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Christine Feehan
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September 2005 Wheeler Romance
THE BEAST Strange, twisted carvings and hideous gargoyles adorn the palazzo of the great Scarletti family. But a still more fearful secret lurks within its storm-tossed turrets. For every bride who enters its forbidding walls is doomed to leave in a casket. THE BRIDE Mystical and unfettered, Nicoletta has no terror of ancient curses and no fear of marriage ...until she looks into the dark mesmerising eyes of Don Scarletti. She had sworn no man would command her, had thought her gift of healing set her apart, but his is the right to choose a bride from among his people. And he has chosen her. THE BARGAIN Compelled by duty, drawn by desire, she gives her body into his keeping, and prays the powerful, tormented don will be her heart's destiny, and not her soul's demise.
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Mesmerising and haunting, THE SCARLETTI CURSE will hold you in its thrall as the mysterious tale unfolds. Ms Feehan weaves a dark tale wherein secrets abound and evil lurks in every corner. With a tightly woven plot that keeps you guessing, and rich, colorful characterisation, you will soon lose yourself within the pages of this compelling gothic tale ROMANTIC TIMES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Christine Feehan has received numerous honours including being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA and receiving a Career Achievement Award from ROMANTIC TIMES. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Non-Carpathian Novel Feb. 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I am not usually a fan of books where the hero is overly domineering, I must concede that Christine Feehan writes so well that I enjoy her novels even though the men are so controlling and obsessive it would be frightening in real life.
"The Scarletti Curse" is not a part of the Carpathian series, but I found myself enjoying it as much, if not more. The heroine is a healer but in a time where she could be burned at the stake should this secret gift be discovered. In order to protect herself, she pretends to be a healers apprentice. Unfortunately, the one man she wishes to hide this talent from, Giovanni Scarletti, is not fooled.
Like much of Feehan's work, the story is very gothic in feel and the villain(s) are truly horrible. While the hero is constantly swooping in and saving the heroine, it becomes more of a joke between the two of them than a tiresome what-a-stupid-girl scenario.
I was leary of this novel after being dissappointed with "Lair of the Lion." This novel is much, much better. If you like her Carpathian series, or are interested in paranormal romance, this is a good book to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read! April 28 2004
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From the back of the book...
Strange, twisted cravings and hideous gargoyles adorned the palazzo of the great Scarletti family. But a still more fearful secret lurked within its storm-tossed turrets. For every bride who entered its forbidding walls was doomed to leave in a casket.
Mystical and unfettered, Nicoletta had no terror of ancient curses and no fear of marriage...until she looked into the dark, mesmerizing eyes of Don Scarletti. She had sworn no man would command her, had thought her gift of healing set her apart, but his was the right to choose a bride from among his people. And he had chosen her.
Compelled by duty, drawn by desire, she gave her body into his keeping, and prayed the powerful, tormented Don would be her heart's destiny, and not her soul's demise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All of the elements I like in a romance Jan. 27 2002
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As a fan of gothic and paranormal stories, this book appealed to me. True, it had a lot more sex than Victoria Holt or other gothic writer favorites ever included in their books, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment.
Nicolette is a free spirit with a secret. She was born with the gift of healing and knowing when somebody needed her.The villagers depend on her healing skills and rally around her to keep her hid from outsiders. They know Nicolette could be burned as a witch, otherwise. Don Giovanni, the dark brooding aristocrat, wants Nicolette the first time he sees her. Though his family lives under a curse that all of their women will die, he is determined to make Nicolette his bride.
I don't believe in giving too much information in a review so I won't say what happens between them. The book is very atmospheric with the castle and it's sinister wall carvings, the brothers and grandfather who have all lost their wives, and last but not least, the hero with his own gift. One thing I liked about the hero is he was arrogant, but not overly so. He had a soft, gentle side that overshadowed his arrogance, at least to me. I hate heros who are overly arrogant simply because they are men.
This was my first book by this author and I am looking forward to reading Dark Prince, another book I have by her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christine Feeham has done it again! Jan. 12 2002
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This was a great book. I have read several of Christine's Dark series so I knew that this would be a page turner and it was. This one is a gothic historical romance. It doesn't have Vampires or Carpathiansin it but the lack of those doesn't diminish this book one bit. This is the story of the village healer, a beautiful girl names Nicoletta and the Fierce, dark and cursed Don Giovanni Scarletti. Nicoletta comes to the Scarletti family home which is known by its nickname Palazzo della Morte, or in English palace of death, to help save Giovanni's young niece. She also has to treat him as he is ill also. She is strangly drawn to him even though she resists. After she returns to the village the Don envokes his right of choosing his bride from the villages on his land. She tries to hide but he finds her and makes her his bride. Together they must fight the evil that is threatening to kill them both and over come the Curse. There is many instances of humor and I found myself wanting to read more after the book was done. There are some very interesting secondary characters that I think would make good heros and heroines for possible future books. Get this book. You'll really enjoy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK Dec 31 2001
By Johnna
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This book was a bit different for me perhaps because of its historical setting. It started out well, but i soon tired of the Italien phrases, such as "mia madre" and "mia zia" That got really annoying. Also, the Hero was very violent and cagey at first then suddenly got tender and mushy towards the end. It was disconcerting. Ms. Feehan seems to have a preference for characters with dark hair and eyes. I need a little more variety, please! Ms. Feehan also writes her main female characters to fight desperately for their independence throughtout the book, knowing that they will not end against their brooding, possessive Hero. I get tired of the constant whining and carrying on. But it seems that the females also go through some magical personality transformation after the first sex scene. I know sex is good, but come on. Overall, I liked the story even it did bog down in a few places, and i hated the main female's name, Nicoletta. reminds of all those stop-cigarette-smoking commercials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I really enjoyed it, it started off a little slow then I just couldn't put it down! A great bed time read.
Published 16 months ago by pissedoffmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarletti Curse
I adored author Christine Feehan ..I love and read all of her books it is very amazing and interesting. So far, i collected most of her novels. Im a fan .
Published on May 30 2011 by lady_luv10
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms Feehan Dan Do No Wrong
I continue to love the work of Ms Feehan. She is a wonderful storyteller. Her books never seem to get old and tired. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2003 by O. Blaylock
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, caputured the period beautifully...
I am not a romance reader, but a friend recommended this book so I bought it. I loved it. It was just "what the doctor ordered"! Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to scratch!
I first found Christine Feehan's work through 'Dark Prince'. It was an excellent read and has had me hooked on the whole series! Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by Jane Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarletti Curse is an excellent gothic and a great read.
I took this book with me on a business trip and it kept me entertained and engrossed the entire trip. Read more
Published on May 2 2002 by L. Schad
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Book!!
Kept me on my toes the whole time. So many twists and turns, a great mystery and historical romance noval. Wonderful!!!!
Published on Feb. 6 2002 by Tammy Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars great
for those of you intrested in gothic romance this is it i din't even know i would like them until i read this book this could be one of the best books written by christine feehan,... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002 by hagobu namwenye
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