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Rebellious Desire
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on June 30, 2003
Being one of JG's early romances- it is still one that the reader can enjoy... Raised in Boston while living with her uncle and family, Caroline Richmond is sent for by her father to return to England after fourteen years of being away. It is during her travel time to her father's country home that Caroline, her cousin- Charity, and her protector- Benjamin happen upon a robbery and possible murder. Caroline being the sharp shotter that she is wounds one of the attackers, scaring them off and making it possible to aid the one attacked. He has been shot where else but in the thigh between his legs. While Caroline is administering medical aid, the Duke of Bradford, a friend of the one attacked, comes upon the scene and is taken back by Caroline's beauty and self-confidence but doesn't learn of her identity. So now the chase for Bradford is on to find out who the unidentified beauty is... After arriving and becoming acquainted with a father that she has not seen in 14 years, it is time for Caroline to take her right place as the Earl of Braxton's daughter. It is at a ball that Bradford discovers Caroline and confirms in his heart that he must have her. And what Bradford wants- Bradford gets, at least he has in the past! But both having strong personalities and definite opinions of what a relationship is to contain- well, let's just say the battle is on. It is funny seeing Bradford experience jealousy from other men falling all over Caroline for attention- when in the past women have been the ones falling all over Bradford. Interesting, the shoe being on the other foot... In the mean time, someone is trying to scare Caroline back to Boston... which get's Bradford in an uproar over Caroline's safety. Hey, I liked it! What do I say? Read it and see for yourself- just remember it is one of JG's earlier books. She got better as she wrote and is now one of my favorite authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2001
Caroline Richmond has been living in Boston with her uncle and his family since she was a small child. Suddenly, her father sends word that she must return to him in England. When Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, meets Caroline for the first time, she threatens to shoot his horse. Soon he discovers that she is protecting a friend of his from bandits. He is immediately drawn to the fiesty American. Caroline doesn't realize that her father sent her to Boston to keep her safe. Her father doesn't realize that the danger isn't over. Caroline is still a target. Jered discovers this and is determined to protect her for though he doesn't trust her, he does feel something for her and will kill whoever dares to keep her from him.
Caroline is intelligent, witty, and strong. She determines to make the best of any situation and is a very likable character. Jered is dark, sullen, and handsome. The kind of man you want to peel back the exterior and find what has him brooding beneath. Together they are an interesting couple. Both determined in their own way. A good book overall.
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on March 6, 2000
I read the book in one sitting. I have read most of Ms. Garwood and found them all very entertaining. Although most of the romance novels depict two people with opposit personally, it is refreshing to read a novel that the two characters can chanllenge each other in most ways. Caroline and Jered had more in common than other heros and heroines. I would have love more of a plot twist from the event Caroline witness when she was young. The prologue was very dramatic and the story did not seem to explain the subsequent events sufficiently. Caroline's relationships wither her cousins are endearing and full of personalities. Although Jered is somewhat egotistical, who can blame him for his status during that period of history?
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on May 19, 1999
I really loved this book and didn't want it to end. The dialogs between Bradford and Caroline had me chuckling out loud. I also really liked Bradford's best friend Milford. This is only my second Julie Garwood book but I'm anxious to read her others. Her book, The Bride, was also very good, but I really enjoyed the humor that was written in the dialog of Rebellious Desire. Now I need to go buy it for my collection because I had checked it out at the library! You won't be disappointed...read it!
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on February 5, 1999
This was my very first Julie Garwood book, and I was hooked!! Caroline and Bradford are a wonderful couple. If you haven't read this book you don't know what you are missing. I have all of Ms. Garwoods books and have read them many times and I enjoy them everytime I read them. They just get better each time. I am never dissapointed!!!!!!
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on December 27, 1999
This is the most stubborn hero I've ever read in a romance, and that's saying a lot! It takes him AGES to finally realize he loves the heroine! She is spirited in the beginning, but as soon as they get married she turns into a wimp! The story is O.K., but not up to Garwood's usual standards.
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on January 11, 2000
This was the last book for me to read of Julia Garwood's, I never wanted to put the book down once they met. I love all Ms. Garwoods books but I would have to say it is a must read if you are a fan of hers. Enjoy, also don't pass up anyother of her novels they are defentally a must read also.
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on March 26, 1999
I've come to expect to be instantly hooked with Ms. Garwood's particular style of writing. However,this is one that's only good for one read. It lacks a certain something that usually gets me involved in the story. If you want her best books try The Lion's Lady and The Bride.
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on June 15, 1999
This was my second Julie Garwood book and I am hooked on her. This story had alot of humor and the characters were fun. It had a storyline that kept you in suspense until the end. I am planning on reading more of Julie Garwood, you should too.
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on September 26, 1999
This book is great eventhough it isn't one of my favourite but i gotta say it's really great. I want to hit Bradford for being so stubborn and jealous. I love it when he realized just how much he loved Caroline. Thanks Julie.
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