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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (284 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Haymore Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Donovan Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781452676104
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The second entry in Jennifer Haymore’s Donovan series

With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria. But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess.

It was a reckless wager, and one Max couldn’t resist: seduce the alluring Olivia or forfeit part of his fortune. Yet the wild, soon-to-be duke never imagined he’d fall in love with this innocent beauty. Nor could he have guessed that a dangerously unpredictable rival would set out to destroy them both. Now Max must beat a madman at his own twisted game—or forever lose the only woman to have ever won his heart.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 2/13/2014

    " Was really looking forward to the second book in the Donovan sisters series. This was about Olivia and Max. I found myself kinda bored with it, i was bored with the story of the abused wife and her husband. I wanted more of Max and Olivia not sme people i didint care about. I am looking forward to the 3rd book since I enjoy reading Jennifer Haymore "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Huong | 2/5/2014

    " I read this book a few weeks ago but must've forgotten to rate it. I can barely remember the story...so it must've been pretty forgettable. But I also don't remember being very annoyed by anything in particular either so that's probably a plus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Jund | 2/3/2014

    " Book 2 of Jennifer's Donovan sisters series!! GREAT read!! kj :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex | 1/29/2014

    " A quick read that did not reached the standard of the synopsis "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/23/2014

    " Olivia Donovan has always been treated with caution by her family, due to an illness (malaria) that has plagued her since her childhood days in Antigua. Olivia is kind, gentle and an obedient daughter - but she also has a passion for life and wishes should could be treated like everyone else. Men want wives who are strong and can give them heirs, so Olivia expectes to never marry and as such makes no effort towards men at all. Until Max, the Marquis of Halsey, comes into her life and turns her vows of celibacy upside down. What she isn't aware of is that Max has signed a wager that he can seduce her with a rival noble, Fenwicke, who is angry that his own attempts to seduce Olivia failed (not to mention that he's married and a total rake). Can Olivia and Max have a meaningful relationship, despite her illness and his somewhat less than pure foundation? Will Fenwicke have his revenge for being spurned? This was a fun book, that dealt with some serious issues. Serena (the oldest, going by their dead sister Meg's name) is happily married and expecting, but suffers a miscarriage. Jessica Donovan befriends a reclusive neighbor, only to learn that she is Fenwicke's wife and he abuses/rapes her on a regular basis. The love story between Olivia and Max is mostly light-hearted with a little bit of a wrench thrown in the works when respectively her malaria flares up, and she finds out that it all started because of a bet. Fenwicke was a truly sinister and love-to-hate villain - the best kind! The book went fairly fast and the plot never really stalled in my opinion, except in how fast Olivia and Max become sexually intimate. I feel like it was rushed and Olivia was far more blase than a woman of her times would have been, especially one as sheltered and ill as her. Overall, a good read and one that carries the series along past the sophmore curse. VERDICT: 3.75/5 Stars * I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book was published February 1st, 2012.* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tam Cooke | 1/22/2014

    " I loved this book it is really good I have read it before all of the others though. So I must read it all again. And hopefully it will make more sense. But still a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meaghan | 1/20/2014

    " On the surface I should have loved this because it has everything I love in a romance novel including a great H/H. For whatever reason though, it just never clicked for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay Dirty Girls' Good Books | 1/11/2014

    " It was good. I liked Olivia's story and her character. Next... The one we've been waiting for! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marj | 11/17/2013

    " Enjoyed this. Will look out for more by this author "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Haymore

Jennifer Haymore is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy historical and contemporary romance. She is the author of a number of romance novels, including A Season of Seduction, A Touch of Scandal, A Hint of Wicked, and the Donovan series. She holds a BS in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in education from UCLA. Jennifer lives in Southern California.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.