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Too late for cold feet Baron Edward Christie prided himself on his reputation for even temperament and reserve. That was before he met Caroline Parker. Wedding a scandalous beauty by special license days after they met did not inspire respect for his sangfroid. Moving her to a notorious lovebirds' nest as punishment for her flighty nature was perhaps also a blow. And of co Too late for cold feet Baron Edward Christie prided himself on his reputation for even temperament and reserve. That was before he met Caroline Parker. Wedding a scandalous beauty by special license days after they met did not inspire respect for his sangfroid. Moving her to a notorious lovebirds' nest as punishment for her flighty nature was perhaps also a blow. And of course talk has gotten out of his irresistible clandestine visits. Christie must put his wife aside--if only he can get her out of his blood first. Too hot to refuse. . . Caroline Parker was prepared to hear the worst: that her husband had determined to divorce her, spare them both the torture of passion they can neither tame nor escape. But his plan is wickeder than any she's ever heard. Life as his wife is suffocating. But she cannot resist becoming her own husband's mistress. . . "A very talented debut author." --"Romance Junkies" Praise for Maggie Robinson's Mistress by Mistake "Sizzles off the page." --Anna Campbell


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Too late for cold feet Baron Edward Christie prided himself on his reputation for even temperament and reserve. That was before he met Caroline Parker. Wedding a scandalous beauty by special license days after they met did not inspire respect for his sangfroid. Moving her to a notorious lovebirds' nest as punishment for her flighty nature was perhaps also a blow. And of co Too late for cold feet Baron Edward Christie prided himself on his reputation for even temperament and reserve. That was before he met Caroline Parker. Wedding a scandalous beauty by special license days after they met did not inspire respect for his sangfroid. Moving her to a notorious lovebirds' nest as punishment for her flighty nature was perhaps also a blow. And of course talk has gotten out of his irresistible clandestine visits. Christie must put his wife aside--if only he can get her out of his blood first. Too hot to refuse. . . Caroline Parker was prepared to hear the worst: that her husband had determined to divorce her, spare them both the torture of passion they can neither tame nor escape. But his plan is wickeder than any she's ever heard. Life as his wife is suffocating. But she cannot resist becoming her own husband's mistress. . . "A very talented debut author." --"Romance Junkies" Praise for Maggie Robinson's Mistress by Mistake "Sizzles off the page." --Anna Campbell

30 review for Mistress by Marriage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    Another brilliantly promising book bites the dust….more or less. The author totally captivates with her gut-clenchingly bittersweet tone. There’s tear jerking angst that fights for equal space with chucklesome wordplay. But then the push pull sets in. Definitely a case of premature peaking! *with spoilers* A 'discarded wife' cum 'odd couple' trope but with lots of novel touches. An upright, stodgy widower sees a scandalous but irresistibly gorgeous redhead at a ball and ends up marrying her within Another brilliantly promising book bites the dust….more or less. The author totally captivates with her gut-clenchingly bittersweet tone. There’s tear jerking angst that fights for equal space with chucklesome wordplay. But then the push pull sets in. Definitely a case of premature peaking! *with spoilers* A 'discarded wife' cum 'odd couple' trope but with lots of novel touches. An upright, stodgy widower sees a scandalous but irresistibly gorgeous redhead at a ball and ends up marrying her within the week. Turns out to be a definite case of repent in leisure! Things maybe okay in the bedroom but she's too flighty, unpredictable and volatile for his cold controlling self. Forgive me if I cannot reconcile the chill of your heart to the heat of your manhood. The dichotomy must cause you some confusion as well. He responds by turning even more chilly and stand-offish but she just wouldn’t conform to his silly, stuffy expectations. He liked his privacy. Needed it. Who wanted to tussle with Caroline all night long as she stole the covers and laughed in her sleep? Rubbed up against him like her damn cat, her cold feet on his calves? It was bad enough having to take breakfast with her in the morning, when she would prattle on about her plans for the day, never giving him a moment’s peace as he sipped his coffee, peppering him with questions he had no intention of answering. Caroline knew no barriers, had no filters, was like a child herself. A spoilt one. (A wife’s looks/behaviour -either ways- over breakfast always seem such a major issue with historical/English Hs!) Things come to a head with a MU and he discards her in a very strange way - he sets her up in an area where nobleman house their mistresses and courtesans and then precedes to visit her annually for the next 5 years! The book actually opens on this fifth annual visit when he mulls divorcing her and ending their farcical marriage even as he’s anticipating his yearly sexual gig. She’s riled him further by writing smutty, suggestive (and successful) books about the actual exploits of the nobility - the trusted source of such information being the women of her neighbourhood! And these men are threatening legal action and worse. How ironic that she, Queen of the Happy Ending, was stuck somewhere in the mucky middle of a never-ending tragedy. She modeled nearly every villain on Edward. It was most satisfactory to shoot him or toss him off a cliff in the final pages. The h has a backstory that’s shocking, tragic, a bit icky and completely novel. Even with that just one previous lover, I feel she’s the more sexually experienced of the two mcs. The seemingly slimy but intriguing om (shockingly gets a book of his own) and the H's dead wife get a lot of space - annoyingly so at times. The H has three children (between 13 and 17yrs. of age, I think) but much against the norm and expectations, they don’t get to play a major role in the story or reconciliation. After the promising first third/half, the excessive push-pull and the too much sex gets annoying and skim-skip after a while, making one think the author’s run out of ideas. The h/H realise they love each other but wonder if it'd be enough to overcome the differences. Wished he was different. Wished most of all that he didn’t love Caroline when the discovering of it came too late. So this H does a lot of unacceptable, even unforgivable things but there are two things I can’t overlook even after his about turn and sudden discovering of his feelings. One, his housing her on Jane street, the infamous cul-de-sac of mistresses and such. That was so below the belt - literally. And mean, petty and indefensible. Later in the book he is shown as thinking that no one actually knows where he’s put her. Seriously, you are an idiot! Can such information ever be private? When she’s openly befriending the women on the street (and he knows it via his spies) and so presumably their men know too. Anyways , as his own son reveals that it's common knowledge. And everyone keeps referring to the 'whores' living on that street and then apologising awkwardly to her. Shows what they think of her privately. This humiliation is worse than the private one. He shows how little he thinks of her or respects her. I’ve read scores of abandoned, discarded wives' books but I guess cutting off ties is less cruel than what he does to her. Practically, the only worse thing would be abdication of financial responsibilities by a husband- in those times. But this public humiliation bites deeply - for me. Private humiliation included not letting her change or touch anything his ‘wife’ has set up like the decor or the gardens, among other things. And this to a person who loves to decorate and garden. Hateful toad! And secondly, that hugely clumsy non-grovel-but-supposedly-romantic-abduction of his. Key words being non-grovel! He parries, he feints he says ILY but doesn’t really apologise. He does the ‘we both were wrong etc.’ routine but doesn’t say sorry. And he does make hea rules (mutual ones, yes) for peaceful co-habitation that include her not talking over breakfast!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Kumer

    The premise of this book is essentially the "marriage in trouble" trope. Edward and Caroline are trapped in a terrible marriage. Edward is strict and stuffy. Caroline is wild. The two have amazing chemistry in bed, but can't get along outside of it. For most of their marriage, Caroline has been banished to Jane Street, a district usually reserved for rich gentleman's mistresses. Edward visits once a year so they can have sex, but otherwise she's left to her own devices. She makes friends with co The premise of this book is essentially the "marriage in trouble" trope. Edward and Caroline are trapped in a terrible marriage. Edward is strict and stuffy. Caroline is wild. The two have amazing chemistry in bed, but can't get along outside of it. For most of their marriage, Caroline has been banished to Jane Street, a district usually reserved for rich gentleman's mistresses. Edward visits once a year so they can have sex, but otherwise she's left to her own devices. She makes friends with courtesans and writes dirty novels. Both she and Edward assume that it's only a matter of time before Edward works up the nerve to sue for formal divorce. But then Edward decides that perhaps once a year is not enough for him... Positive comments: The characters are certainly original and interesting. Caroline frustrated me a bit, but she had her redeeming qualities. I liked that she made a life for herself on Jane Street--consorting with fallen women and writing her dirty books. I was really amused by the details of her books--how she'd write Edward as a villain or a hero. Edward is a rather priggish character who clearly needs some shaking up. I did enjoy the opposites attract aspect of the relationship. The love scenes are hot, and there are many of them. I'm not sure that this can be labeled as erotica, but I do think it would appeal to many fans of erotica. This book is full to bursting with angst. That could be a positive or negative depending on taste, but for the most part, I liked it. There's a great deal of emotional struggle, and a lot of character development as a result. Critical Comments: I'm actually not a huge fan of the "marriage in trouble" trope. It especially did not work for me in this book, because I got the sense that the characters were never actually in love at the beginning of their marriage. Edward was in lust, Caroline needed to be married, so they got married. There didn't seem to be any real basis for an emotional connection between the two of them. I never fully connected to the story. At times it felt forced, other times it felt aimless. There was nothing in the plot to get me really excited, or keep me wondering what would happen next. It's predictable. It's not boring, exactly, but it certainly isn't exciting. I mentioned Caroline's personality as a positive, but there are also aspects of it that were negative. She throws temper tantrums and breaks things, and she behaves and thinks like a child. Those details really frustrated me because they made me re-think whether this was a character who deserves a happily-ever-after. My final point is something I feel a little uncomfortable bringing up. An expert in history, I am not. But the characters in this story just didn't seem to behave as I would expect for people of that time period. I can't put my finger on exactly what's wrong--whether it's the dialogue, the narrative, or the plot itself. The characters' attitudes were one thing that stood out particularly. At one point, Edward and Caroline were discussing a child molester, in comparison to a homosexual person. Edward is really quick to announce that gay men are a-okay as far as he's concerned. Here's the quote-- "No. Most men of that persuasion would not (molest a young boy). They are simply seeking affection like the rest of us, although they can be hung for it."--Maggie Robinson, Mistress by Marriage Maybe I'm wrong, but doesn't that strike you as a little too enlightened? A little too modern of a view point? Especially for a stuffy, by-the-books hero? My point in all of this is, the book doesn't successfully recreate the atmosphere of it's time period. The story could easily have taken place today, with a few adjustments, or in any other time period. So overall, I did like some aspects of the book. I think if you like "marriage in trouble" stories or "opposites attract" stories, this book might be worth reading for you. For me it was just average. 2.5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    I absolutely adored this book. I went in with a little trepidation because while I liked the first book in this series, Mistress by Mistake, I ended up not being able to finish the second book, Mistress by Midnight. But everything works in this third book. Baron Edward Christie is a very controlled, regimented man. He wears the “Christie face” proudly, never allowing a hint of emotion to bleed onto his face. After his prim and proper wife dies, leaving him with three children, he does something a I absolutely adored this book. I went in with a little trepidation because while I liked the first book in this series, Mistress by Mistake, I ended up not being able to finish the second book, Mistress by Midnight. But everything works in this third book. Baron Edward Christie is a very controlled, regimented man. He wears the “Christie face” proudly, never allowing a hint of emotion to bleed onto his face. After his prim and proper wife dies, leaving him with three children, he does something a little rash for a Christie. He sets eyes on Caroline Parker at a ball, and marries her just a few days later. Caroline is just barely in good standing with the ton. With scandal in her past and no money to her name, her flaming red hair and luscious curves is enough of a temptation for Edward to lose his mind. They marry and it is a disaster. She is outspoken and just full of fire. She does not make a proper wife for the very stuffy Baron Christie. It’s not only that but while Edward is all starch and stiffness in the daylight hours, at night they can’t get enough of each other. But with three kids to raise, and a reputation to uphold, Edward can’t keep living with Caroline. Caroline is also caught in a compromising position with a childhood friend. A friend who is known for his outlandish sexual ways. At this point they both just give up. And Caroline can’t agree more. They separate, and Caroline ends up living in a house on Jane street, where the men of the ton house their mistresses. For the next five years, Caroline becomes friends with her neighbors, supporting them as they come and go. She also becomes a very popular romance writer, putting out a book a month with very naughty scenes and basing her characters on the men her mistress friends tell her about. And of course, Edward is always disguised as a villain in her books, usually meeting his demise in some very unfortunate incident. Every June 14th though, on their anniversary, Edward comes for one night. One night of passion, and then leaves for the rest of the year. But now Edward and Caroline think it might be time to go ahead with a divorce. But taking that step is much harder than they each expect. I love this book because Edward and Caroline are so horrible to each other, but at the same time it is so sexy and funny. Their angst – oh their angst killed me throughout this book. They are both faithful to each other the five years they are separated but they don’t know it!! It’s true love they just need to be convinced of it and that is just the sexiest thing right there. They love each other but they are both so stubborn and know exactly how to get under each other’s skin that they can’t help but just pick at each other constantly when in each other’s presence. But they have this burning fire between them that is just so sexy in this book. There love can be summed up in this passage: ******* He wanted to tell her he loved her too, but the words wouldn’t come. They had never tumbled out with ease. He hadn’t said them in years to anyone. But even unspoken, they were true, and she was right. It was terribly inconvenient, but he didn’t think he could stop loving her. Ever. So this was love. It was nothing like the ballads and sonnets and psalms, or the comforting closeness he’d shared with Alice. It was sharp, as sharp as the iron spikes on the wall, as ruining as the crushed flowers beneath his arse. Caroline made his blood boil and his mind turned to mush. It was more than inconvenient – it was inconceivable that Edward Allerton Christie could love Caroline Louise Parker. ******** This book gave me many surprises too. We learn early on that Caroline was involved with a man named Andrew Rossiter in her childhood and early on in her marriage. You aren’t given many details but you know Edward blames part of the demise of his marriage on something Andrew and Caroline did. And because of what he thinks happened between them he has grounds for divorce. But quite early in this book you learn what really happens, you even get Andrew’s point of view, and not to give too much away, but his role becomes something I didn’t expect. And we learn so much about him and his role with Caroline and her brother. Shocking things that really adds a lot to this book. Another aspect of this book that took me by surprise is the humor. I laughed out loud more than once. Caroline is just a hoot. She has such a temper, but is so quick witted. She writes these dirty romance books, and refers to killing off Edward throughout the book. It is so adorably funny. Also, to start each chapter, there is a tiny excerpt from one of Caroline’s books that foreshadows what the chapter will be about. For example, Chapter 6: His appetites were insatiable, keeping her a slave form morning until night, until the hours turned into days and Mariette heard no cock crow but his own. ~Dreams at Dawn Or Chapter 7: There was nothing she liked so much as matchmaking but Lady Laura lived alone, doomed to press her lightly –freckled nose against the glass and watch the world in love without her. ~Lady Laura’s Lesson They really became something I anticipated as each new chapter began. But there is humor between Edward and Caroline too. Edward writes a list of ways Caroline might better please him if they were to proceed with this marriage, and he wants Caroline to do the same. So she writes a list of 47 things, starting with: ******* “Your handwriting is so very difficult to read, my dear. Hm. Number One. Stab myself in the thigh with a –fuck?” “Fork you imbecile! Stab yourself in the thigh with a fork, hard enough to draw blood.” He looked down. “Ten times? Surely I would be successful at the bloodletting after the second or third round.” He removed his glasses and calmly laid the list on the windowsill. “You are aware that puncture wounds frequently lead to infection. I might lose my leg.” Caroline Shrugged. Legs, arms – there was too much of him already. “I would expect you to engage in conjugal relations despite my infirmity, you know.Once I’d heal, of course. In sickness and in health was a part of your vows.” “Just as I promised to honor and obey you, which I will not! Ever!” ***** Can’t you just feel the love? Even those these two clash, they have very, very sexy times together. The combination of the angst, the humor and the naughty romance really makes this book for me. The sex is very erotic (heck, Caroline has a mirror on her bedroom ceiling). There is a smaller suspense part with some men who are not happy with how they are portrayed in some of Caroline’s books. I enjoyed how this twists into an idea with Edward to win Caroline back towards the end of the book, although the final scene that wraps up the suspense I could have lived without. Overall, I love this book. One thing for sure is that Maggie Robinson can write books that bring about strong opinions and I’m so glad I tried this one. Rating: B+

  4. 4 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Review by Patti: When I started reading this book I was not too pleased with the hero. Edward Christie was overly serious, proper and quite cold. Deep down he was a passionate man but he felt it was not appropriate actually act on those feelings. He was a widower who loved his first wife but they had a very proper and businesslike marriage. Lady Caroline on the other hand is a very demonstrative passionate woman and feels she shouldn’t have to apologize for it. The marriage starts out very tumult Review by Patti: When I started reading this book I was not too pleased with the hero. Edward Christie was overly serious, proper and quite cold. Deep down he was a passionate man but he felt it was not appropriate actually act on those feelings. He was a widower who loved his first wife but they had a very proper and businesslike marriage. Lady Caroline on the other hand is a very demonstrative passionate woman and feels she shouldn’t have to apologize for it. The marriage starts out very tumultuously and there are events that are referred to but not exactly explained in detail. After a year of tensions and unsuccessful attempts to try and change her and force her to fit the mold of the wife he feels is proper, he buys her a house in a part of the city where men keep their mistresses. They have a strange arrangement where they come together once a year on their anniversary. Lady Caroline is an author. She uses the information she gleans from her neighbors to write very risqué novels. She bases her villains on the people in the ton. Caroline uses her books to mete out punishments for bad behavior by people who would otherwise have things covered up. This has made her some very dangerous enemies because the descriptions and names she uses make it very clear who they are representing. The book begins after they have been married for quite some time. The tension between them is quite obvious and the book has quite a few twists. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was not just another romance. I appreciated that it had some very unique circumstances. Mistress by Marriage was a fun rollercoaster ride of secrets, betrayals, passion and love. Favorite Quote: What started as the merest brush of lips changed to devouring possession. Who possessed whom Edward wasn’t sure, for they took turns slating their lips over the other, their tongues tasting and tangling, their hands busy exploring.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LuvGirl

    2.5 stars. This started off ok but jumped the shark a few times with some TSTL scenes that threw me right out of the story. It had some decent parts that was pretty funny, but I think the author tried a bit too hard and ended up all over the place with too many implausible situations. It was good enough to make me interested in the series though, so I will try her again and see if I can get lucky the next time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    I kinda rushed through this ones since the main characters were making me wanna tear my hair out one strand at a time. But it got better. Is this why I stopped reading romances like I used to? Silly people who don't know better than to just be happy and in love annoy me now. At least there is always a happy ending.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Edward went completely against his calm and reserved nature when he wed Caroline by special licence just days after meeting her. But his rash decision had consequences he hadn't anticipated, things may have been dynamite between them in the bedroom but living together proved impossible with Caroline's fiery temperament. After just a year of marriage Edward sent Caroline to live at Jane Street as a form of punishment, they have been living separately for 5 years now and are fast headed for divorc Edward went completely against his calm and reserved nature when he wed Caroline by special licence just days after meeting her. But his rash decision had consequences he hadn't anticipated, things may have been dynamite between them in the bedroom but living together proved impossible with Caroline's fiery temperament. After just a year of marriage Edward sent Caroline to live at Jane Street as a form of punishment, they have been living separately for 5 years now and are fast headed for divorce no matter how scandalous that would be to London society. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and have been looking forward to Caroline's story for ages now. She has made appearances in both previous books as someone who looked after the women who live at Courtesan Court and I was looking forward to finding out why as a married woman she ended up living on a street for mistresses. Caroline has always come across as a caring character, she befriends the other mistresses and helps them when they have man troubles. She also uses the stories they tell her to write naughty books that have taken London by storm, read by everyone from servants to the wealthy and an unending source of embarrassment to her husband Edward. Caroline lives a lonely existence, she loves Edward but due to circumstances in her past she doesn't feel that she deserves him and although divorce is the last thing she wants she is prepared to accept it. She earns enough from her novels to support herself and dreams of moving away to the country, to somewhere that nobody knows her and where she can live a quiet life. Edward couldn't be more different from Caroline, where she is loud and brash with a fiery temper and impulsive nature he is calm, mature and set in his ways. He likes things quiet and he can't cope with the chaos that follows Caroline wherever she goes. Although he knows that them living together is out of the question and feels that divorce is the only option left he can't resist one last fling with Caroline to try and get her out of his system for good. It is definitely a case of opposites attract with these two and they are very compatible when it comes to the bedroom - they are scorching hot together! Will a last fling be enough for them or will Edward realise his true feelings before it is too late? I thoroughly enjoyed Caroline and Edward's story, they make a great couple and it was an interesting twist having an estranged couple trying to turn their relationship around. I thought this series was going to be a trilogy so I'm happy to find out that there will be another book. We have now been introduced to the next hero Andrew and I have to admit I'm curious to see how Maggie Robinson will be able to turn him around - what we've seen of him so far doesn't show him as the nicest of characters! I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Master of Sin to see if she can convince me. If you like your historical romance scorching hot then this is definitely a series to check out and one I would highly recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    SidneyKay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Did someone turn the heat up? Maggie Robinson, Maggie Robinson, Maggie Robinson - hot! And, before I begin, let me just say I'm mighty interested in how you, Ms. Robinson, are going to turn Andrew into a hero. Really looking forward to that. Spoilers all over the place. Well, not too long ago I read a short story written by Ms. Robinson that was included in the anthology Improper Gentlemen. I knew right away that I needed to check out one of her full length books. And, I'm glad I did, I really enjo Did someone turn the heat up? Maggie Robinson, Maggie Robinson, Maggie Robinson - hot! And, before I begin, let me just say I'm mighty interested in how you, Ms. Robinson, are going to turn Andrew into a hero. Really looking forward to that. Spoilers all over the place. Well, not too long ago I read a short story written by Ms. Robinson that was included in the anthology Improper Gentlemen. I knew right away that I needed to check out one of her full length books. And, I'm glad I did, I really enjoyed Mistress by Marriage. Did I mention this was a steamy book? Now, that's not necessarily the reason I liked it so much. I liked the couple, although I'm not sure why, because they both had some major problems and at times were not very likable. Especially Caroline. However, this had one of my favorite themes - the marriage of convenience or in this case marriage of inconvenience aka marriage gone wrong. This is also a story of opposites attract! Big time! Once I got past the making your wife a mistress part of the book (a stretch for me), I really enjoyed the story. I loved the humor and sarcasm that played a big part in the book. One of the funniest continuing bits involved Caroline. You see she is an author of erotic romance, and she keeps killing off her husband in different gruesome ways in her books. I enjoyed the way her mind worked, it was a wonder to behold - the sarcastic thoughts that keep running through it were quite funny. Now, I did have a problem with Caroline, I thought she needed some Valium. She had no control over her temper, and a few times she turned into a nasty-spoiled-temper-tantrum-ugly woman. I would have liked for her to have had more control over her outbursts earlier in the book than she did. I'd have to call Caroline high maintenance. And, then we have Edward - totally opposite of Caroline. Uptight - everything in its proper place - no scandals. Although how he thought that installing his wife in Courtesan Court wouldn't be scandalous was beyond me. Most men of his time period would have shipped her off to the country - so, that was another stretch. Anyway, all these stretches seem to work - Edward who can't keep his hands off of Caroline, doesn't like her, she gets on his nerves, she does things that embarrass him. And, Caroline is tired of the attraction she feels for Edward - she wants it over. You see, even though they live apart, he's visits her once a year - so there is always this reminder for both of them. I loved watching these two struggle, and it was a struggle...there are a lot of good-byes in this book. I also loved Edward’s list of what he expects his wife to be. If Caroline had been less of a fit thrower, I would have enjoyed this book even more than I did. But overall, this is great fun and I'm really, really, looking forward to Andrew’s story. Great job Ms. Robinson!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Ryan

    Redonk Nutshell: Husband who has banished his wife to "Courtesan Court" considers divorce despite their intense attraction I picked up this book (bundle, actually - these three books are currently available as an e-bundle) solely because of the buzz it generated via SmexyBooks, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, etc. I wan't sure what to expect, having never read anything by Maggie Robinson. Our story is about Edward Christie and Caroline Parker, spouses for several years, though living separately. Edw Redonk Nutshell: Husband who has banished his wife to "Courtesan Court" considers divorce despite their intense attraction I picked up this book (bundle, actually - these three books are currently available as an e-bundle) solely because of the buzz it generated via SmexyBooks, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, etc. I wan't sure what to expect, having never read anything by Maggie Robinson. Our story is about Edward Christie and Caroline Parker, spouses for several years, though living separately. Edward banished Caroline to a townhouse in the notorious "Courtesan Court" after discovering what he believed to be infidelity on her part. He visits her once a year to partake in his marital duties, then leaves her. Caroline is a vivacious beauty, a woman with a tumultuous past who has grown tired of her strained relationship with her estranged husband. They both agree that divorce would be best, though scandalous. The problem, however, is that they can't seem to shake their intense attraction from each other. Edward is cold and devoid of emotion while Caroline wears her heart on her sleeve. They drive each other to insanity, which ultimately ends up creating sparks in the bedroom. During the process to collect information in order to petition for divorce, Edward discovers information about his wife he'd never known, and his world suddenly shifts around him. He realizes, albeit too late, that he loves her and he wants desperately to keep her. He has only to convince Caroline, and unfortunately Caroline has her mind set against him. Okay. I had to adjust my expectations while reading. Some authors have a romantic way with words that weave an intricate and dreamy web of exposition. Other authors throw it out there, raw and unbridled. That latter is Maggie Robinson. There is little sugar coating in her tone, and once I got past that I found myself settling in just fine to watch the story unfold. Her main characters are complicated creatures. It's a lot of fun watching them struggle with the unwelcome attraction they each share toward the other. Edward's Achilles heel is his wife, and it drives him nuts. It's ultimately why he wants to rid himself of her. Caroline is just tired of being jerked around on his emotional chain, and she's finally at a point where she can admit to herself it's time to let it go. What really takes this sensual story the extra mile is the intricate ties our main characters have to each other. It goes beyond physical, and it takes the span of the story for our hero and heroine to realize it. It's lovely. What we get is a sensually charged story of two people at ends rediscovering each other. I enjoyed it. I look forward to checking out the other books in this series. Mistress by Marriage by Maggie Robinson, 352 pgs, Aug 2011 Rating: B Romance: 4/5 Raunch: 4/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Okay, so this book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while now...staring at me, daring me to read it. Challenge accepted. Little did I know, once again, I'm starting in the middle of a series...geez Didn't matter! Mistress by Marriage can be read as a stand-alone novel without reading the others first. What a beautiful, hot, and steamy story! Christie marries Caroline in a fit of lust - pure and simple. He must have her before anyone else can claim her. Unfortunately, the marriage starts to Okay, so this book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while now...staring at me, daring me to read it. Challenge accepted. Little did I know, once again, I'm starting in the middle of a series...geez Didn't matter! Mistress by Marriage can be read as a stand-alone novel without reading the others first. What a beautiful, hot, and steamy story! Christie marries Caroline in a fit of lust - pure and simple. He must have her before anyone else can claim her. Unfortunately, the marriage starts to disintegrate within the year because the the staid, upstanding Baron doesn't know what to do with his beautiful, courageous, adventurous Caroline. Mores the pity. Christie privately puts aside Caroline in a scandalous private residence, but that hardly solves the problem. The mutual torment had to stop. Caro was safe and he was--He was a Christie. He was an ass. Those things were not compatible. Dealing with Caroline not only slid the stars from the sky but made him lose control. Caro couldn't change, nor could he. It was time-- Caroline prospers even more when she starts writing, anonymously, about the misdeeds of the tons so-called gentlemen. When she starts being threatened, Christie decides it's time to stop the foolishness and sets out to protect her. And that's when it really heats up! HOT DAMN!!! This is my first book by author Maggie Robinson, it sure won't be my last!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Writerlibrarian

    Two stars is for the interesting beginning. When the book took a turn to the ridiculous (about midday way) it became a high jinks regency romance that seems to only go on with more outrageous plot points and took two mature adults if somewhat a bit stubborn and turn them into annoying children in the body of pushing 30 adults.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Ok, so I'd probably have given this a four stars if our male character isn't so stubborn... Why? We often see a lot of stubborn male characters in a book, but by the end of the day, they will start to develop and show some progress in their characters. For instance, they most likely are willing to change/compromise for the sake of their beloved ones (heroine). But in here? NAH... Our hero here, he treated the heroine with no respect at all (at least that's how I felt)... I think almost 3/4 of the Ok, so I'd probably have given this a four stars if our male character isn't so stubborn... Why? We often see a lot of stubborn male characters in a book, but by the end of the day, they will start to develop and show some progress in their characters. For instance, they most likely are willing to change/compromise for the sake of their beloved ones (heroine). But in here? NAH... Our hero here, he treated the heroine with no respect at all (at least that's how I felt)... I think almost 3/4 of the book is about him trying to keep the heroine without getting attached?! Is that make sense?! So, in the story, they've been married for about 5 years because of some accident or so they said... Our hero here thought of him too good/respectable for the heroine (she's some kind of a walking scandal) so he wanted a divorce... HOWEVER, he somehow still wanted to keep her but not as a wife but as his mistress!! Our heroine who fell in love with the hero since the beginning, of course, didn't want to be kept as his mistress because it's just gonna break her heart over and over again... but sadly, she needed his financial support at the moment or she would be homeless... Our hero who slowly started to realize that he fell in love with the heroine was trying to persuade her to negotiate their marriage by making a contract about what to expect from each other... I know he tried to change/compromise for our heroine, but he didn't show any progress in character at all (Ok, he did, but VERY little)!! He's still an arrogant ass!! I seriously wished that the heroine would divorce him for good and find someone else who would cherish her T.T (not that it would happen, of course) Still a happy ending for both of them, but I still don't like him!! If you like a fallen woman with stiff man kinda theme I would recommend you Don't Tempt Me

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meranda Semeniuk-Wappel

    It was an alright book. Not like the others were they were keeping you on the edge of the seat.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    Interesting premise and heroine More story and character development than usual, some heavy issues tackled in this love/hate relationship, has substance, liked main couple.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    I discovered Maggie Robinson's Courtesan Court series by chance when the first book in the series (Mistress by Mistake) was a Kindle freebie on Amazon. As I love historicals and the cover looked great and the blurb sounded unique I jumped right in and read it, and let me tell you, you don't come across nice surprises like that often. I loved Mistress by Mistake to pieces, it is the kind of book that I'll re-read often as a comfort book. I just wanted to tell you this introduction so you can see I discovered Maggie Robinson's Courtesan Court series by chance when the first book in the series (Mistress by Mistake) was a Kindle freebie on Amazon. As I love historicals and the cover looked great and the blurb sounded unique I jumped right in and read it, and let me tell you, you don't come across nice surprises like that often. I loved Mistress by Mistake to pieces, it is the kind of book that I'll re-read often as a comfort book. I just wanted to tell you this introduction so you can see I went to read book #3 in the series, Mistress by Marriage with a lot of expectations. "Could one have an affair with one’s husband? Apparently so." Mistress by Marriage is a very unique romance novel as it features a married couple as its hero and heroine: Edward, Baron Christie and his wife Caroline have been married for 6 years and have been living apart for 5 of those. These two are like fire and ice, cat and dog, always quarreling but when they jump at each other, they jump each other. Their chemistry is inflammable and usually most of their quarrels either end by fighting sex (make no mistake, it is definitely not make up sex) or door slamming. Caroline had never fit easily into his routine. Edward had felt smothered by her affectionate attention, appalled by her artless conversation, her endless schemes, her temper. She had no place in his carefully-constructed Christie world. Except in bed. Edward Christie is all that is proper and serious. He has been taught to behave with dignity and he wears his name and family legacy as one of the things most determining his character. While Caroline is his complete opposite: starting with her fiery red curls, her loud mouth and explosive temper. Caroline's life has been as far away from respectable and proper as it can be: she grew up in a vice and pleasure house (her brother was running it), and she is no blushing virginal heroine. Caroline is a vibrant woman, her looks, her words her whole being screams to be noticed. "You’re light and fire, Caroline, meant for love. For life. For laughter." "Her voice was low, all honey and sex. One could come to crisis simply listening to her read newspaper advertisements in The London List. Wanted, one man to muck out stalls. Serious inquiries only. Semen would be everywhere." What I absolutely did not expect from Mistress by Marriage was the amount of humour and witty banter Maggie Robinson infused in the story. "If I’m so cold, why do you love me, Caroline?" he asked quietly. "I don’t know!" she cried. "It’s terribly inconvenient. I shall stop at once." Caroline's sarcastic, acerbic thoughts about her husband made me chuckle out loud several times. "She’d be in a haze for the foreseeable future. But perhaps Edward would be similarly afflicted. She could only hope he’d be so befuddled from lust and lack of sleep that he’d walk in front of a dray cart and be crushed." Despite Caroline's humour she was a character I couldn't warm to. She was too loud for me, I get that she is passionate and not a cold fish, but throwing hissyfits all the time like a spoiled brat, throwing vases around (even when she is at other people's home!) screams time for anger management to me, and I couldn't agree more with Edward when he said: "The curbing of your temper is, of course, the most critical. I cannot have you destroying property and screaming like a banshee every time you do not get your way." The path of these two characters doesn't run easy, but after all the heartache, drama and fights I loved how Edward finally let himself confront his feelings instead of burying them and realized that deep under all the lust and attraction he truly did love Caroline. That he, the most proper English nobleman meticulously planned the kidnapping of his wife, down to the last small detail, it showed how important she, and their relationship was to him. It was incredibly endearing. :-)) "I didn’t have the same feelings toward Alice as I have for you. There. It feels good to say it. I mean no disrespect towards Alice---she will always be a part of me. She was my youth, as Andrew was yours. She gave me my children and was a wonderful wife and mother, but she wasn’t Caroline Parker. I can’t live without you, Caro. I don’t want to. I’ve tried, and it hasn’t worked." I also enjoyed the small references to events and characters of the previous novels, it was a nice way to link the different novels of the series together. Verdict: If you are looking for a seriously HOT historical romance series, search no more, you've found it! Even though Mistress by Marriage wasn't my favourite of the Courtesan Court series, I urge you to discover this series, it's like a historical erotica series, it doesn't come any hotter than this! I give Mistress by Marriage 3.5 stars!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christine Seybolt

    MISTRESS BY MARRIAGE from romance author Maggie Robinson is a sophisticated scrumptious read with intelligent characters and a crack-wit dialogue that had me absorbing every single morsel like a sweet bit of milk chocolate. This decadent read will be released at the end of August by Kensington Brava and is a perfect conclusion to the provocatively engaging Courtesan Court Trilogy. Regency Boy Scout Baron Edward Christie shocked the ton by marrying the scandalous red hair beauty Caroline Parker. O MISTRESS BY MARRIAGE from romance author Maggie Robinson is a sophisticated scrumptious read with intelligent characters and a crack-wit dialogue that had me absorbing every single morsel like a sweet bit of milk chocolate. This decadent read will be released at the end of August by Kensington Brava and is a perfect conclusion to the provocatively engaging Courtesan Court Trilogy. Regency Boy Scout Baron Edward Christie shocked the ton by marrying the scandalous red hair beauty Caroline Parker. One look at the dazzling bon vivant bell dressed in red satin had the good-by losing not only his heart but his mind. After a year under the same roof in a manner of minutes he had his hoyden wife packed and shipped of to Jane Street where once a year he visited his notorious wife. Left to her own devices on the Courtesan court Caroline is bound and determined to live life to the fullest. Even though for the last six years her husband has treated her like the lowest of the lowest. Things are about to change as Edward can not comprehend the deep burning desire he feels every time he is near his wife. Edward has come to the decision that he will ask Caroline for a divorce, but things go awry when he places his hands on her. Both are tired of hurting the other and see that nothing good will come of them being together. Until Edward forges a plan to rid him of this unquenchable desire for her is the only one insane thing…makes his wife his mistress until he leaves London at the end of the summer for his country home. Caroline sees this is only one option but to go along with Edward and his asinine plan but if it will release her from the bondage of being this overbearing, high-mighty, control freak’s wife than Caroline is all for it. The only thing Caroline must control is her heart because she let it soften and fell in love with Edward, but this time around she will not make the same mistake twice. Welcome to sensational conclusion of the Courtesan Court trilogy with Maggie Robinson’s MISTRESS BY MARRIAGE which titillates the readers senses grabbing on with all its might and never letting the reader take a breath as the love affaire between Edward and Caroline unravels to reveal the truth of what love really is all about; and worth a hefty price to have. As a devoted fan of the Courtesan Court trilogy I had been in breathless anticipation for Caroline’s story and now I am so excited to be able to share it with readers. Ms. Robinson masterfully crafted a smart sassy heroine who knows her own mind even if it ends her up in a boat load of trouble. This sexy sensual protagonist is a heart warming heroine that takes life by the horns and never ever lets readers go. I admit that Caroline Christie is the soul reason I could not put down MISTRESS BY MARRIAGE. I was desperate to find out how the other would craft this very stormy and steamy relationship. What I found was pure magic in every word, every scene and every chapter. Watching Edward fall in love with his wife, watching him fall fast and hard and tumble until he admitted that he was not perfect but needed and loved Caro more than life was well worth the day I took off from reading and answering emails, writing up my short story draft and staying planted on my comfy couch with my air conditioner pumping out cold air. Barron Edward Christie is not the alpha male hero that romance junkies have come to know, love and fantasies about. What Edward Christie is, is a man that is so straight laced that when he walks he squeaks. That with just one look Edward Christie can squelch the human spirit, I like him! For the very fact that Edward Christie is so white laced, had a ‘perfect’ first marriage, he mourned the appropriate time, did not take on a mistress and lacks nothing in good judgment made for a character screaming to be corrupted by the right woman…oh and Caro is so perfect for this lackluster Barron. MISTRESS BY MARRIAGE is like a cup running over with a cast of provocative characters that began with MISTRESS BY MISTAKE and keep showing up in enticing ways that kept me coming back to this trilogy time and again. The theme of redemption flows through MISTRESS BY MARRIAGE like a beautiful steady stream. At the beginning I was Pro-Caro and wanted her to kick Edward to the curb, but as all good things—you must wait to see what happens. Edward did redeem himself and reined in his ostentatious enough to make readers come to love even this overbearing Barron. Grab on and hold tight as you enter the exciting witty world of MISTRESS BY MARRIGE. A sexy sophisticated read with bare-bone characters that are fleshed out with charm enough to rock readers’ sock off all the while spewing out engaging saucy dialogue that will leave readers. Reader will not want to put it down, it is just that wonderful and then some.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I don’t read a lot of historical romance. The author has to be really engaging for me to enjoy a true historical romance without any paranormal elements. Maggie Robinson gives me exactly what I love. A story that pulls me in, keeps me reading and has some naughty bits to keep me panting. Mistress By Marriage is different because the hero and heroine are already married. Though Edward believes his quick marriage years earlier was a huge mistake and he had banished his wife to Courtesan Court, a ne I don’t read a lot of historical romance. The author has to be really engaging for me to enjoy a true historical romance without any paranormal elements. Maggie Robinson gives me exactly what I love. A story that pulls me in, keeps me reading and has some naughty bits to keep me panting. Mistress By Marriage is different because the hero and heroine are already married. Though Edward believes his quick marriage years earlier was a huge mistake and he had banished his wife to Courtesan Court, a neighborhood for mistresses. There she has lived a seemingly full life, if not a lonely one. Caroline has filled her weeks by writing her “smut” books with characters that are not unlike some of the courts male visitors. She also hosts a weekly tea for the other mistresses of the court. Once a year her husband shows his face in her home Edward has made up his mind to get a divorce. Yes, it’s disgraceful but really, he has no other choice. Caroline isn’t a “lady”. She sets his blood on fire though and he isn’t above having her perform her wifely duties until the papers are drawn up. What he isn’t prepared for is his response in her arms or the love that has slowly started growing in his heart. I enjoyed this book immensely. The interactions between Edward and Caroline seemed honest and true with a ton of spark. Being Caroline must have been dreadfully lonely. Stuck in a house in a part of town only men visited for their mistresses. Reliving her past with every new books she wrote. Telling herself she didn’t pine for Edward but writing him into her books a thousand ways. Still blaming herself for actions in her childhood. She views herself as damaged and unworthy. Of course her husband would feel the same way. Treat her as such. Caroline is a strong woman. She doesn’t bow down to any man. I loved her quick wit and sarcastic attitude. Edward is living in his own past. One where he had a wife that was dependable, a proper lady…then she died. He can’t handle Caroline no matter what fire she erupts inside of him. Appearances are everything to him. He is an important guy. He can’t afford to have his children turn out wrong, unruly..and in his eyes, that is exactly what Caroline is. Edward is definitely a domineering man. He wants things his way and no variance from that will do. I loved his passion. He felt everything so deeply no matter what his outward appearance showed. Together though, when Caroline finally opens up and Edward is finally willing to listen….really listen…it’s magic. Maggie Robinson has also promised to continue on with this series with an unlikely hero the next time around. Andrew. When you read the book, you will know why this is going to be a hard sell. I can’t wait to find out how she redeems him. Andrew needs a ton of redeeming to, let me assure you. I give Mistress By Marriage 4 stars!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Olguin

    I adored Robinson's "Mistress by Mistake" when I read is a few years ago. I searched for other titles by her and didn't find any. Disappointing. Recently, I went back through my favorite book list seeking new titles from those authors and found Robinson had released several more titles. This is the third book in the "Jane Street" series about the women (mistresses) who live there. I remembered Caroline (the heroine) from the first book because her situation was so unusual. She wasn't a mistress, I adored Robinson's "Mistress by Mistake" when I read is a few years ago. I searched for other titles by her and didn't find any. Disappointing. Recently, I went back through my favorite book list seeking new titles from those authors and found Robinson had released several more titles. This is the third book in the "Jane Street" series about the women (mistresses) who live there. I remembered Caroline (the heroine) from the first book because her situation was so unusual. She wasn't a mistress, but a wife, abandoned to Jane Street residence by her husband as punishment. She played mother type to all the girls on the street. I liked her in the first book and easily fell into the details of her story. Robinson writes a contemporary Regency romance (which means a fresh voice for this genre). The characters are not the "found my soul mate" slow-fall-into-love types. These characters have relationship problems. The sex is erotic (not erotica), explosive and imaginative. Both of the H and h have loved before. They have made mistakes. They are imperfect. They are not innocent of their sins. They fell hard into instant lust but failed to make the changes necessary in their bahavior to obtain their happily ever after. One year after their whirlwind romance and marriage, the heroine made a mistake that the hero could not forgive. So he purchased the whore's residence for her to live in among the other kept women. Once a year (on her birthday), he visits and they have sex. The characters are of opposite temperments. He's the "don't display or feel any emotion, control the world around him type" type and she's the "red-headed, impulsive shrew who throws things when she's angry" type. aka When she's in a temper, the heroine behaves like a spoiled brat. It's annoying, but I forgive her. The hero is forced to come to terms with the way he treated his wife. He could have packed her off to some country residence, banished her from London. But instead, he held her up to be shamed by treating her like a mistress. Horrible man. The beginning of the book had me chuckling. The heroine writes horrid novels, using her husband as the model for villains, finding new ways of killing him off in each new book. On the other hand she misses his "penile perfection." Good stuff.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dee Bibb

    In Mistress by Marriage, Maggie Robinson put the sizzle on the page while allowing the reader to use their imagination. I truly enjoyed the struggle between Baron Edward Christie and his wife of 6 years, Caroline Parker Christie. Baron Christie has a reputation of being reserved and calm. He takes this reputation to extremes in all situations except with his red-headed wife, Caroline. She stirs irresistible lust in Christie's body that he can't control. Christie marries Caroline by special licens In Mistress by Marriage, Maggie Robinson put the sizzle on the page while allowing the reader to use their imagination. I truly enjoyed the struggle between Baron Edward Christie and his wife of 6 years, Caroline Parker Christie. Baron Christie has a reputation of being reserved and calm. He takes this reputation to extremes in all situations except with his red-headed wife, Caroline. She stirs irresistible lust in Christie's body that he can't control. Christie marries Caroline by special license only a week after they had met at a ball held by Lady Huntington. Within a year of that marriage he surprises Caroline on her birthday and finds her in a compromising situation with an old friend, Andrew Rossiter. Because of her supposed indiscretion, he moves her into a "love nest" house on Jane Street, where many of the influential ton kept their mistresses. Christie then visits Caroline every June 14 for sex and to inflict more anger on Caroline. The passion in this relationship flows both ways. Neither can control themselves. Christie believes that Caroline committed adultery and after five years has decided he will petition for a divorce. Caroline is prepared for this news and believes it is for the best since they can't seem to live together or stay away from one another. While this is mainly a romance, there is some suspense and mystery woven throughout the plot which only adds to the story line. The characters seem to react in believable ways in the many situations they are put into. In my opinion, this is a fabulously written suspenseful, mystery romance. I would definitely recommend it as a read for anyone that likes romance. Mistress by Marriage by Maggie Robinson was provided free of charge by Kensington Publishing for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jo (My House of Books)

    Caroline Parker is a fiery, outspoken redhead, the exact opposite of Edward Christie's first wife, Alice, who is now deceased. In a way, that's why Edward married Caroline only days after meeting her, but that's also the reason they cannot live together. Things would be much simpler if they divorced, though neither can get the other out of their respective minds (and hearts). So when their yearly visit arrives, Caroline is prepared for Edward to announce he's going to finally divorce her. Imagin Caroline Parker is a fiery, outspoken redhead, the exact opposite of Edward Christie's first wife, Alice, who is now deceased. In a way, that's why Edward married Caroline only days after meeting her, but that's also the reason they cannot live together. Things would be much simpler if they divorced, though neither can get the other out of their respective minds (and hearts). So when their yearly visit arrives, Caroline is prepared for Edward to announce he's going to finally divorce her. Imagine her surprise when what he proposes is so much more scandalous. Mistress by Marriage is more in line with the first book of this series, Mistress by Mistake, though all of the heroines within the series live on the fictional Jane Street. It's about a couple who love one another and are faithful, no matter what outward appearances say. They are clearly miserable alone, though their misery leads to some much-needed humor -- particularly Caroline, who is a romance novelist and bases her villains on her husband, having the most fun plotting his death in each book -- and both are completely stubborn. Theirs was a journey covering the entire emotional spectrum, and I was so glad to have been a part of it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tia

    Simply...superb. I thought, after finishing "Mistress By Mistake" I would be hard pressed to find another I liked as much. Well, I was mistaken. In "Mistress By Marriage" the Plot was great. The characters were delightful and the tension between the lovable Christies was "HOT"! I savored every word not wanting this delicious story to end. I was honored with an ARC of this book and will, on the first day of publication, purchase "Mistress By Marriage" for my Kindle Collection. This is a definite Simply...superb. I thought, after finishing "Mistress By Mistake" I would be hard pressed to find another I liked as much. Well, I was mistaken. In "Mistress By Marriage" the Plot was great. The characters were delightful and the tension between the lovable Christies was "HOT"! I savored every word not wanting this delicious story to end. I was honored with an ARC of this book and will, on the first day of publication, purchase "Mistress By Marriage" for my Kindle Collection. This is a definite reread and recomendation to those who love Historical Romance and Romance novels alike. You wont be disappointed....

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fedora

    Maggie Robinson does a lovely job with this twist on a second-chance/reunion story. Edward is the epitome of straight-laced and proper while Caroline is a bit of a wild child. They suit ridiculously well in bed, but much of their time alas also involved other rooms and locations. When Edward finally decides that perhaps it is time to cut Caroline loose, he realizes that being apart is actually the last thing he wants. He just needs to convince Caro of this as well... Well written with great suppo Maggie Robinson does a lovely job with this twist on a second-chance/reunion story. Edward is the epitome of straight-laced and proper while Caroline is a bit of a wild child. They suit ridiculously well in bed, but much of their time alas also involved other rooms and locations. When Edward finally decides that perhaps it is time to cut Caroline loose, he realizes that being apart is actually the last thing he wants. He just needs to convince Caro of this as well... Well written with great supporting characters and plenty of plotting, I really enjoyed this installment in the series. Looking forward to more!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Vasquez

    I love the pull between Edward and Caro. Opposites do attrack....He is so calm and collective and she is outgoing and wild. He wants her to be more calm and orderly and she wants him to explode with his emotions. The tension through the whole book was great. Kept me on my toes and I was having trouble putting the book down. We all make mistakes and these two did at the first but there is always a way to get the second chance. This book proves that one. Love the story. Maggie Robinson did an exce I love the pull between Edward and Caro. Opposites do attrack....He is so calm and collective and she is outgoing and wild. He wants her to be more calm and orderly and she wants him to explode with his emotions. The tension through the whole book was great. Kept me on my toes and I was having trouble putting the book down. We all make mistakes and these two did at the first but there is always a way to get the second chance. This book proves that one. Love the story. Maggie Robinson did an excellent job.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lil' Grogan

    Silly, but was interesting set-up of a marriage which didn't work. Read through because I wanted to know how she would resolve it...I guess it's the optimism of a romance reader. Lots of sex but I read it rather mechanically and started skimming. Never got a sense of why they would love each other and why this relationship would work beyond them having great sex. Couple of hilarious descriptions especially the description of the burial plan(view spoiler)[ Edward being the jam between his two dea Silly, but was interesting set-up of a marriage which didn't work. Read through because I wanted to know how she would resolve it...I guess it's the optimism of a romance reader. Lots of sex but I read it rather mechanically and started skimming. Never got a sense of why they would love each other and why this relationship would work beyond them having great sex. Couple of hilarious descriptions especially the description of the burial plan(view spoiler)[ Edward being the jam between his two dead wives' bread (hide spoiler)] .

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sherie

    I truly enjoyed this story! I have read the whole series and couldn't wait to read this book. You fall in love with Caroline in book one but you never know what happens to her until this story. Robinson keeps you hanging to the very end to know if this couple will make it or not! I loved how she made this love/hate relationship shine! A Must Read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Good book, but it kind of dragged some times. I felt like they were dragging out the suffering. Story is about two people who love each other but don't feel like they deserve to be loved (on her part) or how to love (on his part), so they make each other miserable. We get it! It turned out happy in the end, but I wasn't a huge fan of the constant temper tantrums.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cozen

    There were times I felt that the dialog and nature of the piece was off or combined the presence of today. I also felt the heroine was more childish at throwing a temper tantrum there at the end. It was her actions I could have been happy if it had been left out. I stand on the border with this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Another installment in the Jane Street trilogy, this time with a twist: the hero is already married to the heroine. It was interesting to see the couple win each other over the second time around and Robinson gets into some dark history with the heroine's past. A quick read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    lielabell

    Wow. What to say? This book was one hot mess. It featured a terrible plot mixed with some of the most ridiculously raunchy sex scenes ever. DNW. I will not be picking anything else up by Maggie Robinson.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tibisay

    Great and funny novel that has tons of great sexy scenes throughout the entire book. I love romance books for the anticipation but the twists and turns and erotic encounters between this couple was wonderful! Truly a satisfying read this author is wonderful.

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