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    Kenneth Woodfall, the Earl of Haverford, has decided to go back to his country home in Cornwall after leaving their eight years before to join the military because his heart had been broken by his sweetheart, Moira Hayes. Moira and Kenneth had a forbidden love, due to the animosity between their great-grandfathers.
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    When Kenneth returns he has learned that besides the death of his father, Moira's father and brother have also perished and she is engaged to be married to the man who has taken her father's title. Her fiance, Sir Edwin, has smoothed over a rift between them and they are invited to the Christmas ball. Sir Edwin must unexpectedly leave the ball, and Kenneth agrees to see Moira home through a snowstorm. Kenneth and Moira have one night of passion for survival after they become stranded in a hermit's shack, but that night had consequences.

    Kenneth and Moira still feel bitter towards each other, and love had turned to hatred, only deep in their heart, they still feel the love. They must fight their own misgivings, as well as a lifetime of animosity that has raged between their families.
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Moira Hayes and Kenneth Woodfall were in love as children, but Kenneth betrays Moira's brother and indirectly causes his death. When they meet several years later, Moira will not forgive him, noragree to marry him, though circumstances will require her to both marry and forgive him.
The review of this Book prepared by Christine G,

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy Virgin, dramatically devirginized    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   arrogant    -   guilty

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   angry    -   unhappy for sexing the guy    -   guilty Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   90%    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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