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USA Today Bestselling Author Rose Gordon has written eight unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after. When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being hunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pinecones, and anything else one of her boys picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.
on Feb. 11, 2013 :
I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the first one, but it was still a good read. Looking forward to reading the last one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 04, 2012 :
Tender and sweet, nice reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 13, 2011 :
Liberty for Paul by Rose Gordon Scandalous Sisters Book 2.
We met Paul Grimes and Liberty Banks in Intentions of the Earl. Liberty took an instant dislike to Paul and treated him cruelly. Paul is a Vicar and because of some issues within his church he comes to be mentored by John Grimes. Now it's about seven months later and Liberty is beginning to hate Paul and has planned a way to get him out of her life completely.
After Liberty has fallen through the ice and into the Thames she is brought home, Paul is the only one there to take care of her, he was suppose to meet John Banks but at the time he was in the house alone. He has to get her wet clothes off and gets her into a hot bath while waiting for the Doctor to arrive. When Liberty is told about this she hates him more than ever. Liberty comes up with a way to make it look as Paul as seduced her. Even though things don't work quite like she wants, her father does break off mentoring Paul. No one but family and their odd butler has seen her last act of revenge.
The book is full of ups and downs with Paul and Liberty. If they would only talk to each other! It is a case of two steps forward and three back in their relationship. I like that Rose has brought the characters back from the first book as well. We get to know Andrew's mother, Elizabeth, in this book. Liberty's sisters and parents are back as well. Benjamin Collins, the Duke of Gateway makes his appearances as well.
**Sexual situations within marriage
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 13, 2011 :
I learned about Rose Gordon after one of my fave authors, Ruth Ann Nordin, recomended her trilogy on her April newsletter, so I decided to give it a try since I love regency novels. Anyways, this is the second book in a trilogy of three sisters who come to England for a visit and end up finding love. After reading the first book and loving it, I couldn't wait to see what happened to the other sisters.
This is the story of the youngest sister, who at time you may wish to strangle because she's too annoying with her obsession with propriety and too hardheaded to give in and realize what's really going on around her. But in the end you just can't help love her because she really has a big heart. My favorite character in this book is Paul... He's such a sweetie and loves Liberty so much that you really have to admire his tenacity on winning her over. He's just the perfect guy!!!
Great story, easy to read and simply too funny and embarrassing at times! I look forward to Ms. Gordon's next books...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 18, 2011 :
The protagonists of this story have an instant dislike of one another from the very beginning. Or rather Liberty has an instant dislike for Paul, and –within reason- he starts to have some unsavoury feeling toward her. Revenge, being one of Liberty’s loves, is the focal point from the beginning. Liberty wants to cause shame and embarrassment on Paul for having seen her in a state of undress –albeit in a situation that could not be avoided. Because of her rash and not thought out actions, they are forced to marry. Paul is extremely unhappy by this turn of events, especially after being tricked into the position. Liberty tries to be a good wife by acting in a proper manner but Paul soon tries to get her to act herself. You cannot help but laugh at his methods. After some misunderstandings, high emotions and more over reactions from Liberty, they begin to realise their true feelings for each other.
Paul is a great character. So unlike other male heroes in other romance books i have read but better for it. He really cares for Liberty and thinks up great ways to help her to realise her true beauty. Liberty has a very contrasting character. She tries to be proper and well mannered but Paul won’t let her hide behind propriety. They are great for one another and make a great couple.
Rose Gordon writes in a way that makes you feel as if you are standing there seeing it in front of your very eyes. You feel the emotions the characters are feeling and you can’t help but be pulled into the storyline. The book has some hilarious scenes and is well written. I cannot wait to see Madison’s story in To Wed His Wayward Wife. Liberty for Paul is the second book in a 3 book series and i highly recommend you read each and every one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Ruth Ann Nordin
on March 18, 2011 :
This book was so much fun to read! The thing that stands out the most is the author's sense of humor. Even in the worst of circumstances for the characters, the author was able to word things in such a way that had me laughing. Like when Liberty's being forced to marry Paul, and before the wedding, her sister and mother instruct her on her wedding night but are too afraid to name the male privates but just tell Liberty that Paul will 'touch her with it'. In light of the fact that Liberty is horrified enough to be marrying Paul, her reaction to her mother and sister's well meaning spiel was just too funny.
The humor was what kept me up most of the night reading the book, but what compelled me to buy this book was the plot. Paul and Liberty meet, and Liberty thinks Paul is a huge bore so she doesn't like him. From there, they become enemies, and Liberty is determined to get her revenge on Paul so she sneaks into his room while he's bathing and takes all of his clothes. (The fact that she can't keep her eyes off his private area while she's trying to get him to promise to cut all ties with her father was funny too.) Her parents and the butler catch her, and the butler ends up creating a scandal about the whole thing, saying she was trying to seduce Paul. The next thing Paul and Liberty know, they're being forced to marry. I love the arch enemies forced into married plot. I also love the virgin hero characteristic. I should add here that the fact that he is a virgin becomes very important in the book later on, but I won't spoil it.
So Liberty who values propriety above all else marries Paul who wants to see the real Liberty. The evolving of their relationship from hate to love was done gently and tenderly. For example, he gave her a journal to start recording whenever she smiled and told her that she becomes beautiful whenever she smiles. Liberty had a hard time believing it due to her plain appearance, but that was one of the most touching scenes I've read in a long time. The book was actually full of such tender moments, and I couldn't help but love both of these characters.
Mix humor with tenderness and you end up with a definite keeper for your bookshelf. Definitely worth 5+ stars! I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)