Julianne MacLean's thrilling Pembroke Palace Series begins when a young and innocent aristocratic lady is rescued from a runaway coach by a heroic stranger on a horse-who appears like a phantom out of the mist in a fog-shrouded forest.
Lady Rebecca Newland cannot forget the captivating nobleman who saved her life, and she sets out to meet him again when she is of an age to be courted. Unbeknownst to her, her timing is impeccable, for Devon Sinclair, the future Duke of Pembroke, has just been informed by his mad father that he must take a wife before Christmas in order to thwart a family curse and preserve his inheritance.
Lady Rebecca is everything Devon could want in a wife - she is beautiful, charming, and she desires him openly. But can a marriage built on fantasy succeed, or will the lovers be forever entangled in the seductive web of their mutual passion for what occurs each night the marriage bed?
©2007 Julianne MacLean (P)2014 Julianne MacLean
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"Fantastic & Steamy....I wanted more!"
First off Rosalyn Landor is AMAZING. She acts out the book...not just reads it....If the character is breathless...she reads it that way! SUPERB!
Rebecca and Devon are a great match. I didn't want this book to end but when it did...I immediately downloaded the second book in the series and started it the same night.
This book is definitely not for the listener who wants PG love scenes. These aren't over the top...but they are super steamy!
I highly recommend this book and am already enjoying the second book.
"Devon Sinclair, Heir Apparent of the Mad Duke"
Yes. Although I read the Pembroke Palace series out of sequence, " In My Wildest Fantasies" is the first book and the story of Devon Sinclair, heir apparent, which lays the foundation for the other books in the series. The other books can stand alone, but it's best to read them in order. Each book includes other family members, yet is unique in and of itself. Sometime in the future I will listen to them again; in order. I plan to read the last book soon; about the youngest sibling and only girl in the Sinclair family. I've enjoyed each book I've read in this series.
There were many , but I liked the beginning when Lady Rebecca and her father are rescued by a handsome stranger when their horses run out of control.
It's hard to choose a favorite scene because the book as a whole makes it enjoyable to listen to. If I have to choose one, perhaps it would be at the Duchess' birthday ball when Rebecca and the daughter of a Duke vie for Devon's attention. In her innocence Rebecca holds her own against the devious machinations of the daughter of a Duke who expects to marry Lord Devon.
Dreams do come true.
In My Wildest Fantasies you'll find humor, mystery, drama, sexual activity, sorrow; elements that make up a good book and made even better by Rosalyn Landor's excellent narration.
"A new to me author I will read again!"
I recently discovered Julianne MacLean’s marvelous books. I actually read/listened to Married by Midnight first, not realizing it was part of this incredible series. Needless to say, once I finished Book 4, I had to go back and read the rest. In my Wildest Fantasies is absolutely a fabulous book!
Ms. MacLean writes emotionally-charged romances that will wring your heart dry. Her characters are unforgettable and her story line is intriguing with plenty of plot twists. The development of the romance had me doing a happy dance!
Lady Rebecca Newland is a wonderful heroine, and I fell in love with her front the first page. She exhibits all the characteristics I most love. The anguish she feels brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. What I loved the most was her compassionate, giving heart. The patience she shows is astonishing. She is the perfect match for Devon.
Devon Sinclair, Lord Hawthorne is my favorite kind of hero. He is brave, fearless and determined to accomplish his father’s wishes, even though marriage is the last thing he wants. Of course as the heir to a dukedom, he always knew he would have to marry, but he did not want an emotional entanglement. He wanted a business arrangement where his future duchess would fulfill the role in a circumspect manner and not expect professions of love. He gets the exact opposite with Rebecca. She manages to tear down the brick wall surrounding his heart.
The sexual tension between Rebecca and Devon oozes off the page and the love scenes are concentrated more on the emotions behind the sex than where part A and part B go. I thoroughly enjoyed them and could live vicariously through the characters, and is that not what we readers want?
The Victorian age is not my first love, but Ms. MacLean was able to paint such a vivid picture of the dress and environment, she quite transported me back in time. Her startling descriptions of the palace gave me a fantastic visual of the magnificent home.
Oh, and I must mention the incredible narrator. Rosalind Landor is absolutely fantastic. She reads with deep emotion and truly brings the characters to life. Her ability to give each character their own distinctive voice is amazing. I know whenever she is the narrator I am in for a treat!
If you enjoy romance in a historical setting with a moving plot and amazing characters, then you will love In My wildest Fantasies as much as I did. I can’t wait to read/listen to the other books in this series. Happy reading!
"This book was a wonderful start into the series!"
The story had just the right amount of love, strife, and forgiveness to earn my full attention. The story moves along at a good pace, and even though you know how the timeless classic goes, you're still willing to go all the way to the end. Who wouldn't want to know how the characters find their HEA. Rosalyn Landor does a wonderful job as always! She is one of the best narrators around! You can never go wrong with her! This whole series was worth every credit! Julianne MacLean has a WINNER!
"Didn't like the heroine"
The heroine has one meeting with the hero and falls in love. 4-5 years later she meets him again, is still madly in love, and marries him within a week. She's whiney and ridiculous.
you know how it will end since it's a romance novel. but the author makes the characters strong & with just a touch of naughtiness
"Reluctant hero saves a damsel in distress"
Rebecca is a beautiful young woman who has worshiped the young viscount for 4 years since he saved her and her father when they were stuck in a bog. I resists being called a hero because he was unable to save another young woman - his brother's fiancé. But he is bewitched by Rebecca and they are married, only to discover things are not quite what they seem.
"Lots of Sweet"
Really, there's not many action in here. This is recommended to the instant attraction readers. That's how this story is and even their courtship isn't so much eventful as head over heels even if they did hit a slight bump five seconds after that.
"Gotta Love A Hero"
I never read the print version.
When Devon and Rebecca comes face to face or mask to mask at the ball. The sparks started flying then. Also, when Lady Latisha realized that she was not the chosen one. I didn't like the way Devon allowed her to smack him, not just once, but twice.
Devon's voice, but all the male voices pretty much sound the same. However, I do love her as a narrator.
It made me sad because of the relationship that was lost between Devon and Vincent. Vincent's attitude was understandable due to the circumstances. However, it clearly showed that we have no control over whom we fall in love with, or who falls in love with us. Family division has to be worked out through forgiveness.
"Wonderful Victorian Romamce"
In My Wildest Dreams was a delightful story full of sympathetic and interesting characters and sweet and unexpected surprises. For example Rebecca,the heroine, manages to be both curious innocent and sultry wanton at the same time thanks to an ingenious plot device I've never seen used before. Both she and the slightly flawed hero carry some emotional baggage and have to deal with somewhat dysfunctional families but Ms MacLean draws her characters with such skill and compassion that it's impossible not to care for and root for them. Though their appearances are brief, Devon's parents and his brother Vincent are vividly drawn characters, memorable for their strengths as well as their weakness, and each intriguing and mysterious in a way that tugged at my imagination. I'd really like to know more about these people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and devoured it in one sitting. Without giving too much away, I'd have to say that there's a BIG surprise on the last page that left me eager for book two. There's just something about Vincent... Anyway...highly enjoyable...highly recommended.
Rosalyn Landor is the best narrator of historical books. She is my favourite narrator and was outstanding with the delivery of this stoy.
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