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This Wicked Gift par [Milan, Courtney]
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Longueur : 123 pages Langue : Anglais

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Lavinia Spencer is too poor to be anything but practical. But when her younger brother lands himself in trouble, she has no choice but to do the unthinkable. She accepts the help of the dishonorable man that she's always wanted, even knowing that it might mean her ruination...

This Wicked Gift is a novella prequel to the Carhart series. The full series is:
  • This Wicked Gift, a prequel novella
  • Proof by Seduction
  • Trial by Desire
This historical romance novella is an enhanced ebook. The unenhanced text was originally published in the anthology "The Heart of Christmas." This work contains pictures, audio, and author commentary. You can read this enhanced ebook on any device, but the audio content may not be accessible on all ereaders. That content has been made available on the web, so you won't miss anything if your device doesn't support audio.

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  • Taille du fichier : 888 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 123 pages
  • Editeur : Entangled: Edge (7 juillet 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00L0ITV2Y
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Twist on Premise 8 juillet 2014
Par Sheila M - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle avec audio/vidéo Achat vérifié
THE WICKED GIFT is a prequel novella for the Carhart series. It is the story of William White who has had his eye on Lavinia Spencer for a year. William is barely getting by and has no prospects for marriage because although he was raised as middle class, he had slipped down the social ladder. When William discovers that Lavinia's brother is in debt, William spends his entire ten pounds to but her brother's note so that he can blackmail Lavinia into going to bed with him. Lavinia is not about to allow William to control her. I loved their relationship and how William and Lavinia grow and change and manage to find a better life together. This prequel is not about aristocrats or gentry and this gives a different view than most historical.

The version I have has additional supplemental content by the author. There is nothing earth shattering here, but some of the material is very interesting especially about the dilemma that William faces.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Complicated Short Story from Gifted Writer 15 avril 2015
Par B. Proczko - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle avec audio/vidéo Achat vérifié
Courtney Milan has a talent for tackling characters who are in less-than-ideal situations (neither is a duke nor an heiress) and giving them moral dilemmas that they may not be ready to resolve, but are intelligent enough to get through anyway. Lavinia is the clear hero here, and William ends the story with the potential to be a good man. Trigger warning: their first sexual encounter is borderline rape. I think the fact that Milan is able to navigate that power struggle and clearly maintain Lavinia's integrity speaks to her strength as a writer, and I think that she is admirable for creating a male love interest that makes the most of his bad choices, rather than continually maneuvering him into better lighting. But then again, I love pretty much anything Milan writes, no matter the conflict at hand.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Be forewarned - this book contains a graphic nonconsensual sex scene which renders the HERO into a rapist 14 septembre 2015
Par Rachael Ruby - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle avec audio/vidéo Achat vérifié
I want to add my voice to others who have written critical reviews. I LOVE Courtney Milan. I have read and loved every novel she's written; I've even read and enjoyed the modern romance she wrote, a genre I typically don't read, but made an exception for, because SHE wrote it. And this book has many of her strengths. Her foundational writing is great. It isn't easy to get characters in and out of rooms but she manages it with elegance, without pouring on adjectives, but still managing to be distinct. Her description of the relationship between the heroine and her younger brother is also fantastic. They love each other, and the heroine has been making many sacrifices in the name of that love, but over the course of the novel, she realizes that she hasn't given her brother space to grow up, and face his own challenges and mistakes. This realization and ultimate shift in their relationship is beautifully rendered, in my eyes.

Spoilers follow, but I only spoil scenes from the second chapter, that I think every potential reader of this novel should be prepared for:

But - and this is a HUGE BUT -
- the hero is a rapist. He rapes the heroine in the second chapter of the book. I am not kidding. Now - there are a bunch of caveats that can be layered on here. A few pages later, we learn that heroine internally actually agreed to the sex, which I guess is supposed to make everything okay. This consent to sex is actually, in one sense, the "Wicked Gift" of the title. But in order for it to have truly been a gift of consensual sex, that consent needed to be made explicit BEFORE the sex happened. It didn't. For the pages that GRAPHICALLY describe the sex between the two of them, the reader is led to believe that the heroine does NOT truly consent, she is being coerced. The graphic sex is described from the hero's point of view, and he believes throughout that he is coercing her. So in between explicit presentation of sex acts, we get his internal monologue in which he thinks about how despicable his actions are, and how he doesn't need to go through with his plan of coerced sex. But he does go through with it. These pages were perhaps the most uncomfortable pages I have ever read.

Now - if this were a novel about the internal workings of a rapist, and how an ordinary man might come to coerce sex from a woman he is deeply attracted to, then I would say that it was quite interesting. But that is NOT the kind of book I purchased. I purchased a historical romance. And this dark material is a whack to the head that I cannot get past.

Some further spoiler-isn material follows, but only in general terms:

In some respects, the book gets better from here. The hero never does anything despicable like this again. He learns and grows. Okay. But in another respect, it actually gets worse, because Milan has the heroine, the actual victim of his rape, emotionally support through the consequences TO HIM of being a rapist. I can actually believe that there are men who coerce women to have sex, and then go through some form of psychological redemption. But I find it incredibly disturbing that Milan presents our heroine basically loving the hero out of being a monster. I suspect this aspect of the novella would be deeply disturbing to any victim of sexual violence. They might feel that It implies that (some) men might stop being rapists if their rape victims would just love them enough. I assume that Milan does not wish to convey any such message, but to my mind, she comes incredibly close to doing so in "This Wicked Gift".

I found this novel "full of surprises", but I don't mean that as a compliment. I was incredibly surprised that Milan would give us such a horrifying plot line and hero. As others have mentioned, the depiction of the psychological effects of grinding poverty, along with the nonconsensual sex, create an uncomfortably dark mood. I can see that there are many readers who are not unhappy with what Milan created here, but I think every reader should be forewarned about what they are getting into if they read this novella.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enhanced version is a must to read. 9 juillet 2017
Par Rachelle T. - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle avec audio/vidéo Achat vérifié
I was pleasantly surprised to have purchased the enhanced version of this novella. I waited until the end to view/read the enhanced parts and it made the story more palatable when considering how the author explains her thought process in regard to consent, rape, choice and prostitution. I did not know this was her first work and I am glad to have all the extra parts to see into the visions of the author and why she made them. I have read the Brothers Sinister complete works and enjoyed those throughly so wanted to explore another series by this author. I am glad I kept reading to the end.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 27 décembre 2014
Par Cindy K - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle avec audio/vidéo Achat vérifié
Regency romance with sex.

I didn't realize I'd already bought this. It was previously released in an anthology called, "The Heart Of Christmas". Another screw up that could have been avoided if I'd read the book description better. Oh well.

This is the BEST short romance story I've read. The H/h aren't a Lord & Lady. No ludicrous plots. It involves William & Lavinia, 2 members of what is referred to as "the deserving poor". Life has worn both of them down, but they persevere. William takes something from Lavinia, he thinks by force, but Lavinia in truth gives it to him as a gift.
William spends a lot of time feeling guilty & hopeless. This story is so well written. By the time you get to the end you just want to cheer!
This also where you get to meet Gareth, who is the hero in "Proof By Seduction". Another great story by CM.
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