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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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  • Dateigröße: 888 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 123 Seiten
  • Verlag: Entangled: Edge (7. Juli 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00L0ITV2Y
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen 1 Kundenrezension
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #149.907 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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(Auch veröffentlicht in der Anthology "The Heart of Christmas" mit A Handful of Gold\The Season for Suitors\This Wicked Gift)

Lavinia Spencer arbeitet im Buchladen ihres erkrankten Vaters. Die kleine Familie hat nicht viel zu leben und jeder Penny muß mehrmals umgedreht werden. Als ihr jüngere Bruder das bisschen Weihnachtsgeld der Familie verspielt und sogar noch 10 Pfund einem Geldverleiher schuldet überhört der eher schüchterne ebenfalls verarmte Sekretär William White den Vorfall. Er hatte gerade 10 Pfund geerbt und bezahlt den Schuldschein des Jungen. Als Gegenleistung will er eine Nacht mit Lavinia.
William wird sich aufgrund seiner Situation nie eine Ehefrau leisten können, doch da er Lavinia mehr oder minder vergöttert, will er einmal skrupellos sein und sich ein Weihnachtsgeschenkt für 10 Pfund leisten und damit seinen größten Traum erfüllen, einmal Lavinia besitzen.

Das hört sich nicht wirklich nett an, oder? Wird es aber!
Aus dieser Ausgangssituation entwickelt sich eine wirklich wunderbare und schön erzählte kurze kleine Liebesgeschichte, die vollständig in der Arbeiterklasse stattfindet. Kein Ball, keine Anstandsdame, kein Rake, kein Lord (bis auf den Arbeitgeber Williams) und kein Reichtum, nein, William ist auch kein verschollener Earlssohn oder der gleichen.
Das ist eine der besten Kurzgeschichten die ich bis dato gelesen habe, es lohnt sich wirklich!!!

In der Geschichte kommt der Held Lord Blakley des Buches "Proof by Seduction" vor, William spielt eine entscheidende Rolle für dessen Leben. In dem Buch kommt William auch nochmal vor und man erfährt wie es weiter gegangen ist mit ihm. Auch dieses Buch lohnt sich sehr!

Prequel zu The Carhart Series:
*This Wicked Gift, a prequel (novella)
*Proof by Seduction
*Trial by Desire
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HASH(0x9bd36348) von 5 Sternen It may not be for everyone 17. Juli 2014
Von Jen (Red Hot Books) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle-Edition mit Audio/Video
From most other authors, I doubt I would have been able to enjoy this story. In fact, part of me finished it feeling like I really should have disliked it. After all, the hero was willing to essentially force himself on the heroine. It wasn't actually rape; and despite his intentions, it wasn't even extortion. But the point is, he was willing to do it and that's a pretty substantial thing to overcome.

I suppose I should start at the beginning. (*some spoilers ahead*) Lavina runs her father's bookshop now that he is ill and her mother has passed away. Money is tight and she must scrimp and save every penny for even the smallest luxuries. So when her immature and self-centered younger brother blows their savings on a stupid scheme, things look pretty bleak. That's where William comes in.

William White barely has two pennies to rub together. He lives on the pittance that he makes as a clerk; that and the hope that one day he'll get the inheritance promised him --and one day, he'll know Lavina's kiss. When he hears of her predicament, he figures he can finally get one of the two things he has wished for. Using what little money he has, he buys her brother's debt and offers her an indecent proposal to forgive the note.
Unbeknownst to William, Lavina does have other options, but she gives in to his demands. She has always wanted him too --and she wants to teach him about the value of love given freely. (*end spoilers*)

Here's the thing. William thought he was taking her against her will. I have big issues with non-consent and even though it technically wasn't, that's a pretty big offense to forgive of the hero. And yet, I did. I don't feel very evolved about it. And some readers may be really turned off. But I still enjoyed the story. Maybe it was because we started from Lavina's perspective and I felt how she pined for him. Maybe it was because William loathed himself enough for the both of us. Either way, I found myself rooting for them to be together.

As always, Courtney Milan draws me into her characters and their circumstance. And with this enhanced edition novella, I enjoyed getting a little extra perspective on her thought process. Overall, I liked this one, but I think others make take issue with the hero's actions, regardless of his remorse.
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HASH(0x9be0de88) von 5 Sternen Dismal, Depressing, and Absolutely Creepy 17. Juli 2014
Von Book Maven - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle-Edition mit Audio/Video Verifizierter Kauf
Lavinia Spencer discovers that her younger brother has stolen and lost her savings. She has taken over the family business, because her father is ill. The lending library she manages only supports the most meager existence. The theft means no Christmas niceties at all. One of her customers, William Q. White, was in the library when he accidentally overhears the conversation between Lavinia and her brother. This prompts William to take advantage of the situation.

I was so disappointed in this book. I was excited to find a new author. I never dreamed that I would be taken down a path of extreme desperation and poverty, plus have to contend with a very dishonorable "hero". The actions of the hero were absolutely creepy. The fact that Lavinia decided to love him anyway, despite only seeing him a few times in her library, where he refused to speak to her, did not make this plot line any more palatable to me. Courtney Milan can write. I just don't like this "everything is dismal and depressing, so rape and blackmail is okay" storyline, which is wrapped up in one afternoon into wealth and power. Huh? I could have lived much better without this story in my head.
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HASH(0x9baeab28) von 5 Sternen Interesting Twist on Premise 8. Juli 2014
Von Sheila M - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle-Edition mit Audio/Video Verifizierter Kauf
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.
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HASH(0x9bc1bccc) von 5 Sternen Love Courtney Milan but really disliked this one 3. September 2014
Von Mary T - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle-Edition mit Audio/Video Verifizierter Kauf
I really disliked this book. I'm actually a big fan of Courtney Milan's other books--I loved the Brothers Sinister for the intelligent, strong heroines and the social justice themes that motivate the characters, and I loved the way shared family history twined through the Turner series and affected it's wounded, charismatic heroes--but I found nothing to like here. I found both Lavinia and William to be poorly drawn, unsympathetic characters who often acted inexplicably idiotic in their dealings with each other and with other characters such as Lavinia's brother. Lavinia came across as a complete doormat and William as a selfish ass. And the entire premise of the "gift" was quite repellant and made for one of the least sexy sex scenes in any romance novel I've read. I assume this book may have been so poorly-written because it was one of the author's first, and she just hadn't hit her stride and matured as an author. I know I'll be looking forward to her future offerings but not sure I will bother to read the remaining books in the Carhart series if they are anything like this one.
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HASH(0x9be0e6e4) von 5 Sternen Be forewarned - this book contains a graphic nonconsensual sex scene which renders the HERO into a rapist 14. September 2015
Von Rachael Ruby - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle-Edition mit Audio/Video Verifizierter Kauf
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.
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