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  1. says:

    From BeanbagOne of the things I hate the MOST in any fiction is the use of sexual abuse particularly of children as a gimmick In this book the extent of the abuse was not necessary for the story and in fact I couldn't believe the heroine being as free and easy in the sack with the hero if she truly had that background and the whole thing had a creepy exploitative ualityOn top of that two villains a rapist and a child molester go free beca

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    The Price of Desire revolves around Olivia Cole and Griffin Wright Jones Griffin owns a hell where Olivia's brother Anthony has wracked up an enormous debt When Griffin demands collateral until Anthony can pay the debt Anthony is forc

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    I liked it Both characters were interesting though Olivia's story is kind of tragic

  4. says:

    So this was a great readI felt it was long there was plenty of story to it and well writtenGriffin owned a Hell and was given Olivi

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    Olivia Cole does not react when she finds herself promised to Griffin Wright Jones Viscount Breckenridge as his marker for her brother's £1000 debt As Olivia adjusts to the hell and Griffin adjusts to Olivia All The Secrets are ex

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    english reviewFirst of all let me just say that despite this being an attractive cover I think it’s wrong for this book Don’t panic potential readers You will most definitely get your steamy lovemaking scenes

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    5 starsSummary Olivia Cole is devastated to learn that her ne'er do well brother has promised her to the operator of a London gaming hall as payment of his debts Olivia accepts her fate even if it means that her reputation will suffer

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    I began reading Jo Goodman's books with her 'Compass Club' series about four regency rogues in need of taming I became uite a fan of her wicked wit and intricate plotting Her latest book The Price of Desire is just as enthrallingOlivia never really had a childhood It was taken from her in a most cruel way and she's learned never to depend on anyone So why her brother's actions promising her to the owner of a gaming hel

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    This is my first Jo Goodman book and I was definitely not disappointed I will definitely have to snag of her booksHonestly I am a bit shocked that I responded as well to this story as I did because it has a couple of story points that don't normally play well to me I am not sure that I can explain at this point why they di

  10. says:

    This was incredibly intense and had the most tortured heroine I've ever encountered in a Historical Romance Jo Goodman is an excellent writer and she deftly pulls off what is essentially a rather depressing story I like angst but t

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USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman delivers a deliciously wicked tale of forbidden desire that knows no limitsOlivia Cole is devastated to learn that her ne'er do well brother has promised her to the operator of a London gaming hall as payment of his debts Olivia accepts her fate even if it means that. From BeanbagOne of the things I hate the MOST in any fiction is the use of sexual abuse particularly of children as a gimmick In this book the extent of the abuse was not necessary for the story and in fact I couldn t believe the heroine being as free and easy in the sack with the hero if she truly had that background and the whole thing had a creepy exploitative ualityOn top of that two villains a rapist and a child molester go free because the two leads are just so far above it So because of their ability to move on other women and children are at risk Blarg

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Ife on his striking face Although he wants Olivia like no other woman before he doesn't force her to share his bed a difficult task considering how beautiful she is But with each passing night Griffin and Olivia's resolve weakens until finally they take their greatest gamble on one night of reckless pleasur. This is my first Jo Goodman book and I was definitely not disappointed I will definitely have to snag of her booksHonestly I am a bit shocked that I responded as well to this story as I did because it has a couple of story points that don t normally play well to me I am not sure that I can explain at this point why they didn t rub me as wrongly as they most often do And I certainly can t go into it without getting into spoilers so just to be really brief and somewhat genericThe premise of the story as in no spoilers than you get by reading the blurb on the back cover this is usually not a story type that sits well with me Yes of course the bulk of the blame lies with whatever family member put the heroine into this situation but the hero also starts off with a large black mark against him in my books It is shameful for whatever douchebag relation of the heroine s to decide to trade her away in payment of his debt It is only marginally less shameful for the hero to agreeIn this case it just played out differently I really really don t feel like Griffin took advantage And let me tell you this is a topic that I trend towards oversensitivity on He wasn t happy to have her there He largely set her into a room and tried to pretend she wasn t there as much as he was able He was suspicious that her brother was taking advantage of him by assuming that Griffin would never take advantage of Olivia Much of the first half of the book had the hero and heroine dancing around each other as they tried to figure each other out I really loved being along for the ride and it was great fun spiked with some intense emotional momentsThe other bit that I tend to dislike in fiction is sexual abuse I am not going to go into detail in order to avoid spoilers I would just like to have a general conversation on the subject The problem I have with it is that often than not authors will use it for shock value and then when it becomes inconvenient they will choose to remove it as a factor In that way I don t feel that it is handled respectfully often than not Also this is a tangent forgive me but it is rooted in an argument that I had with someone recently let me clarify why I don t like for it to be shrugged off by the character author It is because in reality it is not ever shrugged off I know that books are not reality I know they are a world of make believe But as someone who has dedicated a significant amount of her life volunteering at a battered women s shelter I am also wary of expectations So very many women think there is something wrong with them because they CAN T just shrug it off I cannot will not tolerate having that reinforced by strong heroines that suffer a rape and then move on with their lives after a brief cry No I don t want a wailing victim nothing is served by the perception that one s life is over after an assault either but I do want recognition of the fact that healing takes work It doesn t happen overnight It doesn t make you weak if you need timeSorry for the tangent but I felt I had to clarify because I have been accused of wanting my heroines to be weak co dependent and emo And that is so far from my mind that it is laughableAnyway I felt that this book on the other hand largely handled it well I have a couple of caveats I will get to that view spoilerOlivia s abuse is in her distant past most of it 12 years ago It still impacts her in that it has shaped the woman she grew into but it doesn t leave her perpetually victimized Olivia is strong one of the strongest HR heroines I have read She has learned to cope and how to defend herself And with Griffin she learns how to heal hide spoiler Promises in Tumble Creek you get by reading the blurb on the back cover this is usually not a story type that sits well with me Yes of course the bulk of the blame lies with whatever family member put the heroine into this situation but the hero also starts off with a large black mark against him in my books It is shameful for whatever douchebag relation of the heroine s to decide to trade her away in payment of his debt It is only marginally less shameful for the hero to agreeIn this case it just played out differently I really really don t feel like Griffin took advantage And let me tell Mischief and Marriage you this is a topic that I trend towards oversensitivity on He wasn t happy to have her there He largely set her into a room and tried to pretend she wasn t there as much as he was able He was suspicious that her brother was taking advantage of him by assuming that Griffin would never take advantage of Olivia Much of the first half of the book had the hero and heroine dancing around each other as they tried to figure each other out I really loved being along for the ride and it was great fun spiked with some intense emotional momentsThe other bit that I tend to dislike in fiction is sexual abuse I am not going to go into detail in order to avoid spoilers I would just like to have a general conversation on the subject The problem I have with it is that often than not authors will use it for shock value and then when it becomes inconvenient they will choose to remove it as a factor In that way I don t feel that it is handled respectfully often than not Also this is a tangent forgive me but it is rooted in an argument that I had with someone recently let me clarify why I don t like for it to be shrugged off by the character author It is because in reality it is not ever shrugged off I know that books are not reality I know they are a world of make believe But as someone who has dedicated a significant amount of her life volunteering at a battered women s shelter I am also wary of expectations So very many women think there is something wrong with them because they CAN T just shrug it off I cannot will not tolerate having that reinforced by strong heroines that suffer a rape and then move on with their lives after a brief cry No I don t want a wailing victim nothing is served by the perception that one s life is over after an assault either but I do want recognition of the fact that healing takes work It doesn t happen overnight It doesn t make Cold Case, Hot Accomplice (Men of Wolf Creek, you weak if Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, you need timeSorry for the tangent but I felt I had to clarify because I have been accused of wanting my heroines to be weak co dependent and emo And that is so far from my mind that it is laughableAnyway I felt that this book on the other hand largely handled it well I have a couple of caveats I will get to that view spoilerOlivia s abuse is in her distant past most of it 12 Her Husbands Christmas Bargain years ago It still impacts her in that it has shaped the woman she grew into but it doesn t leave her perpetually victimized Olivia is strong one of the strongest HR heroines I have read She has learned to cope and how to defend herself And with Griffin she learns how to heal hide spoiler

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Her reputation will suffer from living among rogues and gamblers But when she meets the sexy and mysterious Griffin Wright Jones Viscount Breckenridge Olivia has than just her good name to worry about for he rouses in her wanton thoughts she's never dared entertain until now Griffin wears the scars of his l. Olivia Cole does not react when she finds herself promised to Griffin Wright Jones Viscount Breckenridge as his marker for her brother s 1000 debt As Olivia adjusts to the hell and Griffin adjusts to Olivia All The Secrets are exposed and they figure a way to a HEA with pitstops in Angst Trauma and FarceThis is a very difficult book for me to rate because there were things I fucking LOVED but there was also some Real World Shit that needs to be addressed 1 Once Olivia and Griffin begin sharing their secrets with one another there s so many lovely uiet moments of comfortable domesticity that just thrilled my plebeian soul Eventually they end up sharing a bedroom and the scenes of them just living together moving around one another was so disgustingly good He moves her wardrobe into his room for her She has a side of the bed He s going to spend his life with her Their routines and how they adjust them to fit one another and include one another and UGHHH If the book were entirely moments like this I would give it 6 stars and sob into my pillow every night in gratitude 2 The Real World Shit is a lot Just so much I m going to put it all under a spoiler cut with the necessary trigger warnings shortly but I want to state upfront my extreme ignorance and uncertainty of the subject matter Because it s a lot I also want to note that this is ENTIRELY to do with Olivia s background I have not touched on Griffin s history AT ALL which is in itself A Thing as well but it is very much Traditional Romance nonsense as well as small potatoes in the context of Olivia s storytrigger warning child molestationrapeincest view spoilerOlivia s background is revealed in fits and starts within the text the shock of one revelation has already begun to fade before the next is revealed So lining them all up like this istelling I think of a larger issue The Price of Desire has Olivia reveals that prior to the age of 6 she was encouraged to sit in her father s lap and touch him while he touched her At the age of 6 she was sent to a convent school where she and other girls were taken away regularly to be raped by as she reveals later her father and other men This occurs regularly until the age of 12 when her period starts Her father later makes her attend gambling parties and perform card tricks and the like for his guests using her as a marker for gambling debts It is stated that she s being groomed to service men like these for when she s old enough to marry Finally after she flees and is working at an inn she is attacked by a drunk guest who attempts to rape her before she strangles him with her scarf and escapes It s a history of tragedy made all the so by the very real guilt and shame Olivia carries She believes she accepted what was done to her because she took gifts or because it was her father or because she went willingly She s also guilty because she believes she may have killed the man who attacked her at the inn She has night terrors and withdraws into herself when events happen to dredge up her past I don t know if that s too much for a romance novel or not I m not certain I can make that call I can say that to me it felt like the text did give Olivia s history weight but perhaps I do not think it was enough to justify her exceedingly fast peace It shows her struggling with her past but once she shares her history with Griffin it simplyfades It goes from being an open fetid wound to being a scarred over injury in the matter of pagesAnd perhaps this too is part of the allure of romance for individuals who do have such wounds that they can share and find love and heal And like the relationships and lifestyles and sex in romance novels it s all slightly glossed over slightly better than the real world would allow us to truly have Maybe that s a good thing Maybe it s not I also need to point out that the text does not stop with merely heaping atrocities upon Olivia it also has her attacked in the early chapters in a way very much like the inn yard It has her followed by her attempted rapist and eventually kidnapped by him because of his evilness seriously that s his motive And the book resolves in a horribly facsimile of a farce with Olivia s father walking away without any repercussions Olivia s attempted rapist going to visit the Continent and the other villains who orchestrated the original attack upon Olivia among other crimes exported to America And certainly this mirrors real life bad men get away with bad things But I point above to my points about Olivia s healing if this is a dream case where years of abuse are resolved with a tender conversation over toast why do we not get resolution in the form of retribution against these villains Why must we the audience bear them getting away with it while our heroine can find peace on a fantastical path hide spoiler