As Marietta Danver's conveyance sped across the wintry Russian landscape, not even her sumptuous furs could keep out the sudden chill of apprehension. Was she letting wounded vanity lead her into danger? Her heart had been broken...but could she really forget by running off to St. Petersburg with Count Gregory Orlov? Soon it was too late for regrets. Gregory Orlov -- the tAs Marietta Danver's conveyance sped across the wintry Russian landscape, not even her sumptuous furs could keep out the sudden chill of apprehension. Was she letting wounded vanity lead her into danger? Her heart had been broken...but could she really forget by running off to St. Petersburg with Count Gregory Orlov? Soon it was too late for regrets. Gregory Orlov -- the tall, broodingly handsome, wildly passionate Russian, notorious as Catherine the Great 's uncrowned emperor--revealed the violent nature which took pleasure in her torment. She was no more than his prisoner...snared in the intrigues of a glittering imperial court... pursued by the rage of a jealous empress...thrust into the savagery of revolution. Defenseless and nearly broken, she resigned herself to death, or worse. Yet the man she had run from, trying to forget, had not forgotten her...or the dreams of love they once shared....
|Title||:||When Love Commands|
|Number of Pages||:||598 Pages|
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When Love Commands Reviews
Saw this on eBay dirt cheap but I just missed the auction, and it was never relisted. I SWEAR the cover is by Robert McGinnis, one of the greatest pulp paperback illustrators EVAH.
This is the 3rd in the Marietta trilogy. I reviewed the second, Love Me Marietta, and found it to be a really different romance. Likely it is because Jennifer Wilde is actually Tom Huff in real life and his views of women come through in his writing.The story, like the others, takes place in the 1770s, this one mostly in Russia and London. It takes off from the end of the second book when Marietta has just figured out that Derek, the man she thought she loved, is actually the cad we all knew him to be and realizes she is in love with Jeremy Bond, the handsome rogue who told her he loved her the first night they met (which was a bit unbelievable, frankly). In this one, through a mistake and misunderstanding, Marietta believes Jeremy has forsaken and betrayed her, so she accepts the offer from the handsome Russian Count Gregory Orlov to accompany him and his niece to St. Petersburg where he is a legend in the court of Empress Catherine. Trying to get over Jeremy, she is seduced by the sexual prowess of the great Orlov, but that only makes her realize she really still loves Jeremy so she plans to leave and join her friend Em in Texas. (I know, I know, it's all a bit confusing.)The author can certainly write well, and tells a good story, though his descriptions of the women's clothes and the scenes are a bit long and I found myself skipping some (how much satin and lace does one really need to read about?). It is written from the first person so the only head you'll be in is Marietta's, and I wasn't sure I liked that. I have grown accustomed to the romances where more than one perspective is being given. The characters are well developed, however at times, they seem to act inconsistently (Orlov's treatment of his niece when she was 13 was out of character, as was Jeremy's act at the end). The action is good and the story will hold your interest (though there are a few slow parts in the middle, the same in book 2). Huff/Wilde comes closer in this one to giving us a happy ending, but then ruins it at the end with Jeremy's action. [Spoiler alert] I'm sorry, but what guy having come half way around the world to save the woman he loves, sleeps with a fat aging empress just because she asked him to?I'm giving it 4 stars because I thought it was better than book 2. The writing is good and it will hold your interest, but I'm not giving it more because I was disappointed in some of the characters' inconsistent actions and Jeremy's action at the end was a downer. How could she ever trust him?
this was more crude than the other two, but really good to.i was so sad when i finish it- in the good way, and i think i was book-hangover for almost a month.i was fascinated with the scenery description, you could almost feel the freezing cold of rusia.awesome characters,- great couple :)
Catherine the Great's court was a good setting for the final volume in the Marietta Danver trilogy. All the monologues the Orlovs and company delivered about the tortured Russian soul were entertainingly goofy and I always enjoy courtly intrigue. I would say this book has less crazypants drama than the first two, which meant it drags at times. We get it Wilde/Huff, Marietta wears pretty clothes and is drop dead gorgeous, every single outfit doesn't need a full paragraph (this elaborate over description is in all three books, it just rankles here the way it doesn't in books 1 and 2). Also, by volume three some repetition has set in in terms of character interactions and tropes used which lessens their impact. So I enjoyed the new setting and the new characters but was a bit frustrated at what I thought was a greater amount of filler and reduced amount of sleaze and nutso plot twists. Trashy books like this need to always keep upping the ante and this one didn't really. Still a fun read but not at the same level as Love's Tender Fury and Love Me, Marietta.
Not as good as the first 2 . 3/4 of this book is spent on traveling from 1 place to the next and was is really necessary for me to know every detail about what everyone wore and what furniture was where , I skipped all of details like that .Didn't like that Jeremy cheated and he didn't even have to grovel but i guess it's the almost the same as Marietta sleeping with the Count and not telling Jeremy the truth .
I was expecting to be as good as the other two but even though I liked it, I felt it was a different story. Not part of the series but hey maybe is just me.
Found myself disappointed with the end.