Title: All For You
Author: Lynn Kurland
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: De Piaget Family Series (Book 14)
Publication Date: April 24,2012
Format: Paperback, 303 Pages
ISBN-10: 0515150657 (Berkley/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0515150650 (Berkley/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
FALLING THROUGH TIME IS DANGEROUS…
Peaches Alexander is thrilled to receive an unexpected invitation to a weekend party given by the handsome, eligible Duke of Kenneworth. The only problem: Stephen de Piaget, a stuffy medieval studies scholar who seems determined to get in the way. Peaches has absolutely no desire to get involved with Stephen, until a quirk of Fate sends her hurtling through time…
UNLESS THERE’S SOMEONE TO CATCH YOU.
Stephen de Piaget has been leading a double life: respectable professor by day, knight-in-training during holidays and summer terms. When Peaches goes missing, Stephen knows he’s the only one that can rescue her from medieval peril. Little do they know that the greatest danger they’ll face won’t be the business end of a sword, but their own unruly hearts….
Quick & Dirty: Get drawn in every time you pick it up.
Opening Sentence: If life were a set of scales, Peaches Alexander could safely say that Fate had just dumped a load of bricks on the opposite balance.
Ever come across a storyline and find it difficult to be able to summarize it all in one page?
We enter this story as our heroine, Peaches’ life has suffered a major upheaval. It seems that her sister intercepted a phone call from one of her more well-known clients. Peaches Alexander is a personal organizer for the wealthy, keeping their offices and personal spaces clean, tidy and efficient. But when her twin, Tess, goes off on a prominent TV personality, Peaches’ business goes up in flames. Also, on this day of great change, just as Peaches is making a decision about her future, an invitation to a traditional English ball hosted by the dreamy David Preston, Duke of Kenneworth arrives. And it seems that a happily ever after, complete with knight in shining armor, may truly be within her reach. Unfortunately, like any good fairy tale, the trip to her HEA is riddled with speed bumps and rain storms. And the presence of the one whom she believes is her worst enemy.
The hero, Stephen de Piaget, Viscount Haulton, also a baron, and future earl, is painfully aware of Peaches and of her feelings towards him. But he certainly does not return those sentiments. In fact, his feelings for the very pretty Miss Alexander have him tongue-tied whenever he finds himself in her immediate vicinity, and in this condition, has tasted his foot more than once. One evening he is set upon by three ghosts, or shades as they are referred to in this series, and they talk him into attending a ball at the home of his greatest rival, none other than David Preston. As he reaches David’s home he finds himself taking the position of Peaches’ protector, even if she can’t know about it. And, by the end of the party, he realizes that no matter how she feels about him, he means to have her.
Peaches overhears some rather disturbing gossip while in the loo, and decides that she needs to escape from the party for a time. When she stumbles upon a time-traveling gate, her escape not only takes her away from the party, but drops her into the Middle Ages, where she is taken prisoner by some of David’s ancestors. (It is not exactly clear to me how all this works, and I assume it is explained in the earlier books in the series.) When Stephen notices her absence, he begins to look for her outside in the gardens. Like the prince in Cinderella, he is confronted by a solitary shoe, and a missing princess in a beautiful ball gown. When Stephen deduces where, or more aptly when, Peaches has disappeared to, he quickly prepares himself and rushes off to her rescue.
Their relationship develops more quickly from here on out, and eventually it becomes Stephen who needs a bit of rescuing in a time long past, when it appears as if his titles, estates and well way of life are at stake. And by the end of our time-traveling duo’s trip into the past love is truly in the air. And this love is enough to last centuries.
I must say, I enjoyed this story very much. So much in fact, that when I went to thumb back through looking for a notable scene, I ended up reading it all over again. Twice! Which I’m sure is fantastic news to my esteemed site creator, since she’s been in need of reviews…lol. It is so nice to, every so often, read a story for the story. A nice gentle flowing read that makes you feel good on a bad day. And lord knows there’s enough of those to go around.
The bloody palace was gone. In its place was a hut. Well, it wasn’t exactly a hut. If she’d been out in the Middle Ages looking for a quaint little place to crash in for the night, she would have found it perfectly acceptable. But when compared to the splendor that had been Kenneworth House, this was something else entirely.
It was a hovel.
And the unkempt, barely intelligible men standing in a little semicircle facing her were not wearing the standard uniform of David’s footmen.
She made a very quick list of her options. She could scream, which was tempting; she could faint, which was even more tempting; or she could run. She considered the last, only she wasn’t quite sure where she would run to. She backed up onto the gate and hopped up and down a time or two.
She swore, because it seemed like the right thing to do. She was left with her third resort, which was to run. Surely, she would find another gate somewhere in the area. After all, England and Scotland were hotbeds of paranormal activity. And who could blame a shade? The climate was unreasonably lovely, what with all that rain and cloudiness and lovely winds caressing the trees.
Or perhaps they stayed for the history. There were castle stairs to come thumping down, old enemies to continue to vanquish, king and country to defend—as well as any number of lesser territories and families to uphold the honor of.
Then again, it might have been, she had to concede, continued irritation about the food. She was all for a lovely bed-and-breakfast or well-appointed hotel, but she had had the worst meals of her life in London.
She realized that the moon, which she hadn’t noticed before, had come out in time to reveal her companions carrying a pointy thing each. She considered running again, but she only had one shoe left. Maybe the gate had rested long enough and would now carry her back to where she was supposed to be. She put aside her antipathy for everyone and everything at the future Kenneworth House and jumped forward onto the time gate.
She looked up, but no joy.
She decided that perhaps she just hadn’t been firm enough, so she jumped a few more times. Her trio of companions seemed to find the sight rather alarming because they backed away, crossing themselves, spitting over their shoulders, and making all kinds of other hand motions she didn’t recognize but imagined she wouldn’t care to know the meaning of.
It took a while, but she eventually got tired of jumping. It wasn’t that she wasn’t in decent shape, it was just that she was in one heel and a fancy ball gown, and she was slightly stressed.
She finally stopped and leaned over with her hands on her knees to try to catch her breath.
And that was the last thing she knew before blackness descended.
De Piaget Family Series:
2. If I Had You
13. One Magic Moment
14. All For You
FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of All For You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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