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She gave him her innocence . . .Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father's estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable -- John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside . . . an exile from London society . . .and he took her love.
Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned -- more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll . . . or risk everything for his first, and only, love.
“McKenna will always be a part of me, no matter where he goes. They say that people who've lost a limb sometimes feel as if they still have it. How many times I've felt that McKenna was still here, and the empty space beside me was alive with his presence." She closed her eyes and leaned forward until her forehead and the tip of her nose touched the cool glass. "I love him beyond reason," she whispered. "He's a stranger to me now, and yet he is still so familiar. I can't imagine a sweeter agony, having him so close.”
Selama dua belas tahun Aline hidup dalam kesedihannya meratapi McKenna. Pria yang telah dengan sengaja di usirnya dari kehidupannya. Pria yang sudah menemaninya sedari dia kecil, walaupun McKenna hanya seorang pelayan, tak pernah sekalipun Aline menganggapnya rendah.
Setelah dua belas tahun hidup dengan dendamnya pada Aline, McKenna kembali dengan satu tujan. Balas dendam. Membuat Aline menginginkannya, lalu mencampakkannya. Tapi sayangnya McKenna tidak bisa menolak kenyataan bahwa dia masih mencintai Aline.
“No miles of level desert, no jagged mountain heights, no sea of endless blue
Neither words nor tears, nor silent fears
will keep me from coming back to you.”
Buku ini tidak hanya menceritakan tetang Aline dan McKenna, tapi juga Livia, adik Aline, dan Gideon, sahabat McKenna. Tapi untuk kisah Livia, kebanyakan saya skip soalnya kisahnya gampang ketebak.
“For thousands of nights I dreamed of making love to you. No man on earth has ever hated sunrise as I do.”Aline dan McKenna, mereka berdua ini bikin saya gregetan. Emang sih kisah cinta pelayan dan tuan itu emang kisah kebanyakan, tapi kalau udah di tangan Lisa Kleypas gak bisa dikatakan gampangan bo! Gimana, enggak? Setelah ayah Aline, yang merupakan ide utama Aline mengusir McKenna, meninggal, Aline malah justru tidak mau jujur dan kembali pada McKenna.
Ah.. saya gak tahu mau nulis apa lagi disini, nanti takutnya spoiler. Tapi intinya saya suka sama novel ini.