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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. By Love Bewitched by Violet Winspear. PaperbackHarlequin Presentspages. Published August by Harlequin Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about By Love Bewitchedplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Wow was this one messed up! She ran away after he raped her on Halloween night she calmly decides to have an abortion.
Like being a shop girl was a great choice of career!? He would have had to pay and I would have had him up on charges. He needed to rethink his methods. Like she was going to find you more acceptable after you rape her asshole! Read at your own risk but don’t say you weren’t warned. Unless, you’re reading this review after you already read the book, then I’m Wow was this one messed up!
Unless, you’re reading this review after you already read the book, then I’m really sorry. We win some we lose some.
View all 17 comments. I must confess that I always feel a little kinky for liking this book. So this is how the story goes, Dinah came to live with Jason Devrel when her parents die. He sees her grow up, and plans to marry her when she gets old enough. In his mind, she is his. It doesn’t even occur to him that she might want to move away and have her own life separate from him. I don’t think Jason really realized that he fell in love with her as a child and the natural progression is to marry her as a woman.
Dinah has feelings of hero worship and awe for her guardian, and it never occurs to her that he has marriage plans for him. In her mind, he’s too far above her. When she has her coming of age party, she overhears women putting her down, and decides she doesn’t want to live in the high class world that she doesn’t fit in with her bookish nature, awkward looks, and her owl-eyed, glasses-wearing self.
Jason comes in when she is packing and is livid that she is going to try to run away. For the first time in their relationship, he loses that cool, withdrawn demeanor that is typical for him.
In his mind, she belongs to him. He shows her that physically. And Dinah is pretty traumatized. Afterwards, he feels remorse, but Dinah runs off. The book actually starts a few months after this incident on Halloween night.
Jason finds Dinah working in a department store. It turns out he got her pregnant. He convinces her to come back home, and to marry him so that his heir can be legitimate.
He promises he will let her go when the baby is born. This romance may not work for everyone. For one thing, it’s a little kinky to seduce your guardian. And this book has rape, or forced seduction.
It’s not horribly beqitched or wince-worthy to read. You really don’t see anything, just that vague description that the older books give when there is a sensual moment. Winspear doesn’t write like modern writers. There is an old fashioned feel to her writing.
The sensuality is very mild, and more suggestive than anything. The relationship develops slowly, and there’s that whole paternalistic vibe in Jason’s treatment of Dinah. The reason why I like viopet book is because of the fact that Jason is gewitched cold, withdrawn man who doesn’t care about much of anything, vuolet Dinah somehow comes into his lonely life and gives him life and inspires love in him.
I really like romances where the hero is the one who’s volet in love than the heroine. He’s not expecting to fall and love, but it hits him like a semi. And I must admit, there is something about the older Harlequin Presents that always gets to me. They are so dramatic and out there. I mean in real life, who has a rich guardian who’s going to marry you when you come of age?
Who gets a painter to come make a portrait of his wife? Only in the pages of a Harlequin Presents book. It’s one of those books where the heroine doesn’t fall head over heels first. It takes her a while to ,ove that she does love Jason, and that love had been hidden in her heart because of their relationship, and also because of the very cold, standoffish demeanor that Jason has. Plus she’s holding a grudge that he got her pregnant and now she has to be married to him until the baby is born.
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At first she isn’t too keen on being pregnant, but then she realizes when has a fall that she really does want the baby. In a way, it’s kind of refreshing to have a heroine who is reluctant to be a wife and mother. Not all women are instantly maternal and have dreams of happy wifedom. While I don’t defend what Jason did, and I thought Dinah was pretty immature and withdrawn, I like reading this book.
The thing about fiction is that you don’t always agree with what is done or what you read about, but at the same time, you can enjoy a book and get something out of reading it. This is one of those books. For that reason, it is a keeper for me.
View all 6 comments. Jun 06, Verity rated it really liked it Recommended to Verity by: Talk ’bout lack of variety. Controlling Hero also utters a classic line: Plus, we have the recycled near-miscarriage scene most prevalent in HPlandia, heroine tumbles down the stairs. Not a fan of that angle. View all 12 comments. Mar 01, Naksed rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Suddenly the petals of the reluctant flower sprang open and the bee slithered inside, emitting a triumphant buzzing as he plundered the pollen. Jason abruptly shifted his gaze to Dinah All at once, she felt her heart pounding beneath her casual shirt and a potent little quiver went through her, placing bewithced dart at the apex of her body.
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Well, nobody can accuse B Winspear of lacking humor, even if it is very, very dark humor. Her ubiquitous honey bee has been sucking the nectar viooet quiverin Suddenly the petals of the reluctant flower sprang open and the bee slithered inside, emitting a triumphant buzzing as he plundered the pollen. Her ubiquitous honey bee has been sucking the nectar of quivering flowers through most of her books one was even titled “Love is the Honey” just as her broody Alpha males have been forcing their way into the hearts and other anatomical regions of their honeyed winspeaar.
This book will definitely creep out most readers as it gives out vibes of pedophiles viollet their childish targets not to mention plenty of non-con and dub-con scenes between the two protagonists.
Most of VW’s romances focus on huge age gaps between hero and heroine, which is actually not unique to her as most Harlequin and in fact most vintage romances such as all those Regency guardian-ward stories prefer that trope, but in By Love Bewitched VW bh puts the issue at the forefront, having many secondary characters and the heroine herself pondering on how the hero has been “training” her to be his wife since she became his orphaned ward at the tender age of 9.
As it is with all books of VW, this layer of the story is only the surface one. For the readers who are patient enough to meticulously decipher her code-riddled books, and really kind of step back and assess the characters and background of both protagonists on the evidence of many, scattered clues that are slowly revealed through her writing, you may find that the issues are not so black and white as that.
Jason reminded me more of the lost, lonely, and socially awkward child version of Charles Foster Kane, left to fend winxpear himself in a gloomy though gigantic mansion, cut off from ordinary social interaction due to the unimaginable wealth winspar status bestowed upon him like a boulder heaped upon his frail childish shoulders rather than some winslear those immoral, supremely confident, ravishing rakes from salacious bodice-rippers.
And Dinah certainly was no shrinking violet. There is a streak of cruelty in her that is pretty stomach-curdling. Other readers might not agree wnspear me but for all her constant whining that she was at the mercy of a vilet, autocratic Jason, I saw her as the one holding the whip in that relationship and mercilessly cracking it on him in order to back him into a corner and submit to her domination of him.
She even had resentment against the baby she was carrying, and not because it was the reminder of the night that Jason forced himself on her, but because she was jealous, yes jealous! I thought she was quite bloodthirsty and reminded me of the savage, greedy, obsessive, all consuming love of that great psychopath played by Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven.
There’s nothing wrong with her. It’s just that she loves too much.