Sunday, February 2, 2014

REVIEW: North And South (The Wild And Wanton Edition #2) by Brenna Chase, Elizabeth Gaskell

Margaret Hale’s life changes dramatically when her father quits his living as a parson in the idyllic New Forest in the South of England and moves the family to the northern industrial town of Milton, intending to become a private tutor. There, she is appalled at the poverty surrounding her and at first finds the local mill workers too rough, but soon she can’t help sympathizing with their plight.

John Thornton is a magistrate and owner of a prosperous cotton mill. Forced to become the head of the household at a young age and driven to keep his family from becoming impoverished again, he’s had no time for love. He certainly has no time for a lady who looks down on both him and the industry in which he earns his livelihood. Their beliefs lead them to inevitably clash, but their arguments over his treatment of his workers mask a deep attraction neither wants, and eventually, one that neither can deny.

Although it is labeled as a social novel, North and South simmers with sexual tension. Through the backdrop of a labor strike and a riot, through a possible murder and its fallout, through the deaths of loved ones, and the rise and fall of fortunes, the romance between John Thornton and Margaret Hale still entrances readers as it did when first published in 1855. In this updated version, read the steamy scenes that Ms. Gaskell, a minister’s wife, could not include in the original work, from John and Margaret’s first desperate, yet tender, lovemaking to their sizzling reunion in London.

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5 Stars

This book continues from the Story line of John Thornton and Margaret Hale. Two most opposite people but they are secretly attracted to each other.
This book just gets better than the first. If you like or love historical romance you will love this book. It puts you back in the 1855 time, makes you live it and love it.   There is still some heat in this book as well, but the harsh times with North and South is very strong.
Margaret's body is like a beacon to John Thornton, he  can't seem to stay away, still wanting her touch, her body, their body together as one. But is it a mistake? Or Not? At his dinner party he had given it was like fire and Ice. So much heat not even ice or water can put it out. An attraction with fear of a passionate rejection from her.
This is another great novel well written that you just can't put down. You want to find out what is going to happen between the two who are so attracted to each other but he has his duty to his family business; The Cotton Mill. With strikes with the job workers, making his duty more important at times. In saying this, he thinks more of Margaret then the Mill. He has to think of what is important most. Which is a hard task at hand. With riots busting out, people getting hurt and even dying.
This is a great read in the era of the 19th century, have your tickets ready you are going in for a front row seat.
Off to finish this fabulous story, I have to find out what happens anxious to see who gets with who on next one.. Amazing dual writers. Loving this series by the minute.

 Reviewed by: Ana

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