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Why had Drew shown up in Paris now?Helen had managed to avoid Drew for the past six years, ensuring that if he was in one country she'd be in another.After all, theirs wasn't a real marriage anyway--Drew had wanted the business connection with her father and Helen had merely wanted to escape her parents. It was a bizarre but comfortable arrangement.But now Drew meant to clWhy had Drew shown up in Paris now?Helen had managed to avoid Drew for the past six years, ensuring that if he was in one country she'd be in another.After all, theirs wasn't a real marriage anyway--Drew had wanted the business connection with her father and Helen had merely wanted to escape her parents. It was a bizarre but comfortable arrangement.But now Drew meant to claim his rights as her husband, and she had nowhere to turn. His sudden demands were frightening and confusing--as were her own surprising responses.......

Title : Sensation
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ISBN : 9780816149599
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 248 Pages
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Sensation Reviews

  • Chantal ❤️
    2019-01-08 05:27

    Negative 3 stars.Well no mater how you look at it, this book sucked!I mean, this was the trifecta of anti-romance with rape,abuse, and adultery. He is just an asshat and she is a doormat he is using and abusing. I like a lot of CL books, but this one almost seemed like it was written by a bitter man who hates and disrespects women.It was just so wrong for me. My romance needs to have some respect and some logical explanations for bad behaviour. The hero, seem like a big child throwing a temper tantrum. So attractive....NOT! My suggestion is to give this whole book a skip!

  • Naksed
    2018-12-19 06:21

    Sensation has all the elements that have made Charlotte Lamb so infamous as an HP writer who likes to torture her heroines by unrepenting, irredeemable bastard "heroes." (Whereas CL has written so many different genres, a lot of them infused with humor, lightheartedness, romanticism, and tenderness, it is these very nasty, totally non-p.c. stories she is most remembered for).The heroine here is really put through the ringer by everyone, and I mean everyone, from Mommy Dearest, to Chauvinist Dad, to of course the controlling, manhandling, rapey, cheating "hero", and even her own little son, of all people, already displaying, at the tender age of 5, daddy's violent, possessive tendencies towards her.The heroine was a very interesting HPlandia character in that she has all the attributes the reader normally associates with a villainous OW: an impossibly beautiful, icy, blonde groomed to make a marriage of convenience and acting the perfect hostess. But because CL takes her time developing her character and telling the story exclusively through her point of view, she is immensely sympathetic. The epitome of the poor, little, rich girl. By contrast, the "hero" is very underdeveloped, painted in very broad brushstrokes. He does not even have the requisite sob story in his background that explains why he views women as so many Kleenexes that he needs to wipe his snot on then throw away. No, sex is merely an appetite for him, like any other, and the obsession he has towards the heroine us completely physical and devoid of any affection, tenderness or feeling. It is all a game and because heroine won't play because she is smart enough to see his "technique" as what it is, and be totally sickened by his insincere, greedy wooing of her, he decides that he will browbeat her into marriage under false pretenses just so he can have access to her body. In the beginning of the story, the heroine has a minor act of rebellion against her plastic, ruthless parents and social circle, and I was holding my breath wondering if she was going to have the courage to pursue her one true love, music, and extricate herself from the gilded cage she was born in. She has an evening out with people her own age and pursuing similar artistic interests, and she becomes for the first time a feeling, relaxed, happy teenager instead of the lacquered, mechanical doll she is expected to act for her family and acquaintances.But the "hero" soon puts a stop to that by bullying her into a marriage of convenience, and then being magnanimous enough to "allow" her to continue with piano lessons during the marriage even though he forbids her to pursue her passion full time, as she needs to tend to her high class, trophy wife duties first (decorating their homes, hosting parties,raising their son, etc). This is all the more horrendous given that he himself often talks about how much enjoyment he gets from his career as an engineer, planning and building major projects, something that he has loved to do since he was a kid tinkering with toys, and which takes him away for lengthy periods of times to the four corners of the world. Aside from all the truly despicable stuff he inflicted upon her, and this guy was a first class donkey face with shit for brains, I tell you, it was his deliberate obliteration of the one light in her dismal life that I could never forgive him for. Music, to the heroine, was the only freedom she had of expressing herself honestly, without risking put-downs or set-downs from the rigid people ruling her life. I could have perhaps forgiven the hero for all his other misdeeds if he had recognised the importance of music to the heroine, not just as a hobby but as her life's blood, and given her the opportunity to realize her dreams within their MOC, but he never did that, and made no efforts to really get to know that side of her, a real, intimate side. He was only interested in her body (which he expressly admired time and time again) and his own ego (possessing her as no one else would be able to possess her). He is such a Neanderthal that he even remarks at one point that he is jealous of her piano!With impeccable writing, Charlotte Lamb managed to evoke real emotion from this reader out of what could have been a campy, over-the-top laugh-fest. I just wish I could have believed in this HE A but unfortunately, the hero was too much of a completely callous, disgusting cad for me to throw the confettis at the conclusion.

  • boogenhagen
    2019-01-14 08:31

    Who knew you could rape your way into true love? Srsly you read enough early CL's and you begin to think all her h's are srsly masochistic. H and h are married, he rapes her on wedding night and night after, she gets preggers and avoids him for 6 years until H decides he can't live without her. Evil mother, cheating H and h that really needed her head examined but I liked the book anyway.I figure give Helen ten years more and let Drew revert back to his asshat ways and her son almost ready to run things and Helen will be pulling her inner Cruella De Ville persona out to ruin Drew's hiney. I could see her doing it, cause under all that disinterest is a real bitch waiting to emerge, she isn't her parent's daughter for nothing.

  • Verity
    2018-12-20 04:31

    Not enuff dwama. Heroine is an iceberg, forced by hubby to consummate marriage to produce an heir. Hero is typical CL, can't take no for an answer but then gives wife the stink eye & goes bananas for seemingly flirting w/ hero's grieving friend. Hero apparently has nevah heard of "What's good for the goose is good for the gander". Read it in small increments 'cuz it couldn't keep my interest, which was not the norm for a quickie HP. Me no likey dat much.

  • Leona
    2019-01-05 05:38

    These two were just plain annoying. The heroine was an ice queen, and the hero was the king of all manwhores. The heroine agrees to a marriage of convenience because the hero promises her a celibate marriage and a way to escape her parents. He changes his mind the night of their honeymoon and rapes her twice, once on their wedding night and once in the morning. This was no forced seduction. This was outright rape.She gets pregnant, has a son and they co-exist for six years. However, hero gets wind of the fact that the heroine is starting to have "other interests" and decides it's time to call quits to convenience and make the marriage really work.I never warmed up to the hero because he:1) Didn't love the heroine when he married her. 2) Broke his promise of a celibate marriage3) Was unfaithful during the early years of their marriage 4) Stuck his tongue down the throat of another woman in front of his wife at a partyThe heroine also drove me crazy because: 1) She was indifferent to everything and everyone around her. The only person that mattered was her son. 2) She had a grossly distorted lens about life3) She really was a cold fish4) She had no commonsense on how to conduct herself with her husband's business associate, Phillip. Phillip also didn't know how to conduct himself in the home of his boss and best friend.2 stars, only because it's Lamb and the writing was exceptional and very hard to put down. Otherwise, I would have given it only 1 star.

  • StMargarets
    2019-01-13 03:38

    An ice princessA unrepentant rakeA mommy dearestA disappointed fatherA hapless OMA sweet child who wants a normal family.Which one is not like the other? *sigh*H/h have been married for six years. Two forced sexual encounters - rapes - resulted in a son being born nine months after the honeymoon. (Good job, alpha hero - you have achieved a high level of breeding efficiency if nothing else). The H/h live apart, the heroine tending to his houses, his son and making social appearances with him a few times a year. When the story opens, the hero has decided to switch things up because his son, now five, is noticing that he doesn't have a normal family.Sorry, son. You're stuck in a CL book - normal is not in her vocabulary.The hero decides to woo the heroine back with a surprise visit at his flat in Paris, but he inexplicably brings the OM along as a wingman.This little triangle then moves to England where the heroine spends most of her mental energy on not getting hurt, saying horrible things, and retreating when a bit of plain speaking would clear the air. It's all a little tedious after awhile. I guess I should have felt sorry for the heroine, but I didn't. She is complicit in this little drama and seems to enjoy bringing out the dangerous jealousy in her husband. I suppose that's a step up from the indifference from her parents. The hero is a typical alpha. I didn't find him all that cruel - probably because the heroine was so annoying to me and I can see why he lost his temper so much.The OM is beyond beta - and hopefully the little bout of fisticuffs knocked some sense into him. He, unlike the son, could at least get away from these toxic people. An interesting read with an ending that felt lukewarm - a good sign since that is several degrees above freezing where this couple started out. Baby steps.

  • EeeJay
    2018-12-31 03:18

    Genre: [angst, emotional, so-pained-she's-blanked, weirdo-parents]On the cover of my M&B it says it was a best seller book and I can believe how that would be so. If anyone of you know me, I generally avoid angsty books and jealous heroes but I liked this book for these reasons:-The heroine didn't show fear to the Hero for 6 (7?) years. That's a long time to stay impassive.-The hero acknowledged his actions. Granted, that doesn't make what he did right but he did ask the h if she regretted what happened and eventually she admitted it's helped to humanize her.-The son. He's so...like a kid (which is good because we don't see too many of them in HQNs)-H truthful about not falling for the h right away. Same with h.-As a reader, you enjoy imagining what might be the motives of the hero more than what is depicted in the book(WAIT? AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO DOES THAT?) The Beef:-Too many angsty situations. The OtherGuy was over-played =|

  • KatieV
    2019-01-10 06:27

    I think I may be done with Charlotte Lamb books. Her writing is actually some of the best of the genre and there is definitely intensity, but her heroes are a bit much for me. Actually, they frighten me. Also, her heroines aren't always the sharpest knives in the drawer. It's funny what I will accept from a historical hero versus a more contemporary one. Rape/forced seduction doesn't usually bother me in a historical, but it's so hard for me to justify a HEA with a H who does the same in a contemporary. I suppose I view a hero's action in light of the social mores of the time.

  • Vintage
    2019-01-16 10:12

    Given the angst, drama and long-term potential for no HEA, this old school Harley could fall easily into a 1 star or a 4 star. It has many tropes I have problems with and would slam in another book, but with the hypocrisy of reviewing I'm going big: ****.The h is saddled with two irritating parents. Correction, one irritating parent (Dad) and one nauseating and toxic waste of oxygen (Mummy dearest). Set up by her parents and her lifestyle in a variety of ways, the h goes for the easy fix with a MOC with Drew. He's really not much of an easy fix kind of hero, unfortunately, as he is a non-stop Heathcliff brooder type with aggressive sexual obsessions.The h is conned into a MOC that the hero has no intention of honoring. Yes, there is a rape/forced seduction scene, two of them, on their honeymoon then nothing for six years. I bit the bullet and sallied through the scenes. The H and h have lived apart, I mean really lived apart, and see each other a few times a year. They have a son together because as we all know, sperm count and fertility exist in a different dimension in HarleyLand.Present day, the couple arrive at their Paris apartment, and the H has decided to make some changes. Alerted by his son that someone may be interested in Mommy the H makes a play. I think. His way of making a play is just being there and irritating the hell out of her. He's brought home the quintessential Mr. Nice Guy, a man who was cheated on by his now dead wife. The H warns the h that her winsome ways will attract the nice guy and he won't tolerate it. For some reason, the ice is breaking with the h, and she pushes the envelope back in hopes of seeing the H break. She does an excellent job as in a Gone with the Wind Rhett sweeping Scarlet off her feet moment, the h finally gets a dose of real passion. Much like GWTW, the H isn't there when she wakes up so she scarpers back to London. I'm sure you can guess who is on the plane. Mr. Nice Guy with a hangdog look.More jealousy drama, a vile encounter with Mum of the year, and all is confessed by the H. The H has beenin love with the h for years and wants her to love him back. Somehow, someway despite the initial rapes, the punishing kisses, the scary glares, the emotional intimidation, and the minimal contact over six years SHE LOVES HIM. Don't get me wrong, the h can dish it out in spades; she would make an excellent ice cube. When she sees the H kiss a woman at party, she leaves with Mr. Nice Guy which results in a punch and a threat against his life. The H is quite the red-blooded he man.I may be wrong, but I don't see a prolonged HEA unless this couple can maintain the level of drama and angst.Some will love the angst fest while for some it has so many triggers it might as well be a six-shooter.

  • Julz
    2019-01-05 06:11

    3.5 starsThis one had me either angsty or seeing red most of the time. The guy is an unapologetic manwhore who is frustrated when he can't melt the ice queen. So what's a guy to do? Marry her, naturally. But of course it's a marriage of convenience in order to get her away from her parents and allow him to merge businesses with her dad. No strings attached...until the strings show up. The wedding night is a non-con scene if that upsets some readers, consider yourself warned. I was surprised by what the H said about it at the end. All through the story the H did everything in his power to make the h think he way sleeping with any woman that entered the same room as him and we're suppose to believe what he said at the end. Hmmm. Maybe. I'll sit on it a while. Things usually look different to me after some time away.But I think this is a pretty good story...other than the cheating...and the non-con...and the scene in the backyard. But Philip, the H's coworker, made it all better :D

  • Jacqueline
    2019-01-15 02:36

    I agree with another reviewer, both the hero and the heroine were ninnies. I would have liked the hero better if he had been in love with the heroine when he married her. At least he did fall in love a few years into the marriage. And then he suffered from several well deserved years of unrequited love. The heroine was just a ninny. Most times I don't mind a silly young heroine but here she just kept being silly for years. I don't see how anyone could be so unaware of themselves or others. And she seemed more uncaring really. And there really were at least 2 forced seduction scenes that honestly left the seduction in the dust and just left the forced bit. Hmm...

  • Chrisolu
    2019-01-17 02:16

    Why has Drew shown up in Paris now?Helen had managed to avoid Drew for the past six years,ensuring that if he was in one country she'd be in another.After all, theirs wasn't a real marriage anyway-Drew had wanted the business connection with her father and Helen had merely wanted to escape her parents. It was a bizarre but comfortable arrangement.But now Drew meant to claim his rights as her husband, and she had nowhere to turn. His sudden demands were frightening and confusing-as were her own surprising responses...My Take:The Heroine, Helen married the hero, Drew because he offered her a compromise. If she married him she could escape her parents desperate attempts to be married off to some suitable male from an equally wealthy background. Drew promised it would be a marriage in name only but of course he switched the tables on Helen the first night of their honey moon. He came into her room ready to "possess her" because he said her father threw a clause into his taking over Helen's fathers business. The clause stated that Drew could only gain full control after Helen had her first child. This scene would be considered rape today but was a "forced seduction" in the 80's. Helen finds herself pregnant after two encounters and for six years, she managed to doge Drew whenever he was in the same city. One weekend she decided to stay in Paris and guess who she happens to meet when she is leaving the airport-Drew. They share the Paris apartment for the weekend together along with her husbands good friend Phillip. Phillip is very emotionally venerable at the time as his cheating wife has recently passed away. He falls for Helen and this makes Drew very jealous. I doesn't not help that the heroine runs around and off with Phillip a few times in the novel and flirts very heavy with him in the heroes presence. I won't give anymore away but as in all HP Romance novels the hero gets the heroine.I found this book to be a bit dry but I've only come across one Charlotte Lamb book that I dislike more and that's who'sWho's Been Sleeping In My Bed? (Harlequin Presents, No 842) been sleeping in my bed. Her best book is Temptation which is my favorite romance novel of all times.Things you may/may not like about this story:1. 80's Forced seduction/2008 rape scene.2. Jealous hero3. Hero admits to cheating on the heroine with other women in the early years of the marriage.

  • Sanya
    2019-01-08 06:24

    This is a Charlotte Lamb's classic! If you don't love her, just skip the book, but if you are her fan - this is, in my opinion, one of her best.The heroine is emotionally handicapped, and the hero is secretly crazy about her. When she starts seeing another man too often, the hero decides it is time to do something about it and follows her to Paris...and the story begins. She starts being aware of him and he tries to awaken her lost sensations. This book is so intense, and always building, and building until the end. And that scene is just great!

  • Julz
    2018-12-30 03:37

    (more than one copy of this book on here)3.5 starsThis one had me either angsty or seeing red most of the time. The guy is an unapologetic manwhore who is frustrated when he can't melt the ice queen. So what's a guy to do? Marry her, naturally. But of course it's a marriage of convenience in order to get her away from her parents and allow him to merge businesses with her dad. No strings attached...until the strings show up. The wedding night is a non-con scene if that upsets some readers, consider yourself warned. I was surprised by what the H said about it at the end. All through the story the H did everything in his power to make the h think he way sleeping with any woman that entered the same room as him and we're suppose to believe what he said at the end. Hmmm. Maybe. I'll sit on it a while. Things usually look different to me after some time away.But I think this is a pretty good story...other than the cheating...and the non-con...and the scene in the backyard. But Philip, the H's coworker, made it all better :D (less)

  • bookjunkie
    2019-01-12 06:27

    Heroine's a total zombie. She's checked out of the world for most of the book, just a blank-eyed pretty doll who socializes, shops, and plays piano. Still, it's fun watching her frozen-out husband chase after her and finally win her.

  • Lede
    2018-12-18 04:20

    This was very similar to Savage Surrender, also by CL. Here we have a heroine who actually agrees to a marriage of convenience - to escape her controlling parents.I can't justify Drews actions on their wedding night, I did enjoy him trying to thaw her over the years and waiting for her to come to him.Everything was handled with much more maturity and their hea was convincing.ps I really want green marble floors, infact the entire Paris apartment! She writes some good descriptive passages.

  • Amara
    2018-12-22 08:15

    I loved this. The hero was so tortured by his ice-queen wife. I needed some angst after all the insta-shit I've been reading lately. This took me straight there with a vichyssoise starter with coq au vin and sherbet to finish.

  • Xai Xai
    2018-12-25 06:16

    My kind of book

  • Chrisolu
    2019-01-15 10:32

    *FULL OF SPOILERS* My take: Clea lives in Greece with her stepfather and step-sister. She came to live with her stepfather, Kerasteri as a young girl when Kerasteri married her mother. After her mother's death when she was a teenager, Clea stayed in Greece as she has no close family in England. Clea's stepsister is a very outgoing and flirtatious young woman who happens to be a year younger than Clea. One day her stepsister brings home the very handsome half Greek half British Ben Winter for dinner. Ben was taken with Clea's beauty from the beginning. Clea feels an attraction to Ben as well but gives him the cold shoulder. Karasteri notes Ben's attraction and informs him in a subtle way during dinner, that both Clea and her stepsister are engaged to be married. Clea has been thinking about her upcoming nuptials for some time and decided that she must make a run for it. Her stepfather will not allow her to stay in his home if she refuses to marry the man he chose for her. Furthermore, her feelings for Ben are equally troubling for her. While thinking about her upcoming move, she moves to the window after having taken a shower lost in her thoughts. Ben is standing outside right below Clea's room. When Ben looks up and notices Clea's naked form, he is completely transfixed by her youth and flawless beauty. Clea notices Ben staring at her and the two stand for a long moment looking at each other. Clea is finally able to pull herself away from the window and is deeply troubled. A day or two following the window incident, Ben comes around to Kerasteri's house yet again. This time Kerasteri is not around to chaperone his daughters. Ben unleashes his desire for as well as his frustrations on Clea. He starts to kiss her and just as she is starting to relax into the kiss, her stepfather walks upon the two. Kerasteri is beyond mad punches Ben out, and calls Clea a whole host of bad names. After this incident Clea plays it safe around her step father so he won't grow suspicious about her upcoming lescape from his home. Clea mistakenly told Ben about her plans. Clea meets a woman on the plane who befriends her and offers to allow Clea to stay with her in London since she has nothing booked. As soon as Clea enters the apartment, guess who comes out to greet her.... Ben. The woman who befriends Clea on the plane was in fact a friend of Ben who he paid to string Clea along. Clea is mad and lets Ben have it. The friend leaves, Ben locks the door behind her, placing the key in his front pocket. Ben has in effect kidnapped Clea, he keeps her in his apartment for a week. Clea manages to escape because Ben becomes drunk after Clea rejects him following her first encounter*wink wink* with him. Clea manages to get the key and slip out of the apartment. She finds work through an agency at a hotel as the front counter person. A few months into her new job, guess who walks through the door??? The chic who led Clea to Ben's apartment. Clea hides before the woman sees her, or so Clea thinks. A few days later while Clea is out on her lunch break, she happens to notice someone following her, it's Ben. He is walking some distance back from Clea with his head down looking so depressed. It obvious he misses Clea and loves her a lot. In a twisted way, Clea found it amusing that Ben should appear so distraught. Ben never approaches Clea just walks some distance away like a sad puppy dog. In the end the female friend of Ben, comes to the hotel to beg Clea to at least talk to Ben again. She tells Clea that Ben is falling apart, and how she "has never seen him look or behave like this". After mucht begging on the part of Ben's friend, Clea agrees to come to dinner. When Ben walks in and sees Clea, he is a very angry but manages to calm down. After the friend and her boyfriend leave Clea and Ben alone for a few, the two manage to talk out their problems and like all good romance novels declare their love for each other. I really liked this book a lot. I think it's going on the keeper shelf. The forced seduction and kidnapping I could have done with out. I give this book 4 stars. Things you may/may not like about this book: 1. May/December romance 2. The heroine's stepfather is in love with her(says the hero) 3. Forced seduction that turned into a very painful first time for the heroine 4. The heroine was kidnapped

  • Roub
    2019-01-06 06:39

    i simply loved it !! drew was absolutely mad 4 helen. he actually raped her on the wedding night. we can't fault helen bcoz it was supposed 2be a MOC wid no sex n separate lives. towards the end of the book he told her dat he cud not regret dat act as he enjoyed it too much n he wanted her too much ! actually since the 1st time he saw her ! he cud not help himself. der was no enjoyment on the part of helen. she definitely did not want him. n the second night was even worst if possible. so they parted ways 4 6yrs..dat was unbelievable n i think drew shud have fought 4her but he did not realise he was in love wid her then.

  • Jenny
    2018-12-30 02:39

    heroine was so cold and detached almost a robot lol

  • Alina Valentine
    2018-12-23 10:29

    I was rooting for Philip the whole whole time..

  • Jultri
    2019-01-13 09:11

    H was a violent, arrogant, cold blooded rapist and h's ice maiden exterior made it hard to sympathize with her. I stopped reading after even their reunion sex was was not quite fully consensual and there was no remorse expressed by H at this stage.

  • April Brookshire
    2019-01-07 05:19

    One of the better older HPs. Surprisingly well-written, but not enough plot as usual. The hero and the heroine were idiots in some ways and justified in being idiots at the same time. The kid was cute with his aggressiveness.

  • Blaze King
    2019-01-03 09:29

    Great read. 4.5 stars!

  • Pearl Eke
    2019-01-01 06:40

    me likey

  • Tiger
    2019-01-10 03:25

    Too much angst and tension! Just the way I like it!If the love scene is more elaborate (naughty smile), this would be my favourite book...

  • Cem73
    2019-01-14 04:13

    Titre vf : Sur une planète lointaine

  • LLC
    2018-12-19 05:22

    Reread, September 23, 2013