Sensation 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 AnotherAfter 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 ArrangementBut 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

Sheila Holland,

❴BOOKS❵ ✭ Sensation Author Charlotte Lamb –
  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • Sensation
  • Charlotte Lamb
  • English
  • 06 February 2019
  • 9780816149599

10 thoughts on “Sensation

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    Sensation has all the elements that have made Charlotte Lamb so infamous as an HP writer who likes to have her heroines tortured by unrepenting, irredeemable bastard heroes Though 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 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, 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 HEA but unfortunately, the hero was too much of a completely callous, disgusting cad for me to throw the confettis at the conclusion.

  3. says:

    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 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.

  4. says:

    Bad enough the hero didn t love the heroine when he married her Worse still when he cheated later on, but did he have to give her the shaft by raping her on their honeymoon too Dirtbag even admits at the end of the book to having loved it I know you hated it, but I m not going to lie this time I enjoyed it Even though you fought me, I loved every minute of it I d been waiting to get you into bed for months and when I did, I went crazy Helen had accepted Drew s marriage proposal, a business arrangement, to escape from under the unloving thumb of her parents In exchange Drew would land a business merger with her father a hostess for his estates freedom to indulge in his tastes for a variety of women yet be discreet bleh and unbeknownst to heroine, her hot bod Drew had promised Helen their marriage would be platonic, but reneged because his lust was bigger than his honor He lied to persuade Helen along with using gentle force , and claimed that the business merger with her father was in limbo and he would only have a say in the business until they produced a grandson Their arrangement turned out to be a true marriage of convenience as they lived apart during their six years of marriage, with occasional visits slotted in The only time they were ever physically intimate was on their honeymoon, which resulted in a son named Stephen Drew did stop cheating a few years into their marriage after he d realized he d somehow fallen in love with Helen, so there s that.Drew never made a move to woo his wife until little Stephen gave him a wake up call by suggesting Helen had a suitor I find it difficult to believe he did nothing for so long though There was nothing to stop him, well, other than her frigid disdain But come on If you can force your wife to have sex, you can surely force her to spend time with you too And, no, kissing another woman at a party in front of one s wife to make her jealous doesn t count as wooing Dirtbag then had the gall to wonder why she d left early with the other man He was lucky she didn t take his castrated testicles with her.Helen came off as cold initially although she wasn t devoid of emotion She d just adopted an icy veneer to protect herself from the pain of not feeling loved by her parents, and I can t say I blame her She was practically trained to be a chip off the old iceberg block It didn t help Drew s case when she mistakenly believed he d intended to just pump and dump her, which hurt as she knew could have fallen for him The only love or sensation she d felt was towards her son and her music eventually, somehow, with Drew as well.I had originally meant to avoid this because it had vintage trainwreck splattered all over it, but couldn t resist a peek as my curiosity got the better of me I might have sympathized with the characters if I d received a better sense of their love and longing for each other for of their marriage, not just a few days, and, of course, if Drew had felt some remorse for the way he d treated Helen I guess once a selfish dirtbag, always a selfish dirtbag.SafetyHelen remained celibate during her marriage She had no interest in her company s accountant the suitor her son had misunderstood might take his father s place, although that s not to say the man wasn t interested However, she did flirt with and let the OM, Drew s colleague and friend, kiss her in retaliation for Drew kissing another woman As mentioned before Drew had other lovers, but stopped after he d somehow fallen in love with his wife several years into their marriage.

  5. says:

    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.

  6. says:

    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.

  7. says:

    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.

  8. says:

    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 been in 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.

  9. says:

    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 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 s of the time.

  10. says:

    Six years ago Helen Lincoln and Drew Lincoln married each other as in partnership.Drew married her for business and also secretly wanted her, while Helen only married him to gain freedom from her over bearing parents.The first two nights of their honeymoon Helen unhappily accepted his love making it counts as rape and she becomes pregnant with their son Stephen Drew will also soon have to realize that he has come to fall desperately in love with his wife and the years as they live separate lives he waits patiently for her to accept him But now after six years he listen to his son raving about a new man in Helen s life..and now once and for all Drew decides to take action and break her barriers apart.I couldn t see their so called marriage on paper as real marriage, so i saw them instead as two people with pride who secretly loves each other.Chemistry between these two was SMOKING HOT in the way only CL writes, and i enjoyed their banter immensely Helen was really blind and didn t see Drew s obvious powerful love for her he also scared me half to death every times he was MAD of overly jealousyBut Oh how i love heroes that makes me feel like this Drew Lincoln is a restless predator who has fallen down his knees when it came to the woman he love The hard core angst between Drew and Helen was utterly delicious It is also clear that Drew had suffered greatly over the years because of his unrequited love for Helen, and even all the people in the society saw that I also hated Helen s mother, and even Drew thought her a bitch..such a disgusting and self absorbed mother Every book by Charlotte Lamb has been rated 5 STARS by me, and Sensation is not a exception

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