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Velvet de Marisco proves herself every inch Skye O'Malley's daughter. Be it Alexander Gordon from the Scottish Highlands or the Grand Mughal of India, each man must win her heart before they can claim the sensual joys of her passionate and erotic desires.... Velvet de Marisco proves herself every inch Skye O'Malley's daughter. Be it Alexander Gordon from the Scottish Highlands or the Grand Mughal of India, each man must win her heart before they can claim the sensual joys of her passionate and erotic desires....


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Velvet de Marisco proves herself every inch Skye O'Malley's daughter. Be it Alexander Gordon from the Scottish Highlands or the Grand Mughal of India, each man must win her heart before they can claim the sensual joys of her passionate and erotic desires.... Velvet de Marisco proves herself every inch Skye O'Malley's daughter. Be it Alexander Gordon from the Scottish Highlands or the Grand Mughal of India, each man must win her heart before they can claim the sensual joys of her passionate and erotic desires....

30 review for This Heart of Mine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Naksed

    I was simultaneously so angry and sad reading this book that I was on the verge of giving it a low rating. But I reconsidered because I realized that it is far far better for a book to move me in any way, even if it is in anger or sadness rather than joy and contentment, than to bore me to tears, which is what happens with most of the romances I start these days, never to finish. Basically, my main problem with this book is that there is a love triangle where the heroine has to choose between tw I was simultaneously so angry and sad reading this book that I was on the verge of giving it a low rating. But I reconsidered because I realized that it is far far better for a book to move me in any way, even if it is in anger or sadness rather than joy and contentment, than to bore me to tears, which is what happens with most of the romances I start these days, never to finish. Basically, my main problem with this book is that there is a love triangle where the heroine has to choose between two big fat jerks. They both let her down. They both betray her. One was slightly less jerky than the other but guess who she ends up with? Still, this book managed to wrench some tears out of me and it is not that often I get so invested in characters or their story so for that, I will say that it was at least an okay read. Definitely not the best Bertrice Small I have sunk my teeth into, but not the worst either. The best parts of the book were the main female character, and the historical fiction centering on real life monarchs of the sixteenth century. The impossibly named Velvet de Marisco Gordon is one of those strong resilient heroines that Small could spit out in pretty much all her books, really refreshing when there are so many doormats and martyrs in contemporary romance books. I loved her as I do most of Small's heroines. Just really kick ass, adventurous, resilient, and so modern in her outlook on men, love, and life. She is a survivor. Like so many times, Small introduces her when she is a bit of a spoiled, headstrong chit of a girl and allows us to get to know her as she matures and evolves into a truly admirable, strong heroine rising up to the challenge when the going gets tough instead of wilting like a fragile flower. The men in the book are the ones who are cowards taking the easy way out, hurting Velvet in the process. She was so much better than the love objects she was given a choice of that this was the most maddening part for me. As to the historical fiction part, I am one of those readers who relish it, especially the whimsical way in which Small writes it. This is so not Wolf Hall but still I delighted in it because Small describes and writes about Queen Elizabeth, James Stuart, and Henri de Navarre, as well as their courtiers, like they are old friends of hers. You can really see the passion and joy she has for history. I feel like if someone had encouraged her, she could have written a straight historical fiction. There is a short episode in the book alluding to the doomed romance between real life historical figures Walter Raleigh and Bess Throckmorton. I could just see Small itching to develop that story. The snippets she gave us were so poignant I really wish she had researched and written a book about them, perhaps even a non fiction book. Aside from the European courts, Small was as usual fantastic in writing the harem part of the book. While a lot of romance books describe these sort of situations in a very racist or at least racistish way, pitting the supposedly savage, dark sheikh with the civilized, beauteous European woman, Small always approached this subject matter with delicacy and an understanding light years ahead of her contemporaries. Akbar, though a sixteenth century Indian ruler with a harem of hundreds, is far more educated, civilized, tolerant, and tender than the other hero of the piece, the brutish, impatient, stubborn, and arrogant Scot Alex Gordon. Certain passages describing his views on religious tolerance, and his respectful treatment of Velvet as an equal partner, really made me like him, which made his horrendous about-face all the more devastating. Overall, This Heart of Mine was an okay read. At 576 pages, it tended to drag on, especially towards the end. There was a sixth and seventh act that were really unnecessary, and the villains of the piece really did not get their comeuppance, which is a pet peeve of mine. Fans of Small's Skye O'Malley series would probably like it. I don't regret reading it but I will not be re-reading this again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suanne

    There are six books in the Skye O'Malley series; too many words, too much gratuitous unimaginative sex, too little story, getting progressively worse through the series. There are six books in the Skye O'Malley series; too many words, too much gratuitous unimaginative sex, too little story, getting progressively worse through the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tova

    OH HELL NO! KEEP MY PRECIOUS SWEET BABY AKBAR AND HIS LEGACY OUT OF THIS TRASHFIRE. BERTRICE SMALLS CAN USE LITERALLY ANY OTHER MUGHAL EMPEROR—JUST NOT AKBAR—HE DOESN'T DESERVE THIS. CAN YOU TELL MY SOUL IS DYING?M OH HELL NO! KEEP MY PRECIOUS SWEET BABY AKBAR AND HIS LEGACY OUT OF THIS TRASHFIRE. BERTRICE SMALLS CAN USE LITERALLY ANY OTHER MUGHAL EMPEROR—JUST NOT AKBAR—HE DOESN'T DESERVE THIS. CAN YOU TELL MY SOUL IS DYING?M

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mona

    Beatrice Small is one of my favorite authors of Romance. She knows how to tell a story to make you laugh and cry all a tthe same time. She makes you fall in love with the heroes and heroines and absolutely loath the villans. She is truely amazing and you would be entranced to read any one of her books. I know I am! I can't wait for her new ones to come out! Beatrice Small is one of my favorite authors of Romance. She knows how to tell a story to make you laugh and cry all a tthe same time. She makes you fall in love with the heroes and heroines and absolutely loath the villans. She is truely amazing and you would be entranced to read any one of her books. I know I am! I can't wait for her new ones to come out!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Berlinda Maombitho

    nice although to much description a whole page describing a dress or what they ate loved the sex scene. its my first bertrice small and i wldnt mind reading another

  6. 5 out of 5

    Oda

    Velvet is terrible. Alexander Gordon is worse.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Lyons

    From time to time I love diving into the 16th Century European world of Bertrice Small and Clan O'Malley. I admit her books take me some time to get through (thus 3 stars). I'll read a chapter or two or a section and put it down for several weeks and then pick it up and repeat. Part of it is due to the fact that the prose can be long and overly descriptive and the font size in the older editions I read require me to triple the magnifying power of my reading glasses. The colorful historical worlds From time to time I love diving into the 16th Century European world of Bertrice Small and Clan O'Malley. I admit her books take me some time to get through (thus 3 stars). I'll read a chapter or two or a section and put it down for several weeks and then pick it up and repeat. Part of it is due to the fact that the prose can be long and overly descriptive and the font size in the older editions I read require me to triple the magnifying power of my reading glasses. The colorful historical worlds created by this author keep me coming back despite the fact that the male characters tend to be sexist jerks and the sex scenes can be explicit. But the O'Malley women (most of them anyway) are strong and it balances out This has a bunch of stories combined into a rather convoluted plot. It's all about Skye's youngest daughter Velvet and her misfortune and bizarre circumstances in which she's married, later thinks her husband has died, and in a weird chain of events goes to India where she's married again and falls madly in love with her powerful wealthy husband. Sadly, she learns her first husband is still alive and she must return to the Highlands of Scotland to be with him as her Catholic faith requires. But just before the book closes out she has one more unfortunate adventure. All's well that ends well I have read some other books in the O'Malley saga but not all. Usually I pick up copies at library sales and thrift shops. But I can always escape to that historical world just for a change of pace when I'm looking for something different.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved reading this as I learnt a bit about the history of The Spanish Armada. True to Bertrice Small books there's lots of erotic scenes which I like! I don't like Alex Gordon's typical scot attitude. And why does Skye laugh knowing the French king raped her daughter?? That part annoyed me in the book, how the French king knew Velvet was married and pregnant with Alex's baby and yet he still seduced her! I loved the Mogul, now he truly loved and worshipped Velvet, it's a shame she couldn't rema I loved reading this as I learnt a bit about the history of The Spanish Armada. True to Bertrice Small books there's lots of erotic scenes which I like! I don't like Alex Gordon's typical scot attitude. And why does Skye laugh knowing the French king raped her daughter?? That part annoyed me in the book, how the French king knew Velvet was married and pregnant with Alex's baby and yet he still seduced her! I loved the Mogul, now he truly loved and worshipped Velvet, it's a shame she couldn't remain with him rather than return to Alex! Not the best of the O"Malley saga books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Mcguire

    Wonderful I have always love this series and it is as wonderful as I remember! It is a bit annoying that kindle forces you to try and say more. I said what I wanted, isn't good enough, annoying! Wonderful I have always love this series and it is as wonderful as I remember! It is a bit annoying that kindle forces you to try and say more. I said what I wanted, isn't good enough, annoying!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I love the O'Malley Saga I love the O'Malley Saga

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan Saxx

    I started dipping into this book for 2 reasons: it had been given to me by a friend, and it was by BERTRICE SMALL, one of the pioneers of our modern day erotica. Days later, I was still reading. This book, along with Velvet, Alex, Akbar, Alanna and Ranald (whenever I choose to visit them) is now on my keeper shelf. Thank you, Ms. Small!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Verneda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was the first romance book i ever read and to be honest it was way out of my age level. The plot in the story was good and even though she had two love interest you loved both. i think this book was really good although it was so long.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kbee

    Velvet is following in her mother's step... Kidnaped and returned home, kidnaped again dealing with King de Navarre in France etc... Velvet is following in her mother's step... Kidnaped and returned home, kidnaped again dealing with King de Navarre in France etc...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Quinn Zellers

    I love Bertrice Small! Great book! I've read it several times before. I love reading about Skye OMalley and her offspring. I will read it again. I love Bertrice Small! Great book! I've read it several times before. I love reading about Skye OMalley and her offspring. I will read it again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dione Brown

    Any book about Skye O'Malley my most favorite Lady Pirate and her Family always books me.. Not much more to say without giving hints away.. Any book about Skye O'Malley my most favorite Lady Pirate and her Family always books me.. Not much more to say without giving hints away..

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Ah, to have a life like this- Rich, Beautiful, And wanted by every man who sees her!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Enjoyable fast read. Seemed to parallel a lot of the previous book about her mom.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    This is my favorite book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maryann Korzeniewski

    Story of Skye's daughter Velvet. Story of Skye's daughter Velvet.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    been looking for this book at my library - can't find it anywhere - guess I'm gonna have to look into buying it. been looking for this book at my library - can't find it anywhere - guess I'm gonna have to look into buying it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Collins

    This is an awesome series that keeps you waiting for the next Small novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    Beautiful & lovely story... Can't wait to read the sequal! Beautiful & lovely story... Can't wait to read the sequal!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marijke

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erynn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karla Medley

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Engebretsen

  30. 4 out of 5

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