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The Winter King by Amanda Carpenter
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The Winter King

by Amanda Carpenter

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The Winter King is extravagantly frothy and over-the-top, with larger than life H&h and appropriately overwrought angst. (See the opening sentences in the Common Knowledge section.)

our hero...

"Adam Ruarke was a tall, slim man, elegantly and gracefully moulded. His dark auburn hair shone wine-red, his skin a light gold by comparison. His erect carriage, the length of his bone-structure, the tensile male handsomeness of that spare carved face, were masterpieces of design."

and the heroine...

"She was a woman of sultry poetry in motion. Her shapely legs were as slim as a gazelle's, the curve of hip and breast superbly highlighted by the long, slender waist and the exquisite bone-structure of her shoulders and arms.

Her magnificent gleaming chestnut hair sprang from a widow's peak and tumbled to her waist in a neglected windblown tangle. Her face was not beautiful viewed in person: the high cheekbones, the hollows underneath and narrow jaw, the straight nose and wide forehead were a shade too adamantly defined. But the inhuman camera adored such definition, and her full, precisely chiselled mouth and massive velvet dark eyes were perfection.

Her fine skin and body were unadorned with either make-up or jewellery. She looked relentlessly naked in sea of baroque artifice, pared to a keen and flawless essence."

In lesser hands, this would be "Slap-Slap-Kiss," but Amanda Carpenter bulldozers over tropes and cliches. The characters are honest with each other, and they struggle to be honest with themselves. The internal conflict shows their fear of intimacy, and terror of commitment. ( )
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SHE was a scion of Hollywood's tinsel aristocracy. Her late grandmother had been a legendary movie queen, her grandfather one of the film industry's most powerful moguls. Her mother and father carried on the tradition: their combined efforts totalled four Oscars and five nominations.

When she was six, she was on the cover of Vogue and Harper magazines with her mother. By the time she was ten she was an internationally famous child model. By sixteen, because of her parents' careful orchestration of her career and wise investments, she was independently wealthy.

At seventeen she left the modelling profession and acted in her first film. At nineteen she abandoned her excellent tutors. By twenty-one she had become one of the top five movie box-office draws in the world, had earned an Oscar of her own, and had been featured on the cover of Time magazine. She had met two presidents, queens and kings and princes, and had been courted by a desert sheikh.
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She knew the fabled Iceman by reputation, thought they had never met.... To her fans, Yvonne Trent, a beautiful, successful film star, had it all. But fame had its dark side and Yvonne's response to that darkness was to run away. Then Adam Ruarke tracked her down and forced her out of hiding. Yvonne knew that she would do anything to gain Adam's love and admiration. But did even he have the power to make her face and overcome her secret fears?
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When ice meets fire, the ice melts...

Yvonne Trent had it all. She was beautiful and talented, with famous parents and a glamourous life-style. But pretty soon Yvonne discovered that fame and fortune weren't enough...

It took all of Adam Ruarke's powers of persuasion to encourage Yvonne back to work. And Yvonne knew immediately that she would do anything to gain Adam's love and admiration. Loving Adam had it's rewards, but there was also a price to pay...
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