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Carnal Gift (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy Book 2) by [Clare, Pamela]
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“I expect you to show my friend just how grateful you are. Your willingness is everything.”

With those harsh words, the hated Sasanach earl decided Bríghid's fate: Her body and her virginity were to be offered to a stranger in exchange for her brother’s life. Possessing nothing but her innocence and her fierce Irish pride, she had no choice but to comply.

But the handsome man she faced in the darkened bedchamber was not at all the monster she expected. His green eyes seemed to see inside her. His tender touch calmed his fears while he swore he would protect her by merely pretending to claim her. And as the long hours of the night passed by, as her senses ignited at the heat of their naked flesh, she made a startling discovery: Sometimes the line between hate and love is dangerously thin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Pamela Clare (23 August 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IT92WA
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bloody story ... 2 October 2011
By Mo - Published on
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Just finished this book - LOVED IT. Had been a bit skeptical about reading something about Ireland and Irish characters especially by non-Irish authors (I am Irish so I feel I have the right to be critical). Was I wrong. Everything from the historical aspect to the language (even the bad language - when she mentioned someone's bloody gob it made me laugh as it something I would say myself - gob is someone's mouth in case you are wondering). The Irish/Gaelic translations were spot on even down to the accents on the letters - well done to your Irish language expert. Could feel the hate the Irish had for the bloody Sassanachs (and believe me they did and some still do - our history runs deep and passionate). It made me want to pick up my pike and start another bloody revolution ...... well nearly. This book is book 2 of the Kenleigh/Blackwell series and I enjoyed the first one in the series just as much as this one (Sweet Release is Book 1). Can't want for the next book. I hadn't realized Pamela Clare wrote historicals as I am more familiar with her Suspense books but I am glad I discovered this book. Eireann go Bragh!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely nice read! 20 June 2012
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Brighid and her brothers Finn and Ruaidhri are poor Irish peasants who live during the English occupation of Ireland, trying very hard to survive under the hard conditions of the time. Their father is a teacher who tries at the risk of his own life to keep Ireland's cultural heritage and language alive. However, he pays very dearly for his patriotism since the English Earl captures and deports him as a slave to Barbados, leaving his three young children unprotected. In any case, life goes on for the three siblings and with their biggest pain overcome, Finn becomes the head of family, striving to make a living for family. Time goes on and Finn proves to be a dependable power, however, Ruaidhri develops into a restless and rebellious youngster who is trouble-prone, a serious problem taking into consideration that the local English Earl is an unjust and cruel ruler. However, it won't be the youngster who will be responsible for trouble but the unusually beautiful Birghid who at a funeral catches the eye of Jamie Blackwell, on old friend of the Earl's who abducts the young woman and offers her as a "carnal gift" to Jamie. Jamie tries desperately to protect Birghid from her destiny, paying nearly with his life and endangering almost the mission for which he travelled from the Colonies to England.

Jamie Blackwell isn't a stranger to readers of "Sweet Release", where he was introduced as the baby brother of Cassie. Meanwhile he has grown up and plays an important role in his brother-in-law's shipbuilding empire. Alec Kenleigh who is Jamie's brother-in-law has entrusted Jamie with the mission to find governmental support for the British colonists who are attacked by the French and the Indians, which besides of the humanitarian aid would also offer serious business potential for their shipbuilding enterprise. Jamie was presented as an experienced and honorable man who tries to reach his goal by respecting the others. With his fair and wise handling he wins over Birghid's brothers who initially consider him to be an enemy.

Birghid on the other hand was depicted as an honorable young woman of her time, with the typical goals in her life being to get married and have children. Although as the village teacher's daughter she had the opportunity to learn reading and writing, these skills couldn't really help her to gain other perspectives in her life, since she didn't have any access to reading material. Hence, she remained very inexperienced, which might be an explanation for her rather immature attitude towards Jamie. In any case, she was a likeable heroine, although greatly overshadowed by Jamie.

The story line was simple but in no case simplistic. Interesting historical details were cleverly integrated and enhanced the plot nicely, without being too informative and "heavy" for a book of this genre. After some rather tedious back and forth on Birghid's behalf concerning Jamie, the romance between the two main characters was passionate and lead finally to different sizzling love scenes. As a bonus material the author interlaced Finn's love story, which was also nicely done.

I'm an absolute fan of happy ends, hence, I shouldn't find anything negative to say about the ending of the book. However, this ending was an "over-happy-end", where everything worked out perfectly and finally nothing at all was sacrificed. No matter how nicely done, it left me with a kitschy aftertaste.

In any case a nice read for Clare fans!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The book riddled with rhetorical questions! 27 July 2014
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If it were not a romance it might have been fine but it was supposed to be and this is what I hated about it!
1) Relentless repetition , she gasped and gasped and gasped and if she was not gasping her brothers were , and if she was not gasping she was rhetorically questioning herself to death , I mean this author is literally married to a question mark. I cannot count how many times questions were self directed for drama by every character nor the times someone unexpectedly dashed through a door making everyone gasp gasp gasp!
2) The scenes repeated themselves continuously ... spoiler..... he gets injured nearly dies of fever she cures him low and behold she gets injured nearly dies of fever he cures her . Unrealistic plot everything plays out like a disney movie for the good side .
3)He leaves his horse paints himself an Indian and runs the streets to hunt the Earl LoL ridiculous moment, so fine he has training in the wild of America but acting it out in the streets of London was laughable and not needed!
4) Everything that was done in secret or for someone had to be revealed to them immediately it just sounded so immature!
5) The disney ending again so unrealistic! Everyone and everything works out!?
6) I do not see how crazy an Earl may be to become so obsessed with a peasant when he was having woman left right and centre nor to want to ruin his best friend soooo and to go to such measures , ships beatings soiling himself , absolutely eye rolling ridiculous.
7) Alice was the final hero of the story without her they would have all possibly died yet she is silently brushed aside while the fend for their hides possibly conveniently saved to appear as the younger brother's love interest in a future book so obvious a set up for a future book!
It left me never wanting to read this author again blatantly advertising future stories as was that of Nicholas almost sounds desperate to make sure they got you for the other books, it had the opposite effect on me!
8)Also author seemed to forget what she had written a few lines before ,for example he walked into a pitch dark room no light no window but could see another person's face? He took off his shirt but was wearing it again and took it off again? plus riddled with errors!
The only reason i gave it 3 stars and not 1 was it was nice to find out some details about Ireland and its history I had no idea about. But I cannot go back to this author I could not sit through more gasping and question fest or super rosie ending for one and all!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winning Historical Romance From Pamela Clare 28 February 2015
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Carnal Gift is a wonderful follow-up to Sweet Release, book one in the Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga. This time it's Cassie's brother, American Jamie Blakewell who's the hero of the story. Jamie visits his Oxford friend Sheff in Ireland in 1754, but discovers Sheff isn't the amusing and kind classmate from before. Sheff seems to have turned into a sadist, actually.

Sheff's abusive behavior is first exposed when he and Jamie come across a Catholic funeral, which is illegal in Ireland. Sheff threatens all the attendees, including the gorgeous raven-haired Bríghid. Jamie can't take his eyes off her, and Sheff notices his interest in the young woman.

I had thought Carnal Gift was a strange name for a novel, but it's quite appropriate in this case. Crazy-town Sheff has Bríghid kidnapped and then bestows her maidenhead upon his friend Jamie as a gift. Not only that, but Jamie knows his insane friend is watching through the peephole to see if he, ahem, "opens" his gift by getting it on with Bríghid.

This is just the beginning of a wild ride between Jamie and Bríghid. I loved how they dealt with their religious differences:

Jamie tried not to notice that the cross had come to rest in the cleft between her breasts. "I'm supposed to be angry because you dared hang a Catholic symbol around my neck when you, a Catholic, were trying to save my Protestant life?"

"Then you're not angry?"

"No, Bríghid." He stifled a crazy urge to take her hand. "Where I come from, there are more religions than days in a month. I decided long ago such things aren't worth fighting about. I doubt God cares one way or another how we pray, as long as we make time for it once in a while."

Amen! Religious freedom is one of my favorite aspects of living in America.

I also enjoyed the reason behind Sheff's puzzling switch to sadism.

I'm excited Pamela Clare is writing again after her battle with breast cancer. Can't wait to read more of her masterpieces!
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great romance AND historical accuracy. . . a rare treat these days! 5 January 2012
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Picture it: It's the mid-eighteenth century when the English are occupying Ireland and pretty much treating all the Irish like serfs. It's against the law to teach the Irish to read and write; Catholicism is outlawed and priests are hung; Catholics and Protestants are not allowed to marry. Attending a Catholic mass or giving an Irishman a gun will get you hung for treason, even if you are from a prominent family.

Brighid and her brothers are poor Irish who must survive on their own after their schoolteacher father is arrested (for teaching reading and writing) and sold as a slave in Barbados. Life is hard, but they are hard workers, determined to live honorably in spite of the tough conditions. Unfortunately, Brighid is uncommonly beautiful, and catches the eye of the local English earl, who takes her by force and gives her to his friend Jamie Blackwell, who is visiting from the Colonies, as a gift.

Now Jamie is no angel; it was he who started this chain of events by his obvious interest in the beautiful Irish girl. But when he is presented with her as a gift and expected to rape her--under the watchful eye of his cruel friend--he finds a way to fake it and rescue her from the earl, who he knows will certainly expect to have his turn at her when Jamie is gone.

However, while trying to escape the earl's home, Jamie is attacked by one of Brighid's brothers, who thinks James is abducting her. Since Brighid owes him for not taking her virginity, she persuades her brothers to find a hideaway where she contrives to save his life. By this time, the two are beginning to develop real feelings for each other, but refuse to acknowledge them, knowing there is no possible future. They cannot marry (either in Ireland or England) because of the religious bigotry of the time, nor can the devout Brighid be his mistress. In addition, the crazy earl is hopping mad and determined to take revenge on Brighid's family, as well as Jamie himself.

Another issue is that Jamie has come to England to request help in repelling the attacks on British colonists by the French and the Indians. It doesn't help that he has made a powerful enemy of his former friend; however, he cannot jusify allowing his friend to destroy Brighid's family.

The author states that she has restored 100 pages of her original manuscript that had to be cut from the printed version in 2004; and I am glad she did. The historical details gave this story an authenticity that one doesn't see very often. One minor complaint: toward the end a former love of Jamie's named Sarah was briefly mentioned, but other than the implication that she had turned down Jamie's marriage proposal and given him a distaste for marriage, nothing more was said. I'm assuming this was in the previous book in the series, which I will be reading next. Or perhaps this part was inadvertently left out?

But that is such a small issue that I can't even justify taking a star from the rating. I loved the honor and loyalty demonstrated by the characters, the touching devotion of the Irish for their country and their justified resentment for the way they were treated by the English. It is sad that I see some of this same bigotry today by Americans toward immigrants, ethnic groups, poor people, women, and homosexuals, just to mention a few. The fact that these attitudes exist do not surprise me so much as the willingness by people to express their prejudices in public. Has the human race learned NOTHING from the tragedies of the past?

This is an outstanding love story, but also something that will give you pause for reflection.

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