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Lemonade [PDF / EPUB] Lemonade As a young woman in Victorian England, Anna Champion knows all too well the social s that value prettiness over sense, and etiquette over honesty But when she stands up to the boorishness of dashing C As a young woman in Victorian England, Anna Champion knows all too well the social s that value prettiness over sense, and etiquette over honesty But when she stands up to the boorishness of dashing Christopher Davenport at a summertime ball, Anna unwittingly attracts his wrath and becomes entangled in his malicious schemingAfter a lifetime of harboring shame and resentment, Christopher, a ruthless con artist, wants revenge, and unfortunately for Anna, he s decided that she will be the perfect pawn in his terrible plot With a fierceness of spirit uncommon in well bred young ladies in the nineteenth century, Anna will have to use her intelligence and courage to protect her loved ones But can she also save herself.


10 thoughts on “Lemonade

  1. says:

    My first Buddy Read of 2018 It s only fitting that it should be with the amazing, rocktastic Heatherdoll Her Review 3 what did I just read Stars 2018 Romance ChallengeCategory Villain gets the Girl Where do I even begin with my experience with Lemonade HOLY FUCK This book is poisonous I am uncomfortable with rating it three stars, those three stars make me want to puke on myself, but to rate it anything less than that would be dishonest And I cannot be dishonest here, in my happy p My first Buddy Read of 2018 It s only fitting that it should be with the amazing, rocktastic Heatherdoll Her Review 3 what did I just read Stars 2018 Romance ChallengeCategory Villain gets the Girl Where do I even begin with my experience with Lemonade HOLY FUCK This book is poisonous I am uncomfortable with rating it three stars, those three stars make me want to puke on myself, but to rate it anything less than that would be dishonest And I cannot be dishonest here, in my happy place with all you delightfully deranged people watching me Did I enjoy this book FUCK NO I loathed it Viscerally Did I find it compelling as all hell Yes Yes, I did I could not stop reading it, swallowing the poison page after page until the novel was over and I was left stuttering wondering what the fuck did I just readShortly after the 30% mark, during our texting back and forth, this book was dubbed Pride Prejudice via Wuthering Heights wrapped up in a Bodice Ripper Which sums it up pretty well in my opinion There is a lot of pride and prejudice going on, particularly early in the novel Our main characters meet at a ball, he takes an instant dislike to her and she loathes him for perhapslegitimate reasons However, the decorum of the day forbids them from behaving like the heathens their thoughts would suggest The two are frequently thrown together, much to their distaste It all seems to follow along that pattern, with an additional revenge plot waltzing around in there somewhere which kind of started making me think Christopher might be a littleHeathcliff than Mr Darcy Then I hit the 30% mark I was not prepared for THAT Graphic, nauseating, full throttle rape scene Easily the most graphic rape scene I have ever read My throat hurt from trying to swallow my stomach back down I realized I was sobbing full on ugly snot crying when I started seeing my tears fall onto my iPad But I couldn t tear my eyes away from it I wanted to kill Christopher I still want to kill Christopher I have NEVER had that visceral of a reaction to a character He viciously attacks her, there is absolutely nothing about this scene that isn t gut wrenchingly horrible And then after he rips her to fucking shreds, literally He proposes to her And she does what I think is the most natural thing in the world She vomits at the mere idea of marrying him Remember though, we are only at about the 35% mark at this point, there is still a whole hell of a lot of book to go Oh, and did I forget to mention this , that scene is between our love interests That s right, this isn t just a villain gets the girl, this is a RAPIST gets the girl romance I stopped, I cleaned the snot and tears off my face I cleaned up my apartment, went for a walk, made lunch Talked to Heather a bit And then I picked it back up, expecting it to be a chore to continue reading Expecting the author to make excuses for Christopher s behavior That NEVER happened Christopher never stops being a poisonous character That rape scene is never excused We are never asked to be okay with what he did Anna is NEVER okay with what he did HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS BOOK And yet somehow the poison continues, somehow I didn t vomit all over my iPad Somehow, at the end of reading this novel I instantly rated it a 3 SOME FUCKING HOW HOLY SHIT This review is a train wreck Like this book It s fitting Congratulations, Pennicchi, you ve destroyed me


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    A bittersweet, extremely dark historical, erotic romance set in nineteenth century England, written originally in Italian.Though I have no way of comparing the translation to the original, I enjoyed the writing A woman s beauty mark looks like a large fly against her face A sinister man reaches out to a child, his sweaty palm like a hairless mouse A tear shines against the whiteness of a woman s bare skin, causing the man who provoked it to suddenly feel a horrible thirst Despite its seeming A bittersweet, extremely dark historical, erotic romance set in nineteenth century England, written originally in Italian.Though I have no way of comparing the translation to the original, I enjoyed the writing A woman s beauty mark looks like a large fly against her face A sinister man reaches out to a child, his sweaty palm like a hairless mouse A tear shines against the whiteness of a woman s bare skin, causing the man who provoked it to suddenly feel a horrible thirst Despite its seemingly lighthearted title, the mood in the novel Lemonade is dark and lugubrious, yet the doom is interrupted from time to time by lighthearted moments and humor, mostly due to the heroine s sharp wit and the comical styling of her brood of siblings The hero, or rather anti hero, the mysterious Christopher Davenport, is straight out of those old fashioned bodice rippers aggressive, immoral, cruel, dark and broody But he has met his match in the appropriately named Anna Champion While she is poor and unfashionable, her strength of character and her intelligence match her surname She easily discomfits her arrogant adversary even as he is trying to be his most pompous and cutting Christopher seemed to read her thoughts, and he stopped I have every right to call you whatever I like, Anna Champion His voice was harsh and insulting You, on the other hand, have no right whatsoever to be in this house, except as a servant These words the words of a ridiculous snob were so predictable that under other circumstances Anna may have considered them to be a sad attempt at humor I would have no problem whatsoever if I were a servant, here or anywhere else, she replied queasily Her heart was beating in her throat, but that didn t prevent her vocal cords from working not much, at least I would remain myself, no matter what But what would remain of you without your elegant clothing Nothing, like the man that you are Christopher stared at her silently for a few moments, stunned A worthless man, I understand, he muttered finally He lowered his head and looked at his hands placed on the table then he looked up again at her, and Anna knew that her instinct was not wrong this man was truly dangerous.Christopher thinks he hates the plain Anna on sight but that very emotion he thinks she has stirred in him gives way to a dangerous and single minded obsession Her resistance only fuels his desire to dominate her Even if it means insulting, humiliating, and finally ruining herYou re begging me, Anna he said tenderly in a hushed tone He kissed her head, startling her I didn t think you were capable of that He dropped his head into her hair, breathing in the scent She closed her eyes That is what this man wanted to defeat her And so she did not react She did not move, she did not try to push him away, and he remained in that position for what seemed like a very long time The silence of the room was punctuated with their irregular breathing and the agitated beating of their hearts Do you hear his heart, Anna It s beating almost as fast as yours, isn t it It was beating, yes It was beating, and Christopher let up on his grip of her wrists Then he let them go They dropped down to her sides, but she didn t put them back up to fight No, she stood still, just as he wanted And when she felt him put one hand on her side and the other on her head, she let him In silence She allowed him to run his finger through her curls and softly tousle them Never ever was there such cruel tendernessGood girl, Christopher finally whispered to her, and he lifted his head I see that you understand He moved back far enough to see her face, hanging low and in tears I will let you go, then For now At the time of writing, available free on KU


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    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterest I received an advanced copy of this for review several years ago Unfortunately, I don t remember what I said about LEMONADE that first time, only that I gave it three stars and was disturbed by the rather brutal rape scene that takes place about 1 3 of the way through the book And yet, despite only giving it three stars, LEMONADE has haunted me for two years I kept thinking about Anna and Christopher and their doomed before it even b Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterest I received an advanced copy of this for review several years ago Unfortunately, I don t remember what I said about LEMONADE that first time, only that I gave it three stars and was disturbed by the rather brutal rape scene that takes place about 1 3 of the way through the book And yet, despite only giving it three stars, LEMONADE has haunted me for two years I kept thinking about Anna and Christopher and their doomed before it even began romance if you can bring yourself to call it that I wondered if perhaps I had been too harsh on the book, because if something can stay with you for that long, it must be good.LEMONADE was originally published in Italian and then was translated into English It is written in a very unique way that is difficult to explain random asides in parenthesis to emphasis certain emotional moments for various characters some very colorful and strange analogies and metaphors that sometimes fit and sometimes don t but are always unusual and a charmingly stilted style of writing that is almost anachronistic, but smacks of 80s over the top sensationalism.The heroine, Anna Champion, ends up catching the hero s attention over a misunderstanding with a glass of lemonade He wounds her pride and she seeks revenge It is a small, petty revenge, but Christopher is so damaged that his ego cannot stand even that small of an insult, and the next 450 pages consist of the two characters drawing to draw blood, figuratively and literally, any way they can Some people will not like this because Christopher is such an awful character He truly is a villain And yet, it s impossible not to feel sorry for him at times because of everything he went through Anna is very much the same way At times I found her to be a very strong character, but she would buckle at random times, too, and sometimes she would be so stupidly petty They both had issues, and in the end, I feel like the author was suggesting that they deserved one another.In some ways, LEMONADE reminded me of that Japanese manga anime, Hana Yori Dango Christopher is just as cold and impulsive as Tsukasa Domyoji I enjoyed the beginning of the book, but after a while, LEMONADE started to feel very repetitive I still enjoyed it, but I feel I would have enjoyed itif the pacing had been tighter and it ended about 100 pages earlier If you re a fan of vintage bodice rippers and Hana Yori Dango , you should check out LEMONADE Even if you absolutely hate it, it s highly unlikely that you d read another book like it published in this day and age.3 stars


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    Buddy read with the wonderful Karly Her review I m at a loss as to how to talk about this book It s not like I condone love stories between a rapist and their victim but if you re going to write one, this is how you do it.I don t know that I fully understood what I was getting into when I decided to read this I had heard there was rape, but I ve read lots of books involving rape between the leads The difference was that the rape in LEMONADE was muchbrutal than the forced seductio Buddy read with the wonderful Karly Her review I m at a loss as to how to talk about this book It s not like I condone love stories between a rapist and their victim but if you re going to write one, this is how you do it.I don t know that I fully understood what I was getting into when I decided to read this I had heard there was rape, but I ve read lots of books involving rape between the leads The difference was that the rape in LEMONADE was muchbrutal than the forced seduction of old bodice rippers, and it was never framed as anything other than that.The characters were so well drawn that I ended up enjoying this muchthan I might otherwise have Anna was likable and strong, even when she seemingly bent to Christopher s will, and her reactions to him were incredibly realistic Christopher s most personal inner thoughts were written in such a way that I ended up feeling pity for him even as I hated him Everything about their story was so heartbreaking in so many ways He did everything wrong, and the glimmers of hope and love that showed between them were so sad because if only Christopher had acted like a good human being, they could have shared something truly wonderful Because oh my god, their chemistry was crazy But their relationship was forever tainted by his initial rape of her, and all the ways he belittled her and held her at his mercy after that.And the ending kind of killed me.This is a recent book written in a style similar to other historical romances, yet it hearkens back to the old bodice rippers where rape by the hero was the norm However, with the profusion of dark romances on the market, where the male leads consistently rape the heroines and then are excused in a variety of insanely frustrating and stupid ways, it was refreshing I think to read a romance where this wasn t the case


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I really enjoyed this apart from the quite abrupt ending For those of you who don t like hero raping heroine this book ain t for you Myself it didn t stop me from enjoying the story, what can I say but I love obsessed anti hero s


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    Not sure how this is officially classified, but I got it assuming it was a romance A modern bodice ripper romance at that I was excited.Alas, it s actuallyof an attempt at serious historical fiction, something I am RARELY in the mood for Reality is a horrible shitty place for many, I get it Give me some fantasy If I want horrible, shitty reality, I can turn on the news Besides I was an English lit major until my Jr year in college I ve been forced to read quite enough horribly depre Not sure how this is officially classified, but I got it assuming it was a romance A modern bodice ripper romance at that I was excited.Alas, it s actuallyof an attempt at serious historical fiction, something I am RARELY in the mood for Reality is a horrible shitty place for many, I get it Give me some fantasy If I want horrible, shitty reality, I can turn on the news Besides I was an English lit major until my Jr year in college I ve been forced to read quite enough horribly depressing, yet meaningful novels and debate them write essays I work for a living doing crap I don t want to do, I don t need to be forced to do anything else unpleasant if I can avoid it PI m not saying this was bad fiction I honestly didn t read enough of it to judge It was my first ever refund request from Kindle I read the last 2 chapters, which usually gives me an idea if I ll like something or not and well not.Don t get me wrong, I love some non pc bodice rippers at times But, that all hinges on the improbable HEA and the overall romantic unreality and adventure of it all After reading the last 2 chapters, I m not sure WTH the ending was It was very abrupt and cut off just at the moment where it could have been getting good I think it was supposed to berealistic, perhaps It seemed very unfinished to me Perhaps it was a sorta happy in the making Simply just not my cuppa


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    4 starsWell written and dark with an anti hero I hated but couldn t help but hope that he turned out to be redeemable not even the right word The author slowly reveals Christopher s background that set him on the path to revenge I understood his motivations and saw beyond the facade he presented to others I liked the h she had a quiet but rebellious personality in the beginning However, Christopher is the focus He is cruel, he wants revenge for his mother, and Anna crosses his path I a 4 starsWell written and dark with an anti hero I hated but couldn t help but hope that he turned out to be redeemable not even the right word The author slowly reveals Christopher s background that set him on the path to revenge I understood his motivations and saw beyond the facade he presented to others I liked the h she had a quiet but rebellious personality in the beginning However, Christopher is the focus He is cruel, he wants revenge for his mother, and Anna crosses his path I agree with other reviewers that this is reminiscent of old bodice rippers However, the story and characterizations were done very well I wouldn t have minded if this was longer and includedin depth story lines for supporting characters This book is not for everyone Beware lots of triggers


  8. says:

    This was a great story It took over my life for 3 days It was amazing and even made me cry, which is rare There is a rape scene with the H and h and it was extremely difficult to read The H was a dark, anti hero He loved the H and couldn t resist her which were some of my favorite parts He was pretty obsessed with her I loved how sweet he was with her in their intimate scenes as a married couple His interactions with the h s brother Anthony was another favorite part of the story Althoug This was a great story It took over my life for 3 days It was amazing and even made me cry, which is rare There is a rape scene with the H and h and it was extremely difficult to read The H was a dark, anti hero He loved the H and couldn t resist her which were some of my favorite parts He was pretty obsessed with her I loved how sweet he was with her in their intimate scenes as a married couple His interactions with the h s brother Anthony was another favorite part of the story Although there is a HEA, I was very disappointed in the ending and what happens to the H s plan of revenge


  9. says:

    Well, I feel filthy for having read that Seriously one of thedisturbing books I ve read in my lifetime It was like Dangerous Liasons on steroids As I just described to Moony, the writing was excellent but the story was revolting There was ZERO satisfaction at the end, not even the goddamn courtesy of a murder or a suicide Yeeeghghghghghch Skeeged out shivers of squicky squirminesss.


  10. says:

    Ugh.so the h is ridiculed for being ugly I hate this trope The H calls her ugly on her face This is something I hate to read about in books The H and h s first meeting was quite..intense The moment he sees her he is like she is so poor, her dress is so trashy, I should stay the hell away from her Blah blah and blah The lemonade scene was awesome I liked how she took her revenge.He hates her and she hates him Crystal clear.So why the hell does he keeps coming back to her He is we Ugh.so the h is ridiculed for being ugly I hate this trope The H calls her ugly on her face This is something I hate to read about in books The H and h s first meeting was quite..intense The moment he sees her he is like she is so poor, her dress is so trashy, I should stay the hell away from her Blah blah and blah The lemonade scene was awesome I liked how she took her revenge.He hates her and she hates him Crystal clear.So why the hell does he keeps coming back to her He is weirdly attracted to her He rapes her Then he offers her marriage She refuses but he still has his ways He even keeps telling himself that he hates her and that he is marrying her out of pity So in spite of this, he is crazily obsessed with her He gets jealous that she doesn t smile to him but others He helps her poor family He likes spending his time with her siblings.What kept my interest was that she hated him and always tried to defy him I like books where the h shows resistance Such books are rare.So even though this book is dark, I enjoyed it.Though I would not recommend it I don t think everyone will tolerate the H s behavior


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