❮Reading❯ ➹ Echoes of the Past ➱ Author Sally Wentworth – Motyourdrive.co.uk


Echoes of the Past quotes Echoes of the Past, litcharts Echoes of the Past, symbolism Echoes of the Past, summary shmoop Echoes of the Past, Echoes of the Past 124fc9ec She D Always Intended To Make Amends SomedayNow That Day Had Dawned Sooner Than She D Expected And Jared Faulkner Was Demanding A ReckoningPurdey Wasn T Proud Of The Way She D Treated Jared In The Past, Even Though At The Time She Could See No Real AlternativeBut It Was A Fearful Price Jared Wanted To Extract From Her Far Greater Than She D Expected To Pay And Just As Before She Could See No Other Way Out Jared Had Her In His Power And Could So Easily Crush Her


10 thoughts on “Echoes of the Past

  1. says:

    Re Echoes of the Past Sally Wentworth does all out OTT wrecki drama and this one is no exception Again we are back to SW s favorite trope of Revenge, but this time it is the H who wants revenge for his own mistake Tho of course Rule 1 it is always the h s fault is heavily emphasized and expounded upon by one of the nastiest, meanest H s HPlandia has seen in a loong time not since the last Margaret Pargeter at least, and none of MP s H EVER used such language The book opens with the h being 19 and working in a casino after her father died and her little brother was born prematurely and blind There is the HP Gold Standard American operation available to help him regain his sight, but the US doesn t take the NHS and so the h and her mother are working themselves to the bone to get the money somehow The h is also casually dating a young nobleman who will be a Duke and his family is extremely worried about the h being a possible future duchess The H is dispatched to set things straight with regards to the h s non status in a future Duke s live and in that classic subtrope of insta love displaced into extreme hostile aggression the H offers the h money to get out of town and sign an agreement not to see the future Duke again.The h, insulted that the H accosted her and then called her a tart and a bargain basement box girl, he did not even accord her penthouse popsie status, tells him her price is 35,000 and with that sum in hand a roofie kiss or two is exchanged and the h signs the non contact agreement and departs the H s life she thinks for good Four years on and the h has graduated college and become a marketing manager for a group of hotels Little brother is seeing the world in color and mum doesn t have to work so hard and there are nice and eligible potential dating partners in her new job The h is good at it too, and all ready to do a big presentation to the board of directors.When guess who happens to be one of those directors Now this is a no brainer, but it is the H of course, and this time he mistakes her dressed for success image as a promotion from bargain basement box girl to exclusive lady on call to any penthouse suite he tries to throw her out, but the h threatens a scene and he backs off They meet again over her big presentation and while it is a success, it doesn t take our hostile passive Angry Alpha long to show up with threats and harassment in equal measure Once again the h gallantly fends him off.PJ would be mortified and appalled at the amount of harassment and chasing and punishing kisses that happen next needless to say the h isn t getting her extra hour off every week to get her hair done I felt like one of the motherly secondary characters should have jumped books and given the h a number for the H of PJ s Free Spirit, this h would have gotten much nicer job perks But as the borders of HPlandia are mutable but not transferable, the h winds up in Jersey with the H and of course the forced seduction occurs The lurve club mojo is on triple time, cause now the h is in love and it is utterly hopeless There is a small reprieve in the aftermath of the expansion of that fatal attraction, the H starts to think he might have been wrong about the h especially when he sees how the manager of the hotel reacts to the h when he thinks she is nothing than the H s piece on the side when in actually she gets promoted to be the project manager That temporary lull is blasted again in the H s overwhelming wrath when the future Duke shows up to see the h again and the h doesn t get a chance to explain what she wanted the H s money for The H is thinking the h used the money to try and scam rich men and then he thinks she violated the agreement not to contact the future Duke.There are threats and accusations and a very dog in the manger attitude from the H and the future Duke and another guy that the h was kinda mildly interested in In fact the sexism in this one is truly overwhelming as there isn t one male character except the h s little brother that seems to have ANY common courtesy or decency the other s all seem to think that cause the h smiles at them, she wants to be groped, kissed, pawed and seduced.But the H is the only one who decides he needs another forced seduction after calling her the Tart of Babylon and all of Europe and the British Isles He offers 10,000 to be his tart in the dark but the h is truly outraged and angrily refuses Forced seductioning occurs again and tho the h whispers her true love, the h wakes up alone, discarded like the dirty rag the H has accused her of being.Mopey moments ensue The h is in love, but she is also disgusted So when her mum marries the only other nice man in the book who turns out to be the little brother s Scoutmaster the h and the mum have enough money to pay the H his 35,000 back She sends an anonymous bank draft and resigns from her position She heads home to mum and while she and the little bro are boding and mum and the Scoutmaster are on honeymoon, the H shows up He has been searching for the h desperately and he tears up the money order until the h confesses she sent it Then the H asks why did she not tell him what she needed the money for lil bro had been filling the H in on HP Gold Standard American operations The H claims he is sorry and that he never left the h that last morning, he was only pondering life in the garden but when he went to find the h she was gone Now he wants the h to forgive him, then he asks her why she has never married It is a pretty satisfying moment in a very bleak book when the h explains that she couldn t marry anybody when she owed him 35,000 The H asks her to marry him and she firmly refuses, because after all he is being an utter hypocrite in wanting to marry her now that he knows the money was for a good cause The H claims he loves her, but she sends him off Tho the H vows He will be back , the h eludes his attentions.A week or so later the h has replaced the bank draft into her account and bought herself a nice evening gown She has an invitation to the future Duke s birthday party and she gets all gussied up to go confront the H When he swoops down to twirl her away, mocking words are exchanged before the h issues her one and only invitation will the H marry her and love her all her life The H avows eternal love and devotion or at least until she marries him and fatally poisons his cognac to better enjoy his wealth and a variety of tempting young men Because if any H could make a good girl go bad, this one is it and they twirl into the sunset for a big HEA.This one is a trainwreck avalanche extraordinaire and should be read for the drama whackiness alone I don t promise HEA believability here AT ALL but you will have many happy hours contemplating if she really does eventually do this H in an act of EPIC REVENGE for a truly suspenseful SW venture into the murkier shores of HPlandia.


  2. says:

    Yay I finally broke my HP dry streak.If you re in the mood for a snobby alpha hero behaving badly who gets a pretty fair comeuppance from the horribly misjudged and mistreated virgin, this is a great one.Perdita Perdy is 19 when the book opens Her life had taken a big turn 8 years before when her father had died in a car accident Her pregnant mother then delivered prematurely and the child was blind She and her mom had to deal with reduced circumstance and sacrifice a lot to send the brother to a special school for the blind and then find out there s a miracle surgery in America isn t there always in HPLand Perdy splits her time between college by day and working in a casino at night saving almost all her for her brother s operation She happens to meet a nice guy a few years older who s a Viscount and will eventually be a Duke Truly, she just likes him as a friend He claims to love her though She tells him she s not in for anything serious, but he persists She lets it go on as long as it doesn t go farther than kissing and the occasional weekend out Plus she appreciates that he comes to the casino each night and drives her home to her sketchy neighborhood where she lives in desperate poverty while she saves for the operation.The snobby fam finds out their darling boy is seeing some tart who works in a casino and alpha snob, Uncle Jared, appoints himself to be the one to get rid of the conniving slut, Perdy There s a lot of seething sexual tension between the two immediately and this just pisses Jared off even He is horribly insulting in the way only a old school Harley hero can be first he gets her fired and then offers to pay her off to dump his nephew and leave town In a temper she demands 35K pound, thinking it an outrageous sum that will just make him angry it s also the exact needed for the surgery He agrees and she s so mad and desperate now that the job s gone, she takes it.4 years later, Perdy has finished college and is doing well in her career Of course, she s been scrimping and saving every extra penny to pay back Jared like a good little HP heroine One day she plans to send him a bank draft and will now her pride will be salvaged.She lands a great new job she loves and guess who is on the board of directors Lots of crazy and on the job sexual harassment ensues Jared alternates between wanting the h and insulting her Still, I think Wentworth did a good job of showing clues to his confused feelings strictly through the heroine s eyes This is a well done limited 3rd person POV We have to figure out the H through his actions, facial expressions, etc It s obvious that he has something for her and is fighting it until he stops trying to fight it and decides to go for it and try to get her in bed Perdy gives as good as she gets though and she doesn t make it easy for him Recommended for fans of old school Harleys.


  3. says:

    Wonderful story of a 19 year old heroine who takes the money and runs after the hero offers her 35,000 pounds to leave his nephew alone Heroine gives the money to her young blind brother so he can have surgery.Fast forward a few years heroine has graduated from university and is starting up the career ladder in the hotel industry She is squirreling away money to pay back the hero and living like a nun Enter hero who is on the board of directors who wants her fired as revenge for taking his money Making him desire her Never forgetting about her All of the above.But heroine is good at her job, wows the board with her proposal so the hero can t get her fired Instead, he can threaten her if she talks to OM 1 and OM 2 his nephew who is back and still in love with the h A business trip to the Isle of Jersey with the H turns into a forced seduction and lots of angst for the h.From there the H has to reassess what happened in the past and why the h needed money, what he knows about the h now, and most importantly, what he feels about the h It s the hero who has to change in this one and it s delightful to watch The heroine is strong throughout and you just know she will always give the H a run for his money long after they are married.


  4. says:

    I m exhausted I honestly don t know how to rate this one 1 star, 4 star, wimpy average at 3 The hero is a cruel, sadistic, nasty man and not in a good way He says some of the cruelest things I ve read in a Harlequin Purdey, the heroine, is pretty good at dishing it out, but, please girl, why did you fall in love with this guy Purdey is working as a croupier to save up for her little brother s eye surgery, or he ll go blind Apparently medical care IS better in the States as the family needs the surgery available here He Who Must Not Be Named swoops in to save his nephew who has a crush on Purdey who must be a gold digger The slut shaming is almost instantaneous, literally He tries to warn her off which she laughs off then he offers to pay her off Purdey is enraged and outraged and asks for 35,000 pounds which is a lot of money It s an ugly scene as he puts the moves on her and her betraying bodybetrays her It s gross They throw some insults at each other, and he leaves.Three or four years later Purdey has her fancy new degree and is the only woman executive with a hotel group Much is written about the dangers of being a woman in the workplace, and how Purdey will handle a potentially sexist environment Lo and behold, guess who s the financial guy The slut shamer, and he is relentless.The heroine holds hard against his threats, emotional and physical intimidation as long as she can She ultimately falls for the magic p, and she s as disgusted with herself as I was He is over the top in lust and besotted, but not too nice about it He even finds a way to belittle her lack of experience as a weapon she uses against men.Sally Wentworth must have been in a really bad mood the week she wrote this as there are few emotional survivors in this one I need to take a look at SW other books because I don t recall them being this OTT and harsh I really liked the heroine for the most part as she s smart, can hold her own in business and against her evil H She manages to torture him a little at the end, but not as much as he deserved Postscript.Okay, took a look at some of SW other books, and apparently torture is her go to method of wooing the little ones.


  5. says:

    4.5 starsThere are asshole heroes and then there are ASSHOLE heroes Jared fits the latter category perfectly He was so mean and rude to Purdey calling her a little bitch, gold digging slut, and con artist not all in one sitting though, thankfully Jared acted like such an ass, but I loved it because I could see how much he wanted Purdey even though he didn t want to Hehe.The two possessed strong chemistry which resulted in some delightful banter Purdey, of course, only responded with antagonism in order to deal with Jared s hostility I loved how she stood up to Jared and gave as good as she got It was impressive because when they had their first confrontation Purdey was only 19 to Jared s 30 31 years of age, a poor nobody to his wealthy and powerful banker essentially I also loved how Purdey held on to her standards by not readily forgiving Jared for the torment he put her through In my eyes, Jared redeemed himself enough to earn his HEA with Purdey I liked how he decided to marry her before he discovered the truth behind the use of the payoff money He really did love Purdey in spite of his misconceptions and misgivings The only thing that disappointed me were the love scenes They were briefly mentioned in retrospect which lessened their impact This book could have been a 5 star read if they had been better executed.A good read nonetheless


  6. says:

    Solid 4 never a boring moment stars The blurb is all wrong She didn t do anything to him just took advantage of his supreme arrogance stupidity just as he deserved The H is the usual misogynistic A hole with a god complex of period HPs I like the h she comes across as sorted and strong and definitely a survivor No wimpy doormat here I approve of all her actions her acquiescence to the noncon rape being the only exception.


  7. says:

    Well if I was her I would have had a restraining order against him He goes into her room in the night forces himself on heromg what kind of an asshole does that if she had a chance it was a snowball chance in hell I did not like him at all He was the one who gave her the money and offered it to her, then the bastard then makes her pay for it over and over He wants to get her in bed not because he loves and respects her but for revenge and lust It would have been ok to me if he had been less illegal about it I hated him until the end.


  8. says:

    4,5 stars for my deliciously awful hero and sweet heroine who had a backbone and made the jerk grovel little bit.


  9. says:

    Not bad If you re looking for angst, twists and turns with a believable, highly independent, smart heroine with a heart of gold, not to mention an alpha male hero who turns from arrogant asshole to humbled hero, this is the one Couldn t understand what he felt she owed him though Seemed like a sound business arrangement to me he paid her to stop seeing his nephew and that s what she did But writing was good enough for me to forgive some obvious flaws Also didn t like that the nephew seemed to have gotten a rough deal from this especially when he seemed to be a dececnt enough guy Ending was a little abrupt and awkward but sometimes it s about the journey not the destination and purely for escapism, this did the trick for me.


  10. says:

    dats how fairy tales shud be like from rags to riches, the heroine had her brand of magic when jared faulkner proposed her 35000pounds to stop seeing his nephew i remember reading dat book as a teenager but i did not remember the book s name so it was a pleasure to read it again, after like ten years to come back to the story, purdey was stunning and she turned heads wherever she went jared was no exception to this yet, he thought he was different from the other besotted fools bcoz he saw clearly in her game he was harsh, nasty and even brutal towards her but this also hid much suppressed passion these two burned the sheets they had dat kinda chemistry purdey was feisty, she made him sweat, and never gave in willingly to him she actually tamed him as, before finding out the truth, he actually decided to marry her my favourite moment was when he had the guts to ask her price to be his slut and she threw her glass of champagne in his face and told him to get out he got back at her by fucking her hard very intense and awesome not to be missed


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