A lovely, slow-paced and unlikely romance between an almost naive and sweet baron (Gerald) and a gentle former lady-turned prostitute (Prissy). The roA lovely, slow-paced and unlikely romance between an almost naive and sweet baron (Gerald) and a gentle former lady-turned prostitute (Prissy). The romance did not feature any complicated plots but that of the skeletons of both the hero and the heroine. Although Gerald was not a typical hero (he was not a very good lover, at least at first - quite selfish in taking his own pleasures - and he was not exceptionally good looking or even very bright), I found myself drawn to him and their story. However, I had a few reservations. I found an almost oedipus-complex implied in Gerald's reasons for keeping a distance and avoiding an emotional intimacy between his mistress which was quite disturbing (maybe it was just me who interpreted it as such?). And also, one particular instance where the intercourse could have almost been mistaken as rape, although it was far from what would you expect from his personality, it left me uneasy. (I am almost ashamed to say that I took those scenes to suit my ideal of a romance, it just did not seem to be the type of book, nor prose which would feature such a situation) Apart from those uncomfortable moments, I really did enjoy this story. The heroine was sensible and practical and did not suffer from those annoying angsty dramatics or self-pity. And Gerald's continuous defense and small, heart-felt gestures left me sighing and very satisfied with the HEA. It was an easy read and much like a sweet melody; a slow, gentle and pleasing tune. ...more
**spoiler alert** Grade A-. Another original story with great character development, setting and ... romance! Its definitely one everyone should read.**spoiler alert** Grade A-. Another original story with great character development, setting and ... romance! Its definitely one everyone should read.
I did find that there were a few things I just couldn't get over. Unlike the heroine (Bryony), I would have liked the hero (Leo) to have shown a bit more regret over that One Stupid Mistake he made, and not only because he had realized the true consequences of his action.
I HATE reading about infidelity in any novel and this is just my personal reading preference. But its a measure of what an amazing writer Sherry Thomas is that I was able to, if not totally accept Leo's Stupid Mistake, still believe in their HEA. ...more
I absolutely loved The Bronze Horseman, the first book in the Tatiana and Alexander trilogy, and was looking forward to reading the conclusion to theiI absolutely loved The Bronze Horseman, the first book in the Tatiana and Alexander trilogy, and was looking forward to reading the conclusion to their epic love story.
I was greatly (and grievously) disappointed. Yes, Simons delivered by giving an incredibly emotional ride but (and this is a HUGE but), there was just one scene which totally and UTTERLY made the whole trilogy feel like an epic waste.
Dear Paullina Simons,
You have balls.
WHY, why? I have invested a lot of time, and you have allowed me to build a strong attachment to both Tatiana and Alexander but why on earth would you write an event which basically undermined Alexander's whole character and one of the great foundations of their whole relationship and why I adored Alexander so much. His devotion to Tatiana, the fact that he would do anything for her, and his FIDELITY to her, after his years of numerous sexual debauchery, was one thing that made him utterly awesome. I can never resist a reformed rake. One thing I cannot stand is an adulterous hero. *throws book out of window*
True, their troubles reflected those a 'real' marriage may go through, but it was not realistic to Alexander's and Tatiana's personalities, especially not after all they have been through together.
I will now attempt to forget that this novel ever existed and remember Tatiana and Alexander as they were in The Bronze Horseman....more