I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagoni...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagonists. She was annoying as hell, and he came off as an utter idiot. I didn't feel the connection between them, didn't get the animosity she felt toward him...And the plot about the ghost in the woods wasn't appealing, either.
I gave up somewhere in the middle, but read the last few chapters, hoping a good ending might help me change my mind and finish the book properly. Unfortunately I didn't get my wish.
Sometimes stories of a naïve, spoiled, overly-confident in her beauty and intelligence country bumpkin that decides to travel to London to execute a h...moreSometimes stories of a naïve, spoiled, overly-confident in her beauty and intelligence country bumpkin that decides to travel to London to execute a half-cocked plan that would prevent her from marrying the man her father had betrothed her, only to end up in need of rescue immediately as she end up in a brothel thinks is a boarding house, work and sometimes they don’t. Only I don’t think there’s ever been a brothel slash boarding house involved.
This one didn’t work. At least not for me. I severely disliked Viola, though Ms. Lejeune probably wanted to endear her to me. She failed. I guess she wanted her portrayed as a character with depth and onion-like, but I just didn’t feel like seeing her like that. She’s shallow, flying high on her importance, spoiled, and bossy. The only redeeming quality was the fact she didn’t give a fart as to what people thought of her. She takes no prisoners and while that is an admirable trait sometimes, sometimes it isn’t. While she didn’t care what people think about her, she also didn’t particularly care what some people wanted or wished. She was always right. And that bugged me. No one is right all the time!
I acutely felt for the hero. Julian, that poor soul, had no idea what he’s gotten himself into by associating with such a shrew. She had it all planned out, his career, their honeymoon, everything. He only had to nod. If he didn’t, poor him. I admire strong women who know what they want, but she was much too pushy and bloated on confidence for my taste.
So the romance between them seemed off, bland, lackluster, and weak. I just didn’t see them as a couple. They were more like bickering siblings most of the time, or high-school sweethearts that were bound to go each their own way, but no, they were getting married. And I just didn’t see the reason why.
This was supposed to be a comedy, what with two idiotic leads, a menagerie of “funny” supporting cast, the misunderstandings ,the bickering, the arguments, the piling up of “comedic” incidents...And while it was funny at first, but it quickly turned so silly it wasn’t funny anymore. For a screwball comedy it screwed a little too many balls.(less)
Gayle Wilson’s The Soldier’s Christmas Miracle was a cute little story about miracles and lost hope found again, but I couldn’t get past the heroine....moreGayle Wilson’s The Soldier’s Christmas Miracle was a cute little story about miracles and lost hope found again, but I couldn’t get past the heroine. She had no idea what she wanted and she got angry when someone tried to show her what it was that she might want and what might be good for her. I felt sorry for the poor guy, named Guy, that fell for such an annoying creature.
Amanda McCabe’s Snowbound and Seduced was much “mellower” than its predecessor with two star-crossed lovers meeting again after many years only to discover that love is still binding them. It was “mellower” because it didn’t have any annoying characters, though that somehow made it all rather bland, but still it was a cute, sweet little Christmas story.
Carole Mortimer’s Christmas at Mulberry Hall was a little less “mellower” than the previous one, though I can safely say it was the best of the bunch. A ward/guardian story that could’ve been a bit weird, but was done masterfully thanks to the plot device of ward being old enough to be safely in love with her guardian and them having just recently met. It was the hero that was a bit wary this time, but given his (past) profession it was to be expected. Cute, sweet, and Christmasy.(less)