4/26/17 2.5 stars. This really didn't work for me and I spent most of my time reading while irritated. I do think other readers may enjoy it more, part4/26/17 2.5 stars. This really didn't work for me and I spent most of my time reading while irritated. I do think other readers may enjoy it more, particularly if they haven't already read Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades, the classic this book was heavily modelled on.
I couldn't forget it, however and couldn't help comparing and contrasting it unfavorably with These Old Shades while reading. To me, the comparisons were hugely unfavorable much to this books detriment. If you haven't read TOS, I think you are much more likely to enjoy this.
What I didn't like: 1) Roxton, the Duke of Avon counterpart, is a prancing ineffectual brainless ninny in comparison. He has unlimited power and wealth yet basically does nothing with it. His reasons for holding off on doing anything also make no sense. There is nothing stopping him from acting, he just doesn't. Yet he's held up as a paragon of sophistication and powerful influence. He's not. Plus, what kind of idiot spends a week long orgy with a virgin, yet never bothers to think that there might be an actual pregnancy as a result, OR makes any provisions for his bastard in case of that?!? This is not the action of an intelligent or powerful man! Another oddity is that much is made of his age and sophistication and jaded past, yet the man is not even 40 yet. Weird. He doesn't seem to be missing any teeth, so I don't know what that's all about?!? Late 30s is not old now, and I seriously doubt it would have been then either. We know those kings were certainly randy until they died of a grand old age! 2) Antonia, the Leon/Leonie counterpart, is a air headed sex-mad teenager--also nearly completely ineffectual. We're told she's intelligent, but she does nothing much to show that. I found her antics and speeches annoying. She makes 2 major actions that drive the plot. But that is it. She's beautiful, and nearly everyone loves her, and/or wants to sleep with her or spoil her. But that's it. She does something major, there is a major consequence to that action, but she does nothing about it except pout, emote melodramatically, and allow things to happen to her. She doesn't even fight back when attacked. Seriously, I was disgusted with her at that point. Scream! Stab him with a pin! Go for his eyes! Don't just lie down and cry. Argh. Urgh.
So, to sum up, we have an ultra melodramatic plot, main characters who do things that make no sense and refuse to take actions that would make sense and it all ends happily and begins a dynasty. Okay. There you go.
I believe this is Brant's first book. I've already read two others by her and liked them. I will probably go on to read the rest of the series eventually. But, if you want to skip this one--particularly if you've read "These Old Shades"--you have my permission....more
4/24/17 3.5 stars Enjoyable and with a nice feel for period detail. Quite suspenseful. The heroine is a little too perfect; i.e. beautiful, tragic pas4/24/17 3.5 stars Enjoyable and with a nice feel for period detail. Quite suspenseful. The heroine is a little too perfect; i.e. beautiful, tragic past, nice, loving and yet rather sweetly passive and bland. Some spikes would have been more realistic. At least she wasn't dumb. The villain was truly evil, and of a type that I haven't come across too frequently.
There were a lot of disparate elements introduced in this plot--much more than is usual. In restropect, that could have been pared down, but in another way it was to the positive to have such a large cast of characters. The benefit to me was that while I knew going in who the villain was and what they did, I didn't know until the very end how that all was going to be resolved. I love it when a book/author keeps me guessing until the end.
This book ends with a teaser for the sequel and I'm potentially interested in reading it, although it has a little less glowing reviews.
I really enjoyed the fact this author did research and attempted to give an authentic feel for the period. (I am so over wallpaper historicals.)...more
Casey was annoying, bratty, and his initial behavior was very inappropriate. However, once he had her attention, things settled into the normal Lori FCasey was annoying, bratty, and his initial behavior was very inappropriate. However, once he had her attention, things settled into the normal Lori Foster groove. 2 stars for the first 1/3, 3 for the rest....more
Re-read 4/19/17 3.5 stars. These books are kind of silly and over-the-top, as well as a bit dated. But they are comfort re-reads for me. It's hard notRe-read 4/19/17 3.5 stars. These books are kind of silly and over-the-top, as well as a bit dated. But they are comfort re-reads for me. It's hard not to enjoy the fantasy of being swept up and having your problems handled by a 'big strong family-loving" man. Seriously, wouldn't that be nice sometimes?!? Competence is sexy, I tell you. ;-)...more
I wonder how these silly people manage to survive thousands of years when they always forget they have superpowers at inconvenient times?!?
The plot ofI wonder how these silly people manage to survive thousands of years when they always forget they have superpowers at inconvenient times?!?
The plot of this book makes no logical sense, but it is at least more enjoyable reading than the last several books in this series.
The mad scientist experimenting on, and torturing people trope grosses me out. Glrgh. I miss the humour that was the highlight of the early books in the series. Replacing it with schlocky horror is not my cup of tea. (Sorry to break it to you, Ms. Sands, but running with unsheathed knives in your thong panties and the consequences thereunto is not humorous, it's just stupidity.)
I do notice that by expanding her paranormal repertoire to the hybrids allows this series to continue interminably and exponentially...on, and on, and ooooonnnnnn..... Are you ready for that? This book definitely took on a Christine Feehan directional influence....more