There are too many things wrong here. I cannot believe how Daphne was portrayed. Unbelieveable. Her past was just a headshake what? Oh really. Hmm. AsThere are too many things wrong here. I cannot believe how Daphne was portrayed. Unbelieveable. Her past was just a headshake what? Oh really. Hmm. As for Castleford, while it irks me, his development was rather good.
SPOILERS RECAP: Blah blah the Rarest Bloom we already know about. Daphne lives in the current residence that shelters the women that needs to get away from their unwanted past. Enter Castleford - absolute rakehell - who decided to check out what his damn father left him. Check: they meet. Daphne hides her identity until he states his intentions. Yes, she threatens to shoot him if he does anything. That's the character I know and appreciate from her small roles in the other books. She can easily just look through a man like glass who attempts to charm her but oh no, she knows better than to easily for their tricks. Until she met Castleford. Cue: he tries to seduce her, she evades him. I loved Daphne at the start. Right of the bat when the walked through the garden and they kiss. She puts up resistance - HELL YES - but she succumbs easily as well - WHAT THE FUCK - before gathering her wits and puts up her front again. Good so far. Skip to the next time they meet.
He blackmails her to stay. Coz in 10 days, he WILL bed her, he assures himself. That's how he is. Manipulating her about the arrangement with the property. She stays. Skip inner thoughts of both characters who are frustrated, confused and determined to NOT let him seduce her. Fail. *sigh* He kisses her all the time now and she just melts, no resistance although she attempts to reprimand herself. This is coming from a woman who is apparently strong. There's a party, blah blah, she tenses at Castleford's 'friend' - a duke who is bad despite his good reputation - and Castleford kisses her again in the garden. Much later on - in between, they make out with Daphne already just like another female character in histroicals who just falls for all the sexual acts the hero throws her way - they make a deal. Actually Castleford does. With the number of whores and ladies he had sex with, Daphne is worried. This was just to throw him off. He's dumbfounded and seals the deal with bringing her his clean records. Oh, he gives her diamonds just like he did to any woman he's fucked or wanted to. She knows this but of course, she melts. And considers the deal. The woman I admired in this series? She was here in the first chapter. Gone midway. Castleford takes the spotlight as he changes.
Castleford gets his documents from a doctor (who checks all the brothels he went to and the women there are apparently clean) who argues he isn't 100% sure that Castleford is clean. The duke just dismisses him afterwards, doesnt care there's a tiniest ever chance he isn't clean just so he can bed Daphne. Yeah, talk about being careful. Oh yes, he's also writing a book and the last chapter is about his seduction of Daphne. Right. He's stuck at this but to me, he could have finished this soon with how Daphne falls over everytime she's in his arms. At this point, Daphne still puts up her strict, proper front to others. Of course.
Much later, we finally get into the main plot. Castleford finds out the why his father kept the Rarest Bloom which he assumed was just a front for his mistresses. Wrong. Great, I'm loving Castleford's gradual change and revelations. 3/4 into the book, Daphne/Castleford also focuses on the victims. Read the rest for the...well, rest. And yes, their HEA.
Daphne really pissed me off here. This female character just- she just ARGH. She just lets him lead her around, she knows it but hardly fights later on. Not interesting at all. A virgin who lets her would-be lover cover her with himself and anticipates him? I can read most of that in other historical/romance books. I thought Daphne could do better. Sure it's sexual tension, but Daphne was just so easy midway. It frustrated me so much as I kept reading. Why? I don't know but maybe because of Castleford. And she doesn't call him by his Christian name. Daphne aside, it's an okay read. I already expected Castleford to be a bit of an ass, which he is, but still I liked him okay. ...more
I've followed this series just a few months ago and started to re-read all three again. The Sharpe family is known as 'Hellions' for each has behavesI've followed this series just a few months ago and started to re-read all three again. The Sharpe family is known as 'Hellions' for each has behaves with scandalous behaviour apparently to Society's eyes. We follow Minerva Sharpe when she aggravates her Grandma into breaking the requirements she set for the whole family. She cannot stand a woman's limited options in society and refuses a husband. She thinks her husband will not allow her to continue writing. So when she sents out an ad looking for a husband, dozens of men appear outside her house while brothers, Jarret, Oliver and Gabriel hold them off. Giles Masters immediately goes to her and so starts the courtship.
I've realized that a certain formula starts. Near the beginning, a sibling always starts a sham to trick their Grandma who is smart enough to realize. Ah well. Minerva's antics are so much fun to read. She's extremely strong-willed and stubborn that she was actually a good heroine to the sly Masters. Gile Masters has his own motives and these two together really clash. They want each other but are cautious except Masters keeps pushing. I do say that the series is still going good and I enjoyed this story. I just wish they would talk more instead of side-stepping each other when they try to communicate the realities of their situation.
What really got me more anxious about the next two books, Gabriel and Celia, are the hints with their future love interest. Celia and - hopefully! - Mr. Pinter! No idea what got sweet Celia to be gruff against him but he seems to lose some of his control with her. Gabriel an accident and...the woman related to a man in the accident? *shrugs* Gabriel seems to feel down so I'd like to see more of his situation.
I guess it's my fault for expecting a lot from this novel. To be fair, I liked it. Just not enough for my satisfaction. I love how determined Mick RilI guess it's my fault for expecting a lot from this novel. To be fair, I liked it. Just not enough for my satisfaction. I love how determined Mick Riley is to be with with Tara Lincoln. His life is filled with football, lots of women and a good family by his side. There's something about Tara that keeps jerking him back to her. Apparently, Tara wants nothing to do with him after a one-night stand. He comes to find her through connections and Tara is surprised to see him in her office, asking for more. But Tara has a 14-year old son, Nathan, whom she's still trying to understand. The men in her life backed off after seeing her baggage. She thinks Mick is the same after a few plays. Unfortunately for her, Mick is playing for keeps.
The reality of the situation seems believable, but I really hated how Tara held back the entire part of the relationship, even as they got closer. Poor Mick. There's a lot of suprising revelations that I didn't see coming that interferred with their relationship. Mick is the man who doesn't hide anything to her and has the strength to carry the weight. Tara doesn't half the mind to get it. It frustrated me, but oh well. The relationship angle could have been strongered if Tara also took the load. Nathan was another character that I found also believable as the three worked the problem out.
Elizabeth, Mick's sexy agent, has claws. Nope, she and Mick aren't like that in any way. She's a monster on the job. And she's out to get push Tara away, who she deems a threat to Mick's PR - as he's close to retirement and pushing him into the good light to show the public (he's still good even without having to show everybody!) - When everything hit the bat, who's to blame? I admit, Elizabeth got on my nerves, even as there was a hint of vulnerability when Gavin - Nathan's brother, a sports player and 'wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am' man - was introduced till the end. And the preview between them? Yup, another angsty, cant-trust-her-but-still-want-to-f*ck-her view from Gavin. Eh, my excitement waned.
I wasn't shocked at the love scenes between Tara and Mick. It was really hot, no holding back, but I started to skip once it was the same tension everytime. I expected tender scenes when their love was admitted and stregthened, but no.
I think I'll still pick up the next book. Mick's character gave me enough to like the book. Tara's straightforwardness was also appreciated at some points....more