This was so disappointing. Praises to the higher powers that I didn't buy this in hardcover.
I think most people who read this book had read previous...moreThis was so disappointing. Praises to the higher powers that I didn't buy this in hardcover.
I think most people who read this book had read previous Malory novels so bought this hoping for a sweeping romance, a la Gentle Rogue. This is not that book.
Drew Anderson is a jerk. I can't stand the man who looks down on anyone due to their circumstances and Drew does that from the moment he meets Gabrielle. He hears the word "pirate" and "Gabrielle" in one sentence and condemns her as one of their barbarous, whoring breed and doesn't hide his contempt either. Nor does he feel the need to mince words when in the company of other people, because, well, who cares right? She's a promiscuous pirate who doesn't have feelings. Nevermind the moment he sees her, he decides he must have her. Nevermind the fact that she tells him no, she's looking for a husband and if that's not what he's okay with, then leave her alone. Nope, our hero (and I use that term loosely and with disgust) desires her fiercely and won't take no for an answer and in a moment of drunkenness spills her secrets at a ton party. When Gabrielle confronts Drew about this, he is far from repentant. (This is where Johanna Lindsey lost me. If she had made him contrite, even just a little, I might have forgiven her and Drew) Oh, no, this is where our caustic hero tells his heroine that her husband searching was "too far above her station" and her mother's honor and reputation was not of his concern since her association with her pirate husband should have been avoided at all costs and well, what can you expect when you marry a pirate? I guess he forgot that his beloved sister Georgie married an ex pirate, and he would probably kill anyone who said the same thing to her.
Gabrielle and Drew have no chemistry together and their 'romance' comes across as forced and unbelievable. I enjoyed reading more about Drew's righthand man and a few assorted background characters then the man himself. One of the funniest parts of the book doesn't even involve Drew, but James and Gabrielle and Richard, the man who is trying to trespass with James' wife, George. LOL. Run Richard, Run!
Up until the moment Gabrielle returned to England, I was really enjoying the book. Her character's introduction in the Caribbean was interesting and her reunion with her father was funny. I shamelessly love these 'captive at sea' type books and for a moment I thought I had found another Johanna Lindsey gem, but she quickly proved me wrong.
This book was disappointing to read and I somewhat blame myself. I snatched up this book solely on the fact she smacked 'A Malory Novel' on the cover and all I could think of was, "OOooo, a Malory novel. Drool". I guess I hate acknowledging that I'm a mindless sheep sometimes. LOL
Hopefully next time she will realize that while I love the Malorys and love revisiting them from time to time, this shouldn't be about them. This is the Anderson family and she is missing an opportunity to create a whole new quirky bunch of people with a distinctly American flair to it. Oh well, Johanna, a swing and a miss.(less)
I love the Malory family and have been waiting for Jeremy's story for a long time. I'm happy to say.......... I loved it! While not particularly earth...moreI love the Malory family and have been waiting for Jeremy's story for a long time. I'm happy to say.......... I loved it! While not particularly earth shattering regarding plot, it made up for that in charm. I'm glad that Johanna kept the irrepressible spirit that earned Jeremy the title, "Scamp." She pairs him with an equally charming and equally irrepressible young lady by the name of Danny. Her introduction is funny and starts the ball rolling into what turns out to be a delightful story.
Danny and Jeremy are immediately attracted to each other, but Danny insists that she wants a, "respectable husband." Quite a change of a tune for a lady who has been masquerading as a man for the better part of her life. Jeremy installs her at his new home not as his mistress as he would wish, but as his maid. He is also going to teach her to talk 'correctly' without any of her street cant. Those who remember Jeremy and his own struggles with cant will find that funny. The sparks fly between our hero and heroine with Jeremy doing quite a bit of chasing and Danny doing quite a bit of evading, but really, what else do we expect from the son of James Malory? Who makes an appearance in the book, along with a few other Malorys. They all engage in the subplot where one of Jeremy's fangirls decides she's going to be the one who gets him and sets up the rumor mill that will force him to marry her. The ever resourceful Regan devises a way to show up the girl by introducing Danny as Jeremy's betrothed at a ball. This allows Danny to dress up and for Jeremy to show her off. He also uses the moment to get her drunk. *grins*
There is the standard plot of someone trying to kill the heroine and noone knows who or why. It turns out Danny has quite a past and her inability to remember is danger to her and everyone around her.
This is however, all second to the romance of Jeremy and Danny. A secret past, dead bodies, vengeful debutantes, silent would be assassins in the night, who cares?! It's the love, humor and charm that I was looking for when I picked up this book and it's here in spades. Johanna delivers in a delightful romp about that scoundrel Jeremy and she gives us a woman who is more than his equal in every way, who can stand up to him (literally) toe to toe. It's rare that I love the heroine of a hero I've been adoring for so long. Usually, they never quite measure up, but Danny exceeds expectations. She's neither bitter, TSTL, or annoying. She's charming, gracious, and good spirited, and quite frankly that's a relief. She could certainly be forgiven for any negatives, considering her life, but in a way it makes sense. Jeremy also had a rotten beginning and is good cheer personified. It's as if two kindred spirits found each other and realized how well they fit together. *sigh* I applaud Johanna Lindsey in writing a good book and delivering on a hero she's teased us with for a long time. Brava! (less)