Well written, but I couldn't get past my hatred of the hero, Simon. He was irredeemably pompous and a huge hypocrite. I especially despised that he wa...moreWell written, but I couldn't get past my hatred of the hero, Simon. He was irredeemably pompous and a huge hypocrite. I especially despised that he was the main person that continually made Juliana, the heroine, feel inadequate for simply being herself. It's too bad really, because I really enjoyed MacLean's previous two in this series, especially Nick's book, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord.(less)
I've found myself disliking Kaylee more and more over the course of this series. I can't continue reading about her anymore. She's surpassed the thres...moreI've found myself disliking Kaylee more and more over the course of this series. I can't continue reading about her anymore. She's surpassed the threshold of my capability to care about a frustrating character.(less)
I was initially so excited about this one. The author was new to me and I haven't read a historical romance i...moreWarning: This review is not spoiler free.
I was initially so excited about this one. The author was new to me and I haven't read a historical romance in a while. I had no expectations, though, but to be entertained. Unfortunately, the feeling that I was left with wasn't that pleasant one obtained upon finishing a satisfying read. Instead, I'm pissed at the characters and, to some extent, the author for giving me such an infuriating story. I actually didn't make it to the end by straight-forward reading. After a while, I had to skim the darn thing in order to avoid permanently throwing it down and make it to its end. It all started with Mimi.
Who's Mimi, you say? Why, she's the mysterious woman that the hero, Jack, is enamored with throughout the majority of the novel, even while his feelings for Olivia (his ex-wife) are rekindled. You might not think this is such a big deal, but I had a difficult time choking down a romance where the most romantic feelings that the hero had were for someone other than heroine. In fact, so romantic were his feelings for Mimi that he was often repulsed by the heroine's nearness and/or touch. On top of this, he's constantly angry with Olivia and he has lingering feelings of doubt about her from their past. A past in which, as he learns slowly during his recovery from amnesia, includes him believing lies about her and subsequently throwing him out on her PREGNANT behind. Apparently they hadn't been married for long when this all happened. They were still in the honeymoon stage which, in my opinion, makes Jack even more loathsome. Overnight the love of your life goes from the sweetest girl in the world to a lying whore? And you take this for fact based all on one person's word? And you don't even have the balls to ask her about it? What a sorry excuse for a man.
Olivia's no better. Sure, she's wary of Jack and her love for him. She (rightfully) no longer trusts him. But as the story progresses she begins to make excuse after excuse for him, ultimately forgiving all of his heinous crimes against her and their (formerly unborn) child. Crimes that led her family to reject her and caused her to live life on the run away from her child while barely scraping by. She's not an unlikable woman altogether, but one can't even properly sympathize with her due to her silly acceptance of Jack...
I freakin' love Jane Austen but I've always been skeptical about the sequels and prequels to her work. Frankly, I have always been of the opinion that...moreI freakin' love Jane Austen but I've always been skeptical about the sequels and prequels to her work. Frankly, I have always been of the opinion that no on could do her stories and characters justice and that they were just wasting everyone's time trying. I hate having prejudices as a reader. I realize that a lot of fellow Jane fiends find these books very enjoyable. All those people can't be wrong, right? So, I decided to give one a try. Now, I'm aware that one writer's take on Austen doesn't represent the whole lot but it'll still be a looooong while before I try something like this out again (if I try again, that is).
Lathan's Pride and Prejudice sequel was so BAD! Like Jane porn and not in a good way. I kept finding myself incredulously laughing during the bit that I read. Obviously, I didn't get far into it and it may have gotten better as it went on. However, I wasn't willing to give up any more of my time finding out if it did.(less)