This was definitely a case for not reading a series out of order. Took me half the book to figure out past events. Apparently, the previous books are...moreThis was definitely a case for not reading a series out of order. Took me half the book to figure out past events. Apparently, the previous books are about the 3 sisters and their problems, and they all had lots of problems! In this book, the heroine agrees to help a troubled child who has night terrors & refuses to speak (they discover his grandmother abused him) - oh, this child is the son of the heroine's ex-fiance, who cheated on her in a drunken one-nighter and then was honorable enough to marry the other woman when he found out she was pregnant. The heroine also has medical problems that make it highly unlikely she can ever have children of her own. Can she do this? She's a pre-school teacher, so her conscience won't let her ignore a child in need, but can she bear to let her past love back into her life, even just on a business level?!(less)
If I weren't so stubborn, I would have given this up after the first 50 pages!! After another 50 pages, tho, I finally started to care somewhat about...moreIf I weren't so stubborn, I would have given this up after the first 50 pages!! After another 50 pages, tho, I finally started to care somewhat about the hero, partly because there's that horrible war secret that hadn't yet been divulged, which is supposed to excuse his inexcusable behavior (and he really has been a libertine). The heroine's behavior is beyond ridiculous - her sister was viciously murdered, and she's looking for a dark man of ton society who 'licks his lips' after he kisses (according to the sister), so of course Bella is out there in society kissing men to find the culprit (and I found it interesting that she was able to get into social functions without an invitation!) She wasn't worried about what all that kissing would do to her reputation, because she's from out of town and is calling herself Lady Lace, so no one could possibly find out who she is! I did applaud her desire to avenge her sister's death even if it meant putting herself in danger, but it took her a long time to realize she wasn't putting only herself in a dangerous position.
The premise of the story - the dark underbelly of society - is a good one, but it's not really a romance, and it didn't take long to figure out who the bad guy is, so it's not a suspense story either. Oh, well, at least it improved from a weak 2* to a 3*! And it was nice to see such a dark and deadly topic strongly highlighted in what is called a romance. (less)
This was OK but nothing great - and it wasn't helped by a so-so narration; very rarely do I find that I should have read a book instead of listening t...moreThis was OK but nothing great - and it wasn't helped by a so-so narration; very rarely do I find that I should have read a book instead of listening to it, but this is one of those times. This should have been an exciting story - bad guys want the heroine and the priceless artifact she possesses, good(?) guy wants the artifact and is supposed to 'dispose of' the heroine. heroine figures she's doomed no matter what. But it was such a repetitive theme - heroine tries to escape, heroine gets caught, heroine gets rescued but discovers she's still in danger, heroine tries to escape, heroine gets caught... (repeat previous actions).
BTW, my 3* rating is what I'm guessing it would be if I'd read it; for the audiobook, it's 2* (less)
I enjoyed this book more than I expected - it's really a strong 3.5* but didn't rise to a 4* for me. The general's daughter is really his "natural chi...moreI enjoyed this book more than I expected - it's really a strong 3.5* but didn't rise to a 4* for me. The general's daughter is really his "natural child" (just love the euphemisms that are used for out-of-wedlock births). She 'followed the drum' with her adopted father, the army surgeon. As such, she learned how to be very self-sufficient, and reminded me at first of Mary Challoner from Heyer's Devil's Cub but as the story progressed, she put me more in mind of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody. The pleasant surprise was the relationship that developed between Marian & her half-sister, Isabella, the general's legitimate daughter.(less)