This is definitely the best Sabrina Jeffries book I've ever read. Those who are familiar with her know her books are on the light, fluffy side, so youThis is definitely the best Sabrina Jeffries book I've ever read. Those who are familiar with her know her books are on the light, fluffy side, so you have to keep that in mind before you pick this up.
I LOVE when villians in previous books become the hero, so of course I was excited that this one was to be about the Scottish Scourge, who had previously tried to rob Amelia and Lucas, the main couple from the first book.
Characters: Lachlan. I LOVE him, even more than I expected to. It was refreshing to have a hero that actually cares about what the heroine thinks of him. I don't think I've ever read that in a book before--they always end up caring by the end, but Lachlan cared from the very beginning. Everything he does is for the good of his clan. There is nothing villianous about him. As for Venetia, I liked her a lot, too. She's not one of those "I know everything" heroines who goes about doing things just to prove she can. She has a big heart. It did take a LONG time for me to feel her love for Lachlan...in fact, for some reason I was able to feel that Lachlan loved her, but I didn't sense her return feelings. She did all the "required" things someone in love will do, but it didn't come off the pages.
Story: The basic premise is that Lachlan kidnaps Venetia, holding her for ransom to get money to support his clan. I know the whole hero kidnapping the heroine thing has been done many times, but somehow it felt new here. I think it's because Lachlan and Venetia knew each other as children, so that gave it a different feel. She had really liked him, and it wasn't her being taken by some scary, mysterious guy she'd never met before. Also, Lachlan was completely good to her the whole while, and Venetia never REALLY feared him. She claimed she did, but it's obvious she didn't. It was fun to see Venetia eventually figuring out that Lachlan actually is a good guy.
What bothered me though, was the end. It seems as if every romance novel ends with the hero having to come to some decision, or realize that he can't live without the heroine (especially in Sabrina Jeffries' books); this is getting old. Can't authors come up with a new climax? And it's silly here, too, because he had already figured out that he was in love with her, and ADMITTED it to her, so for him to just try to give her up like that...it felt really fake. I don't believe Lachlan would have acted in that way. I understand why he suposedly did it, but I just don't think it was a good enough reason.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this one. I just wish that ONCE an author will not make the hero out to be the stupid idiot/bad guy toward the end, even after it has been established that they love each other. Even in historicals, where the heroines are almost always painfully naiive, the hero has to suddenly become a blind dummy. Why? They spend a good part of the book being intelligent, and then BAM! Their IQ decreases. ...more
Wow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the oldWow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the old chiches: Woman loves man but man is too stupid to realize he loves her, everyone warns woman away from man, man is not worthy of woman etc...
Were they in this book? Only a tiny bit.
This one follows Lord Wallingford and Jane Rankin, a nurse and Lady's companion.
Yes, I've read countless books where heroine nurse heals hero and they fall for each other, but this one was unique. When Matthew falls for Jane, he has this dream of what she looks/acts like, so when he finally meets her outside of the hospital, in daylight, he doesn't recognize her, and, he in fact scorns her. From that moment on, I was hooked, having not been sure what with the slow start.
Matthew and Jane were such likable, well developed, uniquely real characters, and so well suited for each other. Their love was practically flooding off the pages. Matthew does start of as the cliche rake who will eventually meet the one woman to change him, but there's something else about him that makes him unique from any other hero I've read about in a romance. His reasons for being the way he is were horribly sad, but the way they were portrayed through his actions with Jane was perfect.
There was one small twist that I guessed pretty early on, but I must say I was kind of happy with it. It's relating to Sarah, Matthew's...sister. I won't say any more on that.
The relationship between Matthew and Jane developes slowly, with neither of them trusting each other, and with both of them confused on who the other really is. In Jane's case: was Matthew Matthew, or was he Wallingford? And in Matthew's case: was Jane Jane the nurse, or Jane the lady's companion? They both took the time to truly get to know each other, to discover each other's secrets, which made them feel that much more real. I could truly fathom why they were in love. And I liked how Jane called Matthew "Matty." Adorable.
I was ecstatic that the hero did not once say, "I don't deserve you." And not once did the heroine imply such a thing. Thank you.
Complaints? Not many. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Miranda, Matthew's step mother. I would have LOVED to see Jane stomp on that horrible woman's foot at least once. And a little more on the rest of Matthew's family would have been nice, not that they were likable, but I felt like I wanted to know every little detail about Matthew because I loved him so much. He felt so real. Oh, and one more: The typical plain heroine + sexy, handsome, muscle-man hero. Can we maybe once have a hero that's, I don't know, lithe, perhaps? Why do they ALWAYS ALWAYS have to have huge muscles? I mean, really. Everyone kept calling Matthew a giant and I wanted to punch their faces in defenfing him.
As for the ending, I've read lot's of complaints that there's no HEA. Well, in my opinion, there is an HEA--just not the traditional "And they married and had three babies" kind of HEA. But I kind of liked that. It was happy without being cliche. In fact, hardly anything about this book was cliche.
Hands down the best romance I've ever read. Wondering if you should read this? Yes. You should. You won't regret it. It's pretty dark, yes, but there's light in it, too. And an added bonus: Lindsay's character was totally different in this book than in the first one, Addicted, now that he's off the opium, and MAN, he's a different person! So happy and talkative. He wouldn't shut up for half a second! It was cute.
This is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buyingThis is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buying Ian as a slave was interesting (annoying, the way she tried to lead him around on a leash, but she became nice pretty quick). I found it irritating how she wouldn't believe a word out of his mouth. In fact, I hated Susannah. I liked Ian a lot though, and wished he would have had the sense to dump her and get with someone actually worthy of him. She insulted him at nearly every turn, and was basically awful and beyond snappish, but she didn't become this way until the end--she got progressively meaner and more idiotic.
The middle of the novel, with Ian learning how to work on a farm was funny and endearing. He was so cute, trying to get eggs from the chicken coop and then running away in terror. I just wish the end wasn't so...ridiculous....more