A nice read. The hero and heroine gradually fell in love. No rush, just steady and believable. A simple story of two people getting to know each otherA nice read. The hero and heroine gradually fell in love. No rush, just steady and believable. A simple story of two people getting to know each other. Great secondary characters. I'm loving on uncle Clarence! Clean read, but I missed at least a few kisses! The hero was a rake after all.. I think a little more unplanned kisses and touches would have made the story more appealing. I might contradict myself here but even though I don't mind reading clean romances I still wish they would have a little more sexual chemistry at times. The story just doesn't seem natural without some kind of physical interaction. All in all though, Joan Smith is a good writer....more
Updated my rating and thoughts on this book since it's still lingering in my mind. (not really a bad thing)
Ugh! This book just seriously annoyed me iUpdated my rating and thoughts on this book since it's still lingering in my mind. (not really a bad thing)
Ugh! This book just seriously annoyed me in the end! It would have gotten a solid three stars if the ending didn't ruin it. Now I'm wavering. I'm not usually a big fan of the ex lovers getting back together theme but I actually enjoyed the story-line behind this one. The heroine broke off her engagement with the hero when the evil other woman told her that she was his mistress. I liked the hero. He was very realistic with flaws and all. Far from perfect and not a chasing lap dog. He was annoyed at the heroine for not believing him that he did not cheat on her and refused to grovel to her. If she didn't believe him she could go to the devil. That was basically his attitude. I also think he had a little fun taunting the heroine with the OW because he was so angry with her. The big problem with this book though is that It has little romance between the leads and the little that it did have was extremely unsatisfying! It was more about the stupid coaching race and the romance just a back drop. I can count on one hand how many scenes the leads had together.
This is what took the cake though. After struggling through all the frustrations of thinking that the hero cheated on the heroine since she didn't believe a word he said, and all clues pointed to the fact since he continued to parade around town with the evil mistress, everything was basically swept under the rug in the end! The evil other woman who was very spiteful to the heroine throughout the book, got off scotch free without even a talking to from the hero! He even continued to see her after the heroine confessed that she was the one that told her about their supposed affair! If he did reprimand her , the reader sure wasn't privy to it which would have been a nice justification for all the angst.
In the end it was only mentioned that the other woman got back together with her ancient husband whom she is suddenly heads over heels in love with! So you see, now the hero and heroine were free to be together again! (puleeze!) Do you know how unsatisfying that feels as a reader? Why do authors do that!? Don't put the readers through all that angst just to make fools of us in the end with stupidity! It's okay to be a little realistic... ...more
What a great book! I absolutely loved it! This author is an amazing writer. If every author wrote this good, I would be giving every book 4 and 5 starWhat a great book! I absolutely loved it! This author is an amazing writer. If every author wrote this good, I would be giving every book 4 and 5 stars. I didn't even like the description of the hero. He was described as not being actually handsome (which is one of my biggest pet peeves) but the hero was written so intriguingly that I couldn't turn away. He was ruthless, and he didn't take crap from anyone or mince words when putting someone down. Here is a conversation between him and his mistress: "Have your taste become so perverted that you can prefer her to me? "My dear do you have any idea how boring you have become?" LOL! I also loved the story-line of the hero trying to make the heroine fall in love with him, while all the while she already loved him from the first time she saw him.
The heroine feelings for him was so adorable. She was absolutely gaga over him, and I could relate to the way she yearned for him. It was like a teenager falling in love for the first time, (been there, done that, lol). What I loved best about this book though, was watching the hero fall in love with her gradually even though he didn't seem at all attracted to her in the beginning. Every thought and action he did made the reader know that he was falling in love with the heroine. He didn't say I love you until the last sentence in the book but the reader knew without a doubt that he loved the heroine. He didn't have to utter a word. Now that's what I call great writing! ! LCD can teach some of these authors today... Showing and not only telling....more
I was at once excited and weary to read this book at first. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to tolerate the heroine falling for her brother in law afterI was at once excited and weary to read this book at first. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to tolerate the heroine falling for her brother in law after the death of her sister. Or tolerate the hero and heroine's veiled attraction for each other through all their banter and insults while the sister was still alive! There were a few twist and turns that might make the match a little more tolerable for some readers but I was surprisingly enjoying the story without the buffers, so the twist and turns kind of took me out of the story a few times. I'm pretty cut and dry with my books, If I make up my mind to read a story with all the gory details, that's what I want to see, so I was kind of thrown for a loop quite a few times. Overall the story was an interesting one, I was just a tad bit disappointed of things not being what they seemed at first, but things wasn't so far off the mark that I lost interest, I really did enjoy the story. It made me laugh and cry and want to try another by this author. A totally un pc story that's not as bad as some of the other reviews make it out to be. 3.5 stars...more
This book was written in the 1970's and it shows. The thing is though, I liked it. The writing was different. The story was told in very simple termsThis book was written in the 1970's and it shows. The thing is though, I liked it. The writing was different. The story was told in very simple terms but I still appreciated the prose. Not like other romance today where you feel like you could have done better. I learned some new terms. Instead of a mistress, women of ill repute was called horizontale, lol! I loved that the cover was actually a scene in the book. The hero and the heroine had to "escape" from Paris in a balloon to get away from the siege of Germany. Escape was an apt name for the book as the hero had to find a way not only to escape from Paris but also from the clutches of a woman he did not want to marry. I only wished that the heroine was a little more interesting but the hero saved the day. I enjoyed this cute little story. 3.5 stars. ...more
An hp made me cry! This was a very emotional read which I enjoyed reading. I felt so hurt on the heroine's behalf. The h******POSSIBLE SPOILERS******
An hp made me cry! This was a very emotional read which I enjoyed reading. I felt so hurt on the heroine's behalf. The hero treated her abominably and her love for him was so one sided. talk about unrequited love! Talk about me wanting to kill the OW that the hero was so foolishly in love with! This was a far cry from a fairy tale romance, but it was so engrossing. You will want to do physical damage to this beta male hero for being led on a string like a puppy dog by the OW. He wasn't getting it through his thick skull how lucky he was to have gotten away from the evil witch by marrying a woman that loved him unconditionally.
He certainly didn't do enough groveling in my opinion. I wanted him to suffer much more for all the crap he put the heroine through. Did anyone else notice that he did not say he loved the heroine in the end?? Maybe it's because he really doesn't love her. Why did it have to take the OW embarrassing him for him to finally see that she was no good? I wanted him to get over the OW from seeing how wonderful the heroine was in contrast to that b@#$%^&! I wanted him to put himself out out more for Erica. He should have chased her, go looking for her, and do anything in his power to get her back after she left instead of running around town with the evil witch. Hey, maybe if he did do that I wouldn't have enjoyed this book so much, lol, so all I can say is that this was a darn good book that will keep you glued to the pages.
I'm struggling with giving this book 4 stars or 3.5 stars. I think I will stick to 3.5 stars because after the heroine left the hero we had no idea what was going on with him and Dreda for a very long time. I wish I could have seen his POV in this instance. I think the reader needed that to find closure in the situation between him and Dreda. The ending seemed very unsatisfying to me with the telling and not showing of what happened. ...more