I see why this book is so widely renowned. Patricia Gaffney is an awesome writer. I was weary in the beginning because I don't really like it when the...moreI see why this book is so widely renowned. Patricia Gaffney is an awesome writer. I was weary in the beginning because I don't really like it when the heroine goes through too much pain. Spending ten years of her life in jail and coming out looking starved and haggard was not my idea of a good start to a romance. I'm not a reader that really likes tear jerkers and I guess I lean more to a lighter kind of fun loving read. At the time I started this book I wasn't really in a happy place so to speak and I was thinking that this book was way too depressing for my state of mine, but with Patricia Gaffney's eloquent prose I found myself moving on to the next page and then another because I wanted to find out more about this heroine that had such a hard and sad life. I wanted to see her overcome her demons and fall in love and get her HEA even though she wasn't my favorite type of love interest.
I am so happy that I stuck with it and read this book. The hero is not a hero in the beginning. He was a selfish predator who took advantage of the heroine's plight. In other words, he was drawn uniquely as a human with flaws and weaknesses so deep that you despair of his redemption. But in the end his journey with the heroine redeemed him and made him a better man. And isn't that what it's all about??
Kudos to PG for helping me step out of my comfort zone and still enjoy this book. Not many authors could have done that. The only reason why I didn't give this a five star rating is because it took too long to come to it's conclusion. It dragged on a little too much and could have come to an end a bit sooner, but don't miss this book in your reading venture. It's a classic and definitely lives up to the hype. (less)
She would have considered him handsome if his features had not been so aggressively formed. His cheekbones,for example, were blunt and strong when the...moreShe would have considered him handsome if his features had not been so aggressively formed. His cheekbones,for example, were blunt and strong when they should have been more delicately drawn,and his mouth was too wide.
3.5 stars.I have mixed feelings about this book. Definitely more good than bad though. On one hand, I loved the story - even all the un-pc aspects of...more3.5 stars.I have mixed feelings about this book. Definitely more good than bad though. On one hand, I loved the story - even all the un-pc aspects of it that everyone is hating on it for. Whitney was a refreshing heroine. She didn't have the same old, same old personality of the typical romance heroine. I loved her spunk. She kept things lively. Clayton our hero was a good match for her. I liked that he was a real alpha and took her in hand. That's what a bodice ripper is all about, so I just sat back and enjoyed it without judgement.
Whitney did get on my nerves sometimes though. Especially when she was pining away for the idiot Paul and taking her time to warm up to Clayton. At halfway through, I wanted to slap her. I had enough of Paul and wanted her to get over him already. Even with that, I was still enjoying the characters at that point, and the story was keeping me enthralled. It's when the book reached the 70% mark that I lost all patience with yet another misunderstanding and wanted to toss it from sheer frustration! Why all the misunderstandings? I would have appreciated the conflict more if the hero and heroine really did do something wrong to warrant all the abuse that they were heaping on each others head. Let them fight it out! That's what they did anyway. Why not let it be for something worthwhile! The last leg of the book bought my rating down from a solid 4 stars to 3.5. The book was just too darn long and did not need that drama that happened towards the end. Talk about not knowing when to quit while you are ahead! All in all though, I must say that I was happy that I finally read this book and enjoyed it for the most part.
I can't believe this is the book that's on so many best romance shelves.It didn’t do for me what it did for so many others. It’s not a good sign when...moreI can't believe this is the book that's on so many best romance shelves.It didn’t do for me what it did for so many others. It’s not a good sign when you are wishing the secondary character (Cat, I’m talking to you) would end up with the heroine, and knowing darn well that it will never happen. It’s not really the hero’s fault either, he was okay. It’s just that the author made Cat a much more substantial character than Devon. I felt like the heroine spent more quality time with Cat. They had more of a connection. Every time Devon showed up it would only be for some quick banter and a make out session and then he would disappear again. I think knowing that Cat wasn’t going to end up with the heroine made me not really want to read the book.
I lost interest because the guy that I wanted wasn’t going to get the girl. The writing was really good though and I feel bad for having to give this book 2.5 star, but if I don’t enjoy a book, everything else goes out the door. Also, the hero was a little pussycat. He was not as cruel as I was expecting him to be. I only made it to 40% but I don’t care enough to want to finish it. I had it on my dnf will try again later shelf for about a month now, but I doubt that I'll try it again. Maybe it got better, but I couldn't care less. 2.5 stars because the writing wasn't bad.(less)
This was an interesting read with a few problems. The book started off with a bang. Andre our hero is simple delicious. His sex appeal is potent. Afte...moreThis was an interesting read with a few problems. The book started off with a bang. Andre our hero is simple delicious. His sex appeal is potent. After all, it’s rare that you find a book with two friends genuinely in love with the hero. I was eating it up! The story started to become a bit too predictably after a while though, and although the heroine’s fiancé made things entertaining, he wasn’t nearly a good enough rival for Andre. It would have been more interesting if he had giving Andre a run for his money. This was definitely not a hard core bodice ripper but a bodice ripper nonetheless. The hero does get a little more wicked as the story moves along and that’s when the book started to get really good IMO. There is cheating from the hero and also a slap that maybe the faint of heart would rather not read.(less)
And this is supposed to be a bodice ripper? Bah! The hero isn't hard core enough for me. He doesn't have that bodice ripper hero thing that I look for...moreAnd this is supposed to be a bodice ripper? Bah! The hero isn't hard core enough for me. He doesn't have that bodice ripper hero thing that I look for in a BR. He's already too needy and drooling for the heroine the first time they meet. Where's the fun in that? I like my heroes to be a little hard to get. There was actually one scene that had me perking up in the beginning but the hero quickly turned into mush. The book was actually boring me and I don't want to read it anymore. I don't know how you guys do it, but when I'm bored with a book I can't continue to read it with so many books waiting for me in my TBR pile.(less)
Wow, this book was pretty bad. It wasn't interesting at all. All I can say is that I gave up at 40% because the story was dumb and I was bored. It was...moreWow, this book was pretty bad. It wasn't interesting at all. All I can say is that I gave up at 40% because the story was dumb and I was bored. It was written very badly and the hero had the sex appeal of a slug. If you want to read a good JL, try "Fire's of Winter."(less)
2.5 stars.This was an okay read. The,storyline didn’t thrill me, it could have been better. The beginning was interesting but the story quickly turned...more2.5 stars.This was an okay read. The,storyline didn’t thrill me, it could have been better. The beginning was interesting but the story quickly turned predictable. I hated the heroine in this book because nothing ever made her happy! She came from the gutters of London and was thrusts into a marriage that enabled her to have a much better life and all she wanted to do was escape back to the gutters. That annoyed me to no end. I just couldn’t relate. I mean, who wouldn’t be happy from escaping bitter poverty. She would have rather been a pickpocket with the threat of going to the gallows hanging over her head than being able to eat and live in a nice environment. You would think she would have been smart enough to see her good fortune after being raised in the streets.
Okay, I get why she was pissed off. The jerk off hero abducted her, forced her to marry him for revenge against his father, and with no better word to use because it wasn’t a forced seduction since she hated it- raped her, but then he drops her off to his father and leaves her alone married and in the lap of luxury for more than a year. I know that in the real world the bastard would have deservedly been in jail dropping soap by now but this is a fictional romance and I wanted to see a little happiness. She started out an ugly duckling because living in the streets will do that to a girl, but with the help of the hero’s family she turned into the beautiful swan and shocked the hero to his core. The hero was also missing in action after a while and even though I get why that had to happen ( all the better to make him see the wonderful transformation of our heroine) It made the story drag a little. All in all, this book started out okay but couldn’t hold my interest all the way through. (less)
I refuse to torture myself with this book any longer! The writing is atrocious!It's so carelessly written! This must have been FM's first book. This i...moreI refuse to torture myself with this book any longer! The writing is atrocious!It's so carelessly written! This must have been FM's first book. This is my first book by her but she absolutely must write better by now!Right..? Right..? At first I couldn't turn away from the OTT stuff, but the writing was so dumb that I felt stupid just reading the thing- so I gave up half way through. Also, the heroine acted too masculine for my taste, she kind of emasculated the hero after a while. (less)