I cannot stop thinking about this book and decided that it really deserves 5 stars. The last 5 star book I read was in 2011 so that sho...moreEDITED: 7/20/13
I cannot stop thinking about this book and decided that it really deserves 5 stars. The last 5 star book I read was in 2011 so that should show you how compelling I thought this story was.
A very unique and refreshingly different book! It wasn't necessarily a dark story but if you liked The Silver Devil, you might appreciate this book. The hero had the same type of unusual personality and manner. He was a tortured soul and was very feminine but he was clever with it. For half the book he crossed dressed as "Lady Rose", but it only made the story more entertaining. The heroine was a strong and unequaled woman. She was a tomboy in a way. She swore and said provoking things to anyone who would listen and didn't care one wit about what others thought of her. She was perfect for the hero. The relationship between them was a tangible one. It went past the surface and penetrated the heart.
The secondary character in this book only helped to move the story along and didn't bog it down like so many other books. The heroine's sister was her rivalry for the hero's affection for a good part of the story and it was a complex state of affairs. I applaud the author for not backing down from it. She was relentless in making them work it out and didn't sugar coat anything and I loved how they ended as sisters still. I highly recommend this book. The only reason why I was uncertain about 5 stars was because the "Lady Marmott" situation seemed too improbable, but This book is far better than the mundane offerings out in romance land today. I cannot wait to see what Anna Cowen will offer next. I hope it's as unique as this one. (less)
This book started off so good, but then it got bogged down in the middle and was long winded towards the end. The hero was very unique. He was a dandy...moreThis book started off so good, but then it got bogged down in the middle and was long winded towards the end. The hero was very unique. He was a dandy through and through. I loved that about him. There was nothing I really loved about the heroine though. She was just TSTL and I couldn't help feeling frustrated with her throughout the book for enabling the villain to use her the way he did while she continued to lie to her husband. The hero was a duke so you would think that there would have been some confidence that he would have been able to help her, but all she had confidence in, was being a doormat for the villain. She lied to the hero telling him there was nothing wrong until the end and he didn't find out what was happening to the heroine until the last chapter, which was way too late IMO. The story-line was interesting and different, but the execution of it did not come together to make the book as engaging as it could have been. In the end it all just seemed very predictable and that is a shame because if this story was done right it could have been a five star read. 2.5 stars.(less)
This started off a little rocky for me with the TSTL scenes of the heroine in the beaver costume and the battle with her ex and his girlfriend, but th...moreThis started off a little rocky for me with the TSTL scenes of the heroine in the beaver costume and the battle with her ex and his girlfriend, but the hero sounded too delicious to give up on, so I stuck it out, and I'm very glad that I did. I really enjoyed the wise cracking heroine even though her aversion of getting involved with the hero was a bit long winded and started to grate after a while. The last 10 percent of the book was my favorite. I loved how they gave each other the opportunity to prove their love for each other. I was laughing and crying by the end. I don't really like secondary romance but this one was done well. Who could resist reading about a rock star and a former groupie girlfriend? The elderly Nita was also a nice touch. Not a bad read. 3.5 stars (less)