The book was promising until a few factors messed it up. Rusty got on my nerves! I mean, how can a woman be so gutsy but dumb? Don't ans...more SPOILERS AHEAD
The book was promising until a few factors messed it up. Rusty got on my nerves! I mean, how can a woman be so gutsy but dumb? Don't answer that. She's one of those heroines I hate the most. The ones who want to survive in whatever situation they're in but cry and whine when the hero kills to save her ass from rape and/or murder. Grow up please!
And the ending was horrible. After reading about how they survive and their rescue all we got a few crappy page telling us how she went up to his ranch and demanded he let her into his life love her. Wow. I feel so...I can't even find the right words to descrive it. (less)
I liked the heroine Annique very much. She was strong and knew how to protect herself in the era of war. I also liked the hero Grey but...more SPOILERS AHEAD
I liked the heroine Annique very much. She was strong and knew how to protect herself in the era of war. I also liked the hero Grey but there was something that irked me about him and in the wrong way. Though as much as there was much to enjoy about "The Spymaster's Lady" there was an equally amount of head banging are you serious?!! moments. Like how Annique recovered her eyesight so quickly after 5 months and she went from strong/kickass to weak and falling into everyone's trap.
I felt for her, I really did, but to not kill the man who was trying to kill her because God forbid she's a spy that had never killed before made me wanted to slap across the head. Hard. Then she follow a stranger-but-not-really-a-stranger-since-he's-Gary-whom-she-had-never-seen-before-due-to-her-blindness into the den of the British Intelligence was a TSTL moment. Then it seem that everyone was just against her even though she saved not only the hero's life but his friends and they pay her by making sure she break and tell them about that stupid little plan from the French and she fucks the hero in a tub in a moment of weakness even though she's his prisoner. Did I mention that I'm spoiling this book for readers? I did not want to root for this heroine at all.
I wanted her to find a way to outsmart all of those assholes British Spies but was disappointed with a little "Oh, your mother was a British-Spy-Pretending-to-be-a-French-Spy-Spying-for-the-British" that left Annique in tears and relying on sex to forget. The ending just made me gag over the bad cliche and eye rolling bits--a lot of fighting bad guys, men proving whose dick is bigger, heroine is a quiet little mouse who got put in the background, nothing about their future together except he'll quit being a spy God I hate how authors make men give up their dangerous careers for women so they can put a ring on it, hello that's not how it work in real life so he'll follow her like a lap dog, and wrap in a let's-get-married bow.
I really liked the beginning of this book, in fact I was almost late to work because I was so intrigued by the plotline, but to return home and read the ending was rather lackluster. I think most authors just don't know how to handle heroines like Annique. They start off as the most clever, interesting, kickass heroines then turn them into the weakest most helpless girls ever.
The book was good until the end. Calpurnia was crying about how Ralston didn't love her and that she wouldn't accept a one-sided love and blah blah bl...moreThe book was good until the end. Calpurnia was crying about how Ralston didn't love her and that she wouldn't accept a one-sided love and blah blah blah and broke off her engagement to him and he fights a duel for her and tells her he loves her and every worry she has flew right over her head. Take in deep breath. It was so rushed I had to blink and make sure I was reading it right. Ugh, it could had been so much better then it was. Dissappointing.(less)
Kev ran from Winnifred for so long that I got frustrated and kept asking myself when they were finally going to get together. Then when they did got t...moreKev ran from Winnifred for so long that I got frustrated and kept asking myself when they were finally going to get together. Then when they did got together I rolled my eyes and said really? That's the best Kev could do? Kidnapped her and screw her brains out after telling himself that she deserved better yada yada yada "I can't touch her with my dirty hands" yada yada yada. Kev you were one hot piece of Gypsy but you lack sense and made me wanna slap some sense in you too many times. (less)
I can list up to 1,000 ways this book could had been better. But that'll take too long so I'll list the ones that annoyed me the most.
1--What the hell was up with all the secondary characters that had their own plots? I don't care about them; I only care about the main characters! MacKenzie ruined the first half of the book by popping up people that seem to be from her other books (TNG is my first read from her so I don't give a crap about them at this point.)
2--She made the heroine, Meg, too stupid throughout the majority of the book. How dense can she be? I wanted to clonk her over the head every time her sister or that b***h Grace or John's mother tells her she's a harlot by messing around with John in the bushes and all she can stammer out how it's her fault and not John's. (Grace should speak for herself. From my understanding, she was sleeping with another guy when engaged to John fours years ago.) The females in this book were annoying and nosy bodies who deserved several good slaps. Every time they talk to Meg, I keep expecting her to scream, "STFU" and flick the middle finger at them. Yes, childish but way better than acting meek and not having a damn backbone.
3--The hero, John, could have had a better personality and stand up for himself more. Everyone belittles him from his mother, to those stupid men from another book, to just everyone. Sure, he doesn’t have a title to his name but shouldn't he be allow to also scream, "STFU, suck my d**k" and throw a few punches around? Grace would be the first victim that b***h Yes, again, childish but come’on!!! Nobody listens to him, nobody respect him, and I'm surprise he took all of their snarky comments and didn't react. At all.
4--One thing I did like in this book (wow!) was that MacKenzie did a good job at telling us what both characters felt at a certain point. Like one scene when Meg was running away from John into the garden and we read about how she feels about him--before he catches up to her. Then it ends and we get to see the chase scene through John's feelings about her. I find that really original. Not many authors these days allow us into both hero and heroine's minds.
5--Another thing I like (double wow!) was the chemistry between Meg and John. Sure it was awkward in the beginning and there were times when you wish you could hit them over the head with a pan but there was chemistry between them until the author ruined it. Yes, she ruined it, by adding in unnecessary plots and characters. I was really pissed that she made it seem like the main characters' relationship and get-to-know-each-other-scenes were a back-up plot to everything else.
6--They didn't fell in love at all. They were pushed toward each other. How the heck could they had fell in love at all??!! The book was too rushed and lacked details. I don't think I'm ever going to read another book from MacKenzie. I don't like the secondary characters and I doubt I would want to read their books.
The relationship--or lack of it--was too confusing and bland. We get more interaction from secondary characters that are too stupid to live and needs to be thrown off a mountain. The only times the H&H were really together was when they were forced to marry--and this didn’t happen until the last few chapters of the damn book. Even by then they're in love and yay! there's a happy ending.The End. Thank God. (less)
I had friends recommend this book to me. I was thrilled to read about a virgin hero you can't find those these days
I prepared myself to like it and um...moreI had friends recommend this book to me. I was thrilled to read about a virgin hero you can't find those these days
I prepared myself to like it and um....yeah, I don't like it. I gave it two tries before finishing the whole book. I tried to convince myself that I like it but I was never good at denial. It’s not my thing. I like to call things as it is. Boring is boring and frustrating is frustrating.
I can relate to Leda to some point. She's really old-fashion, prudish, kind, not judgmental, and gives Samuel the kindness he needs. Oh god, am I really like that? *shudders* The beginning of the book really drew me in. I saw Leda as a near-poverty woman trying to survive and Samuel as this mysterious man who is somehow sneaking into Leda's room. The interaction between Leda and Samuel was sweet and at times awkward for both of them--being virgins and all after all--
Then, I read past the half-point when I suddenly became restless. How can two creatures who have been hurt in the past and are trying to survive in the future be so frustrating?!? There were times when a conversation between them could had solved MANY things but each time there was a connection, one or both of them would pull away. It felt like Samuel didn't want to open up to Leda and Leda was too "lady-like" (and I use this term loosely) to try to accept Samuel's affections. I was near to tearing out my hair. I wanted to lock them in a room for a week until they finally have some kind of chemistry between them that's not uncomfortable. No wait, make that a year.
Samuel went from a gentle and mysterious man to an irritating one. Sure, it's ok to fantasize about Kai, his "friend/sister" and about marriage with her but for more than 3/4 of the book? That's what Leda is for!!! And god, Leda. I thought she would pull away from the meek and "don't swear" church lady act by the time the book end but nope. I was wrong. She called Samuel "dear sir" and "sir" all the freaking time!!! Even when they were married and up to the LAST chapter! It was like she felt that she didn't deserve Samuel and it wasn't her right to stand next to him as his wife. That was the final blow for me.
The only reason why this book has two-stars instead of one-star is because I felt the beginning was great. I just had a problem with the things that occurred after that. I did, however, like the part when Samuel and Leda slept--no sex--in each other's arms for one night. That was the only "romantic" part in the story. The rest was utter b.s.
I can take many things when reading a book but "The Shadow and The Star" left me really on edge. Their love felt forced onto the readers and there was rarely any gentleness between them. Maybe, if they had another book, like a sequel, then I can forgive and perhaps forget--but it doesn’t and I can't. (less)