This book is one of those that causes quite a bit of heated reaction from readers- both love and hate. Whereas when I first read it I would have definThis book is one of those that causes quite a bit of heated reaction from readers- both love and hate. Whereas when I first read it I would have definitely fallen more in the former than the latter category- as I think back on it, I'm much more ambivalent about my reactions.
On the the one hand I found it, Sexy, explicit, and yes romantic I thought it was a good read. For me the plot seemed simple and intriguing at the same time. The conflict was not hidden- except from the two leads and I waited on pins and needles till they finally figured out what was going on behind the scenes. I was anxious, not because of the conflict, but because I wanted to see how they would react. If they over or under reacted it would ruin the book for me. Fortunately the author played it perfectly!
On the other? The sex bits. Don’t get me wrong- it's hot stuff and I loved that she didn’t shy from explicitness, but there were times where I thought it was slightly annoying. C’mon, how many times can you have sex in the same OPEN place without being caught? (Apparently as much as you want according to this book.) And the size of his schlong?? wowzers!
Recently I’ve been frustrated with the historical romance genre. Inundated with turdball, clichéd, overused plots, the genre is all but over for me. Unfortunately, or fortunately for the publishers, I pick up enough like Passion to keep me coming back.
Promises Keep, the second in McCarty's Promises series, I did finish, but I skimmed a lot and forced my way through, despite the fact I was glued to tPromises Keep, the second in McCarty's Promises series, I did finish, but I skimmed a lot and forced my way through, despite the fact I was glued to the uber erotic opening of the book. Once the heroine came on the scene the book fell apart.
I’ll give SM props for going against the latest PC trend in romance- Mara, the heroine, was effectively raped by the hero in their first “love” scene- BUT she was also drugged and in a whorehouse, so how’s a hero to know that the lovins are unwanted after the money is exchanged?
SM gave the author more “fight” later on, but for some reason Mara still came off TSTL- and I think that’s mostly because she asked idiotic questions like a five year old constantly asking ‘Why?’. Annoying all around.
I finished it, which is more then I can say about the last one in the series, but the fact that not a bit of it stayed with me leads me to a 2 out ofI finished it, which is more then I can say about the last one in the series, but the fact that not a bit of it stayed with me leads me to a 2 out of 5 rating.
I was given this series which I'm grateful for because I woulda been upset if I had actually shelled out money for it.
Promises Prevail was a dnf for mI was given this series which I'm grateful for because I woulda been upset if I had actually shelled out money for it.
Promises Prevail was a dnf for me although, like the others in the seris, in the beginning I really liked the Hero and Heroine. But, like the previous, the author quickly lost me.
In this one too, I ended up being completely annoyed with the heroine. She questioned her weight all the time. I get enough of that in real life, after the first couple times of Jenna mentioning it, and Clint obviously being not one bit turned off, it needed to be dropped. I believe the author was shooting for vulnerable, but she never bothered to give Jenna much strength (despite the hero constantly telling her-and us- that she was.), which completely ruins a female protag for me. You can be both you know ... believe me, I was raised with women who had intestinal fortitude beyond belief, but were completely feminine! We needed a little bit more showing and less telling to believe it of Jenna.
The problem I had with this entire series were the women. The men were fine, although not as alpha as SM tried to make them- a man who gives funky butt luvin does not an Alpha make, m’kay?
Lord Matthew Wallingford is known as a scandalizing wastrel and womanizer and he’s fine with that for he knows he’s a broken man. He needs the appearaLord Matthew Wallingford is known as a scandalizing wastrel and womanizer and he’s fine with that for he knows he’s a broken man. He needs the appearance he’s carefully erected to shield himself and keep everyone at bay because he’s been used too many times before. Then one night, he’s attacked on the eve of realizing his fondest goal- to own his own art Gallery.
Jane Rankin is a plain Jane with no family and no connections- except for the self-made oddity Lady Blackwell. By day a companion to Lady B and by evening a nurse working off her debt to the hospital, Jane is quite satisfied with her life. The last thing she will ever be is whore or just as worse- kept woman- like her mother and she’s grateful to the kind old woman for giving her a sense of independence she never dreamed possible.
When a mysterious stranger is brought into the hospital, everyone quickly realizes he’s an aristocrat and determine to give him the best care possible- Jane included. But something about the man pulls her like no other. On the other end, is Matthew who previously could not stand the suffocating touches he’s treated to while in the hospital. But Jane is different and somehow she makes it past the wall he’s erected around his emotions to touch the man- the real man.
Making a powerful connection in the short time together while he convalesces, Matthew and Jane make plans to meet once he’s released from the hospital- one problem, he hasn’t really seen her yet as his eyesight was harmed during his attack- and when he coldly dismisses her as a plane Jane nobody while on the street the day of their assignation, Jane turns away hurt beyond belief.
But fate has other plans and when they find themselves Best Man and Maid of Honor in a mutual friend’s wedding- tempers and sparks fly- until they both realize the truth of who each other are. It will take Jane’s nursing skills once again to finally bring them together for good- and this time it will mean the destruction of both the facades they’ve erected to protect their hearts… but will it destroy their lives in the process?
This novel is so old school, I bet many will have issues with it. Matthew is the epitome of tortured hero and he’s determined to believe the worst of the heroine. But Jane is just as stubborn, broken from her own past experiences and they have a difficult time trusting what’s between them. But that’s the beauty of this book- it’s all about the depth of each character and the struggle to get them together. To me, that’s what a romance novel should be about- not being chased by a bad guy. (Oh there’s some very bad people in this book, but really they were just the framework for these two.)
I loved Jane- she was noble and though strong minded, vulnerable. But it was her apparent weakness- lack of faith in her looks and her fear of rejection- that made her determined to set a different coarse for herself. Gotta respect that.
Matthew was so difficult but, BUT he did love Jane and eventually comes to realize he cant live without her- but because of his own hidden nobility he must face doing just that! (I dont want to give away too much, but whew- this guy is layered.)
From the moment I started Sinful I was enthralled. The atypicallness of this book- from the hero’s unapologetic jackassedness and need to be in control because of the abuse he suffered in the past to an ending that goes against what most people come to expect from a romance novel- will definitely turn some people off. There is an HEA in a way, never fear, but it's not what we've come to expect. I personally loved the fact that it had an atypical ending, but- for those who dont- there is an epilogue posted on the author’s website- you will get the ending any Happily Ever After fan would adore!
And. Be assured, as with any good romance, love does change the characters- for the good. :)
4.5 out of 5. Srsly, if you’re bored with same old, same old hist-rom? This book is the right fit!
PS Sinful is more what I call Romantica- romance with a heavy dose of erotica. Steamy hot and you will read some coarser language! :P...more
Excessively naughty- Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters would have fainted dead away to have read a novel such as this in their day. Definitely on theExcessively naughty- Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters would have fainted dead away to have read a novel such as this in their day. Definitely on the erotic side of Romantica, this M/f, M/M, F/F, M/M/F novel throws everything you can imagine- including riding crops, toys and various other love play accouterments- into a regency English tale about one gals search for love... or the freedom to love however she willt, at the very least.
My big problem was that the authors attempt to write a regency kept getting in the way of the wankfest it should have been because there was precious little else going for it. Certainly no emotional attachment. I never managed to give a hoot about the bratty- slutty!- heroine, nor the down right mean, and vastly unlikeable Lord who were both vying for the attention of the angelically beautiful hero. In addition the author inexplicably threw in some side romance between a friend of the Lord and the bratty/slutty heroine’s naïve/virgin best friend that took forever to be consummated and managed to just come off as annoying.
Technically a well written story- something you don’t always get in story form erotica- but horrible narrative so, 1 out of 5 from me. ...more
People have been rather hard on this book, and I can see why, but, once I finally took the time to get into it,Geezooie where to go with this review…
People have been rather hard on this book, and I can see why, but, once I finally took the time to get into it, I found I rather liked it.
Patience and Matthew have had a thing for each other for quite a bit- and now that Matthew’s less than exalted birth circumstances have been exposed and his fickle fiancé has dumped him, he’s determined to finally get a piece of the woman who has captivated his attention for so long.
Patience knows she should stay far away from Matthew, she learned long ago that only love for her art is the safest bet, but the way he dominates her- in every possible way- strangely makes her feel more secure then even her greatest passion.
Still there’s fears to overcome and trust to be made- can they both let down their guards to allow the other in or will they take the safer route and stay forever locked in their own cold emotional cages?
This book is not a typical historical romance and so it won’t be for everyone. The author’s prose is repetitive and at times eye rolling, but I couldn’t get away from the characters. They both are helpless to their own needs no matter what their clever minds tell them and their Dom/sub play makes sense to me because it’s oh so psychological. I find that enthralling.
So- understanding why so many people were turned off by this book, I’m still giving it a 4 out of 5. Grrrrrr! ...more