**spoiler alert** Wow. What a difference a few years can make when reading a book. The first time i read "The Duke and I" i was 16 years old. I was y...more**spoiler alert** Wow. What a difference a few years can make when reading a book. The first time i read "The Duke and I" i was 16 years old. I was young, innocent, and naive. I couldn't get enough of romance books.And i just adored every single Julia Quinn book i could get my hands on. Eleven years later, a grown single woman, i find myself still loving the book. Loved the book so much in fact that except for the first 20 pages i read it all in one afternoon/evening sitting. I haven't done that in a very very long time. Even with the most recent books i've jadored it's taken me 2-3 days to finish a book. I definitely think there is something to be said about the romances that were coming out in the early 2000's.
In this book, Julia introduces us to the famous "Bridgerton" family. One of the families I automatically connect in my mind with romance. Daphne is the eldest daughter of the family and after two seasons without a decent proposal is starting to lose hope. That doesn't deter her mother, Violet, from trying though. And so she is introduced to bachelor after bachelor. Every ball and party. Daphne knows the truth of things though. She is the "girl next store". The girl every man likes to chat with, but doesn't see as marriageable match. The ones that do she's rather didn't. Then she meets her brother Anthony's old friend and all that changes....
Simon is your typical hero in many ways. He's a Duke. Rich. Tall, dark, and handsome. And he has some issues. Big daddy ones and a surprisely stammering/stuttering problem that he's dealt with all his life. His goal on returning to England was to avoid society as much as possible. After all. He had no plans to marry or have children so why should he become involved. Yet society doesn't feel the same way about him and of course he gets tangled into it. At an event hosted by Lady Dansbury, Simon finds himself in a position that was more than he bargained for. He was quite happy to help out his friend Anthony's sister; he was not happy about becoming the newest catch to hit the ton. So he makes a bargain with Daphne. They'll pretend to form a attachment so that she may attract more men and he attract less women. If only Simon didn't start wishing the attachment wasn't fake...
On the topic of the two main characters i loved Simon. I've had to deal with speech issues all my life and found myself commiserating with him a lot. It was nice to have a character voice the issues that those of use who have trouble with certain sounds and words go through. It was far easier for me to connect with him than Daphne. Daphne on the other hand had some moments where i found myself wanting to hit her. The most being when she had sex with him when he was drunk because she wanted his sperm. I did not mistype that. Now that really didn't bother me when i was younger, but looking at it now i does bother me some. It was cruel of her to do so and in a way a bit violating. Yet the issue was never discussed in great length. It was merely shoved under the rug later when Simon basically says, not in these words, he could have stopped her if he wanted to. Something i'm not entirely sure of. If the character was fine with it i'll let it be since it wasn't rape and he doesn't entirely doing "it" against his will.
Together, Daphne and Simon work out quite well. They bounced right off of each other and could roll with things. Mostly.
Before i end this i should probably mention this story was the first appearance of Lady Whistledown. A brilliant creation of Julia's especially when you look at the whole series at once.
Final rating. 4 1/2, but i'll give it a 5 here. I only had one issue with the book and it was what i discussed above. (less)
It is book two in my re-read month. "The Rake" was the first book i read by Suzanne Enoch. I find it amazing that i always choose the best in author...more It is book two in my re-read month. "The Rake" was the first book i read by Suzanne Enoch. I find it amazing that i always choose the best in authors series to read first. I was a little slower in reading this one since last week was a busy week. Anyways.... I really can't remember how old i was when i read this book. Nor can i remember where. I just remember loving it and being ecstatic to find out there were two others afterwards.
The hero and heroine unlike many other romances have known each other for quite a long time. In fact that have quite a long history. It was believed that Tristan and Georgiana were going to marry each other when Georgiana first came out. For Georgiana it was innocent love and bliss. And to quote Taylor Swift "She gave him everything she had for a boy that changed his mind". Except Tristan didn't as much change his mind, but seduce her to win a wager. And like the song "they both cried" except they became more plural to mean Georgiana and her "two" friends. Course the incident was summed up to a kiss and not a seduction which saved Georgiana reputation.
Still six years later Georgiana hasn't forgotten what Tristan did and she lets him know every chance she gets. So society seems them as enemies rather than possible marriage partners. So Georgiana and her two friends Evelyn and Lucinda come up with a plan to each teach a man a "love lesson" rather make the man fall in love with them and then dash their hearts to pieces. Georgiana chooses Tristan of course. Which leads her to moving in with him and his entire family to "Help" his one Aunt while she recovers from Gout. Which leads to a rather humorous and unforgettable romance.
I personally loved Tristan and his brothers more than i liked Georgiana. Then again that often turns out this way. I loved every interaction he had with his family. The playfulness and tenderness. He made me want to have him for a brother instead of mine. I'll trade anytime. You could tell from what we heard from various people and himself that he'd really grown up since his wager six years ago with Georgiana. It was nice to see and hear it on more than one front than a simple blanket statement.
Georgiana was quite the heroine as well. While i didn't love her as much as the guys i still loved her. She had a backbone and wasn't going to be a simpering female. She was her own woman and everyone was going to know it. She had her flaws which was a nice coutner point to her brashness and forwardness sometimes. Somethings she didn't think things all the way through and she wasn't above using others if it suited her (but not in a terrible way). It also helped that she had some nice sounding off room with Lucinda and her aunt Frederica.
Together the two of them made a witty couple that were clearly made for each other, but had a few realistic barriers to get through.
Final rating: 5 stars. For great characters, story-line, and for introducing me to my fictional crush Bit Carroway. (less)
So after much persuasion and a delight jaunt into Lisa's world with "Love in the Afternoon" i decided to start the Wallflower series. Instead of start...moreSo after much persuasion and a delight jaunt into Lisa's world with "Love in the Afternoon" i decided to start the Wallflower series. Instead of started at the very end like i did with the Hathaway series i decided to start at the beginning.
I have to admit i wasn't as big of a fan of this book as i was of "Love in the Afternoon". It was an "ok" book for me. I rather liked the entire Wallflower set together. I adored and laugh at ever one of their scenes.I also really liked the banter between Simon and the Lord of Westcliff. The thing is that i found Simeon and Annabelle to be merely ok when they were alone or together. I really can't even state why. They were merely "ok" characters. Nothing about them stood out to me to make me like or really hate them. I guess the best way to phrase it would be they were like your feelings of most side characters in a story. Your fine with them, but don't really care about them one way or another. It's only when they're with a group of their friends do they stand out. In that manner of phrasing i wish there were more scenes with Annabelle and the rest of the wallflowers and Simon and Westcliff.
The most significant thing that stood out to me in this book was that the main characters weren't in the aristocracy. Something that was an interesting change. Instead Simeon is an entrepreneur and the son of a butcher. He's at the head of the industrial revolution and the great change that is about to be heralded in to the world. A world were the aristocracy has always ruled and are now becoming obsolete. It actually took me a bit to get my head around this since most historical's i read are when the aristocracy are in high fever. I also have to admit it took me a bit to get used to all the "American" talk in a book set in England. Something rather strange since i am an American. I'm just not used to see them mosey their way the English environment.
All in all this book was 3 1/2 stars for me. It had a nice story and some great moments, but not enough to be four stars. (less)
**spoiler alert** This book is really giving me a love/ hate reaction. In some parts I really rather liked it. In others I rather loathed it. I have t...more**spoiler alert** This book is really giving me a love/ hate reaction. In some parts I really rather liked it. In others I rather loathed it. I have to admit this was a first for me in awhile. Normally I either really like it, think it's ok, or hate the book. Not have a complicated relationship with it. Many of these feelings stream from my reactions to the main characters Anna and Edward. This is because their actions in the book really make me want to strangle them sometimes, yet cheer in others.
My hate of the book can be summed up in these plot points: 1) Anne going to London merely to sleep with Edward. Does so in a way he didn't know it's her because she mets him at "Aphrodite's Grotto". The most dangerous and thrilling whore house in London.
2)The way Edward acts towards her afterwards when he finds out. He basically starts to be an ass. He's pushy, overbearing, conceited, and believe's that if he acts sexy Anna will be seduced. What is with the name Edward that produces characters that i want to pulverize.
3) Going off from of the last point Anna because's a willing sex toy. Then again is that so surprising considering what she did in point 1?
My like of the book can be summed up in these points: 1) Jock. Every time the dog came on screen i wanted to die laughing.
2) The actual prostitutes that Anna befriends. Pearl and Coral were great additions. I really love how Peal gets together with the Hoppel, Edward's estate manager, at the end. It was so cute. Then Coral also get's her rightful place as head madame at Aphrodite's.
3) The little bursts of wit we got now and then from Anna and Edward. They were a cute couple when one wasn't being an ass or an idiot.
4) David and Viscount Iddesleigh. I love them both and really wish they were in the book more.
Comparing my likes and dislikes together you can see why i have such a love/hate relation with the book. I give Elizabeth Hoyt great credit for giving me such a feeling. It takes a great writer to make you so emotionally invested in a book that you feel strong emotions towards the characters. The book also made me want to read the next two (someone put the leopard prince on book swamp please!!). Despite these things, I really can't give this book a higher rating than three stars. To do so would be dishonest since i clearly had a lot of issues with the main plot points of the story.
There comes a time when every reviewer comes upon a book that they liked, but don't really have much to say about it. This bo...more**spoiler alert** Review:
There comes a time when every reviewer comes upon a book that they liked, but don't really have much to say about it. This book has given me that time. I rather liked the book, but i really have nothing to say about it. I think because during the reading of this book i started to contemplate about what i liked and didn't like about books. I started these thoughts due to the fact that Harry only read a few paragraphs/excerpts of Emma's (the heroine) book due to the fact it wasn't his thing. He then further confessed that perhaps he close minded about books because he only read and published what he liked and what he thought mainstream society would like. His pondering got me pondering and i realized that i was still looking at romances the way i did several years ago. I stopped reading them during college and in the last few months have gotten back into reading them. I was still under the assumption that i would like the same type of romances i did then, but my tastes have matured as i have. A lesson that the heroine learned when she realized that she wasn't the same person she was years ago. She was different and she preferred different things.
I find it to be quite a feet when a book can get you thinking about things. I think because the writer got me thinking of these things that i really got to like the characters. I found that i could emphasis with both Emma and Harry. Their romance really reminded me of Luke and Lorelai's from Gilmore Girls. They were friends/ acquittance's for years , but never really looked at each other in the romantic fashion. Both Emma and Harry were very happy bachlors and really felt no need for a romantic fling. This all changes after a series of events that flings them together and has them see each other in a different light. It was really quite refreshing and i throughly enjoyed it. As a reader you sort of feel like your in on a inside secret reading these two and your just waiting for both of them to catch on. Then when they do. ^^ Oh, geese their first kiss has to be one of my favorite first kisses of all time. A kiss in the bookshop. Nothing could be better than that. Due to the nature of the two the placement of the kiss could appear to be a bit cheesy, but i found it to be quite fitting. It would only make sense that since their relationship began around the printed word that they should reach the next level surrounded by it.
My only complaint about the book would be the last few sex filled chapters. I understand it was Emma releases herself of her restraints, but the girl really turned into a sex fend. I would have liked it edited down a bit. Hmm.. funny for not knowing what to say at the beginning i certainly wrote a lot. ^^
Rating: 5 stars. Excellent characters, thought provoking, and wonderful plot. ^^(less)
This title is really all wrong for this book. It really should be called "of Windows and Russian Princes". I really don't se...more**spoiler alert** Review:
This title is really all wrong for this book. It really should be called "of Windows and Russian Princes". I really don't see how "what happens in london" fits in with the story. The story itself follows Olivia Bevelstroke and Sir Harry Valentine.
Olivia is in her third season in London is and is practically bored since-less since her best friend married her brother. Besides complaining how troublesome it is to be pretty she has an affinity on spying on her next store neighbor Harry. Rumor has it he killed his supposed fiancée.
Harry is merely trying to get some war documents translated into Russian but the annoying girl next store won't stop staring at him through the window. He soon gets a summons to the war office and is told to watch the girl and the Russian prince her admires her. Turns out that the Russian prince may be a supporter of Napoleon.
Thus the plot-less story begins. For a Julia Quinn book i'm rather disappointed in this. I really enjoyed Olivia and Harry in "Ten reasons why i love you", but found them annoying and lackluster here. I also couldn't figure out their relationship. One moment their annoyed at each other and the next they love each other. It was like eh???? Then lets not even get to the plot... wait.... there is not plot. Julia just seems to throw in a kidnapping for her own good health. No other reason seems to be for it. The kidnapping wasn't even good. It was like WTF? is going on here? Why is the ambassador of Russia suddenly evil when he never appeared in the entire book? How did the prince's body guard come to work for the war office. Who the freak is Fitswilliam? Is this Mr.Dracy's secret profession. Seriously seriously disappointed.
Rating: 3 stars. Lack of plot, too many WTF?, whinny heroine, and the romance between the hero and heroine came together too nicely.
**spoiler alert** I can sum up my dislike of this book in one word: Charis. The heroine annoyed me to no end. I barely finished the book because of he...more**spoiler alert** I can sum up my dislike of this book in one word: Charis. The heroine annoyed me to no end. I barely finished the book because of her. She was pushy, obnoxious, and self-centered. Yes she claiming what she did was for Gideon, but i didn't get that impression. I got the impression that she didn't even care for his feelings only hers. Then she kept pushing him when he was ready for it. Now i abhor violence against women, but i was cheering for Gideon to hurt her. She even enraged my temper. Pretty sad when she came into his contact because she was physically hurt by her brothers. Something that i came to pity her less and less in the book. I don't know what happened to her. The first 180 pages i could stand her. The rest of the book i wanted to thrash her. Gideon didn't exactly endear me either. I jadore tortured heroes, but he did nothing for me. He seemed to be a cookie cutter cut out of what a tortured hero is supposed to be. I read it, but didn't feel it. The character i liked the most was Akash and he was barely in the book. I want Akash to get his own book....
The plot also did nothing for me. It was so....Boring...... By page 230 my mind was wondering on to more what should i read next than the actual story. The first half of the book kept me interested, but the moment they got to Jersey; where was snookie and what's his name. I don't know. I don't watch that crap show, but i'm sure if those people had been in the book it would be have been more interesting to read.
At the end, in all honesty, if you've ever seen the movie "Hoodwinked" there is a part where the squirrel named Twitchy is telling the wolf what he saw red riding hood was doing. One part he goes sarcastically "she was going lalalala through the woods" and in my mind his voice just goes "they went on their way singing lalalala" in the same tone. The romance was that much of a sell out to me. I read it, but never felt it. Therefore the book to me ends with Charis and Gideon going lalalala happily skipping through the woods in the most campy way possible.
Final rating: 3 stars. The first half of the book was good, but the second sucked. Badly. (less)
**spoiler alert** I do believe this one of those times where you can successfully judge a book by it's cover. The cover of "Never Dare A Duke" is beau...more**spoiler alert** I do believe this one of those times where you can successfully judge a book by it's cover. The cover of "Never Dare A Duke" is beautiful and captivating. It was what really drew me in. I'm glad it did.
This is because Gayle Callen's book became the first romance i've read in a long long time where i literally could not put it down. The dogs even missed a walk because i couldn't stop reading. It was that good to me. Now it didn't contain any tragic or tortured hero. Nor were the chapters leaving on cliff hangers. Instead Gayle created an amazingly witty heroine whose sole desire is to find some scandalous past on the Duke aka Chris Cabot.
Abigale's desire for this is to save her father's floundering newspaper and prove that women could write just as well as men can. So when her best friend Gwen asks her to accompany her to the Duke's sisters house party Abigale readily agrees. Together they set forth to find out the Duke's scandalous secret. Unfortunately things don't work as well as they plan. This is because everyone and anyone is so tight lipped about Chris's past. So Abigale makes a bargain with Chris that they should "pretend to be together". She does this in order for him to get away from the overbearing misses and for Abigale to secretly investigate Chris. Now Chris, of course, is extremely intrigued by Abigale and doesn't believe her for a moment when she said she wants nothing from him. This leads him into doing a little investigating of his own. These two separate investigation leads Abigale and Chris in finding more than they ever expected from each other.
Abigale's and Chris relationship with each other was really brilliant. You could sort of say it was Nancy Drew meets Pride and Prejudice with a touch of Emma. Neither of them trusted each other to say the least. This is especially true of Chris. Yet during the course of the book they start to realize that each other is not as they seemed. That they both were wrong in the initial judgement of each other. This later leads them to having a more open and trusting relationship. One where they are on equal terms.
I noticed that Abigale seems to get a lot of strife from other reviewers because they don't think she learned her lesson. I actually think she did. Her character had a lot of "Emma" in her and it took for her to see the possible consequences of her actions to realize they were wrong. She also makes up for them. After the horrid article was written about Chris she makes a point of writing one that contradicts it. She does this even though Chris swears he would never forgive her for doing so. Abigale loves Chris so much that she doesn't care. So not only does she write the article, but she makes sure that the world knows it was a lady journalist who did. Thus freeing herself to be what she truly wants to be while helping the damage done to her beloved name. Chris later uses this "lady journalist" scandal to propose to her in a really cute way.
Final Rating: 5 stars. Great set of main and side characters, interesting plot, and for being a non put-downer.
**spoiler alert** Excerpt: What do you do when Polite Society considers you unmarriageable, yet your relatives insist on matchmaking? Escaping, Decima...more**spoiler alert** Excerpt: What do you do when Polite Society considers you unmarriageable, yet your relatives insist on matchmaking? Escaping, Decima Ross ends up stranded in a blizzard. To be rescued by Adam, Viscount Weston, is both an embarrassment and a delight – especially when he proves to find neither her height nor her freckles a barrier to passion. But Adam has compromised her and Decima is not prepared to find herself married off for the sake of propriety. By the time Adam has found his elusive love again they are enmeshed in a tangle of mismatched lovers and matchmaking mamas which takes all his considerable ingenuity to unravel.
Review: Another hard book review to write. More so because i just found the book boring and love match too quick. Disappointing since i've been wanting to read this book for a long time. The first chapter was great, but them it got.... I mean its page 30 and the hero and heroine are already in love, lust, and kissing each other. This all after knowing each other for ONE DAY. One single day. That immediately turned me off. I mean, i'm fine with the whole noticing how attractive the person is, but this was a little much. Both heroine and heroine was already declaring they've never met anyone like the other after knowing each other for a few hours. A short conversation and they've found their soul mates. It was like speed dating regency style. Then the rest of the book is them pretending they don't want to be with the other while secretly pinning and having romantic flings. It's like make up your freaking mind. Are you together or not. Finally at the very last chapter on almost the very last page they get engaged. Only after finding out their other intended in compromising positions with each other. (I meant that Adam(hero) & Dessy (Heroine) own finance's were caught together.) They then declared they were getting engaged and that apparently kicked Adam and Dessy in getting engaged too.
I don't know. Maybe it was just me. I just don't like the whole "OMG your my soul mate in the first 30 pages" types of romances. I like build up and having those moments after page 100 or so. Only anthologies can get away with short mesh ups in my opinions. This book is 278 and doesn't count. Therefore it has my turning my head side to side and wondering if perhaps the bitter cold froze the hero/heroines senses. Perhaps it was the ale & whiskey they were drinking. Or perhaps just me again and my high standards...
Rating: 2 stars for boring since i could barely get through it. It also gets this rating for too quick of romance. I will say it has a gorgeous cover though. (less)
**spoiler alert** Review: This is one of those books where everything just seems to come together right. As such i really have nothing to write. It's h...more**spoiler alert** Review: This is one of those books where everything just seems to come together right. As such i really have nothing to write. It's hard to find fault with a book that comes together perfectly. It was like being back in the Brigerton books. Seriously Julia never disappoints.
I loved Annabel and Seb together. Adore Olivia and Louisa as side characters. Died cracking up at Annabelle's grandmother. Seriously the woman should become the next whistledown. Found Lord Newbury as a believable villain and seriously. How could you not hate him. I was really hoping he was really dead on the floor. The scandal of him being found in Annabelle's grandmother's bed would have been delish. I was glad he never sired anymore heirs.
I have the previous two books, but haven't read them yet and now i just got too. ^^
A lady should always make polite conversation . . .
Theresa Weller understands the rules of decorum, and is appalle...more**spoiler alert** Excerpt: The Rules:
A lady should always make polite conversation . . .
Theresa Weller understands the rules of decorum, and is appalled when Colonel Bartholomew James disrupts a perfectly civilized dinner. This rude, insensitive man is the complete opposite of everything a gentleman should be—but with one searing kiss, Tess can think of no one else.
A lady should never lose her temper . . .
Aggravated beyond bearing by a man who speaks his mind, Tess wishes there was a guide to men like Bartholomew. Surely, with such an assortment of handsome, polite suitors to choose from, Tess should not ache for him.
And a lady should never pursue a gentleman.
She invites him on carriage rides and dares him to dance, and almost makes him want to return to Society. Bartholomew knows Tess wants to be seen as a proper miss, but deep down, he knows she is precisely the sort to spark his desire . . . A most improper lady.
FIVE STARS all the way. Suzanne Enoch is the queen of writing tortured/wounded heroes as far as i'm concerned. *Bows down*. The book is so utterly good that i'm finding it troublesome to write this review because everything about it was just so perfect. I have nothing to complain about. The pacing of the romance was good. Tolly was *la sigh* and Theresa has to be one of my most favorite heroines of all time. I think the thing i really love about this story is that their romance rings true even thought it took part in over a short period of time.
After nearly being killed and left for dead by some Indian "Thuggie" Tolly comes back to England a wounded man in both body and mind. He wants nothing, but to be left alone. At the beginning he was determined to get that no matter how rude and how much he made people hated him. Theresa was the stickler for propriety at the beginning. That all ended with Tolly rubbed her the wrong way at dinner with her cousin (whom is married to Tolly's older brother) and she left it lose at him. This starts a battle of the wills between the two and an eventual friendship. This friendship later turns to love. The best part for me in the book was when Tolly got the operation on his knee, knowing he could possibly lose his leg, because he wanted to be able to dance with Theresa. I fell in love with him hard there. Then Theresa barging in on the surgery and helping the doctor... WOW. I could never do that. I would be with Tolly's brother, sister, and Amelia (Theresa's cousin) outside.
Another thing that i really loved about the book was the ending. You know Tolly and Amelia get's their "happily ever after" without it being all perfect. Tolly's reputation is still up in the air. The only thing is that people accept him enough to not shun him anymore. To me this was perfection since it wasn't a perfect ending. It was as close to real life as you can get. And i thank Suzanne for this.
Next up it's been confirmed that Bradshaw Carroway get's a book!! *squee*
Rating: 5 STARS. Perfect plot, characters, romance, and just everything *\^o^/*(less)
**spoiler alert** After reading “One Dance with a Duke” my first impression is that the title should be changed to “The Alpha Horsebreader and the Lad...more**spoiler alert** After reading “One Dance with a Duke” my first impression is that the title should be changed to “The Alpha Horsebreader and the Lady who loved him, but wanted to kill him at times”.
This alpha horsebreader being the hero Spencer Dumarque, Duke of Morland. Now Spencer is the alpha and he’s not afraid to let you know it. He titled, large, and always in charge. So far he’s gathered seven of the ten “Stud Club” tokens and is determined to have them all. Most of all he wants the stud horse Osiris. Spencer, being the lover of all things Equus ferus caballus, knew a good piece of horse flesh when he saw it and Oisiris was a good piece of horse flesh. Spencer also knew how to be theaterical. For the last month he’s been gracing parties at the stroke of midnight and dacing with one girl. He then departs and not to been sceen again till the next stroke of midnight. On a night in June in 1817, he showed up at a ball ready to choose a wallflower, but instead got choosen by a Miss. Amelia d’Orsay. His troublesome night gets worse when he soon learns that the founder of the Stud Club has just been killed. He wishes to go learn more and talk to the founders sister. Unfortunalte for him Amelia wishes to go with him and she’s not taking no for an answer.
Amelia d’Orsay is quite on the shelf. Near the age of thirty and not possessing great beauty, nor wealth, nor thiness she’s quite given up ever marrying. During a rather dull ball in June 1817, her happy thoughts of going to the family summer home is rudly interruped by her brother Jack telling her that they have to rent out the family summer home to pay back his gambling debt to the Duke of Morland. With this knowledge, Amelia sends Jack away and becomes determined to make the Duke release her brother of his debt. So determined in fact that she decides to make herself his partner for his annual midnight dance. Come hell or highwater, the Duke will release her brother from his debt. The one thing Amelia didn’t plan on was a sudden murder.
I sort of have mixed impressions with this book. I really liked Amelia and I was cheering with her like “you go girl *snap snap snap*”. I really loved the fact that Amelia did not put up with any bull from Spencer. He might be the alpha male, but he’d sure to know she was the alpha female. She knew what to say and just how to say it. She was the perfect woman to go against such a strong alpha male. I also liked that she wasn’t descibed as a thin women. Her description had me imaging her as looking like January Jones. I believe that if Amelia could come up with a saying about herself it would be “Real heroines have curves”.
There was other times though I was like “what are you doing? Kick him where it hurts”. One of these later moments happened on pages 258-261. This incident moved the book down a rating. A brief bit of information for this scene Amelia said that she wouldn’t bed him till Spencer’s innocence was proven in Leo’s death and that had to be proven by finding the “Stud Club Coin”. Spencer then said he would take everything from her and there was nothing she could do. Well Jack had it and Spencer won it from him in cards after hitting him from a supposed insult to Amelia. In this moment, Spencer has just thrown Jack out of the house and Amelia was pissed. I was like you tell! Don’t let him control you. Then Spencer was like “I AM YOUR HUSBAND” and then basically had angry sex with Amelia in which I didn’t feel that Amelia was all consenting. She said she was at the end of the chapter, but no.. I don’t like it when men force themselves on women. I felt Spencer had forced himself on her since she was in a very emotional state and not thinking all clearly. I have no tolerence for men forcing themselves upon women and this single incident knocked the book rating down in my opinion.
Another one of my pet peeves was that Claudia, who had the opportunity to be a really good character basically transported herself into Sense and Sensibility. Funny enough since I had just watched the movie the night before I finished the book. Basically Spencer turns into Colonel Brandon and Claudia into Eliza Williams. I mean really turned into. Claudia and Eliza are the same age (15), run away, and both end up pregnant by a man who had claimed to love them. The only thing missing was Willoughby. I found myself scraching my head at this since the similarity was extremely stricking down to the fifteen year old being a ward of a bachlor man. I really didn’t like this at all. I understand taking things from other books and Jane Austen is a good inspiration, but there was too many direct simialiries for me to over looked.
All that aside I really rather liked Spencer and Amelia’s relationship. I found it to rather cute how they started to get to know each other after their marriage of convience. I also really loved the witty banter between the two of them. It really made for some interesting and funny scenes. I highly recommend this book to everyone seeing as I really only had two problems with the book. My issues with the book might not be issues for other people. I would recommend this book to those who like Sense and Sensiblity mixed with a bit of “The Seducation of Sara” by Karen Hawkins.
Rating: 4 stars. I had some issues with it, but it was still a rather delightful read. (less)