I think i have a bit of a problem on my hands. See, the problem is that i finished this book and all i can say is "hmmm that was a nice book". Not te I think i have a bit of a problem on my hands. See, the problem is that i finished this book and all i can say is "hmmm that was a nice book". Not terrible, but not great either. That doesn't leave much room for a review. This feeling being a problem; i'm going to change up my review format a bit.
Cover: I have to say when i took the book out of the envelope i thought "Pretty". The cover is gorgeous. It is also going down as one of my favorite "hero" covers. The thing about it it that it doesn't really mesh well with the title. It instead works with the series with is the "Survivor club". Its something that unless you're a huge fan of author you're really not going to know that or make the connection. I can still stare at the cover all day though.
Hero & Heroine: I think for me any heroine that are in books with an "tragic hero" genre is automatically going to lose to the hero. Sophie didn't do it for me. I really can't point my finger on it, but i think i have an idea. She recovered too quickly. She was mentally abused for years, but is ok after a few months? Now that doesn't make sense. I can see her being fine in a few years. Maybe sooner if therapy existed back then.... I would have been fine with the story ending with her still recovering.
Vincent..Ah...How i do love a tragic hero. Vincent had more to offer to me than Sophia did. You can see the progress he has made and how he got there. The way he acted and behaved made much more sense. You can also see, how ironic considering he was blind, his appreciation of Sophie and his love more clearly.
Together they were an ok couple. The thing that really didn't like about the book was the graphic sex. I'm not into that. I prefer the fade to black or less is more approach. So each to their own.
**spoiler alert** I have said it and say it on almost every review I have ever written; I don’t like writing the beginning of reviews. They’re only ea**spoiler alert** I have said it and say it on almost every review I have ever written; I don’t like writing the beginning of reviews. They’re only easy to write when you have a clear and precise idea on what so say. This feeling is an occurrence that doesn’t hit usually till the middle of the review. By then you’re feeling pretty good about the review so of course it’s time for the program you’re writing it on to freeze up. This leaves you with the feeling of irritation at the program that usually works so well when you’re usually on something not so important.
This scenario can be applied to the relationship of Mrs. Folly Hamilton and her husband’s cousin Mr. Robert Cambourne. They become acquainted with each other through the old fashion program of the Royal Mail system. Course when they were usually it, it was slower than dial up and took about six months to get a reply from the other end. This system is used for seven years where a love affair slowly develops between Folly in England and Robert in India. The only problem is kind of a big one; they’re both married to different people. This problem rears its ugly head when Folly’s husband dies and she entertains the idea of visiting Robert in India. This prompts him to admit he was married and end the correspondence. The story picks up years later in 1812 when Robert writes Folly requesting that he would like her stepdaughter(who became his ward upon his cousin’s death) to come to his residence Solinger. Of course Folly would be ever so kind to accompany her. Here is when Folly and Robert hit the error in the programing. Neither is like how the other imagined or remembered from the letters. Robert has been suffering from hallucinations and fear that someone is trying to kill him. Folly is no longer the naive girl she once was and refuses to be walked over or talked down too. Thus the story truly begins with an error in the system.
This was the first Laura Kinsale book I have ever read and like all first timers will probably be my basis for comparison for her other books. It took me awhile to get used to the writing since the author went out of her way to make the make the words being used and spoken as authentic to the period as possible. I had to remind myself sometimes that I was reading a book written by a modern author and not one by written in the regency period itself. It was an interesting change, but it made it not as easy to read as those written in modern language. A prop I will give to Ms. Kinsale is the use of actual dates in the timeline. It made it so much easier to place historically and genealogically than when authors don’t.
Back to the actual “book” that I’m supposed to be reviewing. The love story between Folly and Robert probably won’t go down as one of my favorites, but it was cute. These are two people who had fallen in love with an idea of a person from their letters and now have to reconcile that idea with the actual thing. As with most times when this happens it takes a while, a sometimes frustrating amount of time. Along with the love story between Robert and Folly there are two side stories going on. The biggest being the plot to make Robert seem insane/try to kill and Folly’s step daughter Miranda’s coming out into society. Regarding side story one it takes you awhile to figure out who is behind the plot and the reason. Once you find out you kind of find yourself rolling your eyes. Neither can I say the resolution to it was an OMG moment. It was more of Finally! Miranda. Miranda was just boring and an unnecessary edition to the story in my opinion.
The actual characters of Folly and Robert were neither good nor bad. They sort of fell into the middle ground of “ok”. Neither memorable or terribly bad. Not being a writer I’m unsure of whether you truly want your characters to end up in that middle ground. Neither can I say that Robert feel into my list of tortured heroes that I want to pull out of the book and make them all mine. Robert from “England’s Perfect Hero” by Suzanne Enoch still holds top Robert spot and the crown there. Folly could have Robert in the story. He was kind of a jerk sometimes.
Final rating: 3 stars. A middle of the pack book with ok writing, ok hero/heroine, and ok plot.
Steam rating: 2: Not that steamy. There was no consummated sex in the book. The only thing you could count that would be steam would be Robert working Folly and getting her to say “Kiss my Pussy”. Something that I found myself laughing at rather than thinking sexy. ...more