This was one of those books that I liked and didn't like. It was not boring and I finished it pretty fast, but the amount of sex and let's be honest h...moreThis was one of those books that I liked and didn't like. It was not boring and I finished it pretty fast, but the amount of sex and let's be honest here, almost continuous raping of the heroine tainted my enjoyment of the story. It seemed like the author was going for a book similar to The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, and yet this book did not have the heart or the character of the other.
The alpha male, who purported to be in love with the heroine his whole life, proceeds to kidnap her the eve of her wedding to another man, and rape her until her passion for him convinced her she could love him too. I don't know if that says love to me, forcing her time after time.
I really like Catherine Coulter and have enjoyed many of her other books, but this one is kind of odd. (less)
I really liked this book. It almost reads like a farce and reminded me of the British Series, "Dr. Who", with Tom Baker (my favorite doctor.)
The dial...moreI really liked this book. It almost reads like a farce and reminded me of the British Series, "Dr. Who", with Tom Baker (my favorite doctor.)
The dialog is quite hilarious, and after the first chapter, I was hooked. Along with this almost quirky romance, there is mystery, intrigue, and some fantasy thrown in for good measure. Rohan, the male lead is purported to be a great womanizer and is chagrined to find out that his brother, George, who he always thought to be studious and dull, had married and fathered a child he never knew about. He finds the woman, Susannah, and feels he must make up for his brother's shortcomings. When someone kidnaps Susannah, the intrigue and mystery begins. Rohan's mother, Charlotte, is an interesting side character and has some very witty dialog. She is thrilled by the reputation her son has acquired, firmly believing that a good marriage exists if both partners adore and respect each other, but also have other lovers.
I laughed out loud at several parts, especially when Rowan was doing the thinking. He was quite a character. The end is a bit fanciful, but since the book is uniquely odd, I didn't find it a problem. (less)
I love Catherine Coulter and the 1st three books in this series were excellent. But I was disappointed with this one. The character development was po...moreI love Catherine Coulter and the 1st three books in this series were excellent. But I was disappointed with this one. The character development was poor. I didn't really feel any connection to any of the characters, except Sherlock and Savich who are repeating characters in the series.
The romance was flat and just all of a sudden, it was there. Also, I found the fact that as soon as Mac started the romance, he seemed to forget about his sister, who was missing.
The mystery thriller aspect started off great, but then it became rather boring and totally unrealistic.
It's getting a two star rating because it was a fast read, and just ok.
I would suggest to someone who hasn't read Coulter before to give her another chance. This one is definitely not one of her best. The Cove is the first book in the series and excellent. The Maze is even better.(less)