Every once in a while when the mood strikes me, I would read a book like this to relieve stress. So I don't usually feel much like choking to death thEvery once in a while when the mood strikes me, I would read a book like this to relieve stress. So I don't usually feel much like choking to death the kind of men many historical romances feature--you know, ogre-like men who tend to throw women over their shoulders (my closet feminist self goes right back into the closet).
But the way Connor, the main lead, was written lacked the usual subtlety about their obvious "ogre-ness" that came with it. I don't know if that's how Julie Garwood's male characters are all like but I was annoyed every time Connor was worried that showing the slightest consideration or affection to his wife would cost him his balls of manliness. No, seriously. The story is so in love with the idea of softening a gruff man into a fuzzy teddy bear (which doesn't come close to happening, by the way) that it's near ridiculous. I'm not ooh-ing and ah-ing.
Alright, I didn't dislike reading this as much as it appears I did. I actually planned to give this a rating of 4 stars yesterday as soon as I was finished with it. I'm still hovering between a 3 and a 4 star rating so I'll settle for 3.5.
I just want more thought to be put behind those male leads in historical romances. They feel so much alike (with their tough, I'm-a-man-rawr exteriors) and so processed I find them hard to like unless I'm bored out of my mind and I don't care much.
As for Brenna, I thought she was okay. Sometimes I felt like slapping her to get her act together but she had this really-young vibe to her; she pretends to be strong when she's pretty insecure and tries hard to please others. She still had an air of familiarity about her, in the way she would incredibly amuse all the men by being "willful" and "brave" and "opiniated". The fiery, spirited woman lead who cracks the hostile man's walls by being the opposite of meek towards him. Sounds familiar?
Maybe I managed to keep my brain off when I was reading this but now I'm all fired up. LOL. I didn't mean to dissect and analyze a historical romance (can you compare it to a crime, or would that be pushing it?) when I started writing this review but it just happened. ...more
Many people would start chatting with the people sitting beside them (i shamelessly talked to a nice uni girl beside meThe idea was pretty interesting
Many people would start chatting with the people sitting beside them (i shamelessly talked to a nice uni girl beside me, she told lots of things about herself and i did the same. it's really strange how you feel familiar with the person next to you just because he/she is next to you. i dunno)
The reason why i rated the book 3 stars (i was planning on two stars but since i liked the ending -__-) is because Kinsella keeps throwing impossible and horrible things at your face.
I mean, poor emma, the worst things possible happen to her. i could make a whole list of the many times she is humilated throughtout the story (or misunderstood=>leading to problems! ugh!!)
it didn't seem too normal. man, how unlucky could you get.
plus this story is way 18+ (okay, 16+ is more like it but still--i'm 14), i would've liked LESS details.
it was nice how in the end, everything worked together (thank you, kinsella. i would've said this book was a complete rip-off if there was no happy ending)
i was able to relate with emma, i know how it feels. and even if i didn't know, i'd care because kinsella's characters are fleshed out and real.