1.5 star Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe in that very much. But I struggled here to see beauty of any kind in Evangeline, our prickly h...more1.5 star Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe in that very much. But I struggled here to see beauty of any kind in Evangeline, our prickly heroine. She's a complete bitch. And for no other reason except her morally superior belief that she's suffered some imaginary horror and needs to take it out on everyone else--men in particular. This did absolutely nothing for me. A man-slut hero who bends over backwards to get the heroine's approval endlessly and reform his rakish ways while she turns her nose up in the air continuously. The whole time I'm wondering what an Adonis sex-crazed intimidating creature like Ben sees in a rail thin big-nosed shrewish plain spinster masquerading as a man who does nothing but ridicule and snarl at him every chance she gets lecturing him on his deviant ways. Really didn't see what he found so attractive about her and probably the most far-fetched thing in this entire story I'm sorry to say. I had a very hard time believing he was attracted to her much less crazy in love with her. Evie was insufferable and just cold-hearted. The most hateful self-righteous selfish judgmental character I've had the displeasure of reading about. Someone who loves to pass judgement on others because of their vices while they make money off other people's suffering & exploits does not give them room to be judge jury and executioner. Get off the damn throne dear. That is not a noble crusade of any kind so please spare me.
I had trouble understanding why this woman went to such lengths to skewer Ben through her newspaper The London List for 2 years when she was the one who coldly rejected him when they were young and in love. I mean I was just waiting for someone to point this out to her, Ben in particular: Her motivations made no sense and poorly justified. And we are never given much insight or guilt for that matter on the heroine's part for her rejection of Ben 10 years prior when he proposed to her. I had to sit through reading the heroine degrade and insult the hero at every turn thinking him useless, stupid, insipid and an idiot. Hey he's great for a few good screws but marriage? Never! Oh please spare me. Pot meet Kettle. And a woman who has no problem fitting into the role of a man and believing gay men were born that way is a little too modern thinking for me for a 1800's time setting. It was lovely idea but I felt Robinson went leaps and bounds to make this heroine revolutionary in every possible way and it was just overkill.
And why the author didn't bother to divulge the hero's ugly abusive childhood to the heroine makes me scratch my head. Total missed opportunity and was needed to disillusion our uppity austere heroine. This was something I felt Evie really needed to understand and know about since she was so set on making him out to be some reckless useless unfeeling fool. I really don't like judgmental people especially ones who are so narrow-minded, holier-than-thou and hypocritical about it. Evie had no problems lifting her skirts when she was 22 for Ben, she seemed to keep forgetting that tidbit in her blood bath crusade against him. RME. Just because your father was a reckless gambler who didn't protect you doesn't excuse your own up-bringing, behavior or nasty attitude. It bothered me to NO end how the heroine's loose up bringing was breezily justified yet the hero is a moral-less monster who needs to repent because he had mistresses?? There's a wallop of double standards & hypocrisy that I had no patience for. Just...UGH. (less)