Don't get me wrong, though I'm only giving this book three stars I did enjoy it a lot... I'm just not sure I enjoyed it in the way it was supposed toDon't get me wrong, though I'm only giving this book three stars I did enjoy it a lot... I'm just not sure I enjoyed it in the way it was supposed to be enjoyed. I busted out laughing several times while reading this story and often felt the need to read passages to my SO. From those bits I shared he told me he didn't know how I could still be reading. I replied that it was like watching a train wreck... you know it's wrong but you still find yourself looking.
Perhaps my biggest peeve with the book though was that some scenes seemed to "skip". For example, right before the second part there were two or three chapters that did so much skipping I had a hard time figuring out what was going on and why.
Anyway, it was enjoyable but I definitely like some of her other books better....more
This was an... odd book. There was part of me that wanted to rate it a four, while other parts scream that it really should be a two. There were so maThis was an... odd book. There was part of me that wanted to rate it a four, while other parts scream that it really should be a two. There were so many things that had me shaking my head and wondering if I should finish it.
Antonia This girl was a study of contradictions. On one page she would be vowing that she hated posing as a male and then two sentences later she would be thinking about how happy she was as her brother. In the same vein, one minute she would be gushing over ladies fashions and missing dresses while then turning around and admiring how well she liked her male attire and mentally rolling her eyes at what the silly girls were wearing. Even her diary is a perfect contradiction of her thinking, though at least in that regard it is acknowledged when Adam read it and saw that every page started out with how much she hated him and all of her suppositions on what dangerous things he had done, only to then end each and every entry gushing about how much she loved him.
She wanted him today, she wanted him tomorrow, she wanted him forever. He was all males rolled into one, father, guardian, friend, lover, husband...
Adam He was... odd. I counted well over ten times places where he was describing himself as a father to the "male" Tony. Okay, fine, he had to rearrange his thinking when he suddenly found out that he was dealing with a female instead of a male, only to then find out that the female he'd been dreaming about the past month was she as well... And what a revelation:
Ann Lambeth! No trace could be foud because Ann Lambeth was Antonia Lamb! The thought wasregugnantto him. He was suddenly blazing angry. Far more angry than he'd been at discovering Tony was a woman. The devious little bitch! It offended ever sensibility!Christ Almighty, he was engaged to her mother!He was Antonia's guardian. She was probably going to be his daughter. It was tantamount to incest! A guardian sleeping with his ward breeched every code of honor. It wasmorally corruptible.
And yet, less than ten pages later, the very next day, he's saying WTF and bedding her like there's no tomorrow within the knowledge of her de facto chaperon and all of his house servants. He takes on a care-less attitude about the whole deal while thinking to himself:
Savage silently contemplated what he had don. There was no turning back now. What was done was done. Shamelessly, he has no regrets.She was extremely young, but age had nothing to do with it[by this time she has turned 17 and he is either 32 or 33].They were two of a kind. Though society would be scandalized that a guardian should be intimate with his ward, he doubted that they would be ostracized. He was too damned rich and she too well-born to be seriously censured. In any case he didn't give a damn about the so-called ton, except for Antonia's sake. He felt extremely protective of her, yet she was so outrageous, he doubted she gave a good goddamn either. Now that he hadknown Antonia, he was horrified to think he might havemarried Eve. He wished he had neverbecome romantically involved with both mother and daughter, but he could not undo the past, and long ago he had learned to live with the fact that he was a dishonorable bastard.
All the Rest There should probably be some form of significant difference between the hero and the villain. Here there was practically none and the only concrete lines that could be drawn between the two are perhaps sexual kinks including weaponry and laziness vs hard-work. In fact, I am sure there were several scenes featuring the hero that have been featured within the same context except with the villain doing and saying the things.
Tony's mother makes a VERY unconvincing 180 at the end of the book and even apologizes for telling Tony that SHE was planning on marrying Adam. Her grandmother seemed content with only making token protests to her only granddaughter running around London dressed as a male, and yet seems scandalized once Tony's a girl again. To top it off there was the gaping hole in plot of how Adam was under the impression that Antonia had drowned and yet EVERYONE ELSE seemed to be under the impression that she was off on a holiday in Bath......more