I was excited to receive a free copy of this book from the author for review. Having read some excerpts on her website of the short story "Lady Coward...moreI was excited to receive a free copy of this book from the author for review. Having read some excerpts on her website of the short story "Lady Coward", I was excited to read more from her.
I just barely finished reading, so I apologize if my thoughts are a bit scattered.
There are so many things I loved about this book - Hart (who doesn't love a bad boy hiding pain?), Merri - a very unconventional heroine (her glasses completely grew on me, and her honesty made her very real), murder, mystery, passion (without being dirty - though not SQUEAKY clean ;-) but the frustrating thing was that so many things remained unfinished and unexplained at the end.
Why was Gabriel given to his aunt and uncle? What exactly did the letter from the late Duchess offer by way of explanation for that? How involved was Lady St. Clair in her son's plot? Was witnessing his mother's death the only secret Hart had? I wanted a "spill his guts to Merri" scene so badly! Why did Nicolette show up and why didn't Merri call Hart out on it? I would have liked to have heard his response to that news. How did Bri get out of her locked room? And was Adam kidding when he said he would beat her? I guess we just don't know these characters well enough... What happened to the Captain and the rest of the crew after Hart fainted? I realize that Merri was overcome when Hart turned up alive, and then she experienced such tragedy later that night - but we really didn't get to experience her feelings at seeing him alive again - I imagined her hovering over him that night, assessing the damage and being so grateful he was alive.
Admitting he loved her in the end was the perfect culmination, but it was too abrupt and there still seemed to be some things he needed to answer for. He should have explained to her that hurting her was his way of trying to protect her. I especially thought he owed her an explanation for practically strangling her. And call me a dreamer, but I would have loved Hart to realize he could never take a mistress again and give his reassurances to Merri on that subject.
I guess more dialogue and communication between Hart and Merri towards the end of the novel is what I was looking for. I wanted all his secrets divulged and promises made.
I believe that Ms. Grant short-changed herself (and her readers) a little with this book. She writes dialogue so well, there just wasn't enough of it. I want to see relationships develop through communication. Again, there was so much I loved about this book, but I think she could have given us so much more!
ps - I just started reading the excerpt from "Deception" about Aurora and Levi...why does everyone have to have a mistress? Boo. :-( (less)
A romantic story that makes you take a second "look" at how you perceive those around you - and how ridiculous it is that we put so much stock in outw...moreA romantic story that makes you take a second "look" at how you perceive those around you - and how ridiculous it is that we put so much stock in outward appearances, instead of the qualities that really make a person who they are.
And a great insight into the world of a heroine I couldn't imagine being even though I agreed with everything she said :-)
ps - Surprisingly, I'm a Jake fan - I thought his character was very well written. How else would I find myself liking a self-proclaimed "Casanova" (since that is the kind of man I love to hate)? The only downside being that I'm not sure finding someone handsome enough for the book cover is possible....sigh.... :-)
You know it's a well written book when you get to the end and your heart is broken over it all but you can't think of a diffe...moreI think I'm going to cry.
You know it's a well written book when you get to the end and your heart is broken over it all but you can't think of a different way things should have gone - especially when you saw it coming and there was no way to stop it!
And why do I keep starting series before all the books have been released? Didn't I promise myself I wouldn't do that anymore? Ugh. I hate waiting.(less)
It's been awhile since I read this one. I remember really liking Michael and I thought the story was cute - I liked the ending (which gives something...moreIt's been awhile since I read this one. I remember really liking Michael and I thought the story was cute - I liked the ending (which gives something away if you know me at all).
A little risque in one or two places if I remember right.(less)
Unlike the quote on the front of the book assured me, I just couldn't root for a heroine who is having an affair with her best friend's fiance - no ma...moreUnlike the quote on the front of the book assured me, I just couldn't root for a heroine who is having an affair with her best friend's fiance - no matter how horrid her best friend is. And talk about a guy who is missing his cojones. If you know you're in love with someone else, then suck it up, be a man and dump the person you're with.
There's a right way to do things folks.
GRANTED, I couldn't bring myself to finish the book (I was too disgusted with the characters and it was too dirty), so there is a slim chance the characters redeemed themselves, but if it ended like the movie, then no, they didn't. (less)