This books qualifies as a Quick Read, and a pleasant one.
True to past form of the author, the heroine is a) a virgin; b) parapsychological; c) a "lady...moreThis books qualifies as a Quick Read, and a pleasant one.
True to past form of the author, the heroine is a) a virgin; b) parapsychological; c) a "lady" in some distress; d) very strong and extremely independent and uncaring about public opinion, espe. for the time period; e) dying to find out what sex is all about at least once in her life.
The hero, true to form, is a) parapsychological; b) troubled; c) VERY sexy in a somewhat unconventional way; d) an great lover; e) a man of unexpectedly high moral standards in his own right; f) in need of a woman to save him from himself.
Also true to form, the first time for the lady is a wonderful experience, and it also a shock to the man that she is inexperienced.
Having said all that, which is formulatic at least, I really enjoy these books for some reason. I guess because I know in the end all will be right with the world encompassed in these books. The is the obligatory deflowering the virgin scene, the man-out-of-control with lust scene, and the mutually happy scene. Every time. Apparently these things appeal to me.
The story line of this one is pleasant--an heiress who has lost her money and is looking for a job as a Paid Companion meets the hero, who is looking for a faux fiancee. They meet, and each is not exactly what the other thought they were. Various conundrums ensue. How these problems are solved makes for an entertaining light read.(less)
The plotline it a typical Quick one - innocent heroine (probably virginal), dark mysterious possibly dangerous hero, various thr...moreNot Ms. Quick's best.
The plotline it a typical Quick one - innocent heroine (probably virginal), dark mysterious possibly dangerous hero, various threats to the lady, ritual deflowering of the virgin in the library, hero to the rescue, happy ending. These books are all the same and the pleasure is in seeing how the resolution is reached, not in wondering what will happen at the end. Fine.
But books should be somewhat believable in their own sphere I think.
No woman in her right mind, then or now, would have put up with the verbal abuse the heroine received from her hero and continue to stare at him in wonder and inform him that it's all her fault and he is perfect and wonderful and kind beneath his rough exterior, so to speak.
Particularly irritating were some of the romantic scenes, esp. immediately after the heroine was verbally tongue lashed by the hero. She would have conked him on the head with the chamber pot and returned to her own bedroom if she had any self respect at all.
Also, how many times can one read of aching loins and his (various adjective) member before one begins to laugh?
And what man could tolerate the heroine's star struck innocence for long? Normal women eventually wise up and grow up, but this heroine appears to be stuck at age 15 mentally for the rest of her life.
Mainly I enjoy these romances from Amanda Quick as light bedtime reads without any stress or great thought required which might keep me awake, but this one was so ridiculous that it irritated me, thus defeating the reason for reading it.
If 1.5 stars were available, that would be my opinion. OK for a beach read if you can stand assininity.(less)