“Wooden “heroine ! “less than intelligent “ hero !! This book really wasn’t that bad .I was entertained many times .but why did I give it 2 stars only...more“Wooden “heroine ! “less than intelligent “ hero !! This book really wasn’t that bad .I was entertained many times .but why did I give it 2 stars only ? Before I start I should warn u there are POSSIBLE SPOILERS And the fact is that this is just my opinion and how I felt about the book. The heroine : I felt I never KNEW the hero and the heroine .The heroine was cold ,WOODEN ,manipulative and she seems to lack emotions .I had the same problem with LORD OF SCOUNDRELS .Jessica was less cold but never passionate .Maybe it is a matter of preference .But I prefer heroines who go through emotional turmoil and I want to SEE HOW she is falling for him .I was told that she loves him I never felt it was true.I felt she was lying to us ! I like passionate heroines like ..take for example Lisa Kleypas heroines like Lillian Bowman she was yes little manipulative but I loved her ! Cheered for her and Westcliff.On the other hand Marcelline was cold and calculating .And she kept emphasizing the fact that she is black hearted !I felt she was and she left me cold and uneasy . And by the way haven’t u guys notice sth about Loretta chase’s males and females? There is a certain formula . Her heroine are more masculine than the heroes ! I mean her heroines are portrayed as resourceful and intelligent And TOO STRONG AND INDEPENDENT and of course cold and emotionless. I mean come the hero thinks of her as Noirot and never Marcelline till the last quarter ! How masculine is that ? We are never told ANYTHING about her till the end .I know LC wanted to keep secrets but from us readers but still..she never even THOUGHT of her life with Charlie? Chase’s men are immature and childish and ridiculed and patronized by the heroine who is vastly superior in intellect .I mean see how Dain in LOS was portrayed I felt he was a big child and Jessica was tolerant and indulgent like a mother ! Here I felt the same which brings us to the hero ! First I felt nothing for him .Usually I like to identify and LOVE the hero and wish to have him for one night ! Take for example Damian Knight from Lord of Ice by Gaelen Foley .I knew him like I knew myself I sympathized I swoon when he speaks or smiles or laughs or groans or kisses! I want to read MORE about him ! Here Clevdon was not even called by his first name ! By the way,being called by family names or titles creates a DISTANCE bw us and the characters. We want to love them care about them share them !! Here Clevdon was like a puppet I felt sorry for him ! I mean Ms.Chase seems to think men are less intelligent .I mean how many times did Marcelline called him thick in the head ? She annoyed me I wanted to STRANGLE her ! She kept saying “don’t be stupid “ and “You r thick in the head “and “you never think “ She kept emphasizing that he NEVER THINKS and he is Thick !!and I laughed when she mentioned he is intelligent !Well I never felt he was intelligent ! I mean ALL his actions were taken WITHOUT THINKING !! He brings her to his house WITHOUT THINKING !!He brings her to the great ball in Paris WITHOUT THINKING !! He does every thing WITHOUT THINKING !! And he was a DUKE I have never met a duke who was not powerful politically speaking. Come on a duke who had NO RESPONISBILITIES ? No estates?No tenants ?No seats in the Parliament?and u expect us to believe he was a duke ? U want a real Duke who is responsible and powerful read The Duke by Gaelen Foley ,Wicked Angel by Julia London ,or Never a Lady by Barbara Dawson Smith
I felt sorry for him .I felt he should have ended up with Clara whom I knew more about than the heroine herself ! We were allowed to see how Clara felt and thought and dreamed and wanted more than the cold statue Marcelline !Clara should have been heroine not this mercenary Marcelline !!How suitable to call her Mercenary instead of Marcelline ! All what she thinks about is her business .Even her sisters were bricks of ice .Usually I enjoy family antics but they never even feel or laugh of show fear or pity or anything !Look at the relationship between the Hathaways in Lisa Kleypas Hathaway series .Each was unique in her personality and even if it was not her story .I knew Beatrix very well when I read her sisters’ stories before I read hers !! I actually will avoid any book by Loretta Chase I knew what I exprect . Perfect plot.Cold emotionless calculating schemer of a heroine .Hero flat immature and patronized by heroine and puppets for minor characters !