It started out pretty well (I was even beginning to like the heroine)but slowly detoriated into mindless sex sex sex and the characters behaving irratIt started out pretty well (I was even beginning to like the heroine)but slowly detoriated into mindless sex sex sex and the characters behaving irrationally. All the time. So I guess its more of an supernatural erotica wich was a pity as I was expecting a PNR.And the erotia wasnt even very good at that.
But furthermore the author kept missing out on details like the love/lust interest has claws but yet doesnt hurt Karla when hes um...touching her in her "womanly place"
Something else that annoyed me was her seeminly being turned on by fear. Like if someone breaks into my bedroom while I am sleeping and I wake up...my first thought wouldnt soon be overshadowed by my second thought about how scary sexy the intruder is.
I regret reading it and could probably write several more paragraphs about why I disliked it but I wont....more
This is the second Sara Craven I read but the first I review.
In this the heroine is Rowan who is pretty much Cinderella to her evil stepmother AntoniaThis is the second Sara Craven I read but the first I review.
In this the heroine is Rowan who is pretty much Cinderella to her evil stepmother Antonia.They have been on their own ever since Rowans father died and are forced to live together because his will stated that they had to reside under the same roof to get allowance money from what was left of his fortune.
It was less because her father wanted Antonia to take care of Rowan and more with Rowan taking care of her stepmother.Also the stepmother smokes and drinks so if you at first couldnt tell she was supposed to be the villain you can hardly miss.
One night Antonia returns home in a drunken state escorted by a strange man who mistakes Rowan for being younger than she is. (also Antonia told him she was 16 when shes really 19) The man turns out to be Carne who is a distant cousin of the stepmother and who she has been borrowing money from. Hes handsome,hes from a rich family but not only that hes a world famous portrait painter too! And he can wear a a suit frilly shirt without looking effeminate. Very important that.
The next day Antonia without Rowans consents gives up their apartment and reveals that they are to go to Carnes house in the country where Antonia will act as his housekeeper to repay the money Antonia squandered awya. Rowan of course questions why she has to come with since she has school to finish. But in the end her stepmother plays on her guilty conscience and she relucantly agrees.
When they arrive,surprise surprise all the housekeeping tasks falls to Rowan but with Antonia taking the credit and making out like Rowan is a lazy girl who has dropped out of school.
It turns out Antonia is also planning to become Carnes wife and so she does all she can to drive a wedge between Rowan and Carne. Strangest phrase in this whole book "embryo charms" is used when Rowan and Carne has a "moment" out in the gardens one day. By moment I mean they kissed and Carne disgusted tells her to get no ideas.
But still he keeps sending out vibes and confusing her...but even though hes like "your alluring eyes wont trick me you teenage morally corrupt girl!" Its still he who progresses things. I just found him mean and immature. (hes like 35 years old) Rowan was the more grown up of the two despite being only 19. Not a good match at all.
These books werent written so long ago,but yet I feel they could just as well be from a century ago.I mean of course people are using cars and wearing jeans but still uses insults like "swinish" obsessed with marrying and getting gambling debts playing bridge. gambling debts...from playing Bridge.Imagine that.
Its the victorian era Amity Lucas has arrived in Yorkshire to take up her post as a companion to Regina**spoiler alert** This books blurb lied to me.
Its the victorian era Amity Lucas has arrived in Yorkshire to take up her post as a companion to Regina Mallory.As she is trudging up to the house a man on horseback nearly rides her down (JANE EYRE!!!) and acts very rude blaming her for the near accident.When he hears shes to become companion to the lady at Mallory Keep he gets even angrier and gallops off.
Amity continues to the keep where she meets her employer who is surprisingly a Young lady but with a disfiguring scar across her face.She also learns that the man on horseback was Damian Mallory,her employers brother and master of Mallory Keep.
Master in name only as he suffered a tragic love affair and distraught over this prefers to wander the moors for days at a time.So its left to his sister to handle the actual estate matters. Its best to keep out of Damians way really.
Immedietaly after her arrival she starts to notice that mysterious things are going on.
Why are the maid and one of the stable grooms whispering in corners and going off mysteriously at times? And furthermore who is or was Rachel and whats the deal with the awful black cat Amity keeps seeing?
This has all the hallmarks of a gothic.Family haunted by a curse? check.Dark brooding guy? check,secrets and moors check.
But the trouble is that it has so many of the gothic tropes it gets quite ridicilous and its highlighted when Amity meets the local vicar and he starts babbling on about all the totally HORRIBLE and CURSED events and places in the neighbourhood.Amity barely bats an eyelid at this and thats one of the problems with her character.
She is to Placid,too lifeless.She just drifts along and for a companion does very little companioning (well its a good excuse for an author to Place their heroine on a moor in a damp keep) But despite this we are supposed to Believe she and Regina have gotten SO CLOSE. Just felt like lazy writing
But as I said Before the blurb is so so misleading and intentionally so because even though much is made of (view spoiler)[heroine and the "demonic" master of the keep (Damian)...they dont fall in love. Instead heroine starts to fall for some super bland guy who appears claiming to be a relative of the Mallorys.Mind you Regina tries to hook up Amity and her brother by insisting they get married so Amity can save Damian from his own demons.Turns out he was a catholic priest who got seduced by the Beautiful but bad Rachel leading to him despising himself and her getting pregnant and dying in childbirth.Wich didnt help his mental wellbeing so much.Then at the end of the book Damian has a hissy fit and starts a fire wich leads his death (hide spoiler)]
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Interesting with lots of beautiful pictures of..you guess it little black dresses. Though sometimes the facts about the various dresses and the peopleInteresting with lots of beautiful pictures of..you guess it little black dresses. Though sometimes the facts about the various dresses and the people who wore it was a bit vague....more
This is an really interesting book wich my sister got when the local library was cleaning among their shelves when we were in our early teens.
A book wThis is an really interesting book wich my sister got when the local library was cleaning among their shelves when we were in our early teens.
A book with only pictures yes but as you follow the journey you notice all these funny and strange little details. Like for example on one spread a family is moving and some pages further ahead they have arrived at their new home.
Its magic cant really be fully explained unless youve read it yourself....more
It was just so clumsily written,with characters blurting out everything. The dialogue lacks any sublety and I cI have to say I didnt like this at all.
It was just so clumsily written,with characters blurting out everything. The dialogue lacks any sublety and I cant believe after someone has tried to drown you that the first thing that comes to mind is chitchat with your rescuer.
Then I realized I was being towed ashore. Strong arms lifted me, carried me up onto the shore and set me down, where I lay, panting and weak from the shock of what I had undergone. I tried to open my eyes, but it was too much of an effort. "Laura . . . Laura . . . are you hurt? Laura . . . answer me. Open your eyes. It's Peter." "Peter," I said in wonderment. "Is it really you, Peter?" "Of course, it is," he answered gently. "What in the world happened? No . . . don't answer. Just rest. You're exhausted." I felt sudden relief flow through me and I opened my eyes and attempted to sit up, but the effort was too much. I lay back. "How did you happen to come here?" I asked, my tone grateful. "Mama said you'd been to call."
She was drowning you numbskull..you just saved her from drowning.You were there you know.
You would have expected with a gothic that there would be...well a gothic atmosphere it fell short there too. Or even a convincing historical atmosphere as no one talks in the proper way.Oh and our heroine has a 26 year old chaperone who she has been traveling through Europé with.They were supposed to go to the Orient next. THE ORIENT I find myself a bit baffled by this.
Its the mid-victorian era (or so I think) I think Europe is plausible but to send a young miss to the orient with only a flighty and flirty companion kind of stretches credibility somewhat.
If you want a good gothic look elsewhere...like oh say The Secret Of Mirror House It has plenty of gothic goodness and a truly frightening near drowning of the heroine....more
It seems I had forgotten that I knew about this author.
Written in the same chaotic style and with incomphrehensible characters as the other book by thIt seems I had forgotten that I knew about this author.
Written in the same chaotic style and with incomphrehensible characters as the other book by this author this one tells the story of John Sebastian Smirke who is a ... vain unpleasant guy in love with himself and who cant stand "ugly" people (thats pretty much everyone else) and that goes around calling for his "mamma" constantly. Hes a mamas boy and when he learns his mama got married he throws a tantrum.
A grown man..throwing a tantrum..sure thats attractive. Im not sure but I think this was intended to be comedic. It really isnt.
But he surely must have some other traits that arent abominable. Not really.
When he takes his last little "hobby" (blackmailing virgin ladies to sleep with him) he gets whats coming to him and beaten up and left for dead.He in fact actually dies.
But heaven gives him another chance and hes sent back to life on the condition that he has to find his true love wich will be the only woman he will be able to have sex with without catching the pox. The womans name is Joan.
Oh and he has a ward that he knows simply as J.Larkin who decides to come visit her guardian.Do you see where this is going?
**spoiler alert** Tito Amato and his friend Felice are returning to his place of birth,the city of Venice after finishing his training as a singer and**spoiler alert** Tito Amato and his friend Felice are returning to his place of birth,the city of Venice after finishing his training as a singer and his feelings on seeing his old home are mixed. He is different from other young men his since he is a castrato singer after an "accident" in his youth
He is welcomed by his sister with joy but his father shows him the cold shoulder and his younger sister suffers from mysterious attacks.All is not well with his family.
In contrast his career is off to a splendid start and going very well until the reigning prima donna is murdered by poison The prime suspect is his friend Felice and now he has 5 Days to prove hes innocent or the penalty will prove very harsh. read:execution.
I Went into this hoping that it would be one of those books that are so awesome it just makes you remember it and also the 18th Century is a favorite era of mine so it was all set to be that.
I did find the idea of a castrato hero intriguing and the author showed delicacy while Writing about the feelings and plight of maincharacter.People either held him in awe or disgust or in some cases showed an unhealthy interest in him because of his affliction.
At times the Writing style reminded me of the Falco series by Lindsey Davis.But while those books also have their dark moments there its relieved by some light moments and dry wit. Interrupted aria was just too bleak and I felt the mystery as it was got sidestepped in favor of going into lenghty detail of the finer points of opera and singing techniques that dragged it down.
The ending was also a downer and had me depressed because of what happened to his sister. :(...more