"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is."
- by Thomas Szasz -
2 1/2 stars.
Cecilia Warden finds the desperate Julian Blake, the Duke of Lyndon, on her terrace. He wants to throw himself off the ledge in an attempt to commit suicide. A few months ago Julian's wife died of a sudden illness. He tries to ease his pain by drinking too much alcohol. Cecilia succeeds to save Julian. They are spending a few days together and are enjoying their carnal encounters. Cecilia has been a widow for three years and is living rather seclusively; she has her own problems to cope with, and she refuses to let Julian get close to her. While having sex they can comfort each other.
Honestly, after reading Everything Forbidden I was so excited to read Undeniable, and when I was halfway through the book, my excitement was nowhere to be 'seen' anymore. I had a bad feeling after reading the first few pages. The main protagonists just rubbed me the wrong way, and there was something else yet. After Julian was rescued, they just jumped each other's bones. Basically I have no problems with that, but it felt kind of odd. I didn't understand why it was necessary to write a sex scene 'there'. I got it that Julian was distraught, and he was thinking he had sex with his late wife, however beyond that fact I just couldn't relate and it seemed kind of misplaced. Additionally, the plot AND the character development was far too weak. Therefore, I just wasn't invested in their story - provided there was even a storyline. It happens that I truly like a book even if the plot is weak - as was the case with Everything Forbidden - but I can't say the same about Undeniable. Julian and Cecilia were too pale and boring; they were just too shallow to keep me on my toes. On top of that, not even the sex scenes could save the story. Somewhere along the line my interest just petered out, since the story was too tedious. I'm rather disappointed.