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The Price of Innocence by Susan Sizemore
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Apr 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-romance, tropetastic, made-of-awesome
Read from April 05 to 06, 2012

"You tried to shoot me two nights ago."

"That was foreplay."

Need I say more?

Okay, okay, I probably should say more. Because not everyone is going to like this book. It's a late-90s historical that might border on bodice-ripper, but not quite. It's definitely reminiscent of old-school romance, with the high emotional drama and raging lust. There's the whole forced-seduction thing that's blurred a bit depending on whose POV we're in (which is actually addressed in a conversation between the hero and heroine later on). LOTS of tropes here, too - virgin/whore angst, potential-Stockholm-syndrome angst, the secret bastard child trope, the secret-earldom trope... and much, much more!

But for a lush, yummy, oozy romance novel, it's just so goooood. Seriously, I'd have given it 5 stars except that I got a little bored with the hero's angst and self-loathing. It just ran on a bit long. But the heroine calls him out on it. She also calls herself out on her own bullshit. And she kills Russian spies and shoots maneating tigers. All while being a single mom in her 20s. In the 19th century. Seriously - I loved this book. I picked it up on rec from Dear Author, because I was looking for something swoon-worthy. And I got it. Thank you, DA, this hit the spot!

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message 1: by Jennie (new) - added it

Jennie Brumley Sounds awesome! I have a huge soft spot for historicals =)

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