I have no idea how I even heard of this book. I'm usually too embarrassed to pick anything up that has a cover like this:
And the title: Seriously? I cringe even typing it. This book was released under a different title at one point: A Night of Scandal
. Besides having nothing to do with anything in the story, it probably wasn't nearly sexy enough for the rest of the series.
Here's the premise for the series: Eight (count 'em, EIGHT) siblings. Some full, some step, some half, all obscenely wealthy and successful, all of them "50 shades of fucked up" as a result of a horrific upbringing. An angsty, Harlequin version of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
, each written by a different author.
That did for me - I had to have the whole series. The Tortured Rake
(sigh. It's. just. so. bad.) is the story of Nathaniel Wolfe, uber-sexy mega-talented actor and, I believe, the youngest of the Wolfe clan. Oh yeah, and he's an emotional cripple, but just like in real life we don't find that out until a bit later. Bring on the angst, I say!
Said angst angle enters in the form of Katie Field, a wardrobe designer on the play Nathaniel is starring in in London, and so begins one of my favourite fairy tales -- the regular girl snags the movie star. I love these stories, especially when they are done well.
I really enjoyed this - it was much better than I was expecting it to be. The writing was good, both characters were believable and they felt real. I could identify with Katie and see exactly what she saw in Nathaniel.
There were a couple of clunky moments (view spoiler)[like where out of nowhere when they get down and do the nasty we discover that Katie was a virgin. HUH? (hide spoiler)]
, and an instance or two where I had to remind myself that I was reading a Harlequin and the author didn't have 500 pages to work with, but overall I liked this quite a bit.
It'll go on a new shelf with my other movie star/regular girl books -
and I'm on to the next book in the series, the equally awfully titled The Shameless Playboy
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