This book was, in whole, laughable! If you picked it apart and focused on the individual scenes it wasn't so bad. They were well written and intence. But when you mesh them all togeather and call it a novel, it's awful! In whole, there was no logic behind anything that actully happened! For instance, Ian's idea that if he bedded Bianca he'd become immune to her "charms". *eye roll* It was a pathetic excuse for the author to put in a sex scene. If that excuse wasn't horrible the first time it cer...more
Bianca, a seemingly intelligent woman, finds herself pining for, and throwing herself at, a man who treats her like garbage. Ian thinks Bianca is a murderess, but that doesn’t stop him from sleeping with her. And she goes along with it despite him being emotionally manipulative and verbally abusive.
Thanks but no thanks.
The story opens with Ian Foscari, the Conte ...more
And I was fully aware this wasn't YA, I wasn't like some that pick up a book assuming it's YA and end up yelling "Oh my gods kids shouldn't be allowed near this!"
My exclamations were more along the lines of "Damn! This is a side of you I've never seen before!"
This is definitely different from the bubbly personalities we'll find in her other books. And that's actually pretty great. As much ...more
While I definitely enjoyed the two main characters, Bianca and Ian, the actual plot (what little there was) was very lacking. A complex mystery with many points that don't seem to quite add up. It requires a lot of thinking to sort out all the little details that are actually quite important, because the b ...more
I am still confused about the title and how it could ever relate to the plot.
The constant back and forth is quite tiring to read, though the saucy makeup session is not.
I have a problem with Ian's innate sexism and Bianca's wont to have her dignity trampled by a male's ego. I have to remind myself that I was reading from a privileged white man'a POV.
I won't say whether I had known who the culprit that was the cause of the entire mys ...more
who knows, i guess it's just kinda ona those books where the cover and title is all classy (i mean, 'the STARGAZER'?? how classy does that sound???)but once you actually look inside, it's all "steamy" and such. atleast that's what the book jacket says. lol
it's not steamy at all tho. it's kinda gross and it gives you that ...more
First off, let me say how much I LOVED that this book was set in Renaissance Venice, Italy! It's such a magical city and served as a wonderful backdrop to the story! The descriptions of the place and people were wonderfully written, allowing the reader to easily paint a canvas in their minds. The way the setting was written was probably my favorite part of the book.
The plot, however, was fairly confusing. I c ...more
The book is set in 16th century Venice, which is an interesting scenario. Having a Ph.D. from Harvard in Comparative literature of the Renaissance, the author should have some relevant expertise.
Almost all of the characters in the novel are exceptionally good looking and clev ...more
The s ...more
Number of times Bianca sneezes in the first 5 pages: 29. I'm not making that up; I counted. I HAD TO READ ABOUT SOMEONE SNEEZING 29 TIMES IN THE SPAN OF 5 PAGES. KILL ME. We don't even find out why. At least, we didn't before I DNFed this insane "novel."
How long it takes Bianca to notice how utterly sexy Ian is: 4 pages. Again, not making that up.
How long it takes Ian to notice how utterly sexy Bianca is: 7 pag ...more
Even after finishing the book I have questions, not so much lingering things that were not answered, but more about why the author chose to write the characters as she did. Some of their actions and decisions just did not seem to fit with what the reader learns about them.
I appreciated that the writing itself was solid, but the plot fe ...more
Jaffe, Michele - 1st in Arboretti Family series
Bianca and Ian, the Conte d'Aosto, meet over the body of a courtesan. Bianca is holding a bloody dagger. Ian has a note from the victim requesting his presence. Naturally, each assumes the other is the murderer. Ian decides to take Bianca to his palace to keep an eye on her. As an explanation for their new living arrangements, he announces they are engaged, then gives Bianca one week to prove her innocence. His family ...more
It was a lot heavy with the romance than I first expected, and the characters are moving so quickly from I love you/in love with you/infatuated in you to distrust and etc. the suspicion was therefore a bit too much between trust and do not trust. In addition to sex scenes in between, it became to much and boring. Predictable, and Bianca and Ian seems to be the damnation most enormous idiots that I've read about. This is a dragged story about how they met and fall in love, a ...more
And I was really irritated when the publisher chintzed and shifted from hardcovers to the dual paperback of her books.
I loved her other books, but not this one.
|What's the Name o...: historical fiction, maybe romance novel, 16th or 17th century italy [s]||28||69||May 21, 2013 08:54PM|