At first I was riveted. This size of book use to be my bread and butter. All the details on herbs,the time period, and history was riveting. The treatAt first I was riveted. This size of book use to be my bread and butter. All the details on herbs,the time period, and history was riveting. The treatment of women Outlander chauvinistic and cruel most of the time. Which I can totally believe. Just dive back 50 years ago into history. Heck the 70s even. Which I enjoy is addressed her. Claire’s life after WW2 seemed so modern and female had “rights”, but then comparing them back two centuries is scary. Let’s be honest women haven’t really had rights that long. Big Eyes anyone?
The thing is I eventually grew tired. Don't get me wrong I was enjoying myself right up and past the middle of the book. Then it hit me. This is what the book would be. Men treating women badly because of the time period. Claire being endanger, her “intelligence” and forward thinking putting her at risk, leading to Jamie saves her again. She's torn between to worlds. Drama. Rinse repeat. The problem is the book is so long winded (and from what I hear others). Apparently books of this size need to be epics for me to care about them. Or maybe I have limits to how long I can handle romance. Maybe if Nalini Singh wrote a PNR this long I could.
The writing is great! The information in the pages is great. This world is rich and amazing. However, there's a TV show now. And well. I like my dramas on TV! Well certain kinds. In the end it's just too much. Over the top information vomiting, “you're a woman just do it”, and the fact that it would be huge books of misery for the lead over and over again. Then a dramatic love triangle that's totally justifiable. The fact that she was tricked into getting married was annoying, even if it is to an amazing guy, and it was so the simple country folk would hold off killing her. The fact is the prejudices and sexism of the time are spot on.
What I'm trying to say is Outlander is pretty dang cool. The problem is I don't care to read book after HUGE book about it. Especially now that there is a TV show. Plus, someone needs to tell the author she needs to tone it down. I've read books just as long where the characters are spending more time journeying through the earth and I was riveted. But then I feel guilty because I did enjoy the information overload. It’s like reading Robert Jordan’s later books in the Wheel of Time. Fact is I don't want to go on with the series. What a crazy dilemma to find myself in. Maybe years and years later I'll be interested in. Fact is I don’t care for a romance this long. It’s all over the top. Boredom and “I don’t care” just kept flashing up in my mind while reading.
Sexual Content: Lot’s of it kiddies! It’s smoke’n hot. Which is what drove me through! Homosexuality, rape, and lot’s of other dark themed stuff. It gets pretty scary at many points.
Gonna keep this short and sweet. Started this because I'm a Maya Banks fan, and reading Never Seduce a Scot was shocking! Shocking to realize that thiGonna keep this short and sweet. Started this because I'm a Maya Banks fan, and reading Never Seduce a Scot was shocking! Shocking to realize that this was the same author who was feeding my ménage erotica addiction. The writing is awesome! What was the cherry on top is that the heroine is deaf. How unique for a book, especially a historical. Everything about the book and the heroines deafness was handled well. The prejudices of that time to anything that was . . . off.
It's a basic story of a woman who tried to run away from the terrors that no one would protect her from, only to find herself still shipped off into a foreign land. The romance here is great and as she earns the hero's heart and tries to show a hostile clan of people that she's not an enemy. Oh, and even though she’s deaf of course the hero’s voice is the one thing she can kind of hear. Ah, so sweet!
The politics and setup for the series is nice, and I know I'll be looking into the other books in the series. Banks has definitely impressed me with this book, and now I have the courage to check out her other works. Solid historical romance.
Sexual Content: Oh, yes. There is. Nothing like her erotica, but still steamy. Sexual humor of course. Also, some dark references about what a wicked man wants to do . . .
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
The majority of this book takes place in India and then the rest in London. After reading the authors site apparently regency romances usuallThoughts:
The majority of this book takes place in India and then the rest in London. After reading the authors site apparently regency romances usually don't take place in beautiful India. British influence in India is not a part in history I've really pondered, so it was absolute fun that this book takes place in such an occasion in history. Though the events may not have been much fun for our characters.
The lovely Emmaline Martin survives her voyage to India after her ship sinks and she is the only surviver. Some fisherman save her and deliver her safely. On arrival the British Indian society constantly nag and rub in her questionable virtue, as if the fact that she survived such an ordeal was shameful. After surviving this Emma doesn't want to waist her life listening to the ton, worrying about her what society thinks, she's a surviver. Her eyes are now open and she doesn't want to go back. She's confronting her long time cheating fiancée and is taking her life back. Dipping into a little free will. Emma is a well educated woman and she's not going to hide it. Now the daring Emma is falling for the mysterious Sinclair, who is part British and native—the forbidden hot stuff. A revolution is happening in India, British power is being questioned. Soon Emma will be in the middle of it, a refugee in a strange land.
Emma was a fantastic character. After her life and death experience she's not ready to conform to the trivial confinements of society. I love how she's testing the water, breaking out of the confines of being a woman in her time. Emma is sensible, thinks things through, and just doesn't allow things to sweep her of her feet in the heat of a moment. (Namely our sizzling Duke!) After the scarring experiences she went through to escape from India to get back to Britain, I was a little restless with her new self. She was a little off, no longer my smart and sassy Lady. Sadly, she sunk back a little into her role in Society. Even when she displays controversial paintings of what she witnessed in India. She's scared, which is understandable. Of course with the help of the Duke, she'll snap out of it!
Julian Sincliar, the Duke of Auburn, is a very interesting male lead. He's a man who belongs to both British and Indian society, but both do not want to acknowledge him. British society has made him out to be a rake, everyone knows his scandalous exploits. As we get to know Julian, most of the rumors seem to come with the package of being mixed breeding. Julian ends up being a pretty deep guy. He doesn't hate either societies for hating him, but tries to help preserve both. Which is just a bonus to the tall, dark, and handsome thing he's got going on.
In the case of plot, I'm not sure what I was expecting. It's a romance. Deep down I think I was expecting the usual, maybe a good plot and lots of sex scenes. Instead there are about two sex scenes and then a lot of plot. The sexual tension slowly builds as the attraction comes a long for our couple. I'm wondering if the plot in this book is really out going for the genre? (As this is my first title for Historical Romance.) There was a devious fiancée, a revolution in a foreign country, assassination attempts, and dirty war far. Lots of soap opera drama for our couple, Julian thinks Emma died in India and Emma thinks Julian didn't mean a word and dropped her flat after he got what he wanted.
The writing was awesome! I felt like I was in that era, the writing never felt like I was reading 20th century style trying to pull of regency. It all felt authentic, including the dialogue. I am now officially a fan of the wit of regency books. Insults are so elegant. It's like the French guy from the matrix says, “It's like wiping your bottom with silk.” Though not quite in those words.
I loved this book, regency is something I'm coming back to visit. For a first time reader of this genre I think this is a great place to start, I might even venture to say that some long time readers will like it. The plot really shocked me, as I came into this genre thinking that the plot might accompany the sex scenes. This book is rich in everything that a reader is looking for. The dark chocolate of the book world—the kind of dark chocolate you hide under your bed and savor it bit by bit! Plus Julian has got to be one of the hottest, well fleshed out guys (oh, yes pun intended), I've read that doesn't have fur or fangs. This couple didn't need to convince me that they were in love, the author does it all beautifully.
Two scenes, which are pretty mild.
5/5 – Ah, this is Heaven! Skipping this book is not an option....more