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Upon a Wicked Time by Karen Ranney
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Oct 16, 2011

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Read from October 16 to 17, 2011

2.5 stars. I know what you're thinking...why didn't you care for this book? It was the hero, Jered. I HATED him. He was cruel, arrogant, unfeeling and insolent. All towards his wife. I mean, what kind of man doesn't get rid of his mistress when he gets married and then kisses said mistress in front his wife? What kind of man brings his wife to a seedy tavern to have her witness...I can't even begin to describe what he made her witness, YUCK! In my opinion, Jered never redeemed himself properly enough for Tessa to be with him in the end; saying "I love you" doesn't redeem him. He didn't even properly apologize for all he put Tessa through.

Now Tessa...she was AMAZING! In her naive innocence, she followed her new husband to London and invaded his escapades. This is a woman who showed up in the middle of her husband and friends robbing a stage coach (Hubby is a Duke. Did he NEED to rob the coach? No, he did it for fun). Tessa is a woman who went to the theatre, saw her husband there with friends (and dates for friends and him) and proceeded to tell him (and the rest of the audience) what she thought of the cheap date and how he should use his cock (her words, not mine LOL) Finally, Tessa had enough and Jered got what he wanted - Tessa to leave him alone. However, something happened to Tessa and it made Jered realize he loves her. But when his plan to woo her after her recovery failed, Jered retreated to his former jerk-self. Tessa called him out on it and he attempts to change AGAIN and everything is hunky dory for them. UNBELIEVABLE. And Jered still sucks.
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Reading Progress

10/16/2011 page 45
12.0% "I think I'm going to be sick. He has a mistress and he's only been married a week or so! Cheating husbands are a hard limit for me. I may not be able to finish this."
10/16/2011 page 51
14.0% "Oh! I may just keep reading if this is what Tessa will say-" you must be Jered's mistress. I have heard so very much about you from all of Jered's friends. Is it true you can twirl tassels from your nipples, or is that another woman of his acquaintance?""
10/16/2011 page 64
17.0% "So, I quit reading to eat lunch and entertain my husband for a bit, and when I start reading again, Jered is kissing his mistress. In front of his house. Where his wife is. Can I kill him now? Before I quit reading?"
10/16/2011 page 199
53.0% "Finally! Finally he's realizing he loves her. But what will he do about it? Knowing him, nothing."
10/16/2011 page 208
56.0% "OK, ignore the last comment I made about him realizing he loves Tessa, cause even if he has realized it, he's scum. I want to cry for Tessa because she's too strong and proud to cry herself."
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message 1: by Karla (new)

Karla Ha Ha!

message 2: by Karla (new)

Karla It might have been a 2.5 star book, but that was a 5 star review!!! Excellent, I got your point and I don't think I'll be reading this. Thanks Susan.

message 3: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I'll be leaving this book alone. I have no patience for cruel heros that authors aren't able redeem properly. Thanks for the heads up!

message 4: by Lulu (new) - rated it 1 star

Lulu You were rather generous with 2,5 stars for this book....

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