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Love Me Forever by Johanna Lindsey
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Mar 03, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-romance, historical-scotland, regency-romance
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Lachlan MacGregor, Laird of Clan MacGregor, has decided to give up his reaving ways and go in search of a wife, a.k.a. an "Heiress." For better or for worst, the survival of his clan is at stake. Afterall, the reaving has only allowed them to scratch by as it is. What will it matter anyway, when the woman of his dreams is unavailable. His botched attempt at abduction a year ago ensured that outcome and a thorough thrashing by her then fiance the Duke of Wrothston. Lachlan's dreams of his "bonny" lass is rekindled after arriving at his Aunt's (by marriage) home and finding it none other than the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Wrothston. This trip was intended as a means to find an heiress, but Lachlan now has other plans, that involve the Duchess of course. That is, until he meets Kimberly Richards, who happens to be a guest of the Duke and Duchess for the very same reason, to seek a betrothal. Will Lachlan's infatuation with the beautiful Duchess blind him to what feelings his heart truly holds? And will the Duchess, herself, make a successful matchmaker?

Johanna Lindsey has rarely disappointed me with any of her romances, but this one has fallen short of her usual mark. While there were aspects of this story I did quite enjoy, it lacked the depth to the characters to gain an emotional foothold on the reader. First, the hero appears much too superficial and sometimes too callous in his dealings with the heroine. He thinks he loves the Duchess and continues to pursue her even though she is married, while at the same time seducing a virgin with apparently no qualms. There just wasn't the caring and sensitivity toward his heroine to make this story a heart-ripping romance. The heroine was just a little to easily controlled to make her exciting. She already does not have the physical beauty, but I did not feel the internal beauty and mystery needed to capture attention and hearts. I mostly felt pity for her throughout the story. It definitely was not a romance that would fall under my "Unforgettables" column. So disappointing, because I usually love all things Scottish.
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Evie Wow! You gave me a little laugh on this one with your comment about the heroine lack of beauty.. Like you, I don't mind if the heroine lacks physical beauty as long as she's feisty, you know, has something else going for her that makes the reader cry, laugh, sad and so forth. Meek heroines kill the stories for me. :)

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