This one starts out interestingly, but by about the 45% marker on the Kindle, I was just plowing through to see what else she threw in.
It's an overused phrase, but I feel like Felicity definitely falls into the category of "too stupid to live". She starts out okay, but she definitely gets pretty catty - not all that becoming.
Several major plot points were very telegraphed and super contrived - the dancing master trying to get the sister to elope with him, the villain's plot to get the heroine for his own being the best examples. Misunderstandings abound. The best scene in the entire book is likely the one between the hero and a woman that the villain is using to carry out his plot. I felt sorry for the character, and proud of the hero.
The sensual content of the book was also pretty laugh worthy. I know the waltz was viewed as a scandalous dance, but I am pretty sure it did not involve "dirty dancing" with the couple pressed up against each other. Yet, during a waltz, he gets...aroused and she can feel it. The higher sensual content seems to be to drive home the fact that she is a widow, but it didn't work for me. I agree with the one revivewer who stated that the sensual scene in the Ruins was the straw that drove it over the edge to really bad book.
Allow me to share a few choice phrases:
1. "Low in her body she felt a molten heat, and soon her beloved Thomas began to plunge into her pool of liquid." (Kindle loc 3689)
I am pretty sure that's NOT how it works.
2. "As Felicity sat there, still moistened from Thomas’s essence, she prayed it would not bleed through her skirts." (Kindle loc 4450)
I know different times had different hygiene standards, but that still gets a big "ew" from me.
There's three other books in the series, and from the reviews and my experience with this one, I will not be reading them.