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Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2014
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Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby's rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont.
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Damien, the Earl of Windermere, only married Cynthia because of a bad game of cards. He got drunk on his 21st birthday and lost his mother's ancestral home. He actually lost it to a friend, but that friend was just as loaded and lost it to a third party. He never got over it and he never forgave Julian, the friend who carted his unconscious butt away from the card game before securing the property. Over the years, Damien has tried to buy back the home, but the new owner refused, until now. Damien can get the property back when he marries the owner's niece.
I won't get into the particulars of how it all plays out. The bottom line is I thought Damien's treatment of Cynthia was abominable... He had no faith in her. He accused her of things she didn't do. He took no stock in her intelligence. He insulted her and yet because he wanted to get in her pants, we are supposed to think this is a romance to root for? At least Julian recognized that she was a woman of worth. It took Damien way too long to reach the same very obvious conclusion. For much of the book it felt like the only reason Damien wanted to keep her was because he wanted to sleep with her and simply because he did not want Julian to have her. That is pathetic. On top of that, I felt like his animosity towards Julian was based on a very flimsy premise. Julian wasn't the one responsible for his stupid behavior as a young man.Read more ›
A textile manufacturer's heiress is married to a nobleman-diplomat who has accepted a devil's bargain to regain his mother's estate, a property he lost to an erstwhile friend in a youthful game of chance. The Earl of Windermere holds his nose to marry the Birmingham bumpkin but takes off soon after consummating the marriage and she is left to fend for herself. This she does by wintering in London and making a few friends, one of whom is her husband's frenemy, now Duke of Denford. Old emnities and class divisions are just some of the obstacles the two face, not to mention a year's worth of preconceived notions, disappointments and mistrust.
You might enjoy this if you've enjoyed Mary Balogh or Grace Burrowes. The perspectives of H/h are beautifully delineated, and their initial gulf heartbreakingly wide. Midway through I couldn't wait to know what happened next and how in God's name he'd redeem himself with her. (As others point out, he's not the take responsibility and suck it up fantasy hero populating most romances, but an imperfect man whose colossal mistake in youth sets his course for life and leaves him with a few idee fixe about who shared the blame for it.)
Having finished it, I will say it was enjoyable as the two negotiated common ground and their evolving passion. The last act of the story involved a half-hearted, half-baked crime, which came out of nowhere and resolved without much to-do; but all in all, I had a good time here. No wish to re-read this, so ultimately not 5 stars for me.
In doing so, I was in no way influenced by other reviews, because I read this story the day it was released, before any reviews had been posted.
I found the writing, for the most part, flat. The H is a pathetic whinger who will most likely spend his whole life blaming others for mistakes for which he should take sole responsibility. The only thing in his favour is his recognition that his actions have driven her into the arms of another man and that he can't condemn her for her "unfaithfulness".
Moreover, the alienated friend is unbelievable and the plot is downright irritating.
I tried to like the h, but she is implausible (her reminiscences of the wedding scene made me cringe - seriously, given what had happened previously, what did she expect?).
Finally, if we are to believe her almost lover's suggestion that she was frightened into marriage, her bullying uncle is a most unconvincingly invisible villain.
I am in no way tempted to continue with this series. And that surprises me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lady Windemere's Lover was excellent. I've been curious about the odd, strained relationship between Cynthia and Damian Windermere and Julian Fortescue since reading his book, The... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrea T
Well we are back with Cynthia and she is out with Julian since her husband Damian has not returned home. While out she sees something that upsets her. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tracey P.
Damien Earl of Windermere got drunk at 21 and lost his mother's home in a game of cards. He blamed his friends and quit speaking to them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Callie
I had eagerly awaited this book and read it quickly when it first came out. So when the last volume of the series appeared I decided to re-read the entire series since there was... Read morePublished 13 months ago by SusieGoose
It's not the worst but not a great one either. I liked the secondary character Julian better than the main character. If this is the lead in to his story she did well. Read morePublished 14 months ago by RondareadsAlot
It's the first book I read in this series and I went back to read the previous 2. I loved the discovery the H regarding his wife and the way the h communicates to her husband. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lydia
I have read several books by this author, but this one is NOT one of her best books! I bought this book almost 2 months ago, started it once (I had to stop, dull). Read morePublished 15 months ago by scarlett #3