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Top Customer Reviews
Francis Rohan, known in pre-Revolutionary Paris as the "King of Hell" for his hedonistic exploits and orgiastic society, meets his match in Elinor Harriman. Neither this demon count nor Elinor, his next victim, has any illusions about what life holds for them. Each has endured excruciating loss; one has given up, one refuses to. Elinor should be afraid of Rohan, but she just doesn't have time to be since she is attempting to rescue her feckless, selfish mother from ruin once again. Elinor confronts Rohan in his lair, refusing to be intimidated by him or the debauchery that swirls about them both. At first amused by her refusal to be intimidated, Rohan becomes intrigued by her. He simply cannot let her be. The reader wonders: Who exactly is the spider and who the fly in this story?
The dialogue alone recommends Ruthless. Yet there is much more in Ruthless to please the reader: two love stories, one for each sister; two heroes who need rescuing; slightly sassy, devoted servants; degenerate villains, the sort we love to hate; a Jacobite fugitive (Who doesn't love a doomed, Romantic cause?); brimstone and fire; suspense, mystery, and the redemptive power of love. The very best thing about Ruthless? It's book one of a three book series.
When Elinor's mother escapes in a moment of clarity from their home with the last of their meager valuables and cash, Elinor is forced to follow her. She locates her at the Heavenly Host, a place where anything goes and not a place for an innocent young girl. The Heavenly Host is run by the infamous Viscount Rohan and when Elinor is brought to his attention; he finds himself interested for the first time in years.
I really liked the plot, I liked that Elinor and her sister were struggling in life but had that unbreakable bond and a few loyal lifelong servants. I loved the characters. Elinor isn't beautiful but she is selfless and witty. Lydia who is beautiful isn't cold or shallow; rather she's warm and endearing. Rohan is an ass, but I loved him too. He's alpha male all the way and he's a deviant and unconventional. His good friend Charles was one of my favorite characters and his was just a minor part.
So why only the 3 stars? The book was way too long to have never delved into the characters any deeper than she did. Elinor's sister finds out about Rohan's past and what makes him tick, yet it's never brought up between the two main characters. Charles sweeps Lydia off her feet yet we never find out anything of real substance about him, either.
The author dragged out the whole sexual tension thing between the two characters for far too long.Read more ›
But ultimately, I felt the book did not live up it the hype on the back. For anyone who is familiar with Anne Stuart's books she excels at dark and dangerous heroes that often the reader feels could fall to the `dark side' and even be the villain of the story. The heroine is often young, naïve and rather average looking. The heroine somehow finds something redeeming in him even if the world does not and is able to get under his skin where not other woman has before. This book follows the same pattern as a courageous if poor Elinor Harriman finds herself going to the Heavenly Host. A dark, wicked place where everything has a price. She must extract her troublesome and sick mother from further gambling. The owner is the King of Hell, Viscount Rohan. One rumored to `consort with the devil, have orgies and drink the blood of virgins.' Innocent Elinor's courage intrigues the Dark Viscount and he helps takes her in for the night feeds her and clothes her and returns her deranged mother back to her home. Although he soon returns Elinor to her home he quickly becomes obsessed with her and she with him. And as an evil creeps to kill her and her family the Viscount must re-evaluate his new feelings.
The problem for me I that I never felt the Viscount was that evil or hedonistic or even interesting. I think if there were more scenes that demonstrated his corrupting or black character rather than giving vague glimpses that didn't really pan out I would have felt he was more of the `bad boy.' Rather than just being told he was evil.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unbelievable characters-it was too hard to believe that the King of Hell was saved so quickly after so many years of a debauched life. I felt the same way of his friend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lorig888
Holy crap this book was horrible. I see all these fabulous reviews and I wonder what they even liked about it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jackie
I just finished this book and it is the first Anne Stuart I have read.
I really liked it and would recommend it to romance junkies. Read more
Heard so much about this book and its devilish hero. Price of Darkness preferring high heel shoes studded with jewels instead of boots so he could effectively prance around and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Romance Junkie
I enjoyed it tremendously. The ending was a bit disappointing, using the plot device of danger to ultimately bring them together. Read morePublished 14 months ago by fisch
Love these books. There is a scene in this one in particular made me laugh a lot. When there is humor included in a romance novel as well as romance I'm in. Thanks Ms Stuart.Published 18 months ago by jojo
First book by and last book. Just awful! I am not sure how so many people like it. Its not romantic at all!
Here's what I got out of it!! Read more