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Interesting concept in theory, not so interesting upon execution,
This review is from: All Night with a Rogue: Lords of Vice (Mass Market Paperback)
This story endeavors to turn most romance tropes on its head, as far as mainstream romance goes. I'm sure it's admirable to attempt such a different tale, but the result is that the heroine and her family are definitely not wilting daisies, but careen across to the other end of the spectrum into frankly annoying characters. There isn't a single NICE character in the story to root for - the rogue never reforms, the heroine is unbelievably sensible about the hero, but unfailingly loyal to her mother, who is an unrepentant gambler who is willing to bet her child's life on the reformation of a rogue, the heroine's sisters are bitchy and competitive and the hero's sister and friends all pursue their ulterior motives, and the hero and heroine go along with all sorts of crazy schemes in the name of loyalty.
Thus the characterization is weak and unbelievable, the prose is unremarkable and several times I literally threw the book at the wall as I was so frustrated with the stupidity of the story.
I'm giving this 2 stars for the effort to produce an original tale, but frankly, when it comes to romance, it's pretty much the execution that counts, readers are mostly looking for relate-able, and nice heroes and heroines. No one wants to read about mean horrible people getting a HEA; that would be non-fiction, and there's enough of that in the world.
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Initial post: May 3, 2011 3:35:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2011 3:43:41 PM PDT
You took the words right out of my mouth. This book was well yes...stupid...and I only could get through 152 pages as I was embarrassed for the author. "His finger brushed her lips to entice her to open her lips." OK that was not a direct quote but it is very close.
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