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The Wicked House of Rohan
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194 of 199 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2010
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This is a prequel to the House of Rohan series (Ruthless, Reckless, and Breathless). It is a publicity tool and very short.

The story did what it was supposed to do and made me interested in the series. I was skeptical, but interested nonetheless.

The story sets up the beginning of the Heavenly Host--a group of men looking for debauchery and wanting more than what they have found so far, so they choose to make a society of members like them and willing to do anything and everything for pleasure. They are a bored and drunk group of aristocrats with nothing better to do and Alistar Rohan is their leader. Miss Kathleen Strong is in dire need of help and they are willing to help...for a price.

The story was decent. I liked the characters, but the story was so short it was difficult to really get to know them well enough. I half liked the ending, but was left wondering about a couple of things. Much of the "book" is actually excerpts from the series books. I didn't bother to read them--I'd rather read the whole book.

I've since read the first book in the series, Ruthless, and find that this prequel is unnecessary for the series. If the book is not free (check eharlequin), I would not bother with it. Read the series instead.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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In The Wicked House of Rohan, the prequel to Anne Stuart's House of Rohan series, the author continues to push the boundary of "appropriate behavior" in terms of her heroes, whom I've for years argued define Heroes on the Edge. I read the e-book as a free download, which it continues to be as of this writing at Amazon for Kindle, and it served its purpose well as an appetizer by whetting my appetite for the series, which begins with Ruthless, on sale just a few days ago. I've already read it and you can look for my review shortly.

It's Venice in 1740 and Kathleen Strong is about to pass out from hunger after being dismissed as governess for immoral behavior even though she's innocent of the charges. She applies for a possible position, only to discover when she arrives at the home of Alistair Rohan that she's been duped by members of the Heavenly Host, a group of thoroughly debauched noblemen, who, for kicks, want one of their own to deflower a virgin while the others look on to check technique and cheer for the woman to come to climax. Of course they will pay for the pleasure.

Kathleen's brother was Rohan's best friend a lifetime ago, and while she recognizes him - she's had a crush on him for years - he remains clueless as to her identity. Though he is host to the affair, his ennui is such that he's not all that interested even in this level of debauchery, so when Kathleen acquiesces to the plan only if he is not the one to deflower her, he readily agrees. But he cannot let things alone, and assures that Kathleen is fed and made as comfortable as possible for the big night even as she's locked into a room to prevent escape.

This being an Anne Stuart story, there's a marked "fly in a spiderweb" feel to the attraction between Kathleen and the wicked, wicked Rohan. While I found myself wishing for more story, it was complete unto itself. Yes, it was condensed in terms of time, but the premise lent itself to the abbreviated word count. Don't read it looking for reality, historical or otherwise; this is purely an adult fairy tale, and when thought of like that, it succeeds wonderfully.

Other members of the Heavenly Host star in the trilogy following this novella. Alistair is tame compared to the hero-on-the-edge of Ruthless, who actually crosses well over the line, but more on that when I post my review.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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I've probably read way to many romance novels over the years and have gotten used to most books having a plot buried somewhere between the first and last page. This book though decided that the plot was just a superflous detail not to be worried about and jumped from the start of a decent storyline straight to the I love yous as if the author was under a deadline or had someplace she had to be right at that exact minute. Implausible story that strains all notions of plot or tenets of romance.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2010
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I don't have much free time to read, so I'm annoyed that I wasted some of it reading this mini-commercial disguised as an eBook. Apparently this story is a prequel to the House of Rohan Series.

So what was so bad about it?
1. Poor editing: There weren't any glaring typos but simple things, such as what the characters looked like, were flubbed. In one passage the hero is described as having "piercing blue eyes" but a few paragraphs later his eyes "were a golden color, like dark honey,..." It took me a bit to figure out the author was still talking about the same guy.

2. It's REALLY short: I'm new to this whole Kindle eBook thing but I'm guessing that if this "book" where printed in hardcopy, it would take less than 20 paperback-sized pages to print. Which leads me to...

3. Rushed and implausible plot: Girl meets boy. Girl hates boy. Boy is intrigued by girl... I won't spoil the book for anyone who wants to read this but needless to say, it ends happily. I'm OK with that; this is a romance. What I found disconcerting was that the entire storyline occurs over 8 - 12 hours. From clawing hunger and hatred to "happily ever after" within 12 hours? REALLY?!? Everything, from the description of the scenery to the dialog, feels rushed and implausible.

Even as a mini-commercial, this "prequel" fails because I can't imagine slogging through a trilogy's worth of this stuff. Ick.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2010
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nothing but Nora Roberts-like tough guy romance. You know the usual good looking guy with a gruff personality and the woman hates him, but can't understand the attraction. If you like this kind of cliche romance, you'll love this. As someone else also pointed out - this "prequil" is nothing more than an advertisement for the trilogy. I'm not sure how anyone can get through 3 books like this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2011
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This was awful. I kept waiting for the story to unfold. It just led up to a sex scene and ended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2010
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While I hesitate to offer any negative reviews as the idea of hurting anyone's feelings turns my stomach, this book (using the term loosely) failed to please on too many levels. 1) Nothing to due with the writing itself, Amazon needs to consistently offer the number of pages or reclassify this as a vignette; in so far as, how misleading the use of an all-inclusive word such as "book" can be to a reader... Leading to certain unfulfillled expectations. 2) Aimed purely at the author- If the purpose was to interest the reader in other works, the lack of character development, cohesive plot, and a surprisingly short climatic event before leading the reader to a unsatisfying and quick finish, made it almost too easy to put this story under my "Authors to Avoid" Collection; however, after reading some of the other reviews and seeing some potential in the writing, I wonder if my expectations were too high thinking this was a full-length novel. I can't understand the ratings received if this story was the apex of the author's talent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2010
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While I truly did like this story, I felt very cheated. Once the few pages that existed were over I found myself wishing that I had been able to read a whole story instead of one that was just thrown together. As I understand, this is part of a series of sorts and it is like a teaser to get you to read the rest and a teaser it is. I own this on kindle and when I saw the total pages, I thought I had made a mistake and only downloaded the first chapter. Not the case. Since this was free, I don't mind that I purchased it and if you are in the mood for something quick, and I do mean quick, if it is still free, check it out for yourself. Beware though, there is little to no character or plot development. There is drama and romance but it happens so quickly that it is almost hard to believe. If you are interested in true romance, that does manage to make it in the story, so you will be happy with that. Just be warned of disappointment when you want to read more and there is none.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2010
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This story was almost perfect. It is about a girl who is down on her luck that happens to be chosen for a new "job". But the job is really a bunch of guys who want to take her virginity. She happens to know one of the guys from childhood and refuses to sleep with him. So while the others go off to decide who gets to deflower her she is left at the guys home. All I can say is that one thing leads to another and I am really happy for the ending. I only gave it 4 stars cause I just wish it would have been longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2011
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Where to begin?

Well, lets start off with: Yes, as many of the reviews have states this is a SHORT story (I finished it about a hour)I think people are giving it so many bad reviews because of its length. But keep in mind, this really isnt an installment of the series. If you will- its a teaser, a trailer, an appetizer. This short story is here to peak your interest, get you hooked, figure out if you like the writing style and the direction of the rest of the Rohan series.

And it did just that (for me at least.) This was a great little introduction for me to see if I would enjoy the other books, and I have a feeling I will. (inf act, they're sitting on my wishlist)

For the length of the story, you get a good feel of what the author is trying/wanting to accomplish with the series. Most importantly, you get a firm grasp on the author's writing style. Easy to follow, descriptive, and unbelievably hot, sexy, scenarios.

I will freely admit that the story does lack a depth of plot and character development and very very basic; that the story is (as another reviewer put it) a skeleton. But beautiful, and fun one at that.And REMEMBER to keep in mind, that this wasn't meant to be a novel- only tantalizing bait for the rest. Its a nicely done lay out of a book, and if youre looking for an easy, quick, romantic read without all the hassle and obstacles that are usually found in the genre, this is a great little read for you.
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