- File Size: 823 KB
- Print Length: 216 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2 edition (May 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K86D72E
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Unfortunately, the author failed to live up to the promise of the plot. The nobleman, Lord Crofton, was opaque to the point of frustrating me and I was unable to engage or sympathize with him. We truly learned nothing of him other than that he had been the focus of rumors questioning his loyalty to the crown. Nothing else. Compounding the problem was that Lord Crofton was immature, selfish, manipulative, and in my opinion, emotionally abusive. His jealousy, anger, and selfishness caused him to. amongst other actions, threaten Sebastian with turning him into the law for sodomy to be executed and to engage in sexual foreplay with a friend (only stopped because Sebastian caught him). I did not buy for one second at the end that he somehow was in love with Sebastian and would reform his ways.
I also did not buy a central conceit of the entire book -- which was that Sebastian and his twin sister, Bronwyn, were completely identical in face and mannerisms, the only difference being gender. It was utterly ridiculous that Sebastian could impersonate a woman for weeks in front of guests (and servants) and then when Bronwyn shows up that no one would realize that the Lady Crofton sitting in front of them today was not the Lady Crofton siting in front of them yesterday. Especially when Bronwyn is sitting next to Sebastian and is not behaving the way Sebastian did.
Also unbelievable was the casual way the impersonation was revealed to friends and servants. Either being a "sodomite" was a serious enough crime for Sebastian to worry about being beheaded for it (and for Crofton to threaten him with it) or it's not. If it's serious enough, then why let all of these people in on the secret, a secret compounded by Sebastian impersonating another living person?
While the author did a generally good job with historical accuracy, the dialogue was uneven in that respect and sometimes took this reader "out" of the book, as when Sebastian responds to an inquiry about how his attempt at horseback riding is progressing with "So far so good". No, just no. An editor should have caught that anachronism.
Overall, the idea of the plot had such promise. It's a shame it did not live up to its potential, especially at the price point. (If the book had been free or cheap, I would not have quibbled so much.)
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