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The Bargain Bride (Signet Eclipse) Kindle Edition
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 339 pages
- Publisher : Berkley; Original Edition (September 23, 2009)
- Publication Date : September 23, 2009
- File Size : 695 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B002Q6XU9E
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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Having said that, I find it hard to reconcile the hero and heroine's sexual conduct even in the bounds of marriage with the shamelessness shown in the book. My understanding is that even though morality was quite loosely understood in Regency times and adultery and affairs were common, there was an unusual amount of discreetness and restraint about these things. To have the hero and heroine carrying on pretty much in front of everyone else required a suspension of disbelief, even though they were husband and wife. It was not at all the fashion at the time for married couples to carry on in this manner, even if by a miracle they were in love with each other. Too many authors confuse sexual chemistry for love. It is so in this book. I wonder how the plot would continue once the chemistry died down.
A plot with a lot of promise ended up being a potpourri of....well pretty much everything. I'd give it a miss.
The H/h are trying to manage a marriage that was arranged when they were youngsters, a marriage neither wants. And then we are subjected to miles of pages of introspection..."does he love me?," "I hate him," "will she come around?," "how will I stand this marriage?" I usually skim repetitive sex scenes but in this case I was skimming repetitive ruminations. Maddening.
I liked the hero and heroine; most of the other characters, not so much. The few attempts the author made at humor fell flat. Anyway, those attempts were too little, too late. What a bust. The author should pay me for having the stamina to finish this high-priced disaster.
Definitely NOT worth its outrageous price!
But, if you think you'd like to live in their confused little heads through the entire novel, have at it. Enjoy:)
They argue and bicker and she nags, nags, nags about the 13 year delay (after promising not to nag anymore, she nags about 13 more times after that) and decide to make the best of things and marry. Speed bump.
Her father, her obstreperous step mother, obnoxious step sisters are truly horrendous people, yet they are cardboard caricatures. Even the villain of the piece, Nigel, her step brother, is only partly developed. Speed bump.
In short, we discover West and Penny have fantastic sexual chemistry and enjoy that part of their relationship very, very much. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how they feel about all the other aspects of marriage. Their story is great sex equals great marriage. Maybe that's true for the first month of the marriage, but that's all we have for them. We have no idea what qualities they'll want/need to get through the next 50 years. Speed bump.
If Ms. Metzger hadn't set the bar so high, these speed bumps wouldn't have seemed so low.