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Go Ahead...Be Captive for an Afternoon Read
on October 19, 2016
This is a good, solid offering from Ms. Campbell. While Tempting the Devil is my personal favorite, I find everything she writes to be well worth the consumption.
In this plot, Ms. Campbell presents a heroine who has escaped cruel treatment at the hands of her family. She's assumed somewhat of an alternate identity, although it's invented off the cuff when she's discovered by the hero, injured and in need of help. Yes, this is familiar to us as readers of romance. What's nice is that it's somehow entertainingly new.
Although I didn't find Ms. Campbell's usual use of powerful characters and plot devices to be as strong in this book, it still manages to be sweet and engaging. I should mention, in using the word "sweet," I don't mean a sweet, clean read. All of Ms. Campbell's love scenes are appropriately graphic in nature so if you, as a reader, value less detailed love scenes, keep that in mind. Still, I never find Ms. Campbell inappropriate or offensive in those scenes; however, I'm hard to offend.
What I did have minor difficulty with was the pace of the charade between the heroine and hero and what seemed to be a slightly rushed dramatic encounter with the heroine's family at the end of the book. I also personally prefer a stronger heroine and, since I'd read this book after reading more than one of Ms. Campbell's offerings that presented strong female leads, I was a tad disappointed. Still, I think the order in which I read her books, back to back (all very standalone), probably affected my opinion in this way. In its own right, this is a solid, entertaining, and well-written read for a rainy afternoon.