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A Dangerous Compromise (Zebra Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001
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Just like Lydia, Clarissa is shatter-brained and totally out of control. She is determined to marry a rake because she wants a Grand Passion. When her friend Jane questions the future faithfulness of a man who has had a lot of mistresses, Clarissa airily replies that Love for her will make him forget all of those women.
Most silly heroines have parents or guardians to keep them in check. This one does not. It really is not surprising that in a fit of pique over the hero's deception (the revelation that he is an honorable man and not a rake), she agrees to become the mistress of one of the worst rakes (who, ironically, becomes the hero of Ms. Donnelly's next book).
What self-respecting hero would run off to rescue such a brainless heroine? At this point, the book became a wall-banger for me.
Somehow, Lydia Bennett never appealed to me as a heroine. "Happy ever after" is much more believable with sensible romantic couples such as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
Unfortunately, Evan overhears Clarissa's dismissive comments about him. Evan has spent the past few years taking care of his family estates and his family, and he is now in London for a well deserved holiday. And when he overhears Clarissa, he decides to teach her a lesson by presenting himself as a rake, and showing her what a rake is truly like, and how dangerous he can be. However Clarissa truly does fascinate him: she's an audacious mix of vulnerability and willful stubbornness, and Evan finds himself constantly stepping in to protect her form her own folly.Read more ›
women pine for men that are everything that common sense and society says we should stay away from.
It's the syndrome that makes dangerous, womanizers seem romantic; and dark, selfish, egocentric figures seem mysterious, brooding and misunderstood. Clarissa thinks only a rake can give her a Grand Passion, in other words she wants to be truly and deeply loved. She's no parental guidance to speak of. Her aunt is feeding these skewed ideas. By utter good fortune a good man takes an interest in her well being and attempts to open her eyes. I agree that Clarissa's misguided silliness is frustrating to strong, informed women. But this syndrome is alive and well in the 21st century too so I can only take one star off for it. Even that seems a little wrong because the book is well written, being both funny and touching. I thought it was a very good read with an unbeatable price.
It takes a creative author to come up with a unique storyline. It takes a good author to turn that same storyline into an excellent read. And Shannon Donnelly almost pulled it off, with her latest novel A Dangerous Compromise... the keyword here being "almost". I loved the concept, a naive but beautiful heroine and the rakish hero who isn't actually a rake. The plot was entertaining, and there was some great humor throughout. But then the book started turning into a love triangle, the heroine kept veering down the path of TSTL, and I started to fear things were not going to end well. They did not.
To some extent, I came to understand where both of the protagonists were coming from. The hero's always been a bit of a troublemaker, but the last nine years or so he's had to remain in the country, helping to take care of his family. Now that his father has passed away, he decides it's past time for him to have some fun in London. He's annoyed to find he feels suffocated upon reentering London, only to overhear the heroine - a resounding beauty - calling him stuffy before she's actually met him. The heroine also explains her idealistic plans of finding true love by reforming a rake, so the hero decides to enlighten the heroine - he'll pretend to be a rake to show her how silly she is being. The heroine isn't particularly a mean-spirited girl, but I wouldn't list intelligence as one of best features either. Rather, she's young, headstrong, spoiled as a result of her physical beauty, a hopeless romantic, and hopelessly naive. Her parents didn't have a happy marriage, and she's afraid of becoming unfaithful like her mother.Read more ›