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A Dangerous Man (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2008
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It's fine to have a conflict, some evil person etc but please don't make the story completely about him/her cos there is then no point in the romance. I've read hundreds of romance novels with jealous women/evil characters etc that manage to insert them without taking center stage and relegating the romance to a corner.
The author uses the dependable plot of a nobleman blackmailed into a marriage with a nefarious tradesman's innocent daughter. Wealthy Cotton Mill Owner, Thaddeus Jamison, has discovered a truly shocking Wexton family secret. If Richard, the Duke of St. Austin, refuses to marry Jamison's daughter, Leah, then Thaddeus will "reveal all" and precipitate a terrible scandal.
Richard unwillingly proposes, Leah unwillingly accepts. Can this marriage of inconvenience bring happiness to it's coerced participants?
This situation offers ample opportunity for misunderstandings, class prejudices, and uncomfortable social interactions. The characters will need to forgive, forget and foster new loyalties. Unfortunately, the author doesn't develop these themes.
Instead she introduces an alarming array of subplots which result in a confused narrative of thinly resolved occurances and tragedies.
Richard and Leah have more personal baggage than a post-chaise boot.
The Duke's brother, Gregory, is self-destructive with addiction issues. His sister-in-law, Rachel, is a delusional, lustful harpy. His best friend, Pierce, is a womanizing wastrel who intends to marry an heiress for her dowry.
Leah has her own problems. Her sister, Catherine, was seduced and abandoned and then turned out of the house by Thaddeus Jamison. Catherine and her child have been missing for years. Leah loves her friend, Alexander, but he is deemed unsuitable by her father. Her unloving father is a cruel, manipulative social climber, who uses his daughter to advance his social position.
Add a scheming ex-mistress, suicide and murder attempts, a betrayal, a cuckolding, two paternity questions and charity work in the dangerous slums of St. Giles. The author has stuffed this novel to the brim with conflict and contention, but hasn't added any character depth.
This is an enjoyable romance but it would have been greatly improved by more attention to the development of the characters of Richard and Leah and a sharp pruning of the unnecessary and numerous plot threads.
The book is well written, the characters well drawn and the story line interesting. Some of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a bit better and perhaps only one or two of the secondary stories should have been included so they could be more fully explored. That said, the book was quite interesting and well worth reading. I look forward to reading Ms. Anello's next effort.
Leah is disliked intensely by Rachel who is the widow of his brother Eric. She has a daughter and they both live with Richard. She still thinks she will end up with Richard. Leah loves his daughter but wants Rachel to leave . She asks Richard but he says.Rachel will stay.
Richard had lived a wild life while married to his first wife and up to this marriage. He found himself having feelings for Leah she was already in love with him.
This book has a few villains , attempted murders beside the growing love story. I think you need to read the book only touched on some highlights. I am going to read another book by this author