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Not my favorite of Lawson's short stories
on March 29, 2016
I like to read Anthea Lawson when I'm in the mood for something short and sweet that I can read in one sitting. While this was written cleanly with easy to read prose and no typos, the characters, particularly the hero, just didn't do it for me.
The hero, the new (and unexpected) Earl of Eastbrook had fallen in love with a woman when he was untitled. She spurned him for reasons he didn't know the extent of and has harbored a desire to seek revenge upon her since then.
Four years later, the opportunity for revenge presents itself. The Earl buys all of the debts for Juliana's family and demands five kisses as payment for the debt. In his pompous mind, he believes that he can seduce her and ruin her in that time.
For most of the short story, the characters are confused and cold to each other. However, as secrets are revealed, the Earl and Juliana quickly reconcile. The end. I felt that there were some maturity issues and too much pain for everything to be resolved so quickly. As a result, I couldn't become emotionally invested in this one.
While I've greatly enjoyed other short stories by Lawson, this one wasn't for me.