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- Print Length: 338 pages
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- Publisher: Troll River Publications; 2 edition (January 31, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078YS2N2T
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Now for the specifics:
The characters were likeable and well developed. The heroine was strong, but with an underlying vulnerability that made her seem more human and relatable. The hero was your typical romance novel fare- handsome, strong, tall, well endowed, good natured, masculine and loyal. Even though he is willing to marry a virtual stranger for money, the author creates a background story to make his actions understandable, without making too many excuses for him.
The sex scenes were good; explicit, but not vulgar. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no sex and 5 being erotica, I'd put it at a 3.5. I wouldn't recommend this book to a tween or someone who is offended by sex, but it should be fine for most adults, even those who get bored reading about sex. The first sex scene tales place right around the 60% mark and take up less than 10 pages of the entire book.
There is no cheating. There are a few minor references to the hero's past experiences with other women, but from the time he meets the heroine, she is the only woman who holds his interest, even when she alienates him.
The writing is good with only a few minor misedits. A couple times the hero was Mile instead of Miles, and one missing apostrophe (Miles attention). There were two gerunds missing their "ing" and a run on sentence or two. All in all, very few errors. The dialogue seemed authentic and I didn't notice any anachronisms. Clearly a lot of research went into writing this book, as evidenced by the author's notes following the story.
I did notice one sentence that had me questioning if the author had mistakenly used the wrong word. "Ned's mount, deciding he had behaved long enough, leaped and farted and generally behaved so poorly that Ned had to pull up or risk being unseated." I haven't ridden a horse since adolescence, but I seem to recall that their bodily functions are considered an acceptable trade-off for the service they provide us. I wouldn't think a horse fart would even be noticed, let alone considered bad behavior on the horse's part, especially if the horse was being ridden (as opposed to pulling a curricle). Maybe horses were expected to hold it in back in Regency England (or at least say "excuse me" afterwards)? I don't believe I've read about a flatulent horse in any other romance novel.
Though this was my first read from this author, it definitely won't be my last. I look forward to the rest of the books in this series.
The story starts off a bit slowly, and the initial chapters don't play to the writer's strength. The introduction seems a bit stilted. However...
As the story goes along, the strengths amplify. The writer is very good with character interaction and slyly humorous dialog. Both the hero and the heroine are likable and rootable characters, and most of their interactions sparkle with humor. They have nice chemistry. I also like the 'interfering' parents who want to engineer their children's HEA.
Enjoyed the book. Liked the ending. And I’m looking forward to the following books with the heroine’s friend and the hero’s half-brother.
I am reading along enjoying the period and romance of it all and stopped short. What? how can something be "saccharine" in Regency England? No way! I stopped and searched the word's etymology to prove my thinking..
Surprise, saccharine was first used in 1674 and meant sickeningly sweet. The author cared enough to be right. That is impressive -- Being right did not slow or weaken the plot, It enriched the read.
Even better, at the end of the story we writes of her care in using the etymology of words correctly. You have my thanks, and a spot on my favorite list.
1. Without being long-winded and overly detailed (a quality i occasionally appreciate when done well), it conveyed a common regency theme with endearing characters
2. And had a reasonable number of sex scenes that were sweet but still hot (though I'd fiercely debate the frequency of oral sex in regency England, pre Victorian perhaps, but regency....)
3. The author tried to stay true to the language of the period without being pretentious or repetitive.
4. The hero and heroine were likable and not interminably obstinate for chapters on end. Instead they were reasonably flawed.
5. I did feel the blackmail story was not sufficiently dealt with and seemed to employ a deus ex machina device in its resolution, but I'm also happy that the author chose to employ only two common themes rather than inundate us with every regency theme that has ever existed.
6. I'm less persuaded about the reversion plot as the horses were unlikely to be part of the estate that would return to the crown, just the houses and land and the receipts they brought, but I'm allowing myself to suspend my disbelief.
A good read!
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