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Lady Be Bad (The Merry Widows Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : January 27, 2012
- File size : 1356 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Publisher : Signet (January 27, 2012)
- ASIN : B0072NXGRW
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #215,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's not that Candace Hern writes badly. She writes well enough. It's just that this particular plot and these particular characters were not what I wanted to read about, apparently. At only 99 cents I won't complain about the price, but I do want to complain about the book.
The heroine is Grace Marlowe, vicar's daughter and widow of a famous bishop. She's beautiful but also prim, proper, straitlaced and unawakened sexually. She finds the hero, John Grayston, Viscount Rochdale, repulsive. Oh, he's handsome enough, but he's, let's face it, a man-slut sleazebag, an unrepentant seducer of women, even taking bets on his success. In other words, he kisses (and more) and tells, not caring one iota about the women's reputations.
So a wager is made on whether he can seduce our prim and proper widow. That's the story. She turns into a puddle when, just a few pages into the story, he caresses and kisses her hand as they are riding alone in a carriage. Why are
they alone in that carriage? Danged if I could understand why. Just to move the story along, because it would not have really happened in Regency England, I don't believe.
I disliked him. I disliked her for being a ridiculous pushover for an obvious womanizer. She knew what he was. She still had the hots for him. Yeah, yeah, yeah, he supposedly becomes a redeemed rake and falls madly in love with her by the end. Whatever. She's Too Stupid To Live. He's Too Sleazy To Trust. May they live Happily Ever After in Romanceland. It certainly wouldn't work out In Real Life.
I am rabid for good character driven books and Lady Be Bad was one of the best. Lord Rochdale was the perfect foil against Lady Marlowe's virtue. It was, as stated comically in the story, the Libertine and the Bishop's Widow.
So subtle, so elegantly entwined, so undelineated was the magic that Ms. Hern wove. His development, his growth, his change, his "becoming" was so expertly done, I shed tears several times while reading.
Grace's, Lady Marlow, change was astounding, too. To be able to look so rationally at what her life had been, and how it had made sense at the time, was insightful enough. But to also be able to allow herself to accept the changes being with John encouraged made her a memorable character. That she was able to balance both parts of her life so graciously was nothing short of brilliance delivered through Ms. Hern's writing skills.
Then, the denouement, so a la Shakespeare's best confusions, was just so appropriate. Grace was so enraged, then John was so betrayed...It made the ending so very satisfying. Yes, and tear shed-worthy.
I absolutely LOVED this book and gave it 5 stars despite the few grammatical/editorial gaffes. It was great.
The topic - a rake meets an innocent - has been used and over-used in historical romance. I like it but I`m a bit tired of it too because some authors fail to describe just why the innocent would ever fall for the rake and why the rake would even look twice at the innocent. This is not the case in this book. We see how they learn new sides of each other and thus are given a very good explanation as to why they would fall for each other.
It`s also a very hot book. If you`re looking for an innocent HR, this is not the book for you. But I liked it because it was well done. The hot parts weren`t just there to sell the book but because they fit the characters and how they found each other and grew closer.
I liked the whole series (The Merry Widows) but read them out of order. It`s not exactly a problem to do so but you`re in for a few spoilers if you do.
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当然 ベッドの中でもかく有らねばならぬ というのが夫の持論。でも、さして不道徳
に思えない Merry Widows の仲間が、肉体的な情熱について語るのを聞いて
John Grayston, 第７代 Rochdale 子爵は、こよなく 女性と馬、そして賭け事を
賭けとは、「お堅い Mrs Grace Marlowe を Rochdale が落とせるかどうか。」
そんなの簡単とばかりに、Rochdale は、Grace に近づきます。