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The "hero" objectifies the heroine throughout the whole book
June 16, 2015
I was really disappointed in this book. I got it as a free Kindle ebook, because, while I'm always on the lookout for a good Regency romance, most of the time I don't bother buying them because it's hard to find a well-written one. The writing was not superb, but I've read worse. I think. Honestly, I'm not sure, because I was so distracted by the flaws of the main male character. Flaws are what make us human and the characters relatable, yes. I understand that. But the "hero" objectified the heroine throughout the entire book. I was disgusted and indignant, and he never changed. Maybe if the reader had been allowed into his head sometimes when he was NOT thinking about sleeping with her. *SPOILER* As it is, even when he proposes at the end, he can't think of anything to say except "I want you." And then he comes really close to realizing how wrong it is to objectify her... and still can't figure out what to say, so he kisses her. But still, everyone who knows him considers him a gentleman - only because he won't sleep with her without marrying her. Is that really all it takes to be honorable? I also felt that there was a lot of backstory that was only hinted at that could have A) made the characters a bit more sympathetic, and B) helped the relationship mature - or at least have shown the reader that their relationship was more than physical attraction. The plot and backstory had a lot of potential, I will say that. Unfortunately, the potential went mostly unrealized.