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The Look of Love (The Book of Love 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : March 27, 2019
- File size : 3223 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 254 pages
- ASIN : B07PJNQBRQ
- Publisher : Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.; 3rd edition (March 27, 2019)
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,200 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The heroine's nickname, Goose, was basically the only way she is addressed throughout the book! Then there is this phrase repeated throughout, "his little Goose". What will the nicknames of the children be....possibly duck 1 and duck 2? Then the hero could call them his duck duck goose. Or when he's in the mood, "I'm going to take Goose down". Or when she's pregnant, "Not only do you run like a goose, my love, you waddle like one too". Or Beast saying, "I woke up a little down in the mouth". Referring to her this way, instead of by name, lessened her as an adult and started to feel like they were sleezy unequals in the lust story. And from the cast of characters, there is a future book about Loopy! Yep, Loopy. "Hey, baby, why don't you loopy those legs around me". The hero is Beast which is at least a step away from the rampant use of Devil.
These 3 female friends are using the word sperm in a conversation. Sperm. Pretty up to date girls back in early 1800's.
Geez, felt like a prepubescent girly story with a mix of adult male sex magazine all hiding behind an innocent era.
Just couldn't get past what the over use of these ridiculous nicknames did to a good story idea. Didn't finish. The heroine probably said at the end of the book, I Goosed the Beast" .
This did not feel true to historical romance, as there were very unbelievable things for the time period. Like references to sex or breasts in whole group settings (like 6 of them would be sitting around the dinner table talking about Breast of Goose, etc.). It felt very unrealistic for the time period. It would never have happened no matter how liberated the characters were.
There was no depth to character and it was really most annoying that the two main characters said over and over and over again how they felt in the EXACT same way! I felt like I was rereading one of the prior chapters. I was not rooting for them to get together as this felt very lame.
One other reviewer mentioned this felt like a YA novel. I beg to differ...YA novelists know how to hook their readers and keep them interested. They have to, because they are writing for the hardest group of readers. But that same review mentioned how juvenile this writing felt. I agree wholeheartedly. I've read some B romance novels and made it through, this beats them all. If I could give it an F, I would.
It was so refreshing to read a story that was so honest. I loved the back and forth where they spoke from there hearts. The book added another layer of laughs for me. To hear the h and H discuss the book was very entertaining.
There are a couple bad villains, and my only complaint is the part of the story with the villains was too tame, but ended satisfactory.
The actual lovemaking, is within marriage and very mild maybe 2.5 out of 5. There is some mild foreplay outside of marriage.
I just can't stress enough how I enjoyed this story because they were so forthcoming with each other. The romance builds slowly and was heart warming. We have no cheating, no cliffhanger and HEA. I will be reading the next in the series because the author made the other two couples so interesting I want to catch up with their lives.
I highly recommend this story. I can't improve on the blurb so not trying. (ljb)
Lady Olivia Gosling or "Goose" as she was nicknamed by Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford when he saved her from drowning many years ago in a neighbors pond when she was 6 yrs. old & he was 14 yrs. old. Every since that day, Beast (as she & their friends call him) has been her Knight in Shining Armour.
Beast has just returned after being gone to war for 10 yrs. & has returned a war hero - the Ton & all the marriageable young ladies are in a dither to grab the rich, handsome, bachelor. Goose sees Beast for the first time while book shopping & talking to a book which has fallen from the shelf twice & hit her on the head - The Book of Love. She sees this as a sign; he teases her about talking to a book & insists on buying it for her. Beast hasn't seen Goose often but he can see the sparkle is gone from her eyes and knows something is not right at the Gosling household. He asks her & she informs him her parents died 2 yrs. ago & a distant cousin who is just awful is trying to force her to marry one of his disgusting friends. Beast feels protective of Goose & vows to help her find a proper husband; even if he has to go along with her magic recipes from The Book of Love.
All of the fun & adventures start here with experiments for enticing Beast to fall in love with her. I found everything I love in a historical romance, a house party, romance, humor, the conversations between Beast & Goose are side splitting laughs, first kiss, love, loyal friends & family, & some good old fashioned spice! Will this Beast of a war hero be able to resist the all grown-up & beautiful Goose or will he break the spell she has cast over him?
Top reviews from other countries
For those that are interested, this falls somewhere between clean and steamy. It's perhaps not 100% clean, but everything is rushed over with very little detail.
Like most reviewers, I did get a little fed up with the constant goose references. It was a little overdone. Still, it was a pleasant enough book.
It tells the charming story of Lady Olivia Gosling and Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford, known as Beast. When her parents died, Olivia became the ward of an awful guardian who is about to marry her off to one of his friends. So she decides to take control of her future and marry for love only. So she needs a plan and fast. When she finds The Book of Love in a bookshop, she sees this as a sign and is most eager to try out its love “recipes” on her childhood friend Beast which she always loved. Her life was already filled with ups and downs! She needed to find a husband of her own choosing. Beast was the perfect gentleman to be tested with the techniques explained in the book. But in the process, they fall madly in love and that's when the fun began. Together, their new relationship will create a passionate chemistry and their attraction will be impossible to resist. The beautiful Olivia will become irresistible for Beast. Will he become her knight in shining armour? Will the book of love do it's magic? Or was it that first single kiss that created a magical combination of spark, attraction and chemistry!
The Look of Love is well written, filled with romance, humour and intrigue! I strongly recommend this romantic story and looking forward to read her next book!
For me this book is held back by relying on sexual tension. There are too many scenes where the lead characters have sexually charged discussions. These become monotonous. As a result this novel does not entertain me as much as the Farthingale series. There is not enough plot or character development, and too much pointless steaminess. That said, any book by Meara Platt is well worth reading. But if you have not read her wonderful Farthingale series, I would start there.