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Lord Ruin Paperback – February 7, 2012
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About the Author
Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.
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Top Customer Reviews
** This is the second Carolyn Jewel book I've read and it has many of the same problems - the hero has some real character (even if it's an unappealing one), but the heroine is a complete cardboard cutout; flat, boring and lifeless. And while the Ruan (the duke) may have some character it's not the kind that you really want to spend several hours with, being arrogant and thoughtlessly high-handed but without any traits like humor or compassion that would soften his arrogance and make it endearing rather than annoying. As for Anne she's the classic Mary Sue - Jewel constantly writes Ruan thinking about how comfortable he feels with her while providing no reason for him to feel that way. All she ever does is act like a doormat while he makes his dictatorial pronouncements.
It's too bad - I like stories about rakes and bluestocking spinsters but this particular spinster was boring and the rake a real jerk. Although in all honesty I have to say they suit each other perfectly.
This dirt-bag invites his mistress to the party celebrating his marriage/introducing his wife to the ton, and is off in some room dallying with her instead of being with his new bride, while the new bride is being assaulted in another part of the house. When she runs to him for protection and instead comes across him with the mistress, there is no apology from him, and she takes the whole thing in her stride! Then he falls in love with the wife, goes to see the mistress to break things off and ends up spending the evening with her instead of coming home to his wife. Then to top it all off, in the end when his pregnant wife is recovering upstairs from the assault of a serial rapist, our hero has the mistress over and asks her to take up with him again because his wife doesn't love him and so he plans to divorce her to give her freedom from him - and the wife hears him propositioning his "ex" mistress and realizes that he loves her and declares her love for him!
Really?? This is the same woman who was ready to fight the hero to prevent him from marrying her prettier sister just for her looks? What the heck happened to her backbone? All this just totally ruined this book for me (no pun intended).
I like Carolyn Jewel's storytelling, and I love "The Spare", but this hero left a bad taste in my mouth with his constant running to his supposedly ex mistress and what I felt to be waaay too many mentions of the ex-mistress overall. I gave the book away after one reading...
The story starts with a very controversial premise-not to give anything away-the hero is forced to marry the heroine because of an indiscretion caused by a very mistaken identity.
The book centers on the fact that both main characters had some ingrained preconcieved notions of each other, and of the opposite sex in general. Being thrust into marriage they learn about each other, about what love really is, and that they truly are meant to be together.
Unlike the other reviewers, I enjoyed the mystery in the story, especially since Anne was able to help solve it.
Those of you who like traditional regencies, and who may be offended by LOTS of fairly graphic love scenes should skip this one as it is very erotic and explicit.
Ms. Jewel is a great new, talented writer and for a first novel it was excellent. Like another review, I also felt that if there had been more characterization and interaction between the two characters and a few less sex scenes than this book would rate a 5.
Otherwise a spicy glimpse into Regency life, fun and enjoyable. 4 stars!