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Lord Ruin Paperback – February 7, 2012
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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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1. Why choose your leading lady to be so weak? Anne certainly started out strong as she had every intention of confronting LR to stop his engagement to her sister...but it seemed that once the ring was on her finger, Anne fell hopelessly in love with her rake husband and inexplicably turned into a pushover. Yes, she agreed to make him a good wife and committed herself to the marriage in spite of the shocking circumstances and the reason for their wedding. After all, a deals a deal... BUT, walking in on LR and his mistress while they were obviously playing around in THEIR home during a ball in honor of THEIR recent marriage, Anne, in my mind, did not react appropriately to the situation (by that I mean showing a little dignity and throwing the tramp out on her ear and then telling hubby how disgusted she is with his disrespectful behavior, especially after he called his mistress 'darling' in Anne's presence) When told by hubby that he just now gave the mistress her walking papers, Anne readily believed him and hoped for the best...Then, several months later, LR confesses to Anne that he's still seeing his mistress. What does she do? Why she goes to bed with him even though he just left his mistresses bed. Ick, ick and ick. Shaking my head because I just don't understand this...
2. Why make LR so insecure and almost tortured when it comes to Anne? Yes Anne is beautiful within and a kind, gentle soul but I never got why he (along with every other male character in this book) was so strongly attracted to her. I don't recall them having any deep, philosophical discussions. She certainly wasn't that accomplished in the arts, just more than average in appearance (with great legs and big boobs) No fiery temperament or unique personality...So why the obsession with Anne? I just didn't see it. Also, If LR is as hopelessly in love with Anne and wants to be a man worthy of her love and trust, what's the point of still having the mistress around? Especially since Anne is obviously satisfying his sexual needs...
3. Lastly, why did LR mention divorcing Anne to that pesky mistress toward the end of the book? To me, that made absolutely no sense... Yes, he believed that Anne could never love him as he loved her but for crying out loud, she was having his baby. So by divorcing her, what happens to the child's future? What happens to Anne's reputation as well as his career in Parliament? That solution was a tad 'nuclear' to say the least and I didn't understand why it was even written into the story since divorce in those days had HUGE, negative repercussions to ALL involved. Don't think that Ms. Jewel thought that one through...
I like Ms. Jewel's writing. She writes steamy romances with interesting characters. Anne is sensible, determined not to fall in thrall to her new husband who is arrogant and earned the title of 'Lord Ruin'. I had some trouble with Ruan. There's an attempt to explain why his character is so bad as a result of the Napoleonic wars, but it didn't really work. It aggravated me that he was supposed to be in love with Anne and wooing her, but still hanging with several of his former mistresses. I really didn't like the scene where Anne pretty much caves to him even though he's asking his former mistress to take him back. It seems he still has quite a way to go to rehabilitate his character. I'm willing to give him a chance and hope he'll do better in the next two books.
The book starts with a very bored Cyn and his traveling to be with friends. Anne is a spinster who has three beautiful sisters younger than her so she feels very insecure about her looks. It does not help that she has a father who does not want her married because then she can not take care of him so he promotes her feeling bad about herself. She has been in love with Devon who also loves her for several years but Devon was a nontitled gentleman so he refused Devon's suit. Devon has inherited a title and is now pursuing his love and she is thrilled but also a bit unsure of herself. She hurts her ankle and is unable to share her sisters room so they put her in Cyn's room (he is not expected until the next day). Of course he comes early and finds a woman in his bed and does not realize she is higher than a kite on laudanum so has his way with her. They are forced to marry and come together to find a serial rapist/killer. I like this book because the reader knows he falls in love first and has to fight to win her love. I did feel like that could have been really a great middle and finish with the murder mystery and yet it kind of fell flat for me. It was still good and I would recommend a read.
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