- File Size: 814 KB
- Print Length: 311 pages
- Publisher: Beyond the Page (July 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LGZD4BK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Married to a Rogue (Classic Regency Romances Book 9) Kindle Edition
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I liked the overall story--that of a husband and wife rekindling their love--and really enjoyed the play between them for the most part. The author did a good job of showing how each would feel like the victim in their marriage and blame the other for it falling apart, and the emotion involved was certainly the highlight for me.
But that was about it for me.
Firstly, I never understood the relationship between the hero and heroine. All they had was sex. They kissed the first time they met without even knowing who the other was and it's never mentioned that they miss their friendship or the emotional part of the relationship, just the sex. Whenever they thought back on their relationship, it was just the sex that they thought about. I liked the heroine (the stereotypical sweet, loving, and gorgeous--even if she is on the heavy side--woman), but the hero never grew on me. He's cold and distant to most people and though he's got a sweet and caring side to him, he is unconscionably rude to this woman he claims to love. In fact, he's cruel to her several times throughout the book and I don't feel like he ever really repented of it. He did apologize at one point for something he did years ago, but not really the stuff he does within the book.
Beyond that, what really irritated me was the amount of sex in this novel. It is technically "clean" because it doesn't have detailed sex scenes, but it is a constant theme throughout the book. The hero and heroine's relationship is built on it and they spend a lot of time reminiscing about their previous sexual exploits. There's even a mention about the hero masturbating when he was younger and all the different places they've had sex. It was ridiculous and gratuitous. Where the first book in her series has some mention of it (the hero is a rake, after all), it's not the main point of the story. In this book, I don't think there's a single chapter that doesn't have some mention about it.
I won't be picking up anything more from this author. The one book I liked must have been a fluke.
I think this subset of the romance genre - the angry, unfair H who is really mean to the h (usually for some reason that seems reasonable to him) is very polarizing. Some people like it and some people don't. If you like laugh-out-loud, or madcap as descriptions for your romances, you won't like this. For my part, I hate madcap. In this example of the darker side of romance, the H really is a bit of an ass at the beginning and he dithers back and forth about his wife, but it's clear he still feels something for her. I must disagree with some other reviewers. He does not tell her to her face she is fat; he blurts it out to his friend at the very beginning of the book, out of her earshot. He makes an oblique reference to her about it a bit later but only once, in a fit of pique when she shows up at his home unexpectedly. It's not long before he admits to himself that he prefers her body to that of the sylph-like mistress. The mistress is clinging to the H, but even by that point he's trying to break off with her. She just doesn't get the hint, even though he hasn't bedded her since before they came to England.
Also, his memories about his wife are not just about the sex, but about their whole relationship, good and bad. And although he's jealous over her relationship with a rather questionable Frenchman, I don't think that's the impetus for his desiring reconciliation. I admit that his outrage and avoidance of the h because he thinks she's betrayed her marriage vows is a bit much, considering what he's been up to the past five years, but even he comes to the realization that he's being unfair. There was, to me, satisfactory groveling, after the usual false starts. A few of the characters seemed to have implausible motives and personality about-faces, but that's a romance for you. There is a pretty good subplot involving characters that are crying out for a book of their own, and I am as sure as I can be that they will get it. Overall, I liked this book very much.