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Complaint #1: The hero and heroine have been, it seems, attracted to each other for years and show this by behaving like silly middle schoolers, arguing with and insulting each other at every possible moment. Shouldn't they have matured by the ages they are in this book (late 20s, early 30s)?
Complaint #2: Too many Misunderstandings and Failures to Communicate, a device I truly dislike in HRs. Just when I'm thinking OK, now they'll get together and really tell each other how they feel, some stupid remark or jump-to-a-conclusion separates them again (and again and then again).
Complaint #3: Now, this complaint will put me in the "stick up my you-know-what" category in the eyes of many readers but I truly cringe when American authors mess up titles and forms of address in the English peerage. Since Katherine Ashe, in the Author's Notes at the end of the story, calls herself a "professional historian", one should expect she would do some cursory research on this. Ms Ashe, there are 5 peerage ranks, in descending order: duke, marquess, earl, viscount and baron. Viscounts and barons use their surnames in their titles and you got that right, but there is no OF. Your "Baron of Grace" should be "Baron Grace" and your "Viscount of Fitzhugh" should be "Viscount Fitzhugh". Now to the hero. He's an earl. Earls do not normally use their surnames in their titles, but rather OF with a title place. Your "Ian Chance, the Earl of Chance" should be "Ian Chance, Earl of Twinkleton" (or some such) and he will be addressed as "Lord Twinkleton" or "Twinkleton". (If you don't believe me, check out the earl in Downton Abbey. He's Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham and he's addressed as Lord Grantham or Grantham (or Robert by his wife, of course).)
OK you say, Complaint #3 is a minor point and should be ignored. You're probably right except that Ashe has peers' names on almost every page and manages to make mistakes about their titles and their forms of address at least half the time and that was just as bad for me as looking in the mirror and seeing a huge wart on my nose. (OK, you say you hope I grow a big fat one because I'm such a pain in the neck. So be it.)
I felt like Ian was a character who I liked more and more as the book progressed. Corinna never really touched me until the end but that's because I fell in love with Ian and I wanted her to treat him better. The secondary characters are charming and I would love to read the romance story between Mowbray and Lady Chance. I enjoy reading a story about people who aren't 20 years old since love can come at any age.
Anyway, I just bought some more from Ashe and I can't wait to get started.
The hero and heroine are both smart, deeply kind, and honorable, and within the framework of the deeply buried wounds they have inflicted upon one another in the past, the difficulty they have overcoming their mutual animosity and basic differences is both realistic and inspiring.
I know some reviewers have said the characters lack maturity, and that the "huge misunderstanding" is a tired plot device. From one perspective I'd say that's not an unfair assessment, but I also don't think it's the whole story. These are two characters who have known each other all their lives and have never resolved an entire series of miscommunications and mistreatments. Even with the added perspective of having seen the other's life from the inside, those kinds of wounds are not easily healed. Admitting to loving someone you've made a habit of hating openly takes not only transformation, but enormous courage. Here's where the details of how Ms. Ashe presents the nature of the misunderstanding all along the way matter for making the "huge misunderstanding" plot device not an annoying cliche, but, rather, a way of telling a story to inspire empathy, understanding, and the effort to reconcile with one's supposed enemies.
I think the particulars matter also for the way the sexual encounters of the book work, and I can't say much without spoiling here. At least one reviewer has already mentioned that the hero having no-commitment sex with the heroine in this period really drops him low on the likable scale. Well, lots of these sorts of books have (apparently) no-commitment sex in them, but how, and why, and where, and when it happens all matter for what it actually ends up meaning. It's pretty clear when it happens that it means a lot to both Ian and Corinna; but they have to learn to know themselves again as well as each other before their love—rather than hatred—for one another defines their lives. In the end, it's well worth it.
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