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Never a Gentleman (The Drake's Rakes series) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2011
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The first third of the book was promising. Grace was introduced as a strong, though physically plain heroine, who became the sacrificial victim of a deception intended to humiliate and trap Diccan. Their resulting marriage was understandably difficult but I felt their characters' relationship was evolving in an interesting and emotionally positive direction. But then the storyline took a morally repulsive detour.
(Spoiler alert) As other reviewers mentioned, how can you respect or believe in a character who 1) watches her husband vigorously having sex with his mistress (all in the name of patriotic duty of course to let the hero off the hook) and then afterwards confronts him by asking to be given the same treatment, 2) lets him verbally humiliate her in front of his "friends" (again in the name of duty) and then just walks away, 3) falls forgivingly into his arms after he so "nobly" completes his mission and agrees to marry him again with absolutely no demand for accountability for his atrocious behavior to her....shall I continue?
The author reduced Grace into a submissive caricature who passively took all this abuse from Diccan in order to get her "happily ever after" ending. Diccan was a dispicable hero and there was no satisfaction at the end of reading this book because he got away with the worst possible behavior with no remorse whatsoever.
Four stars because the novel is well written, well developed, and mostly well researched. The settings are very well described (so well that at the end it got a bit tiresome). The emotions of guilt, on Diccan's side, and betrayal, abandonment, helplessness, and everything else in between, on Grace's side, are so well drawn out that the reader actually suffers them. But the author's horrible treatment of the female protagonist, Grace, and Grace's passivity bring the 3 stars into play.
After being set up and found together in a compromising situation, Grace and Diccan have to wed, to save his reputation and credibility more than hers. He is a diplomat, uncovering a plot to remove England's mad king, replacing him with Charlotte who would be putty in the hands of those behind the scheme (the Lions). So, in the name of England, shortly after his marriage, Diccan is screwing his long time mistress, who has followed him to England, so he can get information from her. Grace only knows that he is sleeping with his mistress, does not know the reasons behind it. But is made to watch her husband screw the brains out of his lover by the Lions (unaware that they are the Lions) so that she could be convinced he is being investigated for treason and help them (the Lions) bring him down. ANYWAY ...
I did not really like this part. I did not like the fact that Grace did nothing, nothing! She was nicknamed the little Colonel, well that is as inept a comparison as can be made. A Colonel should LEAD not FOLLOW, bark orders not be subservient.Read more ›
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I could not put this book down. Emotional conflicts throughout the story Grace was my heroine she was a strong woman against mean,cruel people and held her self high. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debra Hughes
This book was awful. It was a painful read. When I read a ROMANCE novel, I expect the H and h to have their share of personal issues to work through, but this particular story... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Susannah
Hands down, the most awful, depressing romance I've ever read. It's almost like the author is writing about the worst possible hero to see if she can find readers stupid enough... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Serial Reader
Quirky, sexy, thrilling, and well written! I loved it (and the entire Drakes Rakes).Published on July 18, 2014 by Betti Hill
One of my regular author. I do not go into details about books. I have read books that have great feedback and others that have bad feedback. It is up to the reader to choose.Published on July 2, 2014 by Cathey
I needed this one to fill in the series - great series - just finished the next one and am holding my breath till the next one is released.Published on March 24, 2014 by Doris J. Ward
I bought this book because it really pulled me in. I finished reading the book because I ultimately wanted the author to pull through for me. - It never happened. Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by A. Negaard
This book is horrible. I have never written a review before but I was so disgusted I had to this time. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Evelyn Priebe