- File Size: 2589 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publication Date: March 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JBSTU0I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Other than his looks (she did not care for wealth & position) I do not understand her blind devotion, even before they were engaged in heavy duty petting. He openly mistrusted her, was often rude to her, and just not very nice. But from the minute she falls in love she becomes his doormat, allowing him every liberty, even eagerly surrendering her innocence, without any words of love from him, or even care, and no talk of the future. She is willing to live for this moment alone, because she loves him madly, and she will never love again, and after he leaves her, her life will be a horror. This coming from a well bred woman, who is supposed to be independent and strong. At 23 she is still unmarried, despite her beauty and populartiy, because she has such high standards. Yet the minute she falls in love, she becomes a spineles fool, very willing to allow him to dishonor, and use her any way he sees fit. Constantly musing about her feelings for him and that he does not return them. There have to be other readers (even if they are in the minority) who also hate this common scenario. At least I hope so.
As is typical in all of the dozen books I've read by Conn, the "hero" is dishonorable and the "heroine" has easy virtue as she is eager for him to take her innocence. It seems like many popular authors who want to include explicit scenes will have the couple engage in everything but intercourse until intentions are declared, but Conn's characters skip these preliminaries and the heroine's lost virtue becomes a typical plot device. Again.
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The two-fold plot in this book is actually very good. Freddy is a 19-year old who had fallen in love with Serena and his uncle comes to extricate him and send him back to Oxford to finish school. Serena is very willing to send Freddy on his way. In the meantime, they witness a murder and become involved in discovering a traitor and thief in their midst. This part of the book kept my attention. Though several times I had to remind myself it's just a story - so be prepared to suspend your disbelief.
I listened to the audiobook and the narration is good. Good pacing and differentiation of voices and accents. Expression (acting ability) of the narrator is fine, but not outstanding,
The passionate scenes had me laughing out loud - the hero is described as being "nearly as large as a stallion." Ouch! Then there's this line: "She pulled on his dripping shaft as he worked her honey box." Really?! Give this one a miss!
- "crush" to mean infatuation (used several times). The word was first recorded in this meaning in 1884, while Wellington (if the author meant the 1st Duke) died in 1852.
- "ass", a slang that became popularly used around 1930 mostly in the U.S.
- "Heartthrob", to mean inspiring romantic feelings, also from the 1900's. They just didn't feel right. A little googling and Etymonline.com confirmed these.
I lost count of the repetitive use of the lines "What was wrong with him/her?", or "... simply knew better/should have known better..."
This book is actually not so bad, but my reading pleasure was disrupted often enough to rate it positively.