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Well, let's set aside the fact that all he'd really have to do is say to the sister, "Enough with the matchmaking already!" and be done with it. Instead, let's go with the idea of the pretend marriage. It could be cute. The H and h thrown together day and night will eventually build up a beautiful relationship and fall in love. It could work. There would even be some humorous sexual tension while they try to keep it platonic in the bed at night.
Unfortunately, the author has muddied up the story by having Alisdair's first and only love, who dumped him many years ago to marry someone richer (he was poor at that time) but is now a widow, be the woman coming to visit with his sister. Well, maybe even that could have worked if she had made Alisdair have half a real brain and not just think with his Little Alisdair all the time.
His old love Lavender is a prime piece of work, a horrible person, but she's so very, very beautiful. He's got the hots for her all over again. But he also discovers that sleeping in the same bed with Starling gets him hot and bothered too. This guy's a creep. He keeps coming on to Starling in private, often is boorish and impolite and unkind to her in private and public, and gives one the impression he'd be happy to boink both women, even at the same time if they'd be OK with it.
The H is a sleazy, self-centered, selfish, immature, unkind douchey jerk with the morals of a skunk. He improves slightly at the 95% mark of the book, even though he doesn't grovel enough to suit me. And, oh, I almost forgot. The heroine could have been an excellent one. Again, the author misses the boat by making her suffer somewhat from multiple-personality disorder and also by not having her defend herself from false accusations by sleazy hero and b*tchy other woman.
This story was not romantic. It was exasperating.
Interesting hero, who's fixation leads him into trouble. Does eventually redeem himself but the heroine is honest, caring, industrious, intelligent and a virgin of course. One truly roots for her all the way through the book.
The main characters feel like friends you want to help. The secondary characters are more than placeholders, especially Ellen, Maggie and Lavender. The tone is set by the plot, which keeps the reader turning pages. The description and dialogue set the atmosphere of the story. I found the novel a good read, fast and compelling. I will gladly read more books by this author.
As previous reviewers said H is shallow and nauseating ass. He should’ve ended up with scheming Lavender. They deserve each other for their lack of backbone. If the author’s intention was to show us how despicable those two characters are then she’s done a good job. Otherwise I kept turning page until I thought I would find something. Sex scene is boring to nauseam. And saying f word does take away from a book that already had very little. Also as someone wrote it has no feeling like historical but rather modern day.