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All sex no story. Well, no story that grabs the throat and is totally convincing. Why my criticism about the sex? It isn’t prudishness. The first book in the series, Lord Ruin, has plenty of sex scenes and 90% of the hero’s initial attraction is about his sexual obsession with his wife. But in that book Jewel gets a better balance. She also does a much more proficient job at depicting characters. For example, Lord Ruin is also a thoroughly disgusting man when one considers how he treats women. And yet, Jewel redeems him in a way (as long as a reader can forget the very distasteful first sex scene, for which he becomes totally remorseful). In Lord Ruin Jewel also demonstrates her talents for characterisation, not just with the changes in the hero. She is also clever in how she builds on the transformation of his initially colourless wife - who is revealed to be intelligent, loyal, to have a spine of steel as well as a gentle heart.
In comparison, this story is, in my view, a non-event. The plot is thin and what there is of it remains unconvincing. The hero is constantly described as non-heroic. He is a whiner. Amongst other things, he has made money from brothels over many years. Revolting. He treats his new wife with zilch empathy or respect. To my mind, he is never redeemed. His heroine? The fierce lioness of the first book in the series is reduced here to a pale imitation of her former self. The one-way love affair is awful. Even the reason for the “forced” marriage between Devon and Emily is totally unconvincing
Since she's the only sister left unmarried, she's chosen to live with her dissolute father even though he intends to sell her off as he did with sister Lucy. Devon elopes with her as revenge against her father who wouldn't let him marry Anne. So the sex is explosive, but otherwise Devon is cruel and controlling, ignoring Emily unless he's comparing her to her detriment with Anne. Emily hangs in there, but is very unhappy. There's some odd stuff where her family tries to interfere and force a divorce which neither Devon nor Emily want for various reasons.
Mostly I didn't think they were a well-matched pair. Devon's attachment to Anne becomes tiresome and unbelievable. Emily who has numerous suitors won't be swayed from Devon even when he's constantly cruel. There was some weird plot holes like Devon convincing Emily to come to London where she can redecorate his home (he won't let her touch the country estate which is done to Anne's taste), but then he makes stops her when she rearranges the foyer (which she didn't seem to notice). We're told she's feisty and speaks her mind, but she never points out how his attitude changed on this.
I do like Ms. Jewel's writing a lot. Her sex scenes are hot and her dialogue is good. So I'd give this 3 and 1/2 stars.
The build up between Bracebridge and Emily, from Lord Ruin to Surrender to Ruin, is intense. If you have not read Lord Ruin I would suggest purchasing that one as it shows the tension and passionate encounters that lead up to Surrender to Ruin.
This is my favorite type of romance - The man believes he is in love with someone else, and comes to realize that the love of his life is the woman before him. I love how the relationship naturally flows, and gives the reader their happily-ever-after. I won't spoil the book for you, but it is a sweet romance with some very passionate scenes. Thank you Ms. Jewel for an amazing romance!! I was totally engrossed.
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