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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
The last chapter (Epilogue) tries to wrap up the many loose ends that she's left all over the place. If she had taken the time to actually write the full story and cut down on some of the endless pages of erotic material the end wouldn't feel so rushed and the readers wouldn't feel so cheated.
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