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The Valcourt Heiress (Medieval Song Quartet) Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. The characters were flat, boring, and just plain silly. I found myself not caring about any of them a few chapters into the book. I started wishing they would all just die so that I could be done with it already (when I spend my money, I read a book to the end). The story took forever to go anywhere, and by the time it did, I just didn't care what happened to anyone.
The entire story was boring and predictable. The characters were so poorly written, that I couldn't believe any of the people actually knew or liked one another. And, this was supposed to be a romance, remeber that...the two main characters were not likeable or believable as a couple. No spark at all.
The only positive things I have to say for this book are that the font was very readable, the paper quality of the hardcover was nice, and the cover art was beautiful. These things do not a good book make.
Bottom line, save your money. If you want to chance it, get it at the library. At the very least, wait for the paperback. That way, you'll only be out $7.99, and not feel like a true sucker for spending money on this book.
To start, I must state that I respected the author and I loved her historical romance books (note: PAST tense). I am not a fan of contemporary romance, or thriller so I've never read her FBI series. I KNEW her historical books, and this review is based on the "uncorrected proof" that was provided by Putnam Books.
I will NOT go into the summary of the story as you can read it for yourself.
Now, I wanted to like this book, I really did. That said I cannot believe this got published. This, to me, reads as a rough draft of a book, and even as such, it needs a LOT more work to make it anywhere near interesting, much less believable. It is very slow paced; it took too long for the conflict to get resolved, and it was totally predictable.
Oh, and the dialog!!! It was just awful, boring, bland and unrealistic! The characterization is thin, silly and underdeveloped as well as totally ONE dimensional! Not one solid character or developed plot. Not one single enjoyable moment, character, or storyline! I've never read a book where the characters lacked so much personality and chemistry! As for the romance? What romance?! I so wanted to care for Garron and Merry, but I found them so boring, so bland, so one dimensional and plain silly! Try as I might, I really didn't care for their story.
The people, plot- totally unbelievable. Page after page, I just kept reading; shocked that such uninspired trash actually got published!Read more ›
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