I am pretty surprised to see the other positive reviews here. While the overall plot of this book was perfectly acceptable, the execution was TERRIBLE! 19-year-old heroine becomes ward of rakish hero, instant attraction leads to love. Not the most scintillating outline, but had potential. Beyond boring dialog and shallow characterization, there were a number of head-scratching turn-offs for me. A few are listed below, though there are certainly others...
1. He asks a former mistress to chaperone his ward, our heroine. This is somewhat off-putting, but seems like this could be a potential twist down the road, right? Wrong. Heroine never puts 2+2 together and it just makes for somewhat awkward, clunky reading.
2. A personal peeve of mine, hero sleeps with someone else after meeting and acknowledging fledgling feelings for heroine. Not only does he have sex with someone else, it's a tavern whore and this incident barely gets a full paragraph description, let alone any indication of remorse from the hero.
3. This was probably the kicker for me. The biggest conflict/exciting moment of the story, the catalyst for declarations of undying love... involves an allergic reaction to a dog. Not anaphylactic shock, death looming large variety of allergy. Just the sneezing and wheezing variety. While overwrought plot twists can sometimes be annoying, come ON! Itchy eyes and an aborted carriage ride does not make for exciting reading.
This is the first Amelia Grey book I've read. Perhaps this offering is in keeping with her normal style and it's just not my cup of tea. This was obviously the first in a trilogy about 3 male cousins. I can't say I'll be awaiting those releases with bated breath but at least the series has nowhere to go but up.
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