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It was an era where women were not liberal or taught to be ... nor did the men treat women as equals.. therefore, due that it was an unrealistic read for me... (also i doubt people cared about being a vegetarian in those days.. anyways.. i skipped most of it and feel i wasted my money
I love regency romances! I’ve read several of this author’s books with mixed results - loved some, liked some, didn’t care for some. Unfortunately, this book was the latter. The premise was not my particular taste - spinster animal lover falls for wealthy new neighbor. The heroine, Lady Penelope Campion, was not very compelling - kind but painfully awkward. The hero, Mr Gabriel Duke, was no more compelling - successful in business but scarred and rough. They had little chemistry and no sizzle. The storyline was silly. Throw in gratuitous child abuse and a duel, and this book lost me. I’ll hope for better next time.
Not as funny as the previous books in the series. The misunderstandings seemed overblown and the connection between the main characters occurred so quickly, it was hard to believe that truly delay so strongly for each other. I considered Tessa Dare a must read author, but her last two books I’ve found the couples much less enjoyable and the books to be mediocre.
Both the Stud Club trilogy and the Spindle Cove series of books by Dare are amongst the finest of their kind--well written, witty, with intriguing mysteries woven into the plot and uniquely attractive and unusual protagonists--they are page turners as well as brilliant escapism. Has Dave lost her touch? Wallflower is Disappointing.
I have enjoyed reading most of Ms. Dare's books, not this one. Story was way over the top, Lady Penelope was downright silly. As for Gabriel Duke, his language at times was offensive. Lust without knowing each other.
Left me stagnant and indifferent I did not find that moving sizzle. H was a bit I am a brute but never show it and h was come what may I forgive the world annoying. Too many animals and humour was too immature for me! Also sex scenes thrown in felt forced, like here is supposed to be one lets put it in. Finally, spoiler alert ............. pedo plots leave me sick to my stomach and is not sth I enjoy reading in my little escape!
Have read books 1 and 2... cute stories disliked the sex scenes that went on and on..fast forwarded 1/2of book. If you want to read the best Regency author..try Mary Balough and her Survivor series...will not be buying any more of the above author..plus her prices of her books are outrageous and having the gals in the book kiss the heroes after such a short time is unrealistic in that era.
I liked it. it was short and sweet. I liked that it dove into her past but I also feel that his response to that was very trivial? As was The Mending of the relationship with her brother. It felt more like the author was trying to tie up Loose Ends quickly then really telling us a realistic story. Not only did her brother not notice when they were younger but he also abandon her and chose not to believe her in the moment of the duel. That is pretty Unforgivable no matter how kind she could be. This story is good if you want a sappy romance filled with smut but if you want something a little more than that don't look here. Overall I enjoyed it and I think it's worth a casual read