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Dominic and Fallon came together quite nicely in the free download sample, and I was intrigued to purchase the book, hoping this was going to be a proper passion filled rampant read - sadly not. All the action was centred around the house, a few trips to his club, however very little descriptive text i.e. the staff wore a formal livery, however I couldn't tell you the colour. Fallon was quite resourceful; going from homeless, to a footman, to a maid, owning her own cottage, before finally Duchess....phew. Dominic wasn't 'dark' enough, other than having a fondness for drink and women, these were his only vices. Fallon came across as capable and savvy enough to work out alternative options. I was disappointed with her virgin debauching in the kitchen, which seemed to be quite wanton in comparison to her confessions of virtuous behaviour.
I paid £3.99 GBP, which seems fair as it's a good afternoon read. I'm not inclined to read the next two books in the series.
I have enjoyed several of Sophie Jordan's other books, but this one did not impress me. I could hardly finish it. Most men have a bit of a rake and scoundrel in them, and the theme of most romance novels is that love conquers all, even when it comes in the form of raging sexual desire. Sometimes it seems the heroine is mistaken about the true nature of her lover. He is kinder, more sensitive, more loving than she imagined. Or she is able to change him, a plot I don't enjoy as much because I can picture their marriage 10 years later, when he reverts to his true nature. Solving this dilemma- how lovers can commit, can adapt, and truly learn to love, is the problem of the writer. In this case, I felt Jordan failed. The love interest is too dark, too jaded. I disliked him so much I could not enjoy the love scenes. He was more than a rake -- a cad. A cruel, selfish despot. A spoiled child. I did not think him capable of change, and Jordan was unable to convince me. Why someone like Fallon would find him attractive was unbelievable. He made Christian Grey look like a god. He was not smart, funny or caring. Every time she mentioned his overly long hair, it brought to my mind a disorderly slob. Not my favorite romance by far. That said, if this is your first Sophie Jordan book, read on. Her other books are delicious.
Downer ending for a nice series. I enjoyed the first two books, especially the close bond between the girls as friends, but that was definitely lacking here. Starting off a romance with the premise of impending death of the heroine was a big turn off for me. I liked the hero's character, but couldn't understand the motivation for some of the things he and other characters did - not enough back story to explain it.
Well... Why is it that even though the girl seems to be quite independent, she still wants the man to commit to marriage? Sooo unrealistic... The bit about her father dying because he was sent to look for some exotic flower in a far-away island... I mean... C'mon!! And then, the resolution with the son of the guy who sent her father on that "quest"... Ha, ha..! The truth is, the story didn't make much of an impression in me.. I've forgotten most of it already... and I've read some of these "romantic" novels (even 10-15 years back) that I still remember vividly.. I'm giving it a "two" because I seem to recall a naughty scene or two, that entertained me a bit...