To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Astrid, Duchess of Derring, was abandoned by her husband five years ago. Barely surviving, she's sold everything of worth, has little staff and starving. When a letter arrives from Scotland tellingt her that her husband is alive using another name and to be married, Astrid is determined to stop the wedding. Attacked by highwaymen on the road to Scotland, she's saved by an unusual man. Griffin Shaw is from America on a mission to meet his family in Scotland. While saving the Duchess, her maid and coachman, he's injured. Astrid is afraid of emotion, but there is something about Griffin that she can't help but respond. Griffin will do whatever it takes to thaw her heart. A nice romance with a stubborn hero and an equally stubborn hero.
STORY BRIEF: Astrid's father arranged her marriage to Bertram. Bertram spent her dowry then abandoned her with no money to live on. Astrid's parents were dead. Astrid hears that Bertram is in Scotland posing as someone else planning to marry an heiress. Astrid travels to Scotland to try to stop him. Along the way she meets Griffin. Highwaymen and feuding clans cause danger for them. Griffin was raised in Texas and came to Scotland to investigate something his mother told him on her deathbed.
REVIEWER'S OPINION: I had trouble liking the heroine Astrid. She was never loved by her parents or husband, so she maintains a cold façade to everyone. Even after Griffin awakens her passionate side, she repeatedly returns to her cold and distant manner. Her coldness causes fights and other conflicts. She repeatedly causes trouble for herself by saying things based on stupid reasoning, for example: she is traveling with Griffin, and they are surrounded by a group of potential bad guys. Griffin tells the bad guys they are married so the men will leave her alone. She stupidly says "we are not married." Another example of poor judgment: a couple is in love, but Astrid takes action and/or tries to influence the girl marry someone else to make the relatives happy. This happens twice, with two different couples. I'm guessing the point is that Astrid was never loved, so she doesn't know how to love or interact with others in a reasonable manner. Somehow, I didn't enjoy reading about her and her predicaments.
Griffin was a good hero: smart, strong, loving and helping others. The author did a nice job with the plot. It was good. The author has a nice voice. I just wish she would have found conflict in ways other than using the woman's unpleasant personality and poor judgment.
DATA: Story length: 372 pages. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 3. Length of sex scenes: 3 to 12 pages. Total number of sex scene pages: 21. Setting: unspecified time, probably late 1800s England and Scotland. Copyright: 2008. Genre: historical romance.
And the hero and heroine weren't even Scottish! I plan a trip to Scotland soon and will have to research if the castles at Cragmuir and Balfurin really exist. Their descriptions were magnificent. Loved it!
I read another book by this author that I enjoyed, so I tried this one. Despite other readers' high praise, I found the book long, boring and ridiculous. I don't want to give the plot away, so I'll just say that the heroine is whiney, the hero is moody and the reasons they fight their attraction for each other are so stupid it's insulting. Plus, I have read newspaper articles with more chemistry. The author fails to develop any of the other characters. Finally, the story is so weak and the background so disjointed, it feels like she made it up as she went along. Pass on it.
Sophie Jordan is able to write a good book, and this time it's just marginally good. Romance is fiction but can anybody imagine such a dumb woman who is supposed to be a duchess, who does not understand anything about feelings, who plunges herself into sex with a stranger, one day come hither and the other day acting as if the man is nothing in her eyes? Mrs. Jordan then creates a story about Highlanders in which they all seem dumb and uneducated, where murdering a man is done with laughter and no consequences. I have read a lot better Jordan books. I would give it 2,5 stars for her trouble and the fact that she is able to write and I know she mostly does a lot better job.