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First off, I love Lisa Kleypas and have read a ton of her books. I love The Ravenels and The Wallflower series, so when I saw that some old characters would make an appearance, I jumped to get this book, after all Kleypas hadn't let me down yet.
That being said, this book was just awful. While I wanted to like Cam, the hero, I was getting a rapey vibe from him toward the end. There was no depth to his feelings toward Amelia. Right when he sees her all he can think about is tearing her clothes off. And that is how it continues thoughout the book, just him constantly keeping himself from tearing her clothes off every time he sees her. No real feelings other than that.
As far as Amelia, the heroine, lord I was irritated with her. She is so overly controlling and hovering over her siblings. She turns Cam down constantly for no reason. A match between them just made sense but far be it for Amelia to just let someone HELP her for god's sake.
Do yourself a favor and skip this one. There is no depth, no chemistry, and no real story line. It was boring and downright cringy in some spots.
I could have found a better version of the book at a yard sale. It felt dirty, was bent up, the pages yellowed. I have never received a book that looked like this from Amazon before. I felt gross just touching it
Got mad with literal bodice ripping scene. I want my money back, though got it for $1.99 promo. I've read most of her contemporaries and several historicals. What was her editor thinking? This is part of what gives romance a bad rap. This story should have been updated leaving out this stupidity and saving the sagging middle that goes down hill. I threw the book to the wall in my mind. I will no longer buy this author while she is with her current pub/editor. She let her editors steer her wrong with "magic" junk in the Rainshadow trilogy that got bad reviews, and now doesn't put an updated, better spin on an old and horribly done story. Ugh. Probably love author, just not the ill advice of her editor/publisher. Never again.
WOW SO THIS WAS RAPEY??????....so ok I've read A TON of Lisa Kleypas books and absolutely loved them, I was excited to read this one as well but wow she somehow forgot what consent is? How many times does the female protagonist have to say "no, stop?" (Here is a hint it is zero times because you're supposed to be sure your partner is into it please have a serious chat with yourself if I just blew your mind) I read romances All.The.Time. I usually finish them off in a day or two. I have forgiven a LOT of things--Lisa I forgave you for Saint Vincent I stg--but I literally cannot bring myself to finish this book it upsets me so much.
I absolutely could not stand Amelia. She was rude, selfish, conceited, and prideful. She was cold to Cam, didn't want him near her or even talking to him. I don't know what about her appealed to poor Cam. With everything that came out of her rude mouth I just wanted to slap her. I kept hoping and wishing she would change and realize how selfish she was, but no.
I share the opinion of some other reviewers that Cam and Daisy were better suited. I hated her book too.
Ms. Kleypas knows nothing about Romani behavior or cultural values. She has done the Romani people a great disservice by perpetuating inaccurate racial stereotypes in her novels. Uncivilized? Ian Hancock