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Not really historical fiction, as it has little sense of the period and includes anachronisms such as envelopes. The usual American rather than British idiom and modern rather than nineteenth-century phrases and attitudes. Worse is the implausible basis for the plot. Also, there is no reason why the heroine couldn't publish her stories from the beginning. As long as it was under 'be a lady' and a male did the business it would have been perfectly respectable.
Love a romance novel but this didn't do it for me, I just didn't buy into the characterization. The personalities felt more cartoon-ish than real people, comparable to Beauty and the Beast drama (but not in a good way). I think I've juts read better.
I guess "historical" romance books just aren't my thing. I liked the characters somewhat. The ending was pretty corny and made me cringe (and skip pages). Having to pay 5$ more for a book of the same length as contemporary books just isn't right with me. Not to mention I'm just not a fan of the English. Oh well I gave it a try.
I've enjoyed the other Tessa Dare books I've read but this one I found just too silly; it would suit a pre-teen as a story, apart from the sexual content of course! I won't be bothering with the rest in the series. The Girl meets Duke trilogy are more enjoyable.
I love regency romances! I’ve read most of this author’s books and liked them, even loved some. This book had a mildly intriguing premise - desperate young woman inherits a duke’s castle with the duke still living in it. The heroine, Izzy, was too juvenile and helpless for me. The hero, Ransom, was more compelling - handsome and aristocratic, although scarred and gruff. They had little chemistry and no sizzle. The storyline which required him to be almost blind in order to be attracted to her was offputting. About halfway through, I started skimming pages and chapters. It didn’t seem to get better through the last half. Overall, surprisingly disappointing.
The book started off well. It was written well, the characters were interesting, the situation intriguing (not especially believable, but fun and well presented). Somewhere in the middle it all began to fall apart, though. A significant plot line was so undeveloped that it eventually disappeared-- whether the culprits involved were ever brought to any kind of justice remains unknown. The romantic plot line likewise disappeared; from the story of two damaged but strong personalities looking to hide from old lives while building new ones, it diminished into a great deal of aimless , repetitive sentimental mush. Half of the book was entertaining, the other half largely a waste of time.
Have I finally outgrown romance novels? If this is what passes for a good romance novel I have. The discord that keeps these lovers from leaping into each others arms is replayed and pumped up over and over again until I grew tired of them both. It had so many great reviews I was really looking forward to a good read but found myself tired of the endless uninspired foreplay and wishing the author let them have sex and get on with the more interesting aspects of the story.