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Not my favourite book by this author. The characters didn’t have enough depth for me, especially Marcus the ‘hero’. Also some of the details were inaccurate, e.g. distance between Glasgow and Inverness- if the author was not going to use realistic travel times, why not just make up place names, it is fiction after all? Saying all that, this is a pleasant read, but one I found myself skimming over rather than being really involved with the story.
This is my first book by Jordan. It was ok. It didn't rouse anything in me sometimes the main characters inner dialogue was tiresome and repetitive. The plot was promising but didn't seem to go anywhere. Marcus saved a peasant girl in a burst of benevolence and then much of the story is about him being a bastard. Just wasn't exciting enough for me.
This book would have been immeasurably improved if only the author had dropped the wolf and the dove chapter headings. It also failed to deliver mutuality between the lovers. His brooding silence robbed the heroine of a good portion of a healthy relationship making the HEA less believable. Disappointing. Had perhaps over anticipated the story arc from the historical practice.
Marcus, Duke of Autenberry, is running away to his estate in the highlands of Scotland when he comes across a wife auction in a village market square. Alyse Bell has fulfilled the 7-year contract for a 'white wedding' and now is ready to move on, providing her best friend buys her and takes her to London. When he doesn't show up, Alyse is left to the dubious mercy of the crowd - until Marcus buys her out of pity. Apparently, this was a real thing in the days when divorces and annulments were hard to come by. It makes for an interesting premise that mostly failed to live up to its promise. Alyse and Marcus were too hot and cold for the storyline to make much sense. I did enjoy seeing what happened with Marcus after his appearance in a previous book in the series, but the idea of the haughty Duke with a common farm girl wife didn't work for me, especially after his disdain for the shopgirl in While the Duke was Sleeping. It was an okay and quick read. The sex scenes were fine though not until late in the book, and there were a few funny moments, especially with the laird who kidnaps Alyse. I'm looking forward to his book.
Definitely an enjoyable trashy novel with a decent amount of character development, though there really is only a single story line. Even though it’s part of a series, you don’t really meet many people except for the main couple. Still very light and fun to read.
some of the conversation between the parties seemed unimportant and ridiculous. He giggled they laughed...through the book. It just did not seem to be an experienced writer. Not that I am but I expect it to read more professionally written.
When I first started the book and realized Alyse was going to be auctioned off, I thought, "Ok. This one must take place during prehistory or the medieval era." Then, lo and behold, it turns out the setting is the mid-19th century in the Scottish lowlands! It is so far out of any possible historical reality that I'm surprised the book isn't being marketed as dystopic historical fantasy.
Due primarily to my reluctance to stop reading a book after starting it (and since I paid for it...I apparently preordered it after reading the previous one in the series) I finished it. Turns out it is your average "boorish entitled aristocrat saved by poverty stricken diamond in the rough." Apparently this leopard still hasn't changed his spots much, since he never apologizes or even acknowledges that Alyse was, in fact still a virgin. Then again, there isn't your usual "Oh, the pain! The pain!" bit, so perhaps she had an affair with Oberon, the King of the Fairies while in that Scottish Brigadoon village she hailed from.