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Can't imagine something can be more dull and boring than this book. Embarassing. Really.. How could anyone publish such rubbish?? Don't waste your money, time, sight, battery or oxygen to read it. It's the ecological choice to make.
I generally adore Sophie Jordan's work. But this was... Awful. I mean, for a sub-par writer, it might have been ok. But this is well below what I expect of Jordan.
It's like we're still missing a quarter of the book. Was there a looming deadline, or something? The Duchess was lovely and gracious and perhaps not as aware as she could have been but she was innately kind. Nora and Constantine abandoning her seems to lack integrity and mercy on their parts. And until about halfway through, the Duke exhibits signs of care, before turning into an evil bastard. I could see him being nervous for the sake of the duchess. And he even looks chagrined at his behavior. But then he practically pimps Nora out and the bit at the end about turning her into a mistress is SO cliché.
And Constantine really effed that up, so badly, twice? And then she just rolls over for that fly-by proposal?
Not at all what I expected from brilliant curious Nora who eschew society! Who would have thought that 200 or more pages of this dribble would be used internalizing Nora's whining about eschewing society yet caring how she didn't fit in and what people thought of her! Her brilliance in herbal medicine was a joke. The writer ended up making her look like a child playing at medicine. She knows nothing and all her confidence was just trial by error...no breakthrough thinking. You would think the writer would have spent most of the book showing Nora's talent by application, but the one moment she was required to shine, fizzled out into nothing! Unlike her sister's books, I could not feel any attraction, sexual or otherwise, between her and Con; it was all contrived and pushed down my throat! They barely spent time together to get to know each other or converse or do anything to create tension! No discussion of personal matters in the letters he shared with her; infact, we learned absolutely nothing about Con! No romance or push and pull or even kisses before their first and only sexual encounter (am disregarding the encounter with the potion, that kiss didn't last long), which the writer added as an after thought after the 300 page mark! The book was over!!
This book was not great. Characters were poorly developed with very unclear motivation and little plausibility to their choices. The sex was quite unsexy. And there were a startling number of typos— I actually checked to see if this was self-published because it seems not to have been edited. So many uses of the word “female” to the point that it was distracting. Plus, really steeped in internalized misogyny. Heroine is not like other females who love to shop and only want husbands... I sincerely wish that trope would die. One doesn’t need to denigrate other women to create a compelling character.
This book flatlined for me. It started out with a great story line, I was looking forward to where it would lead, but unfortunately....it lead no where. There wasn’t enough character development, I couldn’t believe when I was 80% through the book and absolutely no basis of a relationship had occurred yet with the H&h. When they finally came together it was rushed and unrealistic, and at the end when they processed their love for one another it didn’t ring true because up until that point they hadn’t even shared anything of themselves with each other. As far as romances go this one was tepid. I love the authors books and have read so meany, including each one in this series, I’m unsure what happened to the writing and development of this story :(