I would actually like to give this one 3.5* as at times it was more than ok, some times I did like it but I don't think I ever came close to loving it, although I wanted to. Especially at the beginning, I thought it held real promise and some of the writing and humor early on did make me smile or chuckle out loud. But it just felt like it could have been written by two different authors.
'opened his mouth like a fretful fish', 'twice-jilted and thrice as furious', 'scandalbroth', "The Pickled Pigsty", and 'popinjay' probably all early on, I loved and were what held so much promise for me but all too soon I became so bored I nearly gave up. I decided to continue but although it got better and no longer threatened to kill me from sheer boredom it never reached its potential.
The side of the story that I never took to and/or felt like it had been written by someone else seemed immature at times. Why oh why did Lark have to be so aggressive when she was supposed to have such deep feelings for Ashley and which she'd harbored for oh sooo long! I know we're taking fiction here but the violent acts, and these didn't offend me in any way but were just tedious. I got absolutely fed up of Lark running away all the time. I couldn't see why Ashley was considered such a 'rogue' but in fairness this was book four of the series so maybe I would have needed to read one or more of these to build up to this point??
Some of the love scenes were beautiful others at times extremely cringe-worthy! 'nipple-flick' - oh dear, just doesn't work for me.
As I say in this header - a strange one for me, two different writing styles in one book. Maybe I'd have to read more by this author, possibly more up to date writing as this one is an old reprint. However, as this one was at the time of my download, it would probably have to be free for me to give this author another chance as I didn't enjoy this book enough to have paid for it.