A. Kane

"The Dub"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (239 of 246)
Location: West Midlands, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,920,790 - Total Helpful Votes: 239 of 246
Into Temptation by Penny Vincenzi
Into Temptation by Penny Vincenzi
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I loved the first 2 books of the Spoils of War Trilogy. They had me captivated from the first page to the last, both definitely 5 star books. The third book in the trilogy didn't quite live up to these standards but was still a very enjoyable read. However, there were a couple of things I really didn't like. First, why was Barty killed off? As a mere plot device? She had an unhappy childhood, a tempestuous not very happy love affair that led to marriage and almost immediate widowhood, a second marriage to a total rat and then, incredibly, she is killed off!!! And we are not even given a narrative of her death, she dies off stage, so to speak. Did she not deserve some modicum of happiness… Read more
Sheer Abandon by Penny Vincenzi
Sheer Abandon by Penny Vincenzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 16 Jan 2009
I have to say that I found this book very enjoyable. After reading 'An Absolute Scandal' and finding that I could not identify with any of the toffee nosed characters or their 'plight', I found this book to have much more likeable and realistic people throughout. In fact, I got so engrossed that I read the book in 2 days. Recommended.
An Absolute Scandal by Penny Vincenzi
An Absolute Scandal by Penny Vincenzi
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 15 Jan 2009
Well, I am only relatively new to this sort of fiction. My usual fare is Science Fiction and Fantasy, with the occasional historical novel thrown in. So, recently I read An Outrageous Affair on a recommendation, and loved it, so I thought I would read some more of PV, and I decided to give this one a try. To be honest, it was a bit boring. I found I couldn't warm to what I considered as unlikeable characters, who were in a situation that was largely as a result of their own greed and that I really found it hard to feel sympathy for. So, little 'whatshisname' couldn't go to private school anymore? Well, how absolutely awful, he would have to mix with the riff raff state pupils. And 'so and… Read more