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2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, 14 Nov 2011
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I have enjoyed Ms James's books in the past but found this one a very unsatisfying read. The central characters yo-yo'd around emotionally and each lurch left me with a sense of deja vu. The plotline is pretty unbelievable and the continuity errors annoying. For some reason the historical inaccuracy / implausability was extra irritating. I wanted to slap the heroine a number of times as well. I read to the end as I kept hoping for improvement but was left wondering if someone was ghosting for the author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not amazing., 28 Feb 2013
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This is the first book I've read by Samantha James.

Claire Ashcroft is out for revenge against the man who killed her brother, Oliver. She poses as a widow, Mrs Claire Westfield, to make the murderer Viscount Grayson Sutherland fall for her. It's easy for Sutherland, the famous rake, to fancy Claire, but since Claire has never been with a man, Sutherland is puzzled about her reluctance to go 'all the way.' Claire's pregnant friend, Penelope, doesn't think Claire should be doing this, but agrees to help her.

Claire and Sutherland spend more and more time together, and when they finally sleep together, he then realises she was a virgin and he's been lied to. Angry, he takes it out on her, and then he learns why she did what she did. Still not happy, Sutherland believes they should be apart, and Claire agrees.

Sutherland is a man with his own secrets. He knows it isn't true that he killed Oliver, but not wanting to upset Claire further, he makes her believe he did. He also had a wife and child who died, but he doesn't want Claire to know about them, nor how they died.

When Claire discovers she's pregnant, she doesn't want Grayson in her life. A new neighbour in her old town, a widower with two children arrives, and offers marriage, despite her pregnancy. She accepts, but Penelope learns of their engagement and tells Sutherland.

Sutherland arrives to stop the wedding, and he then realises she's also pregnant. They get married instead, but the marriage isn't off to a happy start. Claire discovers his secrets, and worries he'll take her baby away.

Overall, the book was good. It wasn't as bad as some of the other reviewers have said, but this is just my opinion. I did feel some of it was stretched out and then cramped together, which you may find out for yourself if you read it.

3/5
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1.0 out of 5 stars this is a NY Times best seller, 24 April 2012
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trumpets James loudly on her website. One can only conclude the list is having a bad time. Maybe there's even worse books thant this. Let's start with the subject matter. Why do romance writers think they can handle difficult themes with drawing room frivolity? That's the real problem with this book. That and the fact the heroine thinks the hero will fall for her. Of course he's a rake and he's got a 'rod'. With his orbs for eyes and his height grazing the ceiling. Has James the any idea of the height of an average ceiling in these days? He must be an alien from planet Zog. Maybe that's why he falls for the heroine. I can't think of any other erthly reason. Although I can... for why she just keeps wanting to slap him. Every other line to be precise. Steer clear. Steer well clear. The prosse isn't just agonisingly stilted, the whole thing is cliche cliche cliche.
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