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Redressing the balance?
on 3 September 2014
I appreciate that everyone has differing views but I personally do not understand the incredibly negative reviews about this book?! Yes it touches on subjects that people may not find comfortable, however, in reality some of the privileged males of the time did take advantage of their servants, and sometimes they were young girls. In this book, the heroine needs to protect her 2 siblings from a cousin who has a preference for younger girls, in fact, it is the impetus for her actions so it's not as if it's been thrown in to shock.
I personally loved the hero, he has issues, and btw, he also likes to be dominant in the bedroom, these books are for adults, and let's face it, as a reader who is old enough to read one of these book, I have an understanding of the possible things that can happen in a bedroom and no one should be shocked to read it. As a previous reviewer stated, it's better written that any of the 50 shades books and in fact the characters and their interactions with each other are beautifully written. The relationship between Tony and Isabella left me wishing I was her tbh, because he did want to protect her, wanted to be all she needed in fact and he wasn't afraid to tell her and vice versa, truth be told, he was arrogant but likable because he was confident in what he could offer her, both financially and emotionally and willingly offered it. My tummy was like a roller coaster reading the dialogue between them, emotionally and sensually, this book really packs a good punch, however, it is not a sweet romantic fantasy with witty repartee, bumbling great aunts, cartoon villains and allusions to relatives born on the wrong side of the blanket, although there are other characters who help diffuse the intense emotional impact of the H&M. The more I think about it, this book is actually one of the very best I have ever read, because at no point did anyone become a romantic novel caricature of what their characters were meant to be, they were very human and wonderfully realised. I loved it and am glad I had pre-ordered it rather than reading the previous reviews, although, I rather think I would have bought it based on the negative reviews as well, because I prefer my romance novels with a good gritty story, some decent bedroom scenes, emotionally wrenching dialogue and nicely rounded characters. If you like sweet romances where it's all based in a ballroom, with a couple of kisses, maybe 1 bedroom scene and lots of misunderstandings and contrivances, this book is not for you. If you like Sylvia Day, Lavinia Kent, Julie Anne Long, Elizabeth Hoyt and writers of that ilk, I'm pretty sure you'll love this.