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Overall this was a great historical novel,
This review is from: Her Secret Fantasy (Spice Trilogy 2) (Paperback)
but I don't think it will be considered GF's best. (Considering all of her books are great, that isn't bad!) Derek was a great hero, maybe one of GF best ever, as he was full of charm and a wicked sense of humor. He meets Lily at a ball and becomes instantly smitten. Lily has been in London trying to find a 'rich but stupid' husband, one who can help pull her family out of hard times. Derek finds himself working with Lily's soon to be fiance, which keeps these two in close quarters. GF delivers a smart, fun and sexy historical where the sparks fly, the passion is deep, and the action makes you breathless! So, what is wrong with this book? For me, just two things kept it from the 5 stars. One, I found Lily simply forgetable. Didn't hate her, but didn't really like her either. She was smart and agreable, and thank God didn't do anything overly stupid, but she somehow lacked a personality. Her plight was hard to understand, but that is due to much being held until the end. Which brings me to my second problem: the ending. It dragged on too long and missed its mark. This books should have ended 30 pages earlier on a high note instead of the lingering note it finally ends on. For me a good ending can make or break a book. While this ending didn't break this book, it just felt overly long and a bit too depressing. I'd also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet!
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2008 23:06:00 GMT
As a long standing Gaelen Folley fan, I was eagerley awaiting this latest book about another Knight clan member. What a disappointment! The language and dialogue didn't reach GF's ususal excellent standard,too many modern, slang and possibly American expressions just didn't make the story ring true to the Regency period. This made me think that GF had rushed to meet a deadline, without her usual meticulous research into the codes and accepted behaviour of the time. Would a member of the 'Ton' really talk of an 'upcoming' event and would Edward have lived in a 'palace house' ? The plot didn't have the excitement and sexual tension of the previous Knight or Pirate Prince series. I will still read the third book in the Spice Trilogy and hope it will be a return to plots that I have enjoyed for so long.
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