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This review is from: A Notorious Love (Avon Historical Romance) (Mass Market Paperback)
I think if you are going to be reading romance novels then you should know that it is basically fantasy, and not to be taken too seriously so I did not have a problem on whether the plot was believable or not. I liked both Daniel and Helena when they appeared as supporting characters in "A Dangerous Love" and really, their courtship starts in that book -- it just melted my heart how sweet Daniel was to Helena in that book so of course I had to read the one in which they are the main characters! So this one continues their story after Rosalind and Griff go on their honeymoon.
The main theme of "A Notorious Love" is that love, as well as people, come in all shapes and sizes. I don't think it strange at all that Helena would be attracted to Daniel -- they might be opposites on the surface but really they are essentially in the same situation: both have been tolerated but mostly cast off from the "refined" society. In Daniel's case, it's because of his unfortunate upbringing and in Helena's case it's her physical limitations. Both of them have dealt with this rejection and unfair judgement by either flouting the rules (in Daniel's case) or hiding behind a cold reserve and adhering to strict etiquette by following a book of rules on it as Helena has done. Although they both know that the reasons society have judged them "lacking" are shallow and ridiculous, the treatment they get nevertheless affects the way they perceive their self worth. So it's no surprise that both would be more disposed to looking beneath the surface and be able to appreciate the person for who they are and help each other to accept it as well. All they needed was the excuse to spend more time together and what could be better than the abduction of Juliet?
I liked it. It was heart wrenching and funny at times, but always sincere. Both characters are not the usual hero and heroine (like a dark, bitter lord or a perfect lady)but all of the characteristics that make a great person are there, and that makes it a refreshing read for me.