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A twist that doesn't work,
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This review is from: My Reckless Surrender (Mass Market Paperback)
Diana Carrick is a virtuous widow who boldly seduces the notorious rake, Lord Ashcroft. Lord Ashcroft is suspicious of her motives but they become sexually involved and addicted to each other and then fall desperately and reluctantly in love. She has to be one of the most dislikeable and unpleasant heroines ever, whilst, for a so-called rake Lord A is remarkably and unbelievably noble, charming and forgiving. And of course he is stunningly good looking and enormously well endowed (whilst she is stunningly beautiful, face, figure blah blah blah). I spent the entire book hoping against hope that I might find some sympathy with Diana but instead she just irritated me more and more. Their attraction comes across as purely physical and the development of their relationship was non-existent - we were told but not shown - and frankly, since she spent most of her time (understandably) feeling excruciatingly guilty for deceiving him, I don't really see how they could have had any nice, natural (non sexual) relationship moments in which to discover in each other mutual soul mates. The plot premise that turns the heroine into the person who has to redeem herself (it's usually the hero who is made to grovel) is not a bad idea but it was not well done here in my view. Diana does NOT redeem herself. For me there was nothing she could have done TO redeem herself - I kept hoping to come across something that might excuse her actions but nothing ever did. The motivation the author gives her wasn't ever powerful enough in my view to justify what she did. If she was being coerced or blackmailed maybe but she went into the scheme of her own free will for reasons of greed/personal gain and was totally unprincipled - no integrity whatsoever. The fact that I so disliked one of the characters and that she's trying to prevent him from being 'careful' and all that that entailed ruined the s.x scenes for me totally -they just went on and on and on and on.
I have enjoyed Anna Campbell's other books very much and I do like an angsty romance but this one doesn't work for me at all.