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The worst 'romance' ever!
, 15 Oct. 2005
By A Customer
This review is from: Wolf and the Dove (Troubadour Books) (Paperback)
This is not a romance novel. Why do I know this? The 'hero' of the tale is a brutal, misogynistic savage who shows no respect for the heroine or for women, nay people, in general. How can this character - who cares what he looks like - be the least bit attractive to any woman? I lost the tiny glimmer of respect and pity I held for the heroine after she was raped, when the next day she is so attracted to her new master she just can't help kissing him back. In WHAT way is this supposed to contain a scrap of reality? Yes, it is not set today but people were still people back then and I find it highly unlikely that a woman who has just suffered what the heroine suffers (namely the total and complete destruction of her pride and home, plus the murder of her father and humiliation of her mother) would be able to dredge up even a spark of lust.
As I was unable to finish the book, having suffered enough, I don't know how it ended, but after the beginning it had I can see no way in which the 'hero' might redeem himself. I've read and enjoyed books where the hero is bad or even cruel to an extent, but this was over the top and into the realm of horrific. A man who sits by and allows a very, very young teenager (a minor character) to be gang-raped is not fit to be the hero in any romance. I couldn't believe it when I discovered that this is actually a favourite of some romance readers. I'll be selling this or giving it to charity as soon as I can and I would recommend no one who is not of a masochist mentality buy it!
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