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- Print Length: 282 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (30 Sept. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013TMO8O4
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All the adventures and exotic locations in the world can't make the romance of this book appealing. And that's a real shame because I really enjoyed the first two books in this DANGEROUS series by Warfield.
In the first place, the first half of the book takes place in England where the H/h relationship is that totally exasperating kind you often find in the Harlequin variety romance. Both H and h are stubborn to a fault. The H is haughty, autocratic and with feelings of entitlement. I'd met him before in the first two books and was curious to see what Warfield would do to make me like him. Well, he does improve by the very end of the book but 75% of this thing had me so exasperated that I very grudgingly gave him any admiration for his changes in character.
He's a marquess and the h is just a lowly miss. Therefore any attraction he feels for her he just considers an itch that needs scratching. So I could understand why, when presented with the opportunity to have sex with her, he goes for it. What I couldn't understand is why she is so, so attracted to him that she's willing to have her virginity taken in a shearing shed. He doesn't even treat her with much respect and courtesy. I did not understand her.
And I didn't understand her attitude when he discovers he did 'ruin' her and proposes marriage. She refuses. (He doesn't love her.) Even after she discovers she's pregnant, she does not let him know (and that, BTW, is unconscionable) and continues to refuse him. (He doesn't love her. Better to be poor and raise a bastard child than to be married to someone who doesn't love her.) Oh, for the sake of Peter and Paul! A more derivative romance trope does not exist. Oh, wait, I forgot to mention the fact that the H is courting another woman, the daughter of a duke, at the same time that all this is happening. That makes this whole thing even worse.
So the romance here is dreadful. What the book needs, then, is to have an interesting plotline in the adventure portion (the last 50% or so of the book). No such luck. It wasn't interesting enough to compensate for the dull, hackneyed romance. And, in addition, I found the writing here to be inferior to that of the first two books. All in all, this one was a disappointment.
I will try again, if there are to be any more entries in Warfield's DANGEROUS series. After all, two of the three were pretty good HRs. Maybe this one was just a fluke.
I did see some flashes of thoughtfulness in constructing the plot. The author avoided the easy conflicts by having the hero not complicate his life by becoming engaged to a society debutante that everyone was pushing on him. Thankfully, then, he does not have to find some ridiculous plot device to break the engagement in order to marry his true love. The exotic setting in the second half of the book, which could have placed Lily in a harem with all that implies, instead placed her in the seraglio or household of the rulers women as a teacher, not as a concubine in waiting (to be ravished or rescued.)
All in all, this is a big disappointment after "Dangerous Secrets" (which I highly recommend.) If nothing else is available, it's an okay read fairly well constructed and not offensively bad. (This story actually takes place in the period between "Dangerous Works" and "Dangerous Secrets.") On the positive side also, the stories are somewhat interconnected but do not require they be read in sequence or that they all be read. Each book does stand alone.
DANGEROUS WEAKNESS was a great read! I enjoyed this novel from the very first page. The storyline and well-developed characters kept me turning page after page.
Set in the year 1818, DANGEROUS WEAKNESS tells the story of Richard Hayden, Marquess of Glenaire, and Lilias Thornton—aka Lily—a strong spirited woman who knows what she wants. Both Richard and Lily are headstrong characters and too stubborn to admit their feelings for each other. Even though I really liked Richard's strong willed, yet brooding character, it was Lily who stood out for me. I rarely find the lead female character endearing, but I loved Lily with her strong personality and quick-witted comebacks. The way she challenges Richard around every corner, never giving him exactly what he wants makes Lily a very likable character. Caroline Warfield managed to create two characters that have so much chemistry and sexual tension that it just jumps off the pages and grabs you right from the start. The heat level of this novel is exactly as it should be—not too descriptive, but more than enough to bring forth the passion and the attraction between Lily and Richard.
Richard has a duty as future Duke to marry someone who will be socially acceptable, and who carries the approval of his mother. Lily is neither the best choice as a wife, nor is she interested in becoming the wife of a future Duke. All she wants is a respectable husband and to be able to settle down. But she will not be ruled or dictated—especially by the Marquess of Glenaire. Lily wants her own voice, and a husband who cares for her more than his duty to society. Don't they sound like two people who are just imperfectly perfect for each other?
The author manages to spin a gripping storyline filled with so much unexpected twists and turns, throwing Lily and Richard in a web of danger and deceit, that I found myself holding my breath a few times throughout the novel. Not once did I experience a ‘bored moment' while reading DANGEROUS WEAKNESS since nothing is what it seems. When it comes to intrigue and making sure you captivate the reader from the very beginning, Carolyn Warfield did an excellent job.
It is obvious throughout the novel that the author has done her research properly and she describes the setting, the scenes and surroundings perfectly. I am sure that even if you are a first time Historical Romance reader you will find this an easy read and not feel overwhelmed by the intelligent and face paced dialogue between the characters.
DANGEROUS WEAKNESS is an excellent read, well written and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves an intriguing historical romance.
Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.
The author was especially adept at showing her characters’ personalities through the things they said and did. Richard was quite easy to despise, at least at first. He issued orders rather than requests. He took it upon himself to run the lives of others. He once characterized Lily’s background as adequate.”
Lillias, Lily, was easy to love. She was self-assure and assertive. She knew that she could take care of herself, and she resented having Richard’s protection forced on her. She ignored his orders and chose her own way.
Andrew, Richard’s brother-in-law was a lovable scholar, and Lady Sara Wharton, who Richard was supposed to marry, was frosty, empty-headed, and cruel.
The story began as a rather straight forward romance, with the wealthy Lord falling for the commoner who would be thrilled to rise to a higher station in life. Several unexpected twists later, the reader finds this book to be anything but an ordinary love story. Intrigue, suspense, murder, kidnapping – all are found before the story ends.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly!
David Burnett for the Kindle Book Review
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Lily Thornton is a strong spirited lady that has a mind of her own and isn't afraid to use it. I admired Lily from the beginning. She is a feisty young lady that has just the right amount of sass to make things interesting.
Richard Hayden, Marquess of Glenaire is in need of a wife. He sets out to find a suitable wife that will fit in with his family, bare his children, and attend to the duties of a marchioness. When he meets Lily at a house party their attraction is evident but Lily isn't from the right ranks of a family for the Marquess to choose as his wife. However their deep attraction and flare for bristling each other into a fine squabble seems to draw Richard to Lily.
Lily finds herself wrapped up in a web of danger and deceit. This poor lady has so much going on and danger is lurking around every corner. She has a few friends she is able to rely on.
Richard follows Lily into a world of danger and turmoil. This storyline is so intense that I think I may have held my breath for a few pages. I could not wait to see what was going to happen to these two next. I could not imagine what Ms. Warfield may have in store for them. I feared for the safety, cheered for their triumphs and cried for their joys and sorrows.
Over all this is one really great historical romance with plenty of mystery, drama, danger, friendships, and a touch of humor thrown into the mix to make for a tremendous read.
I would certainly enjoy reading more of Caroline Warfield's work in the future. I see there are two other "Dangerous" books by Ms. Warfield. I would love to read them to find out more background on the other characters in this story.
I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Dangerous Weakness.