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Her Dearest Sin (Harlequin Historical) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2002
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved the h/h - Sin and Pelar - certainly not a typical pair! This book is better written than another Wilson that I have just read, I loved the plot, and the dialogue, the comaradie - it all sparkles!
Sin is set out to get even with the woman(girl) who did him wrong - but when he discovers that things are not the way they appeared to be, he about faces in his objective. He actually changes course a few times over the story, as he becomes aware of more and more of the facts. In this story the heroine is rescued from a terrible situation - and I always love stories where that happens - and good triumphs (barely) over evil.
That said, I did have some gripes with the story. While there are many parts of the book that are exceptionally well-written, there are also many parts that are not exceptionaly so. The well-written bits are exceptionally well-written, however, and almost makes it worthwhile plodding through the rest! And the story itself - while the plot is good, and the characters are likeable and come very much alive in this book - I think that Ms. Wilson could have done a better job in drawing us in to the emotions of all the people involved.
I have seen another review earlier of one of Ms. Wilson's books, with the reviewer saying that although her books are well-written, there is something missing. I feel the same way. I think part of that something is that, for the most part, she is writing the story from the outside - in a cool, detached manner, in place of a dramatic, emotional manner when we reach dramatic, emotional parts of the story (which there were quite a few of, by the way). We don't get much of an emotional understanding of the h/h, for one thing - as a previous reviewer pointed out - where is the point where we see why and how they fall in love? Okay, if you think about it, you can figure it out, but we would rather the author did the thinking - and the emotional feelings of h/h - for us.
But, I did enjoy "Her Dearest Sin". There were many parts of the book where the writing was excellent, and I found the H/H, plus surrounding characters, completely believable and sympathetic. If you like complex, easy-to-like characters, a suspenseful plot with above-average writing - this book is worth reading.
I must confess that I read this book primarily to see what happened to Anne and Ian from the second book in the Sinclair Brides Trilogy (Anne's Perfect Husband). I was a bit disappointed in this book. There is not much romance at all, and is mostly an adventure story with a few strands of romance wrapped in along the way. I have no idea why or when Pilar falls in love with Sin, and I have no idea why or when Sin falls in love with Pilar, as their relationship is rarely discussed. The plot was also a bit predictable, after reading about 30 pages of the book I knew exactly what was going to happen in the end. It's an okay book, but doesn't have the bite that the first two books in the trilogy had, in my opinion.
Sebastian and Pilar meet later, of course, and all sorts of crazy things happen. All of which make Julian even more upset. (Julian is not very nice.)
I really liked Pilar, and she was written in a way that allowed to reader to understand her actions even when they seemed to go against what she should do. Sebastian on the other hand, was a bit of an arrogant fool...at first. He slowly changes and learns and becomes a better man.
Not too bad for a Harlequin. The story and setting were very interesting without too many hot and heavy scenes.