- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Kensington Books (13 Dec. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758204035
- ISBN-13: 978-0758204035
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.6 x 21.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,789,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sensation Paperback – 13 Dec 2004
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About the Author
Thea Devine is the bestselling author of more than twenty erotic historical romance novels, several steamy contemporary romance novels, and a dozen erotic historical and contemporary novellas. She lives and works in Connecticut.
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At the very end, Devine reveals that a character the reader has become very fond of--especially if she has read Satisfaction, in which this character is the hero--is a truly despicable, skin-crawling villain. I felt as devastated as the hero of this book, which granted made for a very effective, emotional scene. But this is not the effect I'm looking for in a romance novel!! If this novel had not been labled a romance (and if this villain hadn't been the hero of a previous book), I probably would have applauded Devine's ability to provoke a reaction in the reader. As it is, I wish I'd never invested the emotional energy in this book.
Although I enjoyed Devine's writing, I will never read another of her books because I feel I can't trust her to give me the happily-ever-after ending I expect in a romance. (Yes, the hero and heroine end up together, but because of the hero's brother's betrayal, it feels very much unlike HEA!) What a disappointment.
This was the WORST book I've ever read by Ms. Devine and I was so frustrated, angry, and disappointed when I read it that I returned it to the store the next day, and I then wrote Thea Devine a letter detailing why I loved Satisfaction and why I was so disappointed by this book. Of course, I never heard back from her or her staff.
This book takes my favorite character from Satisfaction--Lujan Galliard, the hero--and makes him the VILLAIN in this book. How can you sacrifice one hero, one brother in order to support the other? I like Kyger, but this book did not even have the strength of Ms. Devine's other books. The plot was not as good, she heavily digressed into vulgar, unsatisfying sex scenes involving brutality against women, and there was little or no sense of love between the main characters at the end of this book. It was poorly done.
In the previous books that I've read (Desire Me Only, Seduction, Satisfaction, and one whose title I forgot but whom readers will recognize when I mention "The Eye of God") all ended with a sense that the main characters were in love. This book was based on a very fragile romance. It also destroyed the female lead of Satisfaction--Jancie--who was one of the most likeable heroines of Ms. Devine's books.
I also realized something when I read this book. The guilty party is always a close family member!! In every book of Thea Devine's that I've read, the villain turns out to be a mother, a father, a brother, a sister. While in the previous books the villians were very despicable characters, this one tops the cake!
It takes a character who goes through a large amount of growth in the first book, who learns lessons of love, responsibility, and family and turns him into an evil, dispicable man who is incapable of feeling kindness or any likeable human emotion. He is beyond saving in this book and it makes it seem as if her first book were a complete farce, which makes the readers feel like idiots. The worse thing you can do as an author is make your readers into fools, and as I wrote to Miss Devine, I am highly doubtful that I will ever want to read any of her books published after this point.
Save your money, or make sure to read one of her earlier books and beware of anything published after this book!!! Or, if you MUST read it, get it from the library. Then it doesn't cost anything and you can take it back!
her other books) and what sex it did contain (because of how the lead characters are created in this book you could not careless about them)seemed cold and unemotional.
When looking for a Romantic suspense, I am for the main element (Hot & Passionate) ROMANCE, SUSPENSE, some context surrounding the story. Ms Devine missed the opportunity to develop all the Characters from both stories.
Those new to Ms Devin, read "The Forever Kiss" as an example of how good her books can be.