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No! No! No!
on 20 September 2013
I might perhaps have given this two stars because it isn't badly written. but by my own criteria, it has to be one star because I couldn't even bother to finish it. I read Regency romance because I want...romance. This story drags out many of the cliches. A hero who is rich, has 'the dark good looks and muscled physique of a Greek god' and is emotionally damaged by his first marriage. And he has 'chiselled lips'. What is this fashion romance writers seem to have right now with chiselled lips? The heroine,of course, has a secret, as they almost all seem to have these days.
So...same old, same old. But what killed it for me was the second chapter when, before the story had even begun to develop, we have the hero looking at the heroines mouth and imaging her on her knees before him doing...well you know what to what part of his anatomy...with those full lips. Two chapters in, just met the two main characters and straight to lust. Which, of course, we know will turn to love because he is the hero and she is the heroine. Always does, doesn't it. Unless, of course, it is the villain who lusts after the heroine, which, in this case, seems to have led to rape. However, I cannot confirm that because I quit reading. Where is subtlety? Where is character development? Where is genuine plot not dependent upon outlandish premises? Where, sigh, is romance?