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'It was okay' pretty much sums it up.
on 7 May 2011
Some things that you can guarantee with recent 'Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick' -
There will be lots of gaslights and even more fog.
Carriages will play a big role when it comes to sex.
The heroine will strip down to a chemise and the hero will tell her that she's 'beautiful'
There will be a JAK patented lecture on the importance of 'family' and the 'family unit'
Despite being set in Victorian England, America (or an American) will be mentioned and shown to be a much better place (or person)than England (or English people)
The 'Baddie' will be given a few paragraphs of his own so that you know that he's there but not who he is.
It will be glaringly obvious who the baddie is anyway.
There'll probably be another lecture on the importance of family around about this point.
There's a fifty per cent chance that feet will be described in a sexual way (her's not his)
At least one prostitute will be rescued from a life on the streets and sent to learn a different trade which probably doesn't pay as well.
The housekeeper is a great source of gossip but no one works that out until further into the book.
More sex will be followed by yet another discussion of the importance of family (occassionally it's the other way around)
The hero and heroine will take an entire book to decide that they fell in love the first time they met.
The hero and heroine will agree solidly on the importance of family.
Ms Krentz! I AM BORED!!!! I long for the days of books like 'Dangerous' and 'With This Ring'. I can't handle much more of Victorian England. I want humour and lightness and frivolity and all the things I loved Amanda Quick for even if there was the occassional corpse thrown in. I don't want an emphasis on families and feet. I have both family and feet, I don't need to read about them in my escapist romance. I'd really like more on the 'escapist romance' side of things.
This is, of course, a personal plea and probably won't be read by Ms Krentz anyway. If you're a fan of the recent Amanda Quick books, you'll probably like this one too.