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What a refreshingly good read for historical romance!,
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This review is from: Not Quite a Husband (Mass Market Paperback)
I've read two other books by Sherry Thomas and both were good in that sexy and steamy interactive way that you get when there are two strong lead characters and neither has much in the way of weakness but both have much in the way of strength and dominance.
Here, ST has altered the balance so that the reader comes to side with either the strong, seemingly flawless male lead, or the rigid, seemingly passionless, female. And then, she goes tilts the balance partway through just when you've settled on the realisation that there are serious flaws in this relationship and your natural inclination to sympathise with one side or the other is settling!! Chapter nine, that's all I'll say!
Up until Ch 9 I thought I was going to truly dislike Bryony Asquith and was wondering if I could finish the book - because I like to 'like' my characters. But, with a reveal in ch 9, more character traits emerged and some additional back history and suddenly Leo Marsden the male lead became more of a flawed man than a flawless god, re-balancing the character scales. And from that point on the reader is willing the couple to see beyond their history and make something of the very obvious spark they have.
There's less steamy sex in this that her previous two books but what action there is is written to fir in beautifully with the characters ST has so ably designed and described. In fact, I rather admired her for not overdoing the sex scenes yet still making me feel butterflies... that's good going 'cause I'm an avid romance reader and can yawn or even skip through soft porn scenes in many books.
The setting, 1890's British Empire India, around the years of the Indian uprisings is nicely defined and not as glossed over as many 'historical' writers who take on the so called Historical Romance mantle do. There are also far fewer Americanism in the writing making it a less than jarring journey. My reason for four stars and not five? I'd have liked a sub plot or even a couple more characters developed in here to grip me... that's just my taste though and the lack of those does not detract from a lovely story.
I'm delighted I've read it and it's going to go on my 'Keeper' shelf for at least one more go round...