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Waste of time
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 3, 2015
I'm highly suspicious of the glowing reviews for this amateurish book with a half-baked plot and unbelievable characters. I regret reading it, but only kept going because I figured there would be an enjoyable lovemaking scene at the end. Not so! More on that in a moment. (Spoiler alerts below.) First off, the basic premise is that a gorgeous, titled Lucien plots to take revenge on his brother's killer. He plans to steal the killer's sister, Victoria, from him by marrying her and then forbidding her to ever see her family again. OK, revenge is fine -- good motivation. But, time after time, this book strains credulity. How is it that, in this very small world of London peerage, Victoria has never before met this handsome viscount? Hmmmm. About 30 minutes after they meet, this well-trained and highly controlled young woman -- who is engaged to someone else -- is not only seduced by Lucien but allows him to half-undress her in the middle of a party. Her life is promptly ruined. Lucien offers to marry her, and she accepts within minutes because she wants children and he's her only shot. Her very protective brother agrees. Unconvincing. Lucien soon shows himself to be stupid and selfishly cruel, forbidding Victoria from seeing her family ever again. Her counter-attack: no more hot, emotionless sex. After months of torturing his dim-witted bride, Lucien's assumptions about how and why his brother died are -- in ONE simple conversation -- proven dead wrong. Unbelievable. The fact that he would ruin an innocent woman's life for his own revenge, without even asking some basic questions, strains credulity. How are we -- and more importantly the heroine -- to fall in love with someone who's capable of such cruelty? It doesn't seem to bother dim-witted Victoria. She's just incredibly turned on by him and that must be true love. As I said, I kept reading (skipping large sections) because I hoped for a loving, emotional sex scene at the end. Nope. Lucien and Victoria simply say "I love you" once each and that's the end. I don't know about you, but I read these silly books to relax and escape -- they can be such fun. The big payoff is the emotional lovemaking. Beyond one quick scene in which apologies and kisses are exchanged, never once do we see Victoria and Lucien behave lovingly toward one another, making love and having a fleshed out, honest conversation that would explain how they have fallen in love despite a hugely screwy start to their marriage. So unsatisfying! I'm giving this two stars instead of one because the writer is not without skill: Her descriptions are solid and dialogue good. In the end, this wasn't enough. If only I could get back those hours I wasted.