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ZERO STAR, I Wish I Could Give it a Negative One.
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2018
Beyond Terrible! I had promised myself to stay away from this author since most of the heroes in the historical romances I have read written by her, were verbally and mentally abusive to the heroine (I have never read her contemporary stories). However, I was totally enthralled with The Legend in the very beginning of the book sample. Big Mistake! I feel like such a sucker. This terrible book has nothing in common with the Legend (unless you consider a passing, patch-up reference a connection). And Bryan was nothing (and I mean nothing) like Fulk and his feelings for his Melusine. This particular hero treated the heroine with callous disregard, even cruelty for most of this story, however it gets worse, see below.
I never like it when the hero sleeps with a former lover after making love with the heroine, but this so called hero certainly did, at least once. But it goes down hill from there: Toward the end of the book, after been married to the heroine, and at last finally admitting to himself that he indeed loves her after all, he still is unfaithful to her. His excuse? they are apart, and he is not cut out for celibacy, REALLY? And because the book is mostly written from the She point of view, and the heroine is often separated from the hero, the reader is subjected again and again to her anguish thoughts. But what bother me the most is that she fell in love with him in the first place. Just as in real life, I don't understand (and never will) how a woman can fall in love with a man who treats her shabbily, just because she likes what he does to her in bed. Yes, I understand lust, but love? And even when there is only lust involved, I expect the heroine to have some self control and personal pride (not to become a puppet without will the minute the hero gets amorous). But Elise eventually falls madly in love with a man who has treated her contemptuously and with callous disregard. If I wanted to indulge in this despicable scenario I would stick with real life. I read romance novels to enjoy myself, not to be irritated and offended by a man whose behavior toward women is demeaning to say the least. Yes, this is a historical romance, and men behave differently back then (so do many men now-day), but and this a big BUT, romance novels, though based in history are just a fantasy to escape from our reality, such as the "Dark One" written by Kathryn Le Veque. I mean this is not a history book, nor a literary classic.