Plot: Fayne is the Hero; Kilby is the Heroine. I hate the names as in ‘I would Fayne not read this book; Kilb me now.’ Henceforth, I wont be using ’em for the rest of the review.
In London, Hero’s father has keeled over in the bedroom of the 18 year old Heroine, a debutante. This scandalous incident doesnt prevent Hero from pursuing Heroine, since she obviously aint no virgin. And oh, BTW, someone is trying to kill the H/H.
Totally justifiable, in seton’s opinion.
Ramblings: If I can describe the book in one word, it would be . . . annoying.
- H/H has no interaction with each other until Page 60. Annoying.
- This book is FILLED with people with first names like Teague, Pridwyn, Fowler, Holt, Velouette, Archer, Fayre, Vance, and I refuse to even mention the horrible H/H’s names again. Annoying.
- Hero calls Heroine “little wolf” because her last name is Fitchwolf and she “howls”. Annoying.
- Unlike in practically every other Regency novel I have read in the past 20 years, H/H makes the trip to Gretna Greene from London in a half day instead of the usual 2-3 days. Annoying.
- Hero is part of a Rake Pack called les sauvages nobles. Groups of Regency males with a moniker way past the heyday of MJP and JoBev? Annoying AND passe.
- Heroine not only has the requisite Magical Hoohah but also seems to be wearing Eau de Bodice Ripper — that magical elixir that causes ALL men she meets to be overcome with lust and attack her. No man is immune. Not Hero, not the male best friend, not any of the old roues she talks up, and certainly not even her half-brother. Okay, this is not Annoying but it is ewwwwwwwww. (BTW, although there is no forced sex in this book, Heroine’s bodice does get ripped. A lot. At least, three different times. I haven’t seen this much bodice ripping since Claiming the Courtesan. Wait, technically this has more bodice ripping than CTC.)
This is my first Barbara Pierce. As with most new (to me) authors, I read it cold. Didn’t read any reviews. Didn’t read any summaries on what it is about. Didn’t know anything bout the author’s style except that it was suppose to be “hot”. Didn’t know if it was part of a series or not.
Well, turns out that this is the second in a series about Hero’s family. I did play “guess who has, or will get their own book” with the characters as I was reading and I didnt realize until toward the end that it was obviously a family series from the description of Hero’s sister’s marriage (which was the subject of the first book of the series.) I was deked out by Pierce because she has a habit of writing a long intro/description for every character which wasn’t necessary. (Darn! I forgot to mention this in the Annoying List.)
Anyway, C+ is average and that is what this was for me: an average read. I had a real hard time getting into it because of the stupid names and the fact that it takes a while for H/H to meet. It did get better toward the end for me with the Big Secret revealed and the villain doing his best Goldfinger impersonation (keep him talking!). Heroine is probably gonna come across as TSTL to some readers. Heroine was 18, Hero was 25. Relatively young. I decided to give ’em a break. I wouldn’t be adverse to trying another Pierce again in the future but I certainly won’t be glomming her books, either.