Published by HQN Books on January 25th 2011
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
He was her bitterest enemy...Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family, and at last the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom, and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But when he arrives, he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance.And her dearest love.Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion...
Welcome to The Book Geek’s monthly feature, affectionately called The Genre Spotlight. It’s where we explore and choose one of the myriad genres. We’ll showcase it by having each Book Geek read and review at least one, but possibly a few books belonging to that month’s chosen genre.
We’re hoping to expand our reading horizons to genre’s we haven’t or have barely read, and, hopefully, usher in gems our lives have been missing out on.
For sizzling August, our spotlight is on Romance (aka my nemesis).
Let me start off with this: I don’t want to hate romance, but dammit if romance doesn’t make it so darn easy. I want to love it. I want to find romance that’s worth reading. I truly don’t set out to shit on it, but then I read things like this:
He’d known he wanted her in his bed. But he was beginning to realize that he wanted more. He wanted to rid her of those lines around her eyes. He wanted to soothe the clench of her fists. He wanted to draw her to him, as gently as he could. And once he had her there…
FFS. You’ve known her for a few days and from the moment you’ve met, she’s treated you like dirt. Grow some balls and chest hair, ya big dummy.
The sad thing is that there’s an underlying spy story here that could be so very interesting. I would love to continue and see how it ends, but the lust between the MC’s takes center stage, at least for as far as I got, which was 34%. So, no, I cannot do this.
She stares at his lips. He sneaks touches upon her unwilling wrist with the help of his creepy brother. (That mofo is creepy. I don’t care what anybody says. I’m not buying that nice guy act.) She breathes deeply and ponders how they could ever be, because she hates him, but oh the feels he makes her feel in her woman parts and shit. He, in turn, verbally claims her the second he lays eyes on her. And I mean instantly. So touching.
I’ll have that one. The one with the big gazungas.
Beautiful love story, this one.
Anywho, I was more into the historical and less into the romance, so while I wanted to try something different, this wasn’t it.
I surmise that if you’re into bosoms that heave and shit, you’ll like this one.
I would like it noted that I tried.