I started this novel with so much anticipation, which was probably my
downfall. A couple of pages in, I put it down hoping that I would come
back to it and like it better. I have to say I struggled with this
book. The writing was very engaging but the hero and heroine were so
dumb at times. I kept shaking my head and thinking, what are you
Ok, our heroine, Lady Vivian Shaw. When the story begins
she is abducted, almost murdered. Aden St. George comes to rescue her,
not because her family asked him to, but because Sir Dominic Hunter, a
family friend did! Ok, so it starts off interesting. He rescues her and
then she goes back home… Home is where her older brother Cyrus, very
politically motivated tries to marry her off to Prince Ivan. Prince
Ivan is a scumbag. He is always trying to put his hands all over Lady
Vivian after repeatedly getting rejected by her. The cherry on top is
that her older brother Cyrus knows all this and still gives Prince
Scumbag his acceptance to court her???!! Lady Vivian is disgusted by the
Prince for many different reasons, one of her main concerns is that
they do not speak the same language, he is Russian. What? On My
But the “villains” are not the only characters that I found
very frustrating. Lady Vivian left me with my mouth open…. She
suspects that one of her brothers and/or Prince Ivan are behind her
abduction. So what does she do???? She goes back home where she finds
none other than Cyrus and Prince Scumbag. Ok, I take a deep breath and
think ok… let’s get behind the abduction… Let’s focus on who abducted
her…Enter Little Brother Kit who has a gambling problem, along with
their mother… Turns out that he and his mother both have big gambling
debt that needs to be paid off. I mean jeez… All this story needed was
a plague… Lady Vivian decides she will “fix” the problem by selling
her jewels and using whatever money she has. After some convincing from
Cyrus, she accepts the prince because it will help the family with
their gambling and other debts. My question is why didn’t she just take
her money and run. Lady, your life is in danger, you have money, go
hide! So aside from all this crazy and whacky characters, including
the heroine we have St George.
St. George goes to rescue Lady
Vivian. I think yay! What a great hero. He is so overcome with lust
that he seemed almost juvenile. The first couple of minutes upon
meeting her it’s as if his brain is paralyzed. He sets his lust aside
and rescues her and takes her back home. Lady Vivian is so overcome
with gratitude that she makes snippy remarks at him the entire time. He
offers to help her and tries to help her. He plainly asks her to share
her concerns with him but she thinks that she can handle her situation.
However, she does find time in her “gratitude” to reprimand him for
flirting with another women at a ball… It seems that St. George is the
only person Lady Vivian can standup to. Ironically, he is also the only
one on her side. It’s very difficult to feel sympathy for Lady Vivian
when she behaves in such a frustrating manner. Her family walks all
over her and the decisions that she makes made me doubt her sanity. Or
her just plain lack of common sense. I wanted to really like this book
but I found it very trying. I love a good historical romance as much as
the next person but I need an incentive to keep interested.
one character that seemed to have hear head on straight was Lady
Thornberry, St. George’s mother. She is the only one that understands
the danger that Lady Vivian is under and appreciates her sons help.
There is a little tension behind St. George and his mother and as the
story unfolds we understand why. She was the only reasonable character.
of the story continues in this manner. There are more nonsensical
decisions and more attempted abductions. I will say this, this story
definitely had me very emotionally involved. Many times I found myself
talking to the characters hoping that someone would come to their
senses. For me, this story was more interesting because of the
secondary characters and the suspense of the whole abduction scenario
then the hero and heroine.
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