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Posted March 2, 2007
Too Graphic for this Regency Fan
Carla Kelly was one of my favorite Signet Regency Romance writers. When Signet canceled that line I was very disappointed. When the announcement came that she was writing for Harlequin Historical I was very excited thinking that she would bring a touch of class that is sadly lacking to the line in their regency department. Unfortunately it was not so. The book went into graphic sex descriptions and cannibalism. It was as if the author has watched too many CSI episodes. She does have good character development and plot line as always as the main characters confronts their ghosts, but the darker tone that was present in some of the Signet romances reigns unfettered in this romance. But if graphic sex and gruesome scenes don't bother you, you will find well developed main characters with an interesting plot. Carla Kelly remains an outstanding writer, I just didn't appreciate the graphic depictions in this book compared to her others and probably won't buy any other book in this line.
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Posted April 11, 2007
I've found Carla Kelly to be one of the best of the Regency romance writers, with non-traditional heroes, very good character development, and a willingness to tackle the unpleasant issues of the period. I was very much looking forward to more of her books after the long hiatus, but was very disappointed in this one. Not because of the topic of cannibalism or the sexual scenes, but because it deserved a lot better editing than it got. I found it very choppy, and not at all up to the standards of her previous works (Mrs McVinnie's London Season being one of my favorite books of all time)
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Posted April 3, 2011
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