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Posted January 12, 2015
My Thoughts: Gimme all the romances please! No, seriously, some
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Gimme all the romances please! No, seriously, somebody do this. So, yeah, I went on a requesting spree on NetGalley since my first historical romance was a hit for me. I just couldn't help myself. While this one wasn't exactly the same, it still has its sweetness to it.
It took awhile for us to get there with Olivia and Alastair, but it was compelling. I kept reading the new interactions between them, seeing the little changes taking place, drawing them inevitably closer. Olivia's tenacity was key in the development of it. She drew him in and he couldn't resist. It was impossible not to love her... and then eventually him.
Fool Me Twice has everything a good romance needs. The banter, the precious banter, of Olivia and Alastair woven throughout the story. I would definitely say Meredith Duran is worth picking up off the shelf and giving a shot.
My Rating: Pretty good
Posted July 4, 2014
This book was...different. I enjoyed the premise - a young woma
This book was...different. I enjoyed the premise - a young woman enters an estranged nobleman's house posing as a housekeeper in order to steal certain papers of importance. It's been done before, but Olivia's stubborn refusal to back down in the face of Alastair's angry outbursts coupled with her quick wrangling of the house's unruly servants made for a somewhat entertaining dynamic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Olivia is a very matter-of-fact, tell-it-like-it-is kind of woman. Smart, intelligent, and resilient, she has faced her share of painful obstacles and it has only served to make her a stronger person. Alastair is lost in the bitter memories of a failed and duplicitous marriage. He is perceptive, but battling a deep depression after the humiliation he suffered from his former, dead wife. Alastair has withdrawn from society, but Olivia desperately needs some of the papers hidden deep within the recesses of Alastair's bedchamber. In order to get those papers, she must first convince Alastair to leave his rooms.
All of the elements to a good story are present - a hero and heroine with conflicting goals, a dash of mystery and suspense, sassy banter between the couple - but I just felt like something was missing. While I grew to like Olivia's character, I did not like Alastair. I found him to be too brooding and that he was too possessive to Olivia as a person. He spoke of "mastering" her at one point, which really turned me further away from his character. Now, I enjoy good BDSM erotica novels, but this was being passed off as a straight romance book which meant that those characteristics of Alastair's character came off as chauvinistic and unhealthy. I also didn't believe Olivia and Alastair were actually falling in love. For me, it seemed to come from nowhere and just be an accepted part of the story. Where was the romantic and sensual buildup? Not in this book, that's for sure. And as for the main mystery part of the novel, I felt the solution was too obvious; I correctly guessed the solution by the halfway point of the book, so by the time the characters figured it out I was frustrated that it took them so long to understand what was happening. Finally, the redemption of the villain felt flat and forced, as if only to serve as a means to wrap up the book.
Overall, a different sort of love story, but one I won't be picking up again. I did, however, love Ms. Duran's use of imagery and language, so I will try another of her books from a different series.
Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews
Posted April 21, 2014
Posted April 6, 2014
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