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Impulse

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Tricky subject matter

    I often think that romance authors have one of the most difficult tasks in literature. I don't mean that to sound flippant or condescending. I mean this truthfully. There only are so many scrapes a hero and heroine can get into without it seeming too formulaic and repetitive. That said, I understand the impulse (yes, the pun is intended)to deviate from the tried and true and venture into murkier territory. However, this comes at a cost to the author. Push the expected boundaries too far, and you risk alienating your audience. Make the plot seem absurd and resolve your dilemma too quick, and you risk alienating your audience. I think this is the position in which Candace Camp found herself with "Impulse." I think she came away from the experiement with mixed results. On one hand, if you are going to give your heroine and emotional issue to overcome, or have her subject to the terrible attorcities, such as rape, you walk a fine line. She can't be too damaged, or else she will seem simpering and weak and the audience won't connect. Likewise, she can't too miraculously resolve her issues, or the drama seems forced. Lisa Kleypas faced this dilemma when she wrote "Blue-Eyed Devil." Personally, I though Ms. Kleypas' handling of the subject manner was inadequate and I couldn't finish the book because I was so appalled. I think that Ms. Camp handles the murkier waters with more aplomb, but that is not to say she is unscathed. I think in Angela, she creates a compelling enough character who has faced great adversity through no fault of her own. Additionally, I think Angela is a sympathetic character without seeming the forevemore victim. That said, things resolve themselves too quickly, and I can't help thinking that the underlying message to everything was that all she really needed was a man to take charge - of course he was our hero and a good man, but still she didn't work through her problems really by herself, she needed a man to do that for her. I admit, that grated at my more modern sensibilities. I understand it is a romance novel, and that I am coming here for a few hours of mindless diversion. Even though I want diversion, I do expect some credibility. I came away from the tale with mixed feelings. On one hand, I appreciate that Ms. Camp tackled a subject that probably happened all too often in that era of arranged marriages, where the woman was considered chattel and badly abused. However, I still can't help feeling icky with thoughts of what Angela had to endure. I am sure some of that is intentional on the author's part. Though I finished the tale, and did enjoy it for the most part, I can't say this is a tale I will be eager to re-read in the near future.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    Impulse

    Cam Monroe is a stablehand, Angela Stanhope is nobility. Their love is forbidden and when Angela's father finds out about he threatens to ruin Cam and find a way to send him to jail for the rest of his life. Cam leaves the family's estate and vows to have Angela and his revenge. Meanwhile, Angela marries Lord Dunstan to try and save Cam from her father. Dunstan does not turn out to be the good man everyone thought he was, and several years later they end up divorced after a scandal that rocked the town.

    When Cam hears of Angela's divorce he finds a way to return and try to marry her, but Angela sees herself as damaged good after her divorce and is terrified of being under the control of any man. On top of everything, Cam has been the victim of several "accidents." Accidents that seem to be happening all to frequently to be real. Will Angela and Cam learn to trust each other again, or will they forever live with their past doubts.

    While this was more of what I consider a "traditional" romance, mistreated woman falls for gentle man but have too many issues to deal with to see that they love each other. However, the little bit of mystery behind Cam's accidents adds just enough to keep the story interesting, although an astute reader will figure it out early in the game.

    3/5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Excellent book. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    A GREAT LOVE STORY WITH A FEW TWISTS!! IMPULSE BY CANDACE CAMP

    IMPULSE by Candice Camp is an interesting historical Regency romance. This is a well written story of love,revenge,romance,forgiveness, healing and finding peace. The plot is intriguing.It intertwines a lost love,with finding a father,recreating a lost love and revenge.When Angela and Cam are caught in an compromising position Angela's grandfather forces Angela into a marriage and sends Cam away.Cam is but a lowly stable boy.Angela a's grandfather uses having Cam put into prison to get her to marry the evil Dunstan.While Angela a suffers unthinkable things with her husband,Cam is seeking his revenge against the Stanhopes.He has gone to America and made a fortune.When he returns to England it is to wed Angela a.Angela finally after suffering unspeakable acts by Dunstan,leaves him and he seeks a divorce from her with lies.Cam forces Angela into this marriage for revenge using her brothers secrets.But after many accidents toward Cam,Angela finally tells Cam the truth of her marriage and the unspeakable things that had been forced upon her.They are also seeking information on Cam's father,he never knew his mother's family or anything about his father. This is a story that will tear at your heart.It does have a few slow moments,but it is building up the story.Otherwise it is a fast paced story of love lost,love regained,forgiveness,secrets revealed,finding your true place in society,seeking revenge,finding your true peace with the person you love and a family of your own.This book was received from Net Galley for the purpose of review and details can be found at HQN and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    you have to read this!!!

    I LOVED this book. I love all of her books.Once i started this book i couldn't put it down till i finished. This is one of her best books. You'll love it i guarantee!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    you have to read the book!!!!

    I LOVED the book. I love all her books.Once i started this book i couldn't put it down till i finished it! This book starts out a little slow but then gets into the good parts(you guys know what the parts I'm talking about). I recommened that you read this book, if you don't you'll regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2003

    Loved It!!

    I've read 2 other books by Ms Camp and this one is my favorite. It was very touching and romantic. I loved the way the characters blended together. I can't wait to read others by her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    worth the read!!

    This was the first book that I had read by Candace Camp and was hooked.I hope more people will read her books. She is good!!

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