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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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