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Posted December 31, 2006
This book had potetial, but was lost too soon into the story
I read most of Jeffries's books. The one before this was actually very good. When I found out she was going to match Louisa with the awful duke who toyed with and used her, I was a little put off but intrigued to see where Jeffries would take this. I have to say it looked promsing at first. It is always interesting when the heroes have a past. I was looking forward to read how Louisa brings the mean duke to heel. What happened felt like an insult to my sensibilities as a woman and to my intelligence. The first scene, Louisa 'swoons' into his arms with kisses. It was so unbelievable!!! This is the first guy she'd fallen in love with, he had made her think he loved her, who walked all over her female self-worth when she was a very young woman during her come-out. Am I to believe she just couldn't help herself the first time she sees him? I didn't buy it. Ms. Jeffries, go read Freud, because you missed big time on this one! Also it ruined the whole thing because once the heroine kisses the duke, she loses her edge, her anger, her whole conflict. The rest slogs as Jeffries tries to make up for her mistake. Louisa fumbles, flounders, doesn't really have anything believale left to hold onto. That's what happens when authors try to over-compensate with sensuality. They sometimes kill their own books. If Louisa held a little longer, then this book would have had meat. The result is just another romance that will end up in the 'forgettable' pile. Pity.
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