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The Reluctant Suitor

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Charming romance

I must admit I was reluctant to read this book after reading all of the negative reviews on this site. I had checked it out at the library and then read the reviews. Almost turned it back in without reading it which would have been a mistake.
I read it last night all i...
I must admit I was reluctant to read this book after reading all of the negative reviews on this site. I had checked it out at the library and then read the reviews. Almost turned it back in without reading it which would have been a mistake.
I read it last night all in one sitting I didn't want to put it down. I don't understand why there was such a dislike of this book. I thought it was a very charming yet dramatic romance. I really enjoyed reading it and would probably read it again.
People criticized this book, but then loved I think it was flame and the flower where the hero rapes the heroine at the beginning of the book. I don't understand this. I haven't read that book so maybe it gets better.
I have decided no matter what we read there are going to be many varying opinions we like what we like or what we don't like. Read it make your own decision.

posted by janeeyre01 on August 18, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Is zero an option?

I adore Woodiwiss, Loved Shanna, Wolf and the Dove, etc. But this book was AWFUL! EVERYTHING had to be justified to the reader again and again as though even she knew it was unbelievable. The entire time I was reading I could not find a conflict between the main charact...
I adore Woodiwiss, Loved Shanna, Wolf and the Dove, etc. But this book was AWFUL! EVERYTHING had to be justified to the reader again and again as though even she knew it was unbelievable. The entire time I was reading I could not find a conflict between the main characters. In fact, their repetitive explanations of the reasons they were wary of getting together just made them seem melodramatic. This book got on my nerves. And Roger Elton. We are constantly informed of what a wit Adriana has and how all of the men in town are after her, was she really so stupid about Roger? It seems like should have had the intelligence or even enough experience to think his stalkerish behavior was just a mite out of ordinary. If anyone raced me up the stairs to my friend's house after I had told him to bugger off I would call the police. Even the plot twists were not so much twists as sharp but highly predictable about faces. Read anything else by her.

posted by Anonymous on March 2, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    Where is all the usual excitement?

    I have long been an avid Woodiwiss fan, but found this book difficult to get into. Ended up just skim reading the most of it, and agree that it is very different from her usual level of delighful reading. Would not particularly recommend this, unless you needed help for insomnia!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    The Reluctant Reader II

    I have read all the reviews and aside from the 'insanity of the orbs' and the tedious boredom of the superfluous verbiage, I am curious as to what people thought about the 'attempted rape' scene with Adriana and Roger? I mean, here's this innocent girl who has just literally fought for her life (not to mention virginity) -- and here comes the man of her dreams (Colton) to 'rescue' her and instead he ends up ONLY focusing on how HOT she is and how much he can't keep his hands off her and wants to 'take' her right then and there!!! HELLLLOOOOO!! OH MY GOSH! I'm pretty sure that would be the LAST thing on my mind had I experienced something like that. And I'm also pretty sure I would be pretty stinkin' turned off by a man whose only 'comfort' was to attempt to put me through the same ordeal! ... Then, when I FORCED myself to continue reading the story ... I was disgusted that we got a little flashback from Colton remembering how he practically ravished her at that time!!! I only have one thing to say ... BIZARRE!! Definitely NOT the Woodiwiss I know and love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    Will it never end?

    This book has a feel of Jane Austen to it, but unlike Austens' novels, seems to drag on forever. The opening scene was close to fifty pages of nothing but formalities and remarking on how beautiful Adriana has become. I dare not mark the repeated passages of her beauty for fear that it will exceed farther then I wish to count. All in all, I wish that Woodiwiss would have cut the book in half, saving the reader the painsaking time of trying to get through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    Where is the Woodiwiss we all grew to love?

    I am an avid Woodiwiss fan. But this one was very much a disappointment. Not at all up to par. The earlier books, Shanna , The Wolf and the Dove, The Flame and The Flower, Ashes in the Wind, now that is true Woodiwiss. What has happened to her, the last few books have not been the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Will the Real Author Please Stand Up

    After anticipating a wonderful book, I would like to know who really wrote this book . . . not the named author. I was very disappointed. The dialogue is extremely antiquated in style and boring. The plot is dull and not very well thought out. Pass on this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    Tedious

    Normally I quite like Kathleen Woodiwiss, but this book was remarkably slow. I was nearly bored to tears. Adriana was a one-dimensional character who was supposed to be a hellion and ended up being your stereotypical Regency woman, despite her unladylike riding skills. And Colton just annoyed me. The whole premise that he didn't want to marry her was entirely unbelievable. The subplot with Roger and Felicity was well-written and interesting. That could have been a book on its own. The other subplot with the baby, Genevieve, was confusing and irrelevant; what happened to her at the end, anyway? Suddenly they have their own kid, so the other one is irrelevant? All in all, I really didn't think this was on par with Woodiwiss' past works. But, if you are a devotee, go for it.

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