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Taboo (St. John-Duras Series #3)

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Disappointing...

    The synopsis is not an accurate description of this book! Taboo is basically just one long series of explicit sex scenes alternating with boring detailed descriptions of war maneuvers. Other than being physically beautiful and sexually insatiable, I fail to see what appeal Teo, the heroine, held for Duras, the hero.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    I loved this book!

    While this novel placed a lot of focus on the French Revolution, I was warmed to heart by the love shared between the hero and heroine. The hero, Andre, though he lost a few points from me for an indiscretion towards the end of the book, was--I believe--a man every woman dreams of having. He was extremely loving, kind, sensitive ... he'd do anything for his heroine, travel at any distance to be with her, go to any lengths to protect her. You could feel that he was a man, having never experienced true love before, who was totally and completely in love with his woman. Between the death and grusome events of war, Andre's and Teo's love prevailed and blossomed into something so powerful that you just got swept away by it all during the few moments that they shared in between the war. I found scenes like when Teo got injured and Andre so loving and vigilantly took care of her, when he had to send Teo away for her and their baby's safety, the love letters he wrote to her, his reaction to the letters, especially the last one, Teo wrote to him, so endearing, so heartwarming that you wanted to laugh when he laughed, rejoice when he rejoiced, cry when he cried. I just wanted this book to go on and on and on despite the long descriptions of war, that, though I found them intriguing, didn't particularly interest me. But I'd rather have bits and pieces of the deep, heartfelt romance these two shared and whole lot of war, rather than a little bit of war and a poorly developed and unaffecting romance plot. Andre's and Teo's love was so strong, so powerful, so real, so palpable ... it stood out between all the evils of the war that was going on around them. Especially Andre's. None of SJ's heroes has ever affected as deeply as Andre has. And though some might say that this book was bogged down by too much details of the war, I think the supporting story of Teo's and Andre's love affair made up for that tremendously. With regards to Teo's authencity as a heroine women can relate to and love, I've read reviews that say she was childish and had no pride when it came to Andre. I have to disagree with that ... imagine being forced into marriage to an evil man you despise, and finally having found someone who awaken feelings in you you've never before felt and to have it all threatened by the uncertainty of war and death. I think we all would reaction the way Teo did after having found love for the first time. We all would want to savour the moment as much as possible and avoid any form of conflict with your loved one because you don't know if he'll come back once he walked through the door and enter into the forefronts of war. I understand her reactions completely and related to her more than enough. Besides, there were other times in the novel that proved that she was very strong and could hold her own. She was, by no means, a person someone could push around, not even by her beloved Andre. The only problem I had with this book was that Andre succumbed to the whims of depression and fear that he might die and never see his family again. It sort of made me see him in a different light even though I still liked him very much as a hero. Plus, I think SJ could have come up with a better ending, but all in all, and surprisingly enough, out of all the SJ novels I have read (and I have read almost all), Taboo, in the end, turned out to be my favourite, just because of Andre and the deep, deep love he had for and shared with Teo. You simply will have to read the book to understand what I mean. He's the most brave, sexy, sensitive hero I have ever read about in all the romance books I have ever read in my life! And I have read hundreds, probably even thousands. If you're a hopeless-romantic like me, then I definitely recommend this book! And as in all of SJ novels, there's always the added bonus of some very spicy love scenes!

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Very boring!!!

    A waste of time.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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