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This book is different from the previous LH novels I've read. It focuses too much on international espionage and not enough on the romance. I felt cheated. I wasn't sure what John’s (the hero) feelings were, it wasn't made clear until the middle to end part of the book and there was no conclusion. I know we are expected to use our imaginations, but if my imagination was that great, I wouldn't be reading books, I'd be writing them!!. All in all, I feel like I’ve had an anti climax. I like romance novels that branch out into more intriguing scenarios, but not at the expense of the romance, which I what I felt was lacking. To be honest, even the sex scenes were mediocre at best. They don’t reflect the kind of sex modern women have. Niema seemed too tame and just lay there and seemed to have no interest in reciprocation. If LH wants to deal with realism, then she needs to be consistent. She can’t have modern characters with Victorian sex lives. It just doesn’t work that way. I can hardly be expected to suspend my disbelief for 340 pages when there are inconsistencies. I think LH needs to make her books more like the McKenzie novels with a little bit of what we have in this novel and less like she’s trying to model herself on Terry Pratchet.
First read this book some years ago and was really pleased to be able to get it on kindle. Linda Howard at her very best - smashing blend of romance and thriller that is 'unputadowanable' - definitely recommended
I was really looking forward to reading this as I wished I could read John's story after I finished 'Kill and Tell' but having read it I can honestly say that it was hardly worth the effort of doing so.
I am a big fan of Linda Howard but, with the exception of one or two of her very earliest works, this is the worst story she has ever written! The two main characters didn't capture my interest and, as a result, the story bored me. I strongly advise against buying this book, you would do much better with almost any of her other works, I particularly recommend the Excellent 'MacKenzie's' series, or 'Shades of Twilight.'