My first experience with Harlequin turned out to be a fairly average one.
The premise sounded interesting but the execution was rather pedestrian. Funnily enough the male protagonist's motivations are much clearer and his character is much better defined than the female protagonist is. That isn't what I expected, this being geared toward a female readership.
There is the usual quivering and dithering by the female and general hulking by the male.
It feels rather as if time has stopped for harlequinesque romance: the female still ensnares through her looks and innocence rather than her character and the male still gets trapped despite himself. Much the same as back in the day of Georgette Heyer, although her heroines at least showed some spunk. This one doesn't, despite the plot twist, which is a sneak attack on any literary form.
There are annoying mistakes like missing pronouns and spelling errors, but since this is as massmarket as it gets, that's not surprising.
All in all, a fairly standard Harlequin as far as I can tell. Nonetheless, I got more of them. Go figure. :o)
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 841 KB
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon Intrigue (1 August 2014)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W6BZTW0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,416,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)