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Rarely does one come across a love story that is based upon eroticism, yet never seems trashy. I found myself engrossed by the characters and immersed in their emotional battles.
Although premise is not unique -rake tutors curious widow and vice versa- the execution was masterfully done with the love story remaining forefront.
Yes, there were plenty of steamy scenes and some explicit language. What surprised me was the frequency that these scenes served a purpose beyond titillation. The stages of the relationship, character development, and impediments to the couple's HEA were illustrated through the gradual shift in language and description. I loved the gradually build up of tension and intimacy.
The reason for 4 stars instead of 5- the scene in which the hero attempts to place a permanent wedge between himself and the heroine. I believe it was meant to be shocking yet enthralling. Instead it divided my attention. I started to question whether the extreme action made the hero unpalatable.
Regardless, I will definitely look for more books from this author in the future.
Well, as expected, it's very explicit. What I didn't expect was an actually good plot, fetching characters, and a good amount of wit. A very solid four stars!
On a side note: There is a passage that I didn't care for. Despite the fact that the H is a rather unlikable figure, one cannot help but grow fond of him simply because the h does. Then you've got the event that is the turning point in the story and one seriously wonders whether the H and the book are actually worth our time. We keep reading and come to a lovely HEA.
This is my first book from this author. I found this book so different from others I have read. One tends to see ourselves as the heroine. Even though I would not be able to do as the heroine did in the story, I guess its better to let someone else do it and it was exciting to read that there are women who would not hesitate to try it. Good read.