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To Tempt an Heiress (The Runaway Desires Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01CWYTJU8
- Publisher : Lyrical Press (6 December 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1052 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 439,210 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tempest is a classic feisty heroine, reading William Shakespeare and Mary Wollstonecraft she gets some thoroughly modern ideas, like refusing to marry and being determined to free all the slaves on her grandfather's plantation. Fortunately, she is both very beautiful and very rich, or she would have no doubt come to an early, sticky end. Captain Corrovan is the only slightly brooding hero who has a fortunate tendency to act entirely on impulse and worry about the moral consequences afterward.
As indicated by the cover and title this is fairly standard regency (or rather georgian) mush up to a point. The plot is no surprise to anyone who has read more than a few historical romances. But it is so well written, the characters are so appealing it is easy to get over involved in the plot. The atmosphere of the tropical island of Antigua with its merchants, plantation owners and slaves, is wonderfully described. My favorite part, of course, is the stormy sea voyage, the microcosm of life on board ship, the triumphs and tragedies coming in quick succession, the growing tension between out two main characters. It is all very well done.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a light easy read.
Let's go back to what I liked. The h, Tempest Holderin, lives in Antigua, heiress to a sugar plantation after the death of her father. She's an abolitionist and a feminist, struggling against the evils of slavery and misogyny (or at least male paternalism) of the times, and some very persistent suitors. Her longtime friend and plantation manager Edward is worried for her safety and arranges for ship captain (our hero) Andrew Corrvan to abduct her and take her to England and hand her into the care of her estranged grandfather (her only living relative, it seems). This part of the story, set in Antigua in 1796, was interesting to read.
The H is torn about this abduction. Doesn't seem like an ethical thing to do, yet he could use the money, and also, you know, it is for the h's own good that it needs to be done. Fortunately, he doesn't even have to make that crucial decision, The h comes aboard his ship just before they are about to set sail. And, oops, before you know it, it's off to England for them. Great. No moral dilemma for him this way.
We have some interesting adventure in Antigua, more adventure on the high seas en route to England, some misconceptions about each other that the H and h have to correct, and an attraction that ends up in intimacy. (So much for our heroine's feminism and general smarts, IMO.) Then they arrive in England and the story goes downhill, becoming a derivative romance. In addition to not liking the plot from here on, I did not ever really feel the romance and attraction between the two and I never became fond of either H or h. Neither one has a smidgen of a sense of humor; the h is so earnest and do-goody and the H is self-absorbed and brooding.
Not only that but the ending is very pat and abrupt. For having such strong convictions about the way they planned to lead their lives, these two have abrupt about-faces at the end. Their HEA just kinda happens for no good reason and I just kinda didn't care about it or them.