When I read historical romance novels, I tend to like the brooding, rakish type male lead that transforms through love etc. But Robinson's hero Valin North pleasantly surprised me. At the start he comes across as cold and rudely mannered, but in fact I found him very funny (in a good way) and well more passionate then anything. He is desperate to keep his family happy and together, and the love he has for them is very real and blatant. So when he falls in love with Emmie (even after all the lying - though she only does this to protect her and her family) it's believable and you can understand why he is so passionate about their relationship and just can't walk away from her.
North has a reputation, like most hero's of this genre, but it is not focused on, nor is really important to the story line. I couldn't help laughing when he and his dog Maggie sneak past his Aunts room so she can not hear him and takes off to hide in his study. I am not use to hero's retreating merely to spend some time by himself without being annoyed by other family members because he is far too nice just to tell them to go away and leave him alone. And the way he dismisses each eligible Miss his Aunt is thrusting his way is also very funny, the first chapter with the young lady where all he hears is all her words stringing together is hilarious.
I personally liked Emmie our heroine. I found her funny and very loyal, something I respect a lot. She is constantly living her life to make her family safe and happy and even though she lies constantly to North you can't help but forgive her for such offences. She is capable and I love it when she and North argue as she can quite easy match him verbally (which is something North is not use to). I love it when she talks in thieves cant and doesn't bother to hide her raw language. I am so use to proper young females, to finally hear a heroine to tell the hero to "Sod off" and other such things I found thoroughly amusing. And I loved the part when North escapes the bedroom after she's been throwing things at him (they are arguing just after they have made love) and he locks the door retreating behind it. And she yells at him to get back in here so she can punch him!
I really enjoyed this book, and found it funny and different. Have a read, you won't be disappointed.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (10 October 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553762737
- ISBN-13: 978-0553762730
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
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