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Formato: Formato Kindle
LONG review with spoilers.
This started out so promising, a 3 possibly a 4 star book with great writing, a dark and mysterious alpha hero in search of revenge and an intelligent heroine with her own, much milder past. At the 37% mark, thank you Kindle for accuracy, I had my first doubts then, later, smart characters doing stupid things ruined it.
Mikhael, the H has come to England to exact revenge on Charles, smug, self-satisfied, VERY ambitious fiancee of Sara, the beloved cousin to H’s BF. Charles is also a very evil doer. VERY as in not a fun bad guy, but a gross bad guy that needs to die a horrible death. [He not only owns various kinds of brothels (your run of the mill whorehouse, BDSM brothel where one can be beaten or beat, and, oh joy, a brothel that specialize in young children and virgins). Charles likes to frequent them as an avid customer as well especially after seeing his upper crust, self-contained fiancee. Charles the villain wants an earldom and wants Sara, daughter of a Duke, to help him get the status update. Sara was mildly crippled in her first season, lost out on love, and wants to get married, She’s a smart cookie, likes Charles enough, adores his daughter, and figures what the heck, so to speak.
In the quest for revenge, and to save Sara from marrying a sanctimonious whoremonger, the H seduces Sara …at her own engagement ball. The shark started jumping at this point. From here on end, ranting spoiler…
Under the ploy of telling Sara what a rotter her fiancee is, she and the H end up in the library during the ball. He doesn’t just kiss her, but he seduces her to the point she is partially disrobed when her father, cousin, and fiancee come in. I did not buy it. Yes, the h was attracted to the H, but she is an intelligent and honorable woman. No way did I buy the nipple exposure. It was a cheap shot at implying overwhelming passion. Just as well he did it though, as Charles the evil fiancee not only calIs her a slut, but a cripple in need of a husband in front of her father and cousin. Excuse me, what a fine time for a duel.
The H and h end up marrying, and things are looking up. Then the revenge plot goes into full swing. The H is tightening the noose on the evil Charles. As if the brothels weren't enough, Charles has had people killed and arson set for a railroad deal. He needs to die basically. The H has such a specific revenge plot in place it’s ridiculous. The H wants honor in all ways
The H rescues Jenny, one of the girls from the virgin/pedophile brothel, while leaving the rest of the girls and children there. Jenny is one of the few characters whose brain cells function from beginning to end of this story. She’s a feisty and sweet girl who just wants a chance at life as well as a chance to spit on the evil guy’s grave. She ends up with her own little romance which she really deserved.
Angst, angst, and more angst. When I finally gave up the ghost is when the h finds out that Charles’ daughter was kidnapped in Jenny’s stead and was taken to the virgin/pedophile brothel. Jenny tells the h not to go, but the h has to rescue the little girl. Jenny says take lots of backup. Does the h take a battalion of the guards the H has left behind? No. The h runs off with the H’s turbaned sidekick to one of the most evil characters in the book. Spare me from good, smart characters turned criminally stupid. Really. One guy. One guy against the manager of a brothel that buys and sells young girls and children that are there against their will. The very brother that is OWNED by her spurned and vengeful ex-fiancee? If the h had been an impetuous character I might have bought it, but she’s intelligent AND she has been warned and told what a total creep her ex-fiancee is. Right into the lion’s den she goes. To make matters worse, the evil ex-fiancee who monologues about the evils of women as he debauches virgins, pops into the room to check out the latest virgin only to find out it’s his kidnapped daughter. He’s horrified..
Such a promising start. Great writing, interesting characters, intricate plot, but the two main characters degenerated into such stupidity I couldn’t get beyond it. The H I could handle as his reasons for wanting revenge are clear and understandable. ..[Charles the evil fiancee met him when he was ten and a slave in Tripoli (I think). Charles bought the H who thought he would be freed. Charles proceeded to sodomize him, beat him, then gave him away to be turned into a eunuch.
Oh yeah, and the evil fiancee mildly blackmails the Duke, the h's father, because her dad went to the BDSM brothel for a little paddling as he felt lost after his wife died. I guess that's the eighth stage of grief: spank me. The dad doesn't feel bad about encouraginghis only daughter to accept the creep's hand because he's still a gentleman.