- Copertina flessibile: 416 pagine
- Editore: Heartfire (maggio 1989)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0821726676
- ISBN-13: 978-0821726679
- Peso di spedizione: 204 g
Temptation's Touch (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – mag 1989
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Book by Andersen L
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The Story: “Temptation’s Touch” begins at Camp Carleton, Arizona Territory, 1871. Colonel Stephen DuBois is being called away and orders his second-in-command, Major Dan Catlin, the hero of the book, to act as a “guardian” to DuBois daughter, Gabrielle, the heroine of the book. While Gabrielle, 17 going on 18, is a beautiful young woman, she is also self-centered, immature, mean at times, uncaring about others’ feelings, and prone to getting herself into situations where she needs rescuing from. In the first few chapters, Gabrielle:
Plans an assignation with a Lieutenant,Marcus Epperling, thinking it’s only going to end up a make-out session, and has to be saved by Dan from being raped;
Has another unplanned assignation with another Lieutenant, Chase Dalton,who gets her drunk and tries to rape her; once again, Dan saves her (notice a pattern here?);
Defies orders and goes to a festival, is caught, spanked, and forbidden to leave again;
Recklessly runs away,gets captured by Apache Indians, and, again, has to be saved by Dan.
In between those incidents, they fight, a lot, mostly over Gabrielle’s unwillingness to follow orders which are sometimes, though not always, intended to help her heal from injuries she suffers or keep her out of trouble.
Later, Dan gets in trouble for bringing a group of Apache Indians to Camp Carleton after their families are massacred at another military base, and in an effort to avoid having Dan court-martialed, Gabrielle tries to seduce Dan into marrying her; she believes that her father will do anything to keep his son-in-law from facing a scandal. This seduction effort fails, but not because Dan isn’t attracted to/in love with Gabrielle.
One mildly amusing moment occurs when Dan orders Gabrielle to cook dinner-despite the fact that she doesn’t know how to cook. She unintentionally makes a mess of the dinner but intentionally tries to get back at him by mixing lemonade with tequila and chile peppers.Afterward, they make love for the first time. After they make love, Dan asks Gabrielle to marry him-not out of guilt or a sense of responsibility-but because he truly loves her, and she agrees. Their marriage, however, is imperiled by several things. Among them, Epperling wants to marry Gabrielle, because he’s in lust with her and to further his career. DuBois finds out about Gabrielle’s behavior while he was away; he and Gabrielle have a violent argument in which he hits her; and it is revealed that Dan was in love with Stephen’s wife, and Gabrielle’s mother, Lisette. This leads Gabrielle to believe that Dan is only using her as a substitute for her late mother, which he denies. Dan and Gabrielle have an argument, she runs away-again-and, again, gets into trouble which Dan has to rescue her from, continuing a pattern that pretty much started in the beginning of the book and continued throughout.
There are multiple issues with this book, not the least of which is the fact that neither of the lead characters are really likeable. Gabrielle is very immature and childish, although she does grow up-a little-at the end of the book. The same can’t be said for Dan, who is an obnoxious, violent bastard from beginning to end. While I can understand his getting angry at Gabrielle sometimes, the acts he does are not commensurate to the situation, and his behavior can best be described frequently as psychotic. Most of his acts are far from loving, just abusive.
Sex: Two sex scenes, not overly hot or graphic, but enough to let the reader know what is going on.
Violence: In addition to the above violence, there are a few killings, assaults and shakings. None of the violence is described in graphic detail.
Bottom Line: A book with unlikable people doing mostly unlikeable things to/at each other. Not worth the time or the effort.