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Note to self I am out of my bodice ripper phase for now because most of them are too trainwrecky for me Based on reviews, this fits the bill for stories I cannot tolerate for now Too many OWs and OMs, too much cheating and apparently a supreme Ass of a hero who heaps emotional and physical abuse on the doormat, TSTL heroine, because REVENGE never a favorite trope with me I think I have had my fill of the crazy train after Stormfire so this is a pass for me I am looking for the one and on Note to self I am out of my bodice ripper phase for now because most of them are too trainwrecky for me Based on reviews, this fits the bill for stories I cannot tolerate for now Too many OWs and OMs, too much cheating and apparently a supreme Ass of a hero who heaps emotional and physical abuse on the doormat, TSTL heroine, because REVENGE never a favorite trope with me I think I have had my fill of the crazy train after Stormfire so this is a pass for me I am looking for the one and only love stories with equally strong protagonists and minimal OW OM action so Bodice Rippers are not where I go to.Gorgeous cover though I was drawn in by the vintage, montage cover art and synopsis that included one of my favorite romance novel cliches torn between the boring, ideal man and passionate villain The writing was pretty awful and not for the reasons you would think for this genre Everything was so dryly and meticulously captured that it felt less like fiction andlike notes for a first draft There was no flow I was also put off by the multiple character perspectives that went no where and the absolute la I was drawn in by the vintage, montage cover art and synopsis that included one of my favorite romance novel cliches torn between the boring, ideal man and passionate villain The writing was pretty awful and not for the reasons you would think for this genre Everything was so dryly and meticulously captured that it felt less like fiction andlike notes for a first draft There was no flow I was also put off by the multiple character perspectives that went no where and the absolute lack of relationship development between the main protagonists And I don t just mean snappy banter or hate sex which are good when used right , but a true lack of any significant interaction between the two with the exception of a few rapey moments As in, hardly any conversation or engagement on a human social level Even in the end, they don t really like each other all that much In a way it was hilarious No declarations of love or passion reallylike an agreement to tolerate each other for the sake of convenience It was honestly the worst ending to a romance novel I have ever read This was really addictive and just outlandish enough to leave me frustrated at every turn Lanna was your pretty standard heroine the kind who carries herself regally no matter the situation , but Damon was a bit of an enigma He was cruel and jealous and a rapist but not as cruel as other bodice ripper heroes In fact, he was kind of a big softy inside, once he got over his pride Ior less enjoyed his character I also really liked Alain, but Rafe, the good guy of the triangle, was a This was really addictive and just outlandish enough to leave me frustrated at every turn Lanna was your pretty standard heroine the kind who carries herself regally no matter the situation , but Damon was a bit of an enigma He was cruel and jealous and a rapist but not as cruel as other bodice ripper heroes In fact, he was kind of a big softy inside, once he got over his pride Ior less enjoyed his character I also really liked Alain, but Rafe, the good guy of the triangle, was a big ol piece of shit who, apparently, never even knew his own wife and child had died OOI didn t care for all the war descriptions I never like those , although it seemed like the author tried to make them as brief yet detailed as possible, given the relatively short length of the book I can t give this less than three stars for the number of times I gasped in outrage and felt frustrated that the characters weren t doing what I wanted them to do A definite must read for bodice ripper fans I sped through this I don t imagine it ll be remotely coherent view spoiler Lanna Malford was languishing in her Princess Tower far too long before her family friends decide to give her a much needed season in London Damon St.Clair, with an axe to grind, accompanies a Prince in Waiting, Rafe Danvers, to London where he uses him for a heroic figure to woo Lanna into pacification whilst he pulls devious antics such as staging a highway robber rescue missions to further lull Lanna into the sche I sped through this I don t imagine it ll be remotely coherent view spoiler Lanna Malford was languishing in her Princess Tower far too long before her family friends decide to give her a much needed season in London Damon St.Clair, with an axe to grind, accompanies a Prince in Waiting, Rafe Danvers, to London where he uses him for a heroic figure to woo Lanna into pacification whilst he pulls devious antics such as staging a highway robber rescue missions to further lull Lanna into the scheme Rafe played romantic sort whose courtship gave Damon the cushion and front, because his seething rage and loathing of her father and her by association prevented him any measure of kindness towards her Damon even goes as far as to play peeping tom to Lanna Rafe s botched deflowering, but make no mistake Damon fully intends on claiming the REST of Lanna s virginity later Yes, she must have a freakin iron hymen both hero and secondary hero were known to have broken somethin during their hanky panky sessions Was York afraid Lanna couldn t possibly love anyone but the first timer Really Where are those sorority girls rolling their eyes in the background here Beloved Enemy was a rare lit l treat I originally felt compelled to succor my tasteless reads with and I spread around the joy WTF tendencies with the girls at work, or on the forums like it s a newborn baby while we re all standing around staring down into its cradle in awe cooing and admiring its loveliness.until the Big Misunderstanding jumped out of the shadows and kept me hamstringed from 50% of the story till it finished So many wonderfully, nitty gritty smut smudges in this one even I felt aghast a few times, however, that was 1 3 of the redeeming factor Another being the extreme historical tilt The War of 1812 has NEVER been reeled out so vividly as York s pictorial What suffered so greatly and reason for the bitchery I m building up Like I require a real reason, but the character development of the H h it was starving and bare thread It wasn t so much that the hero heroine didn t quite connect, because oftentimes true romance is a no show in these old relics, but it was how it was delivered It hurt me to realize this, too I wanted to five star and giggle nervously, side eyeing, in case anyone ever reads or notices it, but I m gonna let these puppies fly free today I can t hide from the terrible character formula More than once I reckoned the 1812 smoke laden landscape, these Georgia backwoods romps unfolding in all marks of seriousness then these black suit, top hat clad characters cane walk themselves onto and off the stage as all manner of randomness takes place It wasn t their plotline or actual design it was the execution, well, that lobbed off all functioning, vital parts of the character into a shiftless sack of lifelessness The beginning was like an Apocalyptic fallout of sheer mad dashery It was makin all of my BR dreams come true o.o The awe factor delivered beautifully through BRery, I was fascinated she went there she s gone and done it now I gluttonized myself on the first half of this book, and the remainder went down painstakingly slow I believe the author s inspiration floundered and added MISUNDERSTANDING Cannons Seeing Is Not Believing curtain calls during very vital scenes the reader should have been exposed to were scribbled out and instead, the most redundant were showboated around aimlessly Past tense fill ins are so tired and dry It was like receiving second hand information on an important event you were supposed to attend and expected to be joyous and elated by it Yeah no matter how carefully worded and recounted, you still missed the show baby And that s how York s narration depicted those scenes someone bragging to you on a show you missed in a passive aggressive voice Sadly, this only applied to the H h, everyone else were spotlighted and you re able to make the transition with them, but the H h kept the same grit in their craw throughout the novel and we re INFORMED on how those two took off without training wheels one dayThe hero Damon didn t quite evolve or transform through the guns blazing, down with his ship uproar, either I wasn t personally asking for an epiphany His plotting and gallivanting around one scene to the next reminded me greatly of a Hardy Boys episode The majority of strife that befell him was simply of his own design, and seriously, usually had no real weight to the story itself We re supposed to emotionally invest ourselves to a Big Discovery of Serious Shit unfolding, and I was scolding the book hatefully, WHY WOULD THAT EVEN MATTER He flung arrows and FUCK YOU smatterings all over this book but in the end we re TOLD he had changed One of the secondary heroes noticed this calm and passive pace to Damon s personal dealings, and I m supposed to believe it occurred in the background somewhere Lanna, despite many hardships, wasn t genuinely a chronic crier, but at that 50% something mark, it s like a blackout drunk trying to answer the doorbell, flopping and felled like a tranquilized horse A lot of times when heroines are put through the wringer, they ll at least maintain a sharp wit, tongue or knife Lanna LITERALLY gazed up with doe like eyes, BUT why She s my main gripe Her love for the secondary hero in the fledgling stages of the story wasn t at all unacceptable I want the heroine to find true love on her terms She decides in the end, whom she wishes to be with, but York deliberately channeled all possibility for happiness JUST around the heroine and hero, till the AMAZING secondary characters suffered so greatly, they didn t even receive their HEA And that pisses me the fuck off cries How come they H h got HEAs Rafe was literally written off of the pages his staunch devotion to the sea in one sentence, then I guess I can settle here on this island schizophrenic turn of phrase rankled my nerves His entire development, which had amassed to a WONDERFUL degree, was to be used as a crutch for the main characters who re either standing on one leg, as they saw the other out from underneath them Even Beth, lifelong fiancee of Rafe s her sole purpose of existence was so that she could be offed and Lanna would grieve and we d sympathize with her Cry harder, sweet tits.Indigo ooOoo, the lovely Mulatto Indigo This character had a fewfeathers in her plumage than to simply be Damon s lifelong mistress I ADORED her She was a survivor THIS THIS is the sort of kickback I wanted from Lanna Indigo had been Damon s housekeeper live in mistress and when Lanna arrived, naturally she wanted her GONE Hey, I understand, you re his wife you want to run the household but she sent her to the dogs without her FREE PAPERS, to Rafe s plantation And guess where she lands A slave Actually, worse than that Rafe s father assaults on her with his cane and mistreatment sickened me to the core, but above all all so that Lanna had her happiness Damon wasn t even present to be the center of conflict He didn t sit still very long at all Indigo continued to fight back she wasn t a woman of pleasure, she simply loved Damon, but after being subjected to unimaginable cruelty, she used what attributes she had to survive And she did Stealing a bisexual artist from his gay artist lover, she thought resembled Damon, she gave herself freely Seducing a side villain inorder to escape slavery and plot from the sidelines..she strived harder than most to achieve In the end, she reckoned she should venture back to Alain, whom she had shared the house with Damon, who also loved her very much, as Alain was the cuddle bear of the novel whom everyone used for a temporary boost to their esteem and left emotionally vampirized But they never get their reunion THAT leaves me so unfulfilled WHYYY The heroine even confesses to Alain she was a little in love with him, too The Alain Indigo Damon Lanna partner swapfest was an amusing tidbit, I just hate that even Alain had no conclusion His character, who rescued Lanna cared for, and comforted her simply a dead weight for Lanna Damon s selfish finale Damon s unnursed, unloved mommy issues seem to transpire and rear up where Lanna s concerned my guess is that he saw her as the mother who did not love him, as Lanna, indeed, loved Rafe a great deal of the book Rafe suffered from unrequited love glad at least the write off he was given was chasing some tail D Git em Rafe Lanna showed a spark of development towards the end when she set to find her child girl in breeches who was found out in a matter of two minutes on deck I was LOLOL She was utterly so clumsy too stupid to lose I never liked her Not once Everyone I love dies Well, boo fucking who, Mary Sue It s sad when someone else s death is allll about you Maybe if you weren t such a self centered twit, uncaring for the feelings of others, they d all be alive kicking your ass Even her attempts at courage are wrought through a lot of stupidity that she just HAPPENED to land on her feet during Her marks as anythingthan a stick figure in the corner you hang your coat and hat on was simply for convenience sake All disapproval I found within this novel can be rooted in Lanna, though Lanna, you won t take the pretty star ratings from me, no matter how I loathed you 3 stars.All GR Status Updates as I read are found here CLICKY hide spoiler ( FREE PDF ) ⚇ Beloved Enemy ♨ Love dares all From lavish European ballrooms to exotic Caribbean islands, amidst private intrigue and raging war, Lanna Malford knew the ecstasy and torment of love Driven from one man to another, from the one who adored her to the one who claimed her in heartless revenge, she was ruled by them bothforever stung by the fervor of her dreamsby the love that should never have been This one started off good enough The hero is a real bastard in the beginning The heroine is in love with the hero s best friend Rafe Because of revenge the hero Damon forces himself upon the heroine and into a loveless marriage All the while Damon is having sex with his mistress Indigo Towards the end I found myself just wanting to get the book over with There were a lot of loose ends here with secondary characters The hero transformed from bastard to wimp by the end of the book That s n This one started off good enough The hero is a real bastard in the beginning The heroine is in love with the hero s best friend Rafe Because of revenge the hero Damon forces himself upon the heroine and into a loveless marriage All the while Damon is having sex with his mistress Indigo Towards the end I found myself just wanting to get the book over with There were a lot of loose ends here with secondary characters The hero transformed from bastard to wimp by the end of the book That s never good The heroine I liked at first fizzled for me in the end probably because I skimmed through some of it At the end of the day a very promising bodice ripper turned into a lackluster affair by the end for me Maybe I was just too busy with an infant to care So I ll give it three stars because I think maybe it was just me I like vivid characters in the lead The novel certainly had me at the beginning but lost me at the end The opposite can be said for Summer Eyes by Joan Lancaster The first part of the book seemed slow but wow did that one develop into an obsession for me about halfway through the book I really recommend that one and I do not see many reviews for it