Wednesday, August 4, 2010

His Lady Mistress

Elizabeth Rolls


When Max, Earl Blakehurst, meets Verity he sees a downtrodden servant. He doesn't recognize her as the daughter of a colonel under whom he used to serve, the girl he'd once helped years before. The life Verity is now living is unbearable. So he proposes a shocking solution--he will set her up as his mistress.

It is only once that Verity has finally agreed, once Max is beginning to lose his heart to her, that he discovers her true identity. Max is taken aback; he would never have suggested this lady become his mistress. Now, to avoid scandal, they'll have to marry!

My Take:

The romance genre is drama.  A great romance writer, such as Nora Roberts, knows just how much drama goes into making a great, artful romance.  Now, before I hear highbrow poo pooing of Nora Roberts or the romance genre in general as not being "real literature" (be sure to say "real literature" with a highborn British accent to get the full effect:), let me say that knowing just how much intrigue, miscommunication, misunderstanding, pride, missed opportunities, or any other element of drama to put into the equation takes a great amount of skill.  I would even label it as art in some cases (Pride and Prejudice for example).  ANYWAY, I'm jumping off my soapbox now, a great romance can be ruined by just too much drama.  This was the case is His Lady Mistress.  The beginning was awesome, then it started to go downhill and quick.  I'm going to describe the whole book for you, in general terms for you to get the gist of what I'm saying, without giving away any important spoilers.  It starts out as "wow, these characters are so cool and interesting!  The book is so delightfully scandalous.  Alright, now we are moving on to the drama and loss. Drama ensues...okay that was an acceptable amount of heartache, now we move into the middle of the book, the guy freaks out, then calms down, the girl freaks out then calms down, the guy freaks out then calms down, the girl freaks out and calms down, on and on and on for about 2/3 of the book, oh wait, I think they have reached the last of their last straws with each other... no wait, there's another freak out, moving on, oh wow what a cool ending!  And they all lived happily ever after."  That's it.  That's the book.  I got it for free on my Kindle so I can't complain too much.  I wouldn't say it is a waste of time, but would be a waste of money.  Therefore I rate it a 4, Borrow from a friend.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If this book were a movie it would likely be rated PG-13 for sexual content.

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Jenn said...

Haha! Your review made me laugh. Love it! Can't wait for the next one, and think I'm gonna pass on this book. Thanks!

Kingdom Expansion said...

Great review ... and a wonderful blog !!!

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Bookscount Blogs said...

Great review. I would have picked up this novel as I love historical romance and this one seems delightfully scandalous. But I will pass on it for now.

Linda Randall said...

great blog you have here. I post book trailers on my daily blog and I write novels - The Munroe Series & The Calamity Girl (both on wordpress too)

Mariel Torres said...

this looks like a very interesting read :)

Sandra said...

I don't think it's the kind of book I would ever pick up to read, but I certainly enjoyed your review (most certainly more than I would have enjoyed the book!)
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