This is a well-written book about an ugly subject. I don't think I could have finished it, given the whole abduction of the heroine, to say nothing of the repeated non-consensual sex that is at the heart of this book if the writing were not up to the level that it is.
This book has stirred controversy. It is far from the only book in the genre to feature a hero who overpowers the heroine, sexually and otherwise, and yet ends happily. True, most of those others were written many years ago. The difference between this book and the others I've read (and been unable to finish) is the writing.
Some people are going to hate this book, some may love it. If you find non-consensual sex to be abhorrent no matter how politely described, do yourself a favor and steer clear.
I would give the story 1.5 stars and the writing 4 stars, so 2.5 overall.
I'd heard mixed reviews on this book and decided to read for myself. the story does tend to drag a bit in the middle and the heroine tended to be a bit confusing at times...she wants him..she doesn't want him. both the hero and heroine have demons in their past that have to deal with but I found them both likeable enuf to finish the book in one sitting. my verdict...I really liked this book!
A very unusual plot and story line. A little more explicit than I usually read and tend to enjoy, but a happily ever after in the end.
A duke is chasing after his former mistress refusing to acknowledge her dismissal (legally) and commits all kinds of acts of madness to get her and break her. She sees through it all to eventually fall in love.
The writing is very descriptive and imaginative as it travels from London to Scotland in 1825.
found the h/h immature and the story way too violent; really, there's no love story here.
Good but slow moving story, barely held my interest. A very dark story but finally picked up the pace in the last 5 chapters to reach the HEA. My grade 2 stars.