I have found myself reading and rereading many of Johanna Lindsey's books. This was a nice read but not one I plan to reread. There was more hate than romance. Still love the author though, just wasn't my kind of book.
Altho JL is consistent, this book is a little on the flat side. I thought the "Taming of the Shrew" concept would have more substance and life. I can't quite put my finger on what is missing, but I did finish the book just a few days ago and it left me unmoved.
Good book. Finished it in one day. Kept my interest from beginning to end and wasn't filled with a bunch of descriptive paragraphs about irrelevant stuff! The only thing I didn't care for was the fact that the lady of the book was 'coached' to be a better person like she was a 2 year old. But it was written well enough that I was able to enjoy it.
My Amazon Review:
disappointing....., January 6, 2009
I've read and enjoyed many of Miss Lindsey's books but not this one. The two prevalent storylines, the "goddess beautiful" but hateful heroine and a "kidnapping" storyline are two of my least favorites are they are just distasteful.
I hoped that Miss Lindsey could however redeem these storylines in such a way as to make the storylines palatable. No such luck here. I just could not get over how vindictive, judgmental and stuck on herself that Ophelia was. Being treated badly by your parent growing up is no excuse for being a witch. Ophelia comes off as quite a schemer and very disfunctional.
As to the kidnapping, at the point when Ophelia asks Rafe's Aunt (who he wrangled as chaperone) "I don't want to be here, don't I have any rights", and the Aunt basically said "No dear, you're too young to have any rights" I just quit in disgust.
not recommended-1 star.
It's been a long while since I've read a Johanna Lindsey romance and I really enjoyed this. The heroine's "transformation" was somewhat abrupt as she just suddenly realized she had been mean and selfish and then felt really bad about it, but there were some nice emotional moments. This is apparently the second book in a series, but I didn't read the first and didn't feel that I missed anything.
I love Lindsey, but frankly I was a little disappointed. The hero is going to "fix" the heroine, it seem highly unlikely that during this era such a guy exists. He spends the whole book analyzing her. Still love Lindsey but this one left me a little confused.
This is the bes Johanna Lindsey book that has been put out in a while. I literally couldn't put it down. Really enjoyed it
Loved it! This is the 2nd book in the series, The Heir, being the first, it can be a stand alone, BUT reading The Heir explains alot.
Although the book itself is good and makes for a fast read it come from smoking home at some point in it's life. So beware...it's not all consuming but it does emit some odor.
I've always enjoyed anything that Johanna Lindsey has published.
I have read Johanna Lindsey since 1989...I love all her historical romances. I love the intertwining of the characters...so you never want to miss a book!!!!
Yawn . . . not the Lindsey read.
This is a good light read for summer. I enjoy this author because she actual has a plot and doesn't write in the typical romance style.
great book love this author
I really get into Johanna Lindsey's books and this one was no different.