Book Reviews of Vanquished

Vanquished
Vanquished
Author: Hope Tarr
ISBN-13: 9781932815757
ISBN-10: 1932815759
Publication Date: 7/1/2006
Pages: 300
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Medallion Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I really expected this to be better than it was. Has an interesting & unique storyline, but frankly, this is one of the most sloppy, poorly edited books I've ever read. There are grammatical & contextual errors all through it, Ms. Tarr can't seem to keep what surname belongs to who straight all the way up to the end of the book, and really, it's a Victorian that, aside from the plot & setting, doesn't consistently maintain a Victorian feel to it. Some parts of it very much so, some not so much. I'm of the impression that this writer has some very promising talent, but her execution is rather inconsistent & sloppy. So many of the more intriguing subplots in this story were all too briefly glossed over, almost to the point of the introduction of them into the story at all seeming rather trite. I really think this could have been an A+ book had the writer shown just a little more attention to detail.
Grade: C
Sensuality Rating: R
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was interesting - set in 1890's England, heroine is a suffragist working for women's right to vote, the hero is a portrait photographer. He is from a disadvantaged background - son of a prostitute, suffered abuse, then got rescued and taken to an orphanage. He is hired to take the heroine's picture in a compromising situation to discredit her campaigning before an important parliamentary vote. The situations between the couple seem to advance very rapidly, at the expense of character development/plot. Book seems to be about 5-6 chapters too short, with some gaping holes where events move too quickly or activities are glossed over without reasonable timeframes - too much attempt to get the entire plot into a few weeks chronologically. Interesting subject that is not covered much, different time period. Book leaves many plot thread stubs with no movement or resolution for the main characters (nightmares? abuse? exes?) and for some obvious sequel lead-ins for two more books.
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London, 1890's. From Romantic Times Review: "Caledonia "Callie" Rivers is known to all as the "Maid of Mayfair" because of her position as a London suffragette leader. When a detractor decides she's getting too much attention, he decides to bring down the pride of the suffragette movement once and for all.

Photographer and gambler Hadrian St. Claire owes a great deal of money, and when he's offered the chance to erase his debts by seducing and ruining Callie, he thinks the job will be easy: Just lure her into making a damaging portrait and his problems will be over. But he discovers that Callie speaks to his heart. How can he ruin the one thing that makes his life complete?

Callie and Hadrian are unlikely protagonists in this interesting romance. The conflict revolving around the suffragette movement is fresh and well crafted and not often found in historical fiction."

This story is very, very sensual.
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The photograph must be damning, indisputably so. I mean to see Caledonia Rivers not only ruined but vanquished. Vanquished, St. Claire, Ill settle for nothing less.Known as The Maid of Mayfair for her unassailable virtue, unwavering resolve, and quiet dignity, suffragette leader, Caledonia - Callie - Rivers is the perfect counter for detractors portrayal of the women as rabble rousers, lunatics, even whores. But a high-ranking enemy within the government will stop at nothing to ensure that the Parliamentary bill to grant the vote to females dies in the Commons - including ruining the reputation of the Movements chief spokeswoman.After a streak of disastrous luck at the gaming tables threatens to land him at the bottom of the Thames, photographer Hadrian St. Claire reluctantly agrees to seduce the beautiful suffragist leader and then use his camera to capture her fall from grace. Posing as the photographer commissioned to make her portrait for the upcoming march on Parliament, Hadrian infiltrates Callies inner circle. But lovely, soft-spoken Callie hardly fits his mental image of a dowdy, man-hating spinster. And as the passion between them flares from spark to full-on flame, Hadrian is the one in danger of being vanquished.
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Known as The Maid of Mayfair for her unassailable virtue, unwavering resolve, and quiet dignity, suffragette leader, Caledonia Callie Rivers is the perfect counter for detractors' portrayal of the women as rabble rousers, lunatics, even whores. But a high-ranking enemy within the government will stop at nothing to ensure that the Parliamentary bill to grant the vote to females dies in the Commons including ruining the reputation of the Movement's chief spokeswoman. After a streak of disastrous luck at the gaming tables threatens to land him at the bottom of the Thames, photographer Hadrian St. Claire reluctantly agrees to seduce the beautiful suffragist leader and then use his camera to capture her fall from grace. Posing as the photographer commissioned to make her portrait for the upcoming march on Parliament, Hadrian infiltrates Callie's inner circle. But lovely, soft-spoken Callie hardly fits his mental image of a dowdy, man-hating spinster. And as the passion between them flares from spark to full-on flame, Hadrian is the one in danger of being vanquished.
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I really wanted to like this book. I loved that the heroine was involved with the suffrage movement. Callie, of course, was monied and didn't really think about the poor. Less naivete would have been awesome. I liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Hadrian was disappointing to me; I liked that he was working class, but I didn't like how he treated Callie.