This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for a long, long time. After reading page 136, I was wonder why the heck I was still reading this book, it was going S-L-O-W. Some people have a 50 or 100 page rule, but Ive always read every book that I have picked up, and did I really want to implement this 50 or 100 page rule? Anyways, I continued on and the book FINALLY started picking up! I did not have to give the book the DNF tag but I digress.
When the book picked up it was sweet and sensual with a mystery to solve. I did enjoy this book, dont get me wrong, the second half of the book more than makes up for the slow start. The hero, David, was a great character- most delightful in this reunited couple synopsis. His words were poetic and jumped off the pages. I wouldnt hesitate to pick up another book by Liz Carlyle.
I enjoyed the plot twists and turns. I enjoyed the character development. The murder, mystery, smuggling, heartache and heartbreak was intriguing. However, I really didn't enjoy all the sexual descriptions in this book.
I read this mainly because I love Bentley "Hell-Bent" Rudtledge who appears in several Liz Carlyle books before he gets his own story.
A Woman of Virtue is not Carlyle's most well-paced romance. The hero and heroine treat each other horribly (especially her toward him) and it takes far too long to get past the hate in their relationship. I thought Carlyle made Cecilia almost unlikeable by her behavior and treatment of David at the start.
As much as I liked both characters (I warmed to Cecilia eventually), the pacing of the book, the overly long story and not very interesting mystery just didn't work. The best part of the book is the other characters. Catching up with Jonet and Cole, if you read their book A Woman Scorned, keeping track of Bentley whose book The Devil You Know is terrific, and then getting to know Max de Rohan who stars in the next book, No True Gentleman.
I've been reading her books out of order, finding myself intrigued by characters who obviously have an interesting story of their own. I like the way that while each book totally stands on its own, Carlyle seems to have connected her first three books, which are utterly disparate, with characters who meld and weave in and out of many many future books.
Another enjoyable book from Liz Carlyle!