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Because You're Mine (Capitol Theatre, Bk 2)
Because You're Mine - Capitol Theatre, Bk 2 Author:Lisa Kleypas BECAUSE THE DREAM ... — Young, high-spirited Lady Madeline Matthews is expected to wed an aging, lecherous lord. But she would rather shame herself in the eyes of society than sacrifice her freedom, and resolves to render herself unmarriageable by indulging in a torrid affair with Britain's most acclaimed actor and notorious womanizer, Logan ... more »Scott.
BECAUSE THE HEART ...
He is a legend in the footlights and in the bedchamber. But when the curtain falls, Logan is an intensely private, guarded man still tormented by past betrayals that cut deep into his pride and his heart. Now a forward little minx who seems completely out of place in the bright, sophisticated world of the London stage is disrupting his orderly existence with her constant presence, her unspoiled beauty and vibrant charm. And what begins with an onstage kiss threatens to blossom into something more rapturous and real. But first Logan and Madeline both must be brave enough to drop the masks they hide behind ... and reveal their true selves in the golden glorious light of love.« less
(some spoilers in this review. although the story is pretty predictable, so it probably doesn't matter)
This book has a heroine who's a bit too subservient to the super-alpha hero for my tastes. I also didn't really buy the conflict of the story. The hero got all pissed off by a deception on the part of the heroine that really wasn't all that bad, considering his horrid behavior towards her. And she graciously puts up with way too much grief as a result. When he finally manages to piss her off, she threatens to leave, and then he panics and all is forgiven. bleah.
Final score: annoying but mostly forgettable. Please take it off my hands. :)
Certainly the better of the two Capital Theater books but still not one of her best. The book is divided, unnecessarily IMO, into two parts. The first part building up to them having sex, the second resolving the consequences of their actions. But the buildup was not bad and I felt interested in the characters at this point. However the second half of the book went all downhill. There was not enough action and very little drama except the hero's tantrum. It was overly long and boring.
Madeline is one of Kleypas' worst heroines. She is too - everything. Too cheerful. Too subservient. Too unflappable. She seemed naive and almost childish.
The hero was terribly abused as a child and so, reasonably, he is afraid to love and fears attachment. Unfortunately in this case it doesn't make very interesting reading. The story plays out almost - naturally. He pushes her away and instead of her walking out, which would have been more interesting reading, she stays by his side and loves him despite his being a jerk. It was kind of boring. The sex scenes didn't stand out, the drama wasn't particularly dramatic, and the heroine was boring. What's to love here?
Kleypas is one of the best writers in the genre. If this is your first LK book, skip it.