"This is one of the dumbest, most derivative and insulting sci-fi books I've ever read! It gives all the indications of being a contractual obligation novel--probably an early manuscript of Cook's that was rightly rejected for all the aforementioned faults. I dare you to read it and tell me otherwise. It's yours, gratis! Too bad there are no negative star ratings.
This is a British printing (thank you, Heathrow airport) and I have to say the cover is ten times better than the American version. Even though it has nothing to do with the story."
"I like lots of her other books, but this one wasn't my cup of tea. Unless you like romances where the heroine is forced to marry someone else. It's actually quote romantic, but not very satisfying if you like seeing your hero and heroine actually get to be together sometimes."
"I quit reading this book after about 100 pages -- possibly a new record! I found it boring, confusing, and idiotic and just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the one-dimensional characters. Don't waste your time with it."
"I think I'm the only person in the world who didn't love this book. It had its moments, yeah, and was mildly funny. But I couldn't relate to any of the characters, everyone seemed to have the same snarky sense of humor, 90% of the book was dialog -- which started to wear me down -- and overall it seemed glib and self-conscious. Others found the food themes to be delightful, but after the fifth or sixth mention, they just felt like a crutch (likewise the stray cat). All that said, Crusie is still a much better writer than most modern romance authors -- I just wish that were a bigger compliment."
"There are plenty of things to like about this book, which is heavily based on the Arthurian love triangle story. But ultimately it seemed unsatisfying and weird. I wanted to like it more than I did. The writing seemed flat in a lot of places."
"This book started out fine, but by the middle I was rolling my eyes, and by the end I was actively cursing it.
Main problem: Romance between two people who grow up together like siblings. Ick! Second problem: Contrived, cartoonish villain. Third problem: Story about jewel theives who justify grand larceny by telling themselves (and the reader) that it's OK because rich people can afford to replace the jewels and the insurance will cover it anyway. Also, there is absolutely no tension in any of the jewel heist scenes because they never get caught and nothing ever goes wrong and they never have the tiniest bit of remorse about any of it. I don't demand that a story where theives are the main characters have a lot of moralizing, but a wee bit of realism wouldn't have hurt.
I'm disappointed because everyone says Nora Roberts is the queen of romance novels and yet I found this book facile, creepy, and boring."
She's a good writer, but this story lacked a center. I think I'm starting to hate Scottish heroes who are inevitably forced to go south to find a moneyed bride to support their crumbling castle and crabby retainers. Who feel like poncey lap-dogs in knee breeches, when they'd much rather be letting their tackle swing in the breeze under a manly kilt, etc., etc. Or maybe it's worse when they just pretend to be gold-digging, raunchy barbarians."
"Not as dumb as it sounds. I enjoyed it reasonably well. However, she lays on the villainy of the villains a bit thick at the end. Not to mention perpetuating a certain stereotype of homosexuality that I found somewhat offensive."
"Did not finish. One of those books that seems to depend heavily on your having read the others in the series. Boring and pointless with lots of bizarre ghost characters that comment on and meddle in the proceedings. Ugh."