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I usually like Johanna Lindsey’s books but I struggled a bit with this one. I think my main problem was the fact that I read “The devil who tamed her” first, and so I already had most of the storyline figured out. I find I am not overly impressed with the male hero Duncan, whose behaviour seems a bit childish at times. The heroine, Sabrina, is a rather boring character in my opinion, so it is just as well that Ophelia has such a prominent place in the plot. She’s spoiled, vain and selfish but at least she’s entertaining! In fact, along with the grandfathers, she made this book just about ok. Not the author’s best work, but worth reading, if only to acquire some background information on the heroes from the next book in this series.
The reading of this book is so gastly, especially when the reader tries to do a Scottish accent, that I felt that my cringe might just become permanent. As with the last reviewer I found this book so bad that I too (with almost 200 books in my library) find myself writing my first review.
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I am a great fan of period romance and I know to expect certain tenets, e.g. a heroine who is unaware of her own beauty or natural assets, a man who is roguishly handsome (and inevitability taller than most, if not all, other men in any given room at any given time), and some sort of predicament that may hinder their chance at happily ever after. So, when the predicament in the “Heir” revealed itself I was entirely disappointed.
The female protagonist has sex with the male protagonist, but he cannot marry her because he has to marry a female antagonist to avert the inevitable scandal of being seen alone with her in a bedroom. Seriously? The protagonist gave her virginity to this guy, in a carriage no less, yet his honor won’t let him leave the other woman to deal with an at best questionable scandal. Mind you both were fully clothed, only one person saw them and this antagonist supposedly rules the ton with her extraordinary beauty, so even if this person revealed what they saw the antagonist could have easily weathered the storm, while the female protagonist could have suffered real scandal – not being a virgin upon marriage, possible pregnancy, etc.
Also, when the time came to correct misunderstanding, right wrongs, etc. the author added useless dialog that incited me to literally yell at my car stereo “get on with it!” I almost did not make it through this book, but my frugality would not let me waste a precious credit in vain.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful