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I've read most of Coulter's books, several of which push the line, but this one is absolutely appalling! First, the "heroine" starts out as a bright, competent young woman, but after she meets the "hero" disintegrates into a gibbering idiot doing things that smack of junior high.
The "hero," although painted as a loving father of a 5-year-old-daughter, is shown more and more as a chauvinistic misogynist, who seems to think that it's okay to tie up this silly woman naked and perform cunnilingus on her while promising not to take her virginity. The fact that her body responds to his actions, while she is begging him to stop, appears to make it romantic and sexy and perfectly acceptable. He spends every encounter with her denigrating her, insulting her, bullying her, promising one thing, then reneging, all under the guise of "teasing."
Then to make this a story with a happy ending and these two people having a happily ever after is the worst kind of travesty that teaches both women and men that this sort of behavior is the path to enduring love. Unbelievable!
This is exactly the type of behavior that justifies sexual harassment, spousal abuse, rape, and all crimes against women. For a reputable author of terrific romance stories to publish and support such filth is beyond belief. Women have enough of a problem with maintaining personal self worth, confidence, and even safety to have to such abuse fed to them as romantic!
I will never buy another Catherine Coulter book after this!
Oh, yes, and the narrator's American accents are awful. Characters' voices change and get mixed up so that females sound like the males and vice versa.