She won't be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society's dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.
He can't forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, the Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he's guarded and leery of all women.
Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she's appalled and releases him, but he's not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.
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- Trish R.
Saturday morning cartoon-ish
The writing. The plot was good, but the execution of it was poor. The writing is very childish. The author uses words like: squeeze crab, dab, beer-moth, twiddlepoop, and an expression like " bum up windy". i don't know what any of these words mean and it takes me out of the flow of the story. I hate when authors try to be a little too cute, as this diminishes the story.Also the author kept using analogies that were just stupid. For example " like a bonfire on Guy Faulkes day" or " my mouth tasted like a hog wollowed around in it after rolling in mire". WTF does that mean.
No, I have tried 3 books by Ms. Cameron. That's enough to know her writing style is not for me. Maybe if I was a teenager again, but as an adult, it is not what I want or expect from an author. I don't even remember reading something so ridiculous when i was that young.
I really like this narrator. I have enjoyed her in the past and she was part of the reason I tried the book.
The issue is that this author does not write for a mature adult. there was only approx 25% dialogue , and the rest was internal thoughts. there was a scene that was not in the book, when the hero breaks up with his former mistriss. The reader never gets the details , which would have set the stage for what followed. Instead we get a detailed description of a sitting room that was once the hero's dead aunt's ( a dog lover). The author seems to enjoy providing description of things, more than dialogue between characters. An experienced and adult author would know that the dialogue demonstrates a character's personality and develops relationships. Since this is not in the book, you never get a good sense of the characters and their feelings.
The heroine was portrayed as smart, but she did every stupid thing possible.I really expected a more intelligent heroine from her earlier introduction in book 2 of the series. Ms. Cameron took a great premise and ruined it. I would have loved if after the hero got the opportunity to "make over the heroine", he had to watch her become a great success during her season. Maybe get into some trouble from the hero's brother and possibly some jealousy on the hero's part, all the while he is kicking himself for not realizing that he is the cause of his own misery. The hero's becoming less arrogant and realizing he liked her better the way she was could have made for a better book. There were also too many villans. By my count 5, which is way too much for a romance. The author threw everything in the mix, but nothing worked. Just a really bad and inexperienced author.