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25 stars Sometimes you read a book where you know the story line is stupid but you hope that the author surprises you and do justice to it This was one of those books but it didn t come together as I would have liked The hero seemed weak to me for accepting the heroine s abuse and the heroine was TSTL for believing her sister This one should have been better She d been caught in her own trapTara had never intended to actually marry the Most Noble Baron Falcon Falzon of MaltaHe had treated her younger sister Aithne shamefully when she was there on holiday and Tara had devised a suitable form of revenge She would make him want to marry her and then jilt him at the altar in front of all his friendsBut all Tara s careful lans went hopelessly awry and she found herself married to Falcon The Girl Tara O Toole the oldest daughter of a rich Irish guy She s got red hair and a fierce loyalty to her sister Aithne who doesn t deserve it She s also dumb as a stumpThe Guy Baron Falcon Falzon a richy rich guy on the island of Malta Reeks of restige He could buy and sell your ass but he won t because he s too niceThe Setup Tara is under the impression that Aithne has been dishonored by Falcon so she comes up with the brilliant lan of marry. She'd been caught in her own trapTara had never intended to actually marry the Most Noble Baron Falcon Falzon of MaltaHe had treated her younger.

Ing him and jilting him at the altar in front of everybody However she gets carried away by the atmosphere and ends up saying I Do and tells him later that she wants a divorce and her whole Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II plot Needless to say he doesn t take to that too well and the wedding night starts out with rape until thatesky traitorous body disease flares up in Something Wicked poor Tara But the next morning she is REALLY mad you betchaThe Good Stuff Once again Margaret Rome really delivers on the bodice ripper goods Is it good writing Hell no Inarts it s utterly atrocious with bizarre word choice he husked vs he said huskily and the sweeping declarations in dialogue are really suited to historicals than contemporaries I wish she had written historicals because they d be gloriously OTT just the way I like em But oh well So we have rapedforced seduction between our hero and heroine which in itself gets a guilty Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover pleasure thumbs up from me After reading so much saccharineablum in this month of Harleuins Rome tosses me a Freud and His Followers piece of red meat and I m all over itWhile Falcon s exercising of his marital rights would indicate he s a douchebag he s actually a very nice guy He s deeply in love with Tara and it s obvious he acts out of woundedride and a deep ersonal hurt I wa. Sister Aithne shamefully when she was there on holiday and Tara had devised a suitable form of revenge She would make him want to marry her and.

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S expecting him to be a Grade A asshat but he was in fact the most likable character in the story Tara s father was a greedy drunk her sister Aithne was etty jealous conniving and dishonest and Tara continued to give her sister the benefit of the doubt LONG after all doubt had been removed The only one in the bunch with brains and integrity was the heroMy Gripes I didn t much care for the way the story started Tara Falcon s wedding day Getting dumped into the story like that where there s lots of exposition that has to be done to fill in the gaps annoys me anyway And with Tara being so unlikable from her nasty motive to lead Falcon on offscreen and then be rather unpleasant after getting herself into the dilemma it made it a bit difficult to want to see her get an HEA Why should I be sympathetic to any woman who goes out to entrap someone in marriage and then whines when it backfires So 1 star docked for thatHarleuin Check List Margaret Rome Style bodice rippery stuff like rape forced seduction traitorous bodies virgin heroine nasty other woman this time her sister heroine s assumptions about everything turn out to be wrong heroine does something outrageous that shocks everybody and she s all What What d I do not once but twice. Then jilt him at the altar in front of all his friendsBut all Tara's careful lans went hopelessly awry and she found herself married to Falcon.

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