Thursday, May 10, 2007
Not Quite A Lady by Loretta Chase
Now normally 'meh' should be a C grade but I looked at the books that I graded C and they were worse than this. I guess I was just bored. I loved the way the book started and thought I was in for a treat but things went downhill early.
So, a B-.
Cindy Blurb: Lady Charlotte's story began well. She made a mistake at 16 after her mother's death and became pregnant in 1825 England. Her stepmama and lady in waiting (as I call them) hid the pregnancy (out of love and friendship) from everyone and had the baby boy placed with a good family. The last we see of the child, Charlotte is wishing she didn't have to let him go but she couldn't be a problem to anyone ever again, so the baby was sent away.
Ten years go by and Charlotte is perfect at getting men not to notice her until Darius Carsington is given the property next to hers to prove to his father he can do something other than study books. Being a man who studies husbandry for the most part he is funny in his ability to break down natural urges and thus, he is a rake for real because he knows the male animal.
Whoops. Basically they meet, they fall down, they argue, they laugh and have a grand time. The kid shows up. Darius and Charlotte are open with each other and everything gets resolved in the end.
In the end, I was bored.
I was expecting a wonderfully new kind of heroine and got, meh.
I enjoyed the banter between Darius and Charlotte once they got to know each other but other than that, it was all standard fare.
I have had this feeling for a while that maybe I don't 'get' Chase and I think I have now confirmed it. I think in order to keep you all from suffering my 'meh' feelings on an author that you yourself may love, I will have to stop buying her books.
But then, she wrote Mr. Impossible which is all hugged and snuggled and well, ya know, George.
I really need something completely different. Something to shock and delight my senses.
No, not sunlight.