Thursday, December 14, 2006

Book 96: What to Wear to a Seduction

NUMBER: 96
TITLE: What to Wear to a Seduction
AUTHOR: Sari Robins
STARTED: December 12, 2006
FINISHED: December 13, 2006
PAGES: 384
GENRE: Romance

FIRST SENTENCE: Barely taking in the birds chirping in the trees, the squirrels darting about, or the sun riding on the pine scented breeze, Prescott Devane strode down the path to the orphanage's guest house, his irritation at full boil.

SUMMARY: [From barnesandnoble.com] "What does one wear to a proper seduction?" Edwina groaned as she stared at her reflection in the tall gilded mirror. "And what now? I'm putting on the clothing simply to have it taken off." And why would proper Lady Edwina Ross dress to seduce "London's Perfect Lover"? Because Prescott Devane, the notorious rogue, is the only one who can help the desperate lady with her scheme to catch a blackmailing fiend. Because no one else could play the role of a love-struck fiancé so convincingly. Because a faux engagement, secrets, the threat of scandal, and the promise of untapped passion are too tantalizing to ignore. Because, if the need arises, every woman should know what to wear to a seduction.

REASON FOR READING: Anything but a Harlequin

THOUGHTS: After all the crappy Harlequins I just finished, this book should have scored a 7 easy. It didn't. "Why?" You ask. Because the two lead characters have no flaws. They're perfect. Other people may not like them for whatever reason, but the way Robins writes her characters makes them perfect people. It was kind of disgusting. They were so perfect. I want flawed heroes. I want real people. Is that too much to ask.

Edwina arranges the fake engagement with our hero, Prescott (who recently save a child from burning to death), because she wants to help a friend. Prescott can't say no to a woman in need. Our two romantics are caught up a superfluous blackmail plot. Proper seduction, wooing, and falling in love-ness ensues.

Hero properly refuses past paramour. Hero stays at the side of ailing heroine. Heroine stands up for hero. Blah blah blah.

It was all so dreadfully boring. At least the characters had a little chemistry.

MISCELLANEOUS: I can't figure out if it is anatomically possible to copy the heroine's pose on the cover.

KEEP/SHARE/CRINGE(?): PBSing.
RATING: 5/10 [I didn't particularly like it or dislike it; mixed review]

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