- St. Martin's Press
- Release Date
- January 2017
- Book 3 of Masters of Seduction
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor's daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he's only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it's too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…
Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what's the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn's charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can't live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia's heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jan 09, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
58 people found the following review helpful
I was captivated by the blurb--the hero impersonating his twin brother while interacting with the heroine? Sounds intriguing.
However, after finishing the book, I thought the blurb was misleading. I got the impression that Thorn thought Olivia won't be good for Gideon, hence he tried to steer her away from his twin (meaning, he was doing it for Gideon's sake, rather than for Olivia as was mentioned in the blurb). Also, sure, Thorn was attracted to Olivia, but he'd rather push her away than have any thought of claiming her as was mentioned in the blurb.
But differences between blurb and actual story for me, while irritating, is minor. What I didn't like here is that for most of the book, I didn't like Thorn at all. He's quite lukewarm about Olivia, and like I said, I don't think he wants to "claim" her at all, except until towards the end. Which, for me, is a little too late. Sadly, I also didn't really feel their chemistry at all.
Also, maybe due to personal bias or preferences, I found it hard to be engaged with the story. Another point is that there are a lot of characters and undercurrents between some of the characters--a family history of sorts--which quite confused me a bit. Maybe this is because I hadn't read the previous two books.
Overall, I just don't think this story is for me, but each reader would have to decide for herself.
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