Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lessons of Desire [Hunter]

Book: Lessons of Desire
Author: Madeline Hunter
Reason for Reading: for fun
Genre: Romance - Historical
Summary: (from He first appears beneath her prison window as her savior—a sinfully attractive man whose charm and connections have ensured her release from an unjust arrest. But author and publisher Phaedra Blair quickly learns that the price of her “freedom” is to be virtually bound to her irresistible rescuer. For Elliot Rothman didn’t come solely on a mission of goodwill. He came to extract a promise that Phaedra won’t publish a slanderous manuscript that could destroy his family’s name, and he’s not above bribery, threats, or bedding her to get his way. And with each erotic encounter raising the stakes between them, Elliot discovers he’s ever more reluctant to lose this sensual game…or the one woman who’s every bit his match.

Christine's Review: This book had almost everything I look for in a romance novel except one thing-the female title character was not likable. Try as I might, I could not get behind Phaedra Blair. I found her general personality obnoxious and annoying. I understand her plight as a feminist woman in the 1800's (as unrealistic certain aspects of her life seemed to be) but I found myself breathing a sigh of relief when I was done reading sections from her perspective. Elliot Rothman, her love interest, was far more interesting, but his sections alone could not redeem the book.

Recommend? No

Book Junkie's Grade: C

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