I am not a prude, but I found the sex scenes to be excessive and at times disturbing in their violence to women. Maybe if I had read the book, I could have scanned the parts that I didn't like, but in an audio format, I was not able to do this as easily. I very rarely leave a book unfinished, but I have not been able to return to this one.
I wish I'd read the reviews of this book before I bought it. I've none to blame but myself for diving into a story that expends altogether too much time (irony) on matters relating to 'coupling' and petty torment between the two main characters. They are neither of them particularly interesting, the means and manner of their physical and emotional rutting tedious, boring me to sobs by half-way through.
If there's a story in this worth pursuing, I've given up trying to stay with it. It clearly all 'works' for the majority of the reviewers of this parish so I'm the exception. To Audible: Perhaps a more clear indication of what a reader might expect. This isn't 'romance', it's soft porn. Nothing wrong with that, just don't be coy, tell it like it is. It'll save dopes like me wasting their money.
Took this on a long road trip and could not get through it, even though I tried to fast forward through the many overly descriptive & very lengthy, repetitive romantic scenes. I did enjoy the historical aspects though, but not enough to try to negotiate my way through the redundant mire of phrases such as "...and then his arm was around my waist...". The romance could be decreased by about 90% and this volume would still have a load of romantic passages in my estimation. I typically enjoy historical fiction and the author appears to have done a good job researching the period; I just found the romance to be overdone, redundant and down right painful to get through. Just when I got interested in the tale, I would encounter yet another lengthy, boring, bodice ripping interruption in an otherwise darn good tale. I found the experience to be infuriating, so I just gave up on it. Maybe an abridged version would work for me!
This Author is a very sick person!! I can't believe some of the things she comes up with, HIGHLY OFFENDED!! A man being raped by another man, just sick!! This is supposed to be a romance novel. I will never buy another book by this author ever!!
I got through part 1, about 12 chapters. I kept waiting to engage with or relate to the character, but it just didn't happen for me. I did not like the narration, did not get swept up in the tale even though i really wanted to. It was too painful to invest any more time in it. Very disappointed!
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If you like sex and scenes of homosexual sex with bondage and sadism tossed in then this book if for you.
For me it was a fascinating ride in what passes for a New York Times best seller. I also makes me wonder why anyone would read it and reminds me of the depths our society has descended.
Of course,” Lolita” held a bunch in fascination and if you like graphic descriptions of brutal sex such as “my insides felt like it was battered with a blunt interment” then this book is for you.
As for me, I’ll be a bit more discerning in the future and will ignore this author in the future.
As for the rating, if I could rate it negative I would.
I purchased the first two books in this series hoping it would be interesting and was very disappointed. I love history (particularly the history of Scotland) and was excited to find these books, unfortunately they fell very short of my expectations. These books are very slow paced. I found the story more like a soap opera than an action adventure. There were times I was curious to see what happened to the characters, so I would struggle through the painfully slow, sexually explicit parts of the story that make up the majority of the books. However after several instances of sodomy, rape, and finally sexual child abuse, I knew the author would not be changing her pattern of writing more about sexual encounters than advancing the plot. In short, finding out what happened to the characters was not enough of a draw for me to waste my time finishing this series. I would not recommend these books to anyone.
Story is intriguing, however I prefer not to be part of other peoples sex life. Would like to have known it was R rated, any way to get my credit back?
Well, if you like sodomy this book's for you. So predictable that you always know what's going to happen. Oh, he's a meanie, she doesn't like him at all; what, they're forced to marry? Oh no! I wonder if they will find love? Why, yes, they do! But I wonder if something will pull them asunder? Right again! A maniacal homosexual rapist to be exact. Oh, but will Jaimie ever be able to recover and love again? You guessed it! I liked the narrator.