Saddled with Chloe Gresham, his beautiful and irresponsible young ward, Sir Hugo Lattimer, a man driven by dark memories and a tormenting despair, has no intention of caring for her - until he falls in love.
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I think I read this in traditional paperback format years ago and I remembered liking it - but I really, really hope that I am misremembering. This was DREADFUL.
I don't mind age differences in romance novels - I actually tend to like that. I don't mind guardian-ward romances. I can handle all the sick sex cult stuff - I'm not saying I condone sick sex cults, I don't, but I can read about them without feeling traumatized for life. I'm not even bothered by the idea that the hero was once in love with the heroine's mother. Nope, all that, I could've taken in stride if there had been ANYTHING romantic about their relationship - but there wasn't.
Chloe is an improbably featherheaded, immature person, and Hugo is a depressed alcoholic twice her age. They don't really relate to one another, and didn't have any chemistry to speak of. Chloe is childish and silly, and Hugo treats her like a little badly-behaved toddler...and then sleeps with her. And then sends her to her room.
They don't treat each other with respect and both behave like people who have never had emotions before. If you like romances with large age differences, I would recommend "What I Did For a Duke" by Julie Anne Long, which is actually worth reading
It was darker than the first couple- the relationship between Chloe and Hugo was unsettling at first but played out beautifully.
Any of the V books in Jane Feathers series.
Yes. Love her. She really draws you into the action.
Looking forward to the next one!
Although the romance between Hugo & Chloe may seem to some hard to comprehend in that era I found it quite scintillating and steamy...and despite what some think these kinds of romances surely did carry on in those days. Also loved the narrator's take on Chloe.
"Great story - passionate and exhilarating"
The creepy and compelling story line was uncomfortable and exciting - a total mix of emotions!
Not as great as the others but I still enjoyed it.
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