©1995 Jo Beverley Pub.Inc.; (P)2005 Recorded Books,LLC
I loved the plot line for this Rogue but I just couldn't get over the narrators voice whenever she was Felicity. I was hoping that as the story continued I would be able to get lost in the words but I would still occasionally find myself irked.
Will try another book from Beverley, but not from Gray if it contains strong accents and high-pitched womens'/girls' voices for more than a brief appearance.
Someone who doesn't think a young woman needs to sound this obnoxiously shrill and intellectually obtuse.
Screen narration more carefully.
Nobody falls in love in a matter of days. Lust, yes, but love takes more time and, thus, greater character development.
Don't write that a young woman is smart and courageous when she acts and speaks as a slightly stupid and always shrill girl.
In this book, the characters I have loved in the Company of Rogues were written with very superficial dialogue and the entire love story was boring, sappy, and never developed beyond a sexual interest. I never understood why Miles loved Felicity as she behaved a spoiled brat the entire novel (though I could not make it through the last 2 hours) and Miles only thoughts were of her body, because there was nothing developed about the rest of her except she is very stubborn and causes trouble like a child. I did not care what happened with them, and even the Rogues I loved spoke in silly and syrupy dialogue. It is the lack of this silliness as the core of a romance novel that sets Jo Beverly apart. It is my opinion that she usually puts character development and a real love story, with a plot that is unique, as the primary drive for her work. The men of the Company of Rogues are delightful, funny, very intelligent and their friendships are satisfying, but not in this one. The whole plot was drivel for me. But I recommend Jo Beverly and if this was your first read, try An Arranged Marriage. The Story of Eleanor and Nicholas is one that still makes me smile.
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