Even though the type of romance between Judith Davenport and Marcus Devlin, the Marquis of Carrington is not my favorite, I still found VIRTUE to be a..Show More »n alluring and compelling novel.
Marcus first encounters Judith and her brother Sebastian in a gaming hell in Brussels as he notices how they work as a team to cheat others in card games. Marcus was even more outraged as his cousin Charles, was one of their victims---but a happy victim, at that, due to all of the attention Charles received from the beautiful Judith. After confronting Judith, Marcus quickly finds that what first began as anger, quickly turns into intrigue, and then an obsession. Judith has the same kind of reaction to him. Marcus and Judith’s paths become seared to one another after one night of passion, and inevitable consequences. However, neither of them really knew anything about each other, and what odds can be riskier than the venture of love?
The reason this TYPE of romance is not my favorite is because of the hard “growing pains” that occur within the relationship, as both hold deeply guarded secrets. Judith and her brother Sebastian hold close to their breast the secret of revenge, as they plan to avenge the ruin of their father from the Earl of Gracemere. Marcus also nurses secrets that he is set on hiding from Judith. So herein lies the problem: when you have to put so much effort into hiding a secret those secrets become covered by layers of lies and soon the relationship feels like a house of cards. Yet, don’t untold secrets create the best kind of stories??? And let me tell you, Jane Feather really knows how to tell a story!
In this novel, the villains and protagonists are very closely connected, and the unfolding of this connection is what makes this story so interesting. All of the characters spin dangerous games with one another and the risks always feel high. This plot continually seems to take the reader close to a precipice, and right when you think everything is going to fall apart for the protagonists, it just ends up working out in the nick of time!
Both leads are very independent and strong-willed and I was happy to see them find their HEA. Marcus affectionately refers to Judith as “Lynx,” and I thought that term of endearment was cute. Despite flaring temperaments and wills, both leads form a love for each other, that they both know, is beyond reason. I really liked how Marcus supported Judith, even during the more stressful moments in their relationship and surprising revelations. 4 Stars for a well-written novel! I really like the narrator, as well.
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 wa..Show More »s 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
As many reviewers write, sometimes JF hits the nail on the head and other times one wonders if someone else wrote the story! Initially, I thought thi..Show More »s was one of the latter. As I read on I realized this book is written in somewhat of a farce form. Once I realized that I was able to get into the book and really enjoy the story.
I don't mean it is a true farce, but it has farce undertones. I'm probably doing a terrible job describing this, especially since I am one reader that don't ordinarily like farces, but trust me, it really is a great story. The pace is fast, the adventures kept me on the edge of my seat, and the steamy love scenes, well...they were great!
Like many of Ms. Feather's books, I found I did not like some qualities of the main protagonists, but there in lies her talent. You find you enjoy the book while disliking the characters! Pretty amazing ability in my humble opinion!