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3.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable ?
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
I enjoyed this book but have some reservations. Again, the book needs proofreading, apparently no one does this anymore, and every chapter has the same angst. H/h constantly doubts the others feelings towards the other, becomes tedious.
2.0 out of 5 starsEntertaining story, but an editorial nightmare
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
Overall, the story was enjoyable and a fast read. I think the author was trying to portray a string h, but I actually found her a bit shallow and weak. The strife between the H & h felt contrived. But, I liked the characters and the story flowed well, if a little predictable. But the worst part was the editing. I almost stopped reading after the first page due to the frequency of typos, grammatical errors, missing words and fractured sentences. There was hardly a single page in the book that wasn't riddled with errors. I doubtless would have enjoyed the story and characters must more if I hadn't been hampered by continuous missing words, wrong pronouns, incorrect coma usage and sentences that weren't complete thoughts. I am not even a grammar Nazi. If you are, don't bother with this book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2018
The plot for this story was good and so were the characters. What spoiled it for my was the wealth of grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes. Even more painful were the choppy, fragmented sentences. Several times I had to go back and reread them to understand what was actually being said. For some reason this author just loves to take one sentence and chop it into two for no reason at all. This is not a new author and I don't understand how the same mistakes are being made book after book. If Snodgrass cannot afford an editor I am sure that there are many fans who would love to proofread the books before they are published!
3.0 out of 5 starsNot sure she was happy about "catching" the rake
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
Seven years ago, at the impressionable age of 12, Miss Olivia Caldwell fell out of an apple tree, landing at the feet of the 17 year old Earl of Bradford. Since that embarrassing moment, Olivia has held James in disdain. Little did she know that seven years later she would be married to the infamous rake.
Although I'm a huge fan of G.L. Snodgrass' books, I must admit that Catching a Rake is not one of my favorites. Don't get me wrong, the period writing, the plot and the characters were all true to Ms. Snodgrass' style, I just couldn't drum up affection for either James or Olivia. James ran hot and cold, while Olivia was vacillated between strength and deep insecurity. Which is sad because sexual content is only steamy when there is a deep love or affection between the participants. All there is between these two is a need to be in control. Not a good personality attribute.
Personally, what saved this read were the supporting characters, the happy ending and the sweet epilogue. I still love Ms. Snodgrass' works, and I look forward to reading Amanda and Warwick's story in the next book.
Be advised that there is some mild swearing and some very descriptive marital sex (when they're not manipulating each other).
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
The book description sounded interesting so I downloaded this book. I've never read anything by this author before and sad to say, I won't be reading anything by this author again.
I tried to get into the story, really I did. But it was impossible. I could not get past the first 2 chapters. There were so many grammatical and punctuation errors, it was ridiculous. It was very confusing trying to figure out what the author was trying to say and it really pulled me out of the story. As this was book 3 in a series (can be read as a standalone), you would think the author would know how to use an editor or at the very least, a beta reader.
With so many authors out there taking the time to produce decent work, I'll not waste my time with this author again.
Actually compared to the first two, this was just boring. Much of it was Olivia fretting and worrying and we read this over and over and to some degree, it was true for James too. Two people in love worrying about loving the other but afraid to let the other know. It’s a shame bc Olivia has intelligence and personality as does James. The lovers’ conflict should have been much more complex.
I like the story line but what I didn't like was the fact she didn't know she was attracted to the guy. How is that even possible, I know that it is supposed to be in a time when women were sheltered, but one part says she asks a maid about sex and they didn't talk about attraction.
5.0 out of 5 starsTheir power struggle gets in the way of love
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2019
They have known each other since they were teens. She will only marry for love and he doesn’t believe in love. When she is taken against her will, it brings true feelings to the front. Can they fight past incidences to acknowledge their true feelings? Really good author
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 18, 2020
A very enjoyable read of this story the kidnapping was frightening with them using guns to get Olivia to go with them,but Bradford came rushing to her rescue yippee! Then they had to marry all the time being in love without them realising silly people.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2018
First book I've read by Snodgrass and was rather impressed. Engaging writing style with a great blend of wit, misunderstanding, caper, romance and intrigue. An absorbing plot that not only has a host of developed subcharacters but a charming, loveable rogue for a hero and an intelligent, head strong heroine that spark well off each other. Even despite guessing who ordered the kidnapping from the start I was fully enchanted by the story and would definately be seeking more from this author.