Monday, May 26, 2014

Musing Mondays: Mini Reviews


Musing Mondays asks you to muse about something related to reading/books each week…...

Posting mini reviews of two romance novels. One historical, other contemporary...

Nicholas Morgan, an orphan,  discovers that he is the legitimate heir of the Marquess of Harteford. He sees and marries Lady Helena Harteford, who he thinks is sweet and innocent. So he can't give in to his raging desires. Their wedding night is a disaster. Lady Helena is desperate for his attention and follows him to a bawdy house. 

There in the darkness, Nicholas is driven by lust for her, thinking of his wife, although he does not recognise her. Helena acts like a harlot but can't tell him that. He has dark secrets from his past unable to share with her. 

Both had potential but the author did not give them much due. Helena is no waif and Nicholas is flawed. That should have made the novel readable. But it dwelled too much on sex, which did not work out for me. 

The Passionate Greek by Catherine Dane (Contemporary Romance)

Melanie poses as  nanny for her 9 month old daughter. She had given up all rights to her daughter when she went to prison. Nicos can't forgive Melanie for her betrayal. 

I liked the way they both cared for the welfare of the infant. Nicos might hate her but he could see her bonding with her daughter. The writing is good but this too did not work for me because of, what else, too much sex!! I skipped pages to get to the ending!!


Sonia Lal said...

The Passionate Greek by Catherine Dane sounds really good.

Kristen said...

I'm not a fan of children in romances so the contemporary is out for me but the historical sounds like it could be promising although the over-reliance on sex could be a problem in terms of romance.

Cheryl said...

Both of these sound like they had potential. It's unfortunate the physical side took over the stories.

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Anonymous said...

Good reviews. I'm not a fan of romances. I don't mind them as a sub-plot but I'm just not interested in them taking over the story. And it didn't sound like you enjoyed these too much :)

Anonymous said...

Its sad that they allowed the physical side to dominate the storyline - especially when the latter is the story of adoption,etc.
Good mini reviews though ! And thanks for stopping by my MM ! :-)