About the Book:
Tremaine St. Michael is firmly in trade and seeks only to negotiate the sale of some fancy sheep with the Earl of Haddonfield. The earl’s sister, Lady Nita, is pragmatic, hard-working, and selfless, though Tremaine senses she’s also tired of her charitable obligations and envious of her siblings’ marital bliss. Tremaine, having been raised among shepherds, can spot another lonely soul, no matter how easily she fools her own family. Neither Tremaine nor Nita is looking for love, but love comes looking for them.
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Eve Hart's Romance Review:
This is my second Grace Burrowes book; I was not impressed by The Duke’s Disaster, my first foray into Ms. Burrowes writing, so un-anamored was I, that it was a DNF. I could not finish it. Sadly, this book was the same.
I DID NOT FINISH reading this book. Why? Not only was the plot lacking in any exciting bits, the characters were dry, the romance was about as hot as tea set out for several days in a winter storm, and the language was so stilted and verbose that I had to actually THINK as I read. I know, I know, you’re supposed to think as you read, right? You’re supposed to be mentally engaged as you absorb the story. Unfortunately, this book made me think about what the words meant, what the characters were saying, and how what they were saying was important. I shouldn’t have to think that much. The story should flow fluidly into my mind without my having to work at it! A book should allow the reader to just let go and enjoy. Romance novels shouldn’t read like college text books, they should read like love letters to the reader. I felt like I was being lectured on sheep, good deeds, immoral living, and the bleakness of English winters.
Nita is a somewhat dried up biddy who uses her time and smarts to help those in need – which is a noble cause. Too bad she seemed so bitter about it. It was as if she had to drag herself from deed to deed in order to keep going. It felt more like a crusade to combat some hidden guilt rather than something she did out of the kindness of her heart.
While the hero, Tremaine, had all the makings of a great heartthrob (he’s good with kids, cares about people, is generous to those in need, and has an accent to die for), his potential as a hero who steals readers’ hearts is wasted with his almost telescopic focus on some damn sheep!
The characters talk about sheep so often, I wondered if they’d show up in the honeymoon suite, begging for a place beside the hearth! Dear Lord! I only got through 44% of the book, and by then, I’d learned more about sheep than I ever wanted to know. Seriously. I appreciate that Ms. Burrowes did her research and provided accurate and detailed information about ovine creatures, but If she’d put as much passion into the ROMANCE in the book, it wouldn’t have been so…BORING!
Come on! The heat between Nita and Tremaine was non-existent. Sure, they kissed and longed for one another, but they never seemed to get past a formal level. Even when they were thinking fondly of one another, they thought of the other person using their full, formal name.
Mr. St. Michael this, Lady Nita that…I didn’t get to any smexy parts (though I doubt THOSE exist in this book (sex scenes can be boring too)), but I’m pretty sure Nita would exult in orgasm while calling out “Mr. St. Michael” breathlessly.
I will continue to hope against hope that the next Grace Burrowes book I pick up will FINALLY hold my interest until the end, but this one bored me to tears.
Tremaine’s True Love gets an anemic:
Pulse Points™: YY