Friday, August 3, 2007

Jo Beverley 'Lady Beware'

Hmmm. This book starts slow, but quickly you begin to really like the characters, and like them being with each other. Then the last fourth of the book kind of falls apart. There are two big evil moments, there are plot tie-ups that are anticlimactic to say the least, all while the hero and heroine are apart no less.

I can't fault the writing, the characterization is good, the plot is, well, acceptable mostly. I'm going to put it more down to pacing. If you are a Jo Beverley fan, Darien is a wonderful hero and Thea is terrific as well and you could probably forgive the pacing to have another book related to the Rogues. But if not, this could be skipped.

Historical Romance 2007: 3 out of 5 stars

[Hero's nickname is Cave Canem: Beware the Dog]

6 comments:

Anne said...

Oooh, you sent me something? It really does pay to read your blog! And it feels so illicit for some reason....Did you wrap it in plain brown paper?

I'm about 3/4 of the way through "Never Lie to a Lady." I have to admit, the part where the hero has his waist measured and discovers he's expanded an inch at the ripe old age of 35 was both funny and annoying. I don't want to read something that tells me we're getting past our prime at 35 (or beyond) and that things now will sag! I thought romance novels were escapist! Or is the audience supposed to be 20 year-olds who believe this will never happen to them?

Thanks in advance for the mailing!

Stewart said...

Hey Lis-

If you mailed a romance novel and infect this household with Harlequin, I'm gonna retaliate and mail you guys a Barbie DVD.

Heloise (& Abelard) said...

Dearest Stew,

If you think for a second that a Harlequin has ever passed by my eyes you are sorely mistaken!
I am affronted.

Heloise (& Abelard) said...

Anne why don't you have an avatar?

Anne said...

Deep down, Stewart wants to read a Harlequin, but he has to maintain his aura of uber-masculinity in public.

Re: avatars--I'm just not as cool as you google blogger folk. Besides, I like to project an air of mystery about me when I comment and an avatar would just ruin my allure.

What's with the cartoon dog, by the way? "Lady Beware of Dog"?

Anne said...

Duh, I just read the explanation for the dog at the bottom of your post. Ignore my last comment and insert something scintillating and unforgettable instead.