Friday, January 18, 2008

Lisa Kleypas 'Mine Till Midnight'

Excellent example of a completely average, acceptable romance novel. The writing is decent, the characters are mildly likable (the heroine is more interesting than the hero in this case), the plot facilitates the main characters spending a lot of time together and isn't too incredibly silly. There is a lot of relatively explicit sex. I didn't dislike it in anyway, but I didn't really like it either.

Amelia's parents are dead, her older brother has given up on life after his fiancee died of scarlet fever, and her sister barely recovered from the fever herself. One of her younger sisters is a kleptomaniac. Cam is a very successful gypsy businessman who can't stop himself from wanting to take care of her. There's one bodice ripper sex scene that I couldn't approve of on principle. Beyond that I wish I could be more opinionated (since that is what I do here) but I really can't explain why it didn't grab my attention more. Nice fluff.

I know that I promised my next review would be King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett but I just couldn't make you wait any longer for me to finish it. I realize no one will believe that King Hereafter is a great book, since it's taking me so long to finish. But please keep in mind that I normally read so much trash, my brain has to struggle to read a decent book. Not to mention the damn thing is 700 pages in nine point font. Mine Till Midnight was an easy insert between my efforts on a more demanding read.

Historical Romance 2007: 3.5 out of 5 blue dresses.

1 comment:

Stewart said...

Nothing conveys romance like kleptomania, scarlet fever, and gypsies. This one sounds like a keeper. I am also quite heartened to see that you honor reader review requests.

It looks like the Desert Hearts Reading Group doesn't have a new title on the docket, so I don't have a current request. Once you come out for a return visit to Vegas, though, you will have to attend the meeting.