Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Nicole Jordan 'To Bed a Beauty'

My five year old is starting to read and while looking at the front of this book said, "Too Bad a Beauty? What book is that Mommy?" All mom romance readers must come to this point where they wonder if having all these trashy books around the house with half dressed people on the covers is really a good idea for impressionable small people. I'm not even going to touch the idea of those small people finally finding my blog, yikes.

This is one of those very decent but not special kind of books. It's heavy on the sex, light on the plot, but with a heroine who was consistently smart. At each point where the typical romance heroine would misconstrue the hero's intent or where she would typically lie to protect herself emotionally, she was refreshingly smart and honest, making me like her immensely. I didn't love the hero but I didn't dislike him which is sometimes enough.

I did have the annoying feeling that these two would not have been able to spend so much time together unchaperoned. This certainly makes the hanky panky easier to pull off but left me with that vague 'not so historically accurate' feeling which I can usually suppress. In the end the book was well written, had a terrific heroine, was an enjoyable read, but failed to jump out of the crowd for a higher rating.

Historical Romance 2008: 4 out of 5 rakish dukes.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, when do you think you'll introduce your daughters to this genre? What age did you start? Inquiring minds wanna know!

Heloise said...

I remember distinctly picking up my first romance "Captive Bride" by Johanna Lindsey when I was 12. I don't think my Mom actually read romances, so it was an aberration on her shelf. This worries me immensely. I try to keep them low profile but I clearly have more than one on my book shelves. I do keep them on the top shelves. Of course that's not going to work for much longer!

Heloise said...

So sorry Anne. I seem to have obliterated your second comment. I'm assuming it's his hand untying her dress. But more importantly can you use homoerotic if it's woman on woman? Now that I think about it, I suppose you can! What a revelation, thank you Miss English Major!