I bought an enormous amount of romance novels. Mostly from the 80’s, some from the 90’s and the rest from the 2000’s. I could not resist the temptation. Don’t judge me. Have…
Ever since Super Heroes like Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy started stomping around planet Earth, we’ve had to open our horizons a little and embrace the wider reaches of space. If you’re thinking of journeying to one of the many new realms for a little R’n’R, then don’t leave home without Hidden Universe’s guide to the cosmos. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the divine splendor of Asgard or soak up the multicultural atmosphere of intergalactic waypoint Knowhere, this is the book for you. It even provides some tips on surviving excursions to Planet Moord and Chitauri Prime, if you like your vacations to be on the extreme side.
• SEE THE COSMOS – Features information on the hot spots, history, and culture of more than forty locations in the Marvel Universe, including Planet X, Halfworld, Weirdworld, and the Planet of the Symbiotes.
• REDISCOVER EARTH – Get the lowdown on some of the Earth’s most exotic and mysterious locations, such as Wakanda, Latveria, the Savage Land, and New Attilan.
• GET INVALUABLE ADVICE – Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot, aka the Guardians of the Galaxy, have filled this book with their own unique travel tips, from where to get a drink in Alfheim to dealing with Ego the Living Planet.
Wow, I love this book. I want to be clear, I know nothing of Marvel Worlds,Universe’s or Galaxies. I read some comic books as a kid, but I am coming at this as a voyeur into a culture I know little about.
What I do know, is that this book would make an excellent gift for anyone young or even an adult who loves Marvel,D.C. or any of the huge/vast enterprise comic books have created.
The drawings are spectacular, and they were always the reason behind me picking a copy up. I love the art, and the details of each world are set up as if you actually are reading a travel guide, say to go to Spain.
Very well put together and entertaining. The book goes on to tell you what to wear, the cultures, and what to see while you are there, and even where to stay. How cool is that? It also has notes from the Guardian’s of the Galaxy telling you what to avoid, and a retell of things that happened to them while visiting. I am impressed!
This book, will be really amazing in published form, and I would look for it. It is fantastic.
I spent an enormous amount of time trying to find the title of this book through Netgalley once I decided to review it. The man’s name is impossible to write with a regular keyboard. I went the entire book thinking his name was Aethelred, when it is actually Ethelred. I felt a little bit a nitwit when I finally used Google to figure out what I was doing wrong.
It still would not come up. I had to find the email sent to me and use that link to locate it. Apparently, Ethelred’s bad luck runs deep.
The cover for this book is beautiful. I love it.
An imaginative reassessment of Æthelred “the Unready,” one of medieval England’s most maligned kings and a major Anglo-Saxon figure
“The Anglo-Saxon king Æthelred “the Unready” (978–1016) has long been considered to be inscrutable, irrational, and poorly advised. Infamous for his domestic and international failures, Æthelred was unable to fend off successive Viking raids, leading to the notorious St. Brice’s Day Massacre in 1002, during which Danes in England were slaughtered on his orders. Though Æthelred’s posthumous standing is dominated by his unsuccessful military leadership, his seemingly blind trust in disloyal associates, and his harsh treatment of political opponents, Roach suggests that Æthelred has been wrongly maligned. Drawing on extensive research, Roach argues that Æthelred was driven by pious concerns about sin, society, and the anticipated apocalypse. His strategies, in this light, were to honor God and find redemption. Chronologically charting Æthelred’s life, Roach presents a more accessible character than previously available, illuminating his place in England and Europe at the turn of the first millennium.”
Levi Roach is lecturer at the University of Exeter, and formerly a junior research fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge. He lives in Exeter, UK.
This is a well put together account of Ethelred. He ruled England (I hope I am saying that right) 978-1016, and gives the argument that “The Unready” may have been a lot of bad press.
He was the only Anglo Saxon Monarch to bear that mocking title and was labeled one of England’s “bad kings”. Labeled also England’s first weak King as a dubious honor.
Roach does an excellent job researching Ethelred’s past to the point where I have to question – was he really as bad as they say? Or was he following what he felt God would want from him?
The book does an incredible job of not only giving readers the facts in vast detail, but making the road to this knowledge exciting and interesting to read.
This is a fantastic book, and if you are interested in the history of England’s Kings, you should pick this book up. It is well worth it.
Charlotte Byrd’s Desire is part of the Big Bear Outlaw MC books. This was a sample or a short that was given through Netgalley.
Ya know…. Desire was starting to really get good. I really liked the story, and I wanted to find out what was going to happen, but then, it stopped, right at a cliffhanger. I guess the copy I requested to review was a prick tease.. Well, not really a prick tease, because I am a female, so was it a clit tease? That just does not sound the same. Was it a vagina tease? Please tell me, because I am floundering.
The book started out great, and that is all I know, because it was all they gave me. I don’t know anything about any bears, are there bears in this one? Do the bad ass MC gang that deal drugs turn into bears? Or do they live in Big Bear, CA? It would be cool if they turned into bears. But I can’t say, because … Sigh… I recommend this book, but buy more than one little part, get the whole series. As I may do that myself. I really wanted to read about these characters, even if there is no shapeshifter bears involved.
Bunyan’s Guide to the Great American Wildlife
Written by Quentin Canterel
What happens when the Manhattan zoo empties its cages?
John, part radicalized anarchist, part ticking time bomb, is haunted by a particular story, that of Willow, a 9-year old mute who flees to New York after her brutal rape. The only way his girlfriend, Felicity, can stop the clock counting down is by disentangling the riddle of their pasts , before their entwined futures are blown to pieces.
Quentin Canterel’s second novel presents a collage of voices, dead and alive, in a unique and unnerving novel that experiments with form, structure and language. Truly a mystery shrouded in an enigma.
Guest Reviewer, James Peters has written this review, and I was by his side every time he yelled out, “Are you serious?” and “WTF just happened?” It was great. Thank you James, for reviewing this for me. Love you.
This is fiction, or is it? Sometimes its hard to tell. Author Quentin Canterel weaves a fancy basket of Americana in a partial folklore and partial love story romantic, with modern rom-com characters.
From what I can make of it, John is an angel who experienced his untimely passing at a young age. In doing so, left behind a manuscript called “The Guide”. His male roommate starts his narration by threatening to publish John’s guide via OUIJA board chat.
Our story includes two very distinct voices. One that is Willow, a nine year old girl in Georgia who lives with her grandfather. She is referred to as elective-ly mute, as it is understood that fear is the only thing that prevents her from communicating with her voice. Her grandfather spends his time woefully drinking and praying for her to one day use her voice.
In an attempt to explain the mysteries of life he shares with her whimsical characters of the forest. Some are relatively well known, like a Leprechaun, yet most often unheard of. Both she and he refer to them as the “Fearsome Creatures”, and a character named Broady draws Willow pictures to support the concoctions.
Charming in itself, this side of the book has a pleasant country tone, and the font that the author chooses for this part enables you to easily recognize the child’s voice. Before too long you are enveloped in Willows life and your heartstrings are pulled this way and that.
Having lived in the south for some time, ( Texas, rather than Georgia), I can picture the scenes and “goings-on” quite clearly and rather than offer a spoiler to you I will say that there is a lot of heartfelt moments that get yer’ eyes all teared up.
Then, in juxtaposition to Willow, we have John’s roommate and Felicity, his female counterpart tromping about in the big city with a (90’s) gothy-emo type 3rd wheel relationship. John continually plays the dedicated swooning victim to entertain Felicity. As Zulficar (the narrator), witnesses to the cat and mouse touch ass moments of emotional fancy. John apparently has a “Romantic” ire that keeps his friends entertained and in doing so he is often the unwilling center of attention.
The three tend to spend a majority of their time repulsed by what they see around them. The city, clubs, fake people of the scenes they haunt, and in doing so there is a kind of non committal innocence that surrounds them. Yes, hearts get broken, and the moral is that ****** ****** **** …oh wait, I promised no spoilers. But I will say that in an archetypical since there are great parallels to “Dante’s Inferno” to the point that Felicity could easily be named Beatrice, and John, Dante.
Truly this was a pleasant reading experience with all kinds of personality and charming characters. I give it a 4 stars, but also mention to the reader not to try to take this lightly, as the contrast in story lines is easily missed and one could find themselves having to go back and review often for the sake of catching up. P.S. There are a lot of WTF moments.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank You. I have included links below, but it does not mean they work. 🙂
This is my story. I wrote it, actually I am still writing it. I don’t think I will ever finish it. I love this story. Why? Because it made me want to be a writer. Is it the best story ever? Hell no. But I have a crush on it, and I doubt that will change.
This is the reason it is so awesome. It is mine. I had just finished reading Janet Evanovich’s 16th book. Her Stephanie Plum series had taken hold of me. For years I enjoyed it so much, that I re-read them numerous times. They were just fantastic. Funny,engaging,and sexy. They were great, but frustrating. After the 13th book, something happened. Me, as a fan, wanted things to change. It was not at all right for me to want to drive the boat with any author, but I found that is what I wanted to do most. I wanted the story to move forward, and it never did. As of now, Stephanie still tries to find a happy medium between the two men in her life that she loves. Some people love that she stays the same, but I grew with the character, and I wanted so much more for her. I stopped reading them. I couldn’t do it anymore.
That was when I picked up a pencil and started writing the story I wanted. I had never heard of Fanfiction. I just started doing it. After about 5 chapters, I started wondering if others shared in my obsession to want to fix what I thought was lacking. That was when I found there was entire worlds dedicated to this type of writing, and the community around it was not only vast, but also extreamly devoted. They do so much to encourage you to keep writing, where as I find in typical writing forums that kind of brotherhood is just not around. I was one with these people. A group of slightly misfit writers who churn out some incredible stuff.
Like with anything, there are going to be some terrible representations of favorite books, but no one gives up. And the more stories that people come up with, the better they get at writing, until the characters are not the same as the ones they started with, but have progressed and changed .
Is it a stolen idea? I would say in the beginning, yes, but it morphs into that persons own, and soon they take the story on another course. Fanfiction is an exercise in writing, and creating. It takes you past your demons of inability into a creative conscience. A lot of writers will branch off with their own works, but they still enjoy coming back to this one, and doing more.
It is not just for unpublished writers either. Stephen King, Poe and so many more have also jumped into fanfiction in their careers . And why not? I think it is a huge compliment to any writer too have fanfiction branch out from it. Fanfiction has taught me about writing. About formatting,and structure, it has also given me something to be proud of. Before I found the site, there was no way I would have let anyone view my story. But, since, I have had the confidence to show it to a few people besides the thousands who had read it on the FF website as I went along. And I am posting it here.
I can see through the chapters that I grew in my story telling ability, and I still grow today. Each time I read it, my face flames up, and I am embarrassed. Thinking in no way is it good enough, but now I say, who cares!! It is the first full length book I have ever written, but It is not finished. Last time I posted a chapter was a year ago. But I am still very proud of what I have done, and I still wish to finish it.
So, hold your head up high, anyone who journeys into the FF world. There are so many great people, friends you make by creating in this. There are huge communities on Facebook to help you along the way.
Go Forth and create!! You will never know how enjoyable it is to do it until you try. It is a lot of fun to make the characters you love, your own.
Fanfiction lets you post and publish your works. It is an incredible worthy tool. For people who wish to publish original works, there is the sister site Fictionpress. Other sites for Fanfiction include Archive of our Own, Wattpad and more. My favorite group through Facebook is FanFiction Fanatics , but there are many more. Writing FF teaches you the skills you need to further your passion. It also gives you an outlet to post the stories you have created. Many people review, usually with encouraging results.
For me, I will one day complete this story and make all my readers on the FanFiction sites happy. I encourage you to give Fan Fiction a try, if you have not already.
Linda Lael Miller
This book may be updated in newer versions. It was reprinted in 2012 possibly to make it more palatable for today’s audiences.
The book I read was from 1990. The cover I have was a misrepresentation of the book. I see it, with it’s gold and purple and think two things. Either the book is centered around Louisiana’s traditional Mardi Gras festival or it could possibly be a Medieval story. In actuality the story is centered in Washington/ Oregon.
This, of course makes no real difference in the scheme of things. The 90’s was a confusing decade. Confusing for the ones who had to go through it, and also for anyone studying it. The cover from the original in 1984 is excellent. Also, the cover for the newer version is also pretty sweet, although I think Adam had dark hair.
Blurb from the back of the book:
In 1886, lovely Banner O’Brien overcame every obstacle and won her coveted medical diploma. Still, she longed to escape from Oregon… and the nightmares that left her shaking, screaming one man’s name.
Banner fled to the Washington Territory to accept a position with Dr. Adam Corbin. – Arrogant, handsome and, rumor said, violent. Although Banner respected his skills, she was unnerved by the very nearness of this moody, powerful man. His past was a mystery that would challenge her to the utmost… for Banner was determined to win Adam Corbin’s heart.
This is the first book I’ve read by Linda Lael Miller. Once I picked it up, I found it hard to put down. It began great. Fantastic story about a woman trying to work in a man’s world. A world that had no place for a woman in any profession. Not only the fairer sex, but Chinese immigrants and Native American people were looked down upon in a most unsettling realistic prospective of the way the old west was.
I enjoyed the innocent interest that both the H/H took towards each other. It was cute, and Adam had a very sexy appeal to him. But at an early stage Adam’s character turned. He was no longer the handsome sweet hero. Instead, wonderful characteristics were handed off to Adam’s brother, Jeff.
Adam Corbin became arrogant. Swift with his anger and pride. He was demanding,jealous and rude. He became the worst kind of prick.
I cannot tell you that I put the book down, because I didn’t. LLM is an exceptional writer, and as much as I started to despise Adam’s behavior, I wanted to read on. This story does have triggers, even for me.
Banner started off as a very strong character and then disappointed me by… by what? Acting probably very close to what any woman in this time period would have.
It was the late 1800’s in America. She cried, she whined, she acted like a dumb girl who didn’t know how to get out of a paper bag. So am I angry with her? No. I’m one of those people who snivel that the new romance writers walking all over history, making women too strong. Able to do things and act in ways that were in no way possible. I have held my nose up at the truth being snuffed out by the new “offended” society. So when a possible real situation for the times comes up in the book, what do I do? I get offended. Damn my eyes! There is no alternate universe when he takes Banner over his knee more than once and spanks her.
Yes! I was pissed. I lurched in my chair, uncomfortable with the way she was being treated, and how she handled it. I wanted her to do more than kick his shin, by God, I wanted her to hobble him for life! When he said all those terrible things to her, I wanted her to punch him in the face. And when he would say “I’m sorry”, I wanted Banner to tell him to go fuck himself and walk away.
But, women did nothing of the sort. Women were objects. Things to be owned. Once you married one of these barbarian men, they could treat you any way they wanted to. Woman’s suffrage was real, people. Hiding it behind strong skirts of heroines of today’s romance, is fun, but there were some rough men out there, and women had to be strong in themselves to put up with the crap. If you actually loved your husband and he loved you back, you were a lucky girl. Be happy that all he did was take you over his knee, because apparently a horse whip was okay to use when you feel your wife disobeys.
So with that being said, did I like our hero, Adam? Hell no.
Was it probably a reality based example of the men who lived and worked in America in the 1800’s? I bet that he was a treasure. Did he love Banner? Yes. Was he a good man? For the times, yes. He was very good. Do I condone the violent behavior? Hell no. Granted, he only took her over his knee a few times. But I hated him for that, and the horrible things he said and did to humiliate her. To bring that sort of feelings out of a reader, is excellent.
There were more than a few things that bothered me in this book. The suckling he did to her breasts was odd. I get that he needed to be comforted. But it was (to me) about 5 on the scale of yuck.
Also, every time Banner and Adam fought, he forced himself on her. The domination, overpowering, and force he inflicted on her was degrading. He would grab her and force himself on her whenever he felt like it. It didn’t matter who was around either. He even made her not wear undergarments. It was frustratingly dishonorable. It also painted a picture of a different man than the one who we were first introduced to. It makes me wonder if Jeff Corbin will turn into the same type of monster that Adam did.
Of course by the end of the story, he acts a little more humble and amiable. Banner was never afraid of him. Angry, hurt, humiliated, frustrated, yes. But never was she scared.
Jeff Corbin does get his own story. Since Jeff and Adam never really got to solve the differences between them, and with the big mystery at the end of the book, it may take a lot to bring Jeff back around. I hope to God that Jeff is not the big Dickhead that Adam turned out to be .When I read his book, I will let everyone who cares, know, what kind of a man Jeff becomes.
So to conclude, Linda Lael Miller is an excellent writer, and I think that I owe it to myself to check out some of her other books. If you have major triggers for dominant men, who do not behave as they should with a lady, please pass this one up. Everyone else…. Tell me what you think! It was a major hit back in the day. Would it be in this day and age? I think her characters are a little rough for today’s audience. I would hope that we as readers can flow through it, and still enjoy the classic, if not harsh romance of the past.
Jeff’s book is called Corbin’s Fancy. I do not own it. Dang it. I will be looking for it. I can purchase it from Amazon if I get desperate.
From Wikipedia ~
Linda Lael Miller is a best selling American author of more than 100 contemporary and historical novels. She has also written under the pen name Lael St James.
From her Website: http://www.lindalaelmiller.com/bookshelf/by-date/
oddly, unless my eyes are super bad, I do not see Banner O’Brien on this list. So this may not be a complete list.
Always A Cowboy
Arizona Wild (formerly published as Deadly Gamble)
Once a Rancher
The Cowboy Way
Montana Creeds: Tyler
Montana Creeds: Dylan
Christmas in Mustang Creek
Montana Creeds: Logan
The Marriage Season
Big Sky Country
McKettricks of Texas: Austin
The Marriage Charm
McKettricks of Texas: Garrett
Snowflakes on the Sea
McKettricks of Texas: Tate
The Marriage Pact
Big Sky Secrets
Big Sky Wedding
Big Sky Summer
Big Sky River
An Outlaw’s Christmas
Big Sky Mountain
There and Now
Caroline and the Raider
Don’t Look Now
Holiday in Stone Creek
A Lawman’s Christmas
High Country Bride
The Creed Legacy
My Darling Melissa
The Last Chance Cafe
A Creed in Stone Creek
Fall in Love Like a Romance Writer
The McKettrick Legend
The Christmas Brides
Desire and Destiny
At Home in Stone Creek
A Creed Country Christmas
When I’m With You
A Stone Creek Christmas
A McKettrick Christmas
A Wanted Man
Here and Then
More Than Words Volume 4
The McKettrick Way
Sun, Sand, Sex
The Man from Stone Creek
One Last Look
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Never Look Back
Wild About Harry
Escape from Cabriz
The Women of Primrose Creek (Omnibus)
Two Brothers: The Lawman/The Gunslinger
Emma and the Outlaw
Lily and the Major
The Leopard’s Woman
I am a large heap of lost when it comes to blogs, and I am truly sorry for probably doing this wrong. I am very grateful for the nomination from https://swooningoverfictionalmen.wordpress.com/
Again, not a clue as to what the heck I am doing, so do not laugh too hard. Or maybe you should laugh, because I have had plenty of Life to go get an education about HTML and computer crap. But, I am one of those do it yourself type of people (you know, X-Gen) who would rather crash 5 computers than do something right. Okay So… Swooning Over Fictional Men (love the name) has nominated me, Romancingmyself or Romancing Myself for The Entertaining Blogger Award. I am honored that you would think of me. Thank you!
THE QUESTIONS !!!
I think I am suppose to not put the exclamation points after “the questions” but I am excited. Do you use Point or Mark? It is a good question, and as you can see, I use point.
Q1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?
Seriously, and I am being entirely honest here, I wanted to get free books from netgalley in exchange for reviews. I had to start a blog so I looked super legit. I have reviewed 126 books in less than 3 months, so I guess I am pretty legit now. Also, I wanted a place where I could post pics of Gaspard Ulliel without anyone on facebook knowing about it. And then there is this.. I wanted another way to bring attention to my online businesses. www.amazon.com/shops/gazellebookshop
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Q2. What is your favorite book?
Q3. What do you dislike the most?
In life? Or in general? It changes. Right now, I dislike micro ants. It borders on hate when I find them on my bed sheets. I think the thing I dislike most, Liars. Liars suck big hairy stinky balls. You know the ones. … Everyone knows ….
Q4. What is your favorite food item from the mall?
Frozen Bananas . But I have not been to a mall in about a year, so maybe they don’t even have those anymore. If I had a second choice, it would be soft pretzels. But they are one of the reasons I got fat, so I shouldn’t really list those. But Oh My God, they are good. Especially with the little cups of cheese….
Q5. What is your favorite pastime?
Reading and writing. I have many other pastimes, but those two things win out.
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And for one last time, I am warning you that I have absolutely no idea what the hell I am doing. So even if I think I tagged you, I probably didn’t.
Some books you read, and really wish there was more. More story, more pages! More substance. Sabrina Jeffries wonderful series Sinful Suitors has another star.
Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in this delightful yuletide story.
Miss Amanda Keane missed her home in America, even in winter. She didn’t belong here in elegant England, with these elegant people and their elegant ways. Unfortunately, she’d only reached one of her two aims in coming to England—getting her brother to agree to come home long enough to help her settle Papa’s affairs.
But her other—gaining information about how English mills achieved their success so she could make improvements in her own operation—had eluded her. The English were wary of having their advancements stolen by Americans. As much as she hated to admit it, Lord Stephen Corry had been right about one thing: what she’d been allowed to see on her mill tours had been carefully orchestrated.
In 90 pages or actually on my Kindle, 80 I believe , you can only do so much. Easily this could have been a full length story. I dearly wish It would have been. I was just getting to know Stephen and Amanda. I was just barely starting to actually like Lord Stephen. He was difficult. Stubborn,hardheaded, like a newspaper man. Thinking he was doing everyone a favor by spouting his opinion all over the floor waiting for someone to step in it.
And I was just starting to dislike Amanda’s attitude. She was also stubborn, and self assured. She was never wrong!
So much more could have been said, could have been done to pull this story into its own.
I wonder if Sabrina quaked about this also. Making a character is kind of like baring a child. You need to work them out, from birth. It is difficult, and time consuming. I wanted to know more about Steven. I also wanted to know about Amanda. She was not exactly a lovable character. I enjoyed the few times Stephen got her alone. The scene in the library was precious, even though it ended rather badly, I liked it.
Here is the original book cover:
The cotton mill seems to be the one thing that I read the most unhappy comments about in the reviews. I did the unthinkable and read some of the reviews before writing mine. This is always a mistake. But according to what I read, the last thing anyone would apparently think is sexy, is doing it in a burning building.
Completely inappropriate. And with someone I was not sure I even liked all that much, made it even more of a no no. Sabrina Jeffries has no problem going there. I have said in other reviews, I give her credit for taking things to levels I find uncomfortable. Would I have had sex in a burning building? I am still thinking about that. I was always the kind of girl who took on a dare, and sex was always on my mind one way or the other. Yes. Yes. I think I would have, Damn it. That is my final answer. Making Amanda do it was a priceless treat. I will cherish bringing her down a peg forever.
The Heiress and the Hothead is a novella that is part of a much larger more consuming treasure world created by Sabrina Jefferies, and one I encourage you to read.
Check out her website and follow her. http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/ If the link does not come up, I ask you to copy / paste. Then go to her website and push all her buttons.
Even for 1979, the views of this book were old school. Davina Mawne owned and worked in a flower shop with her younger sister. They spent the days talking about men and the possibility of marriage, the hopes and dreams that did not really move beyond flower arranging. Davina had high hopes that her sister would get married and have a wonderful life with children and a loving husband.
“Davina wasn’t free to marry anyone
After the death of their parents, Davina Mawne was sole provider for her young sister and brother. It took long hours of hard work, but Davina was proud of her success in keeping her family together.
She had little spare time for a social life and none at all for romance. Then she met handsome, charming Nick Tabor, who was quite determined to marry her.
It should have been the answer to all her problems. Instead, it seemed only to add to them…”
How about this..
Christian Gray ~VS~ Nick Tabor
CG- I have a lot of money.
NT- I also have a lot of money. The difference, punk, is that I made my money. You, probably inherited.
CG- I do not want to date a virgin. Ever.
NT- I would never intentionally date anyone who was not a virgin. I want to be the only man they will ever have.
CG- I look for easy targets, like employees.
NT- I look for easy targets, like shop girls.
CG- A contract is needed before I begin my seduction.
NT- A contract? Are you kidding? I thought you were an Alpha Male, you puss.
CG- I am not a puss, am I, Mistress D. Sandoval ?
NT- Rolls his eyes. You need to have the upper hand. She needs to be shown who is boss.
CG- She needs to sign the contract. Did she sign the contract, yet?
NT- Find her at a party, and pull her into an empty room and take advantage of her.
CG- She has not signed the contract.
NT- The best way to look like a good guy is to take care of her when she is sick. She is vulnerable. That is the best time to establish yourself as the man in the house.
CG- I don’t like cooties. She can take care of herself. If she signs the contract , then I might bring her some water, and hold off her mediation until she does what I want her to do, but I will be in a full germ suit.
NT- After you take care of her and prove that she needs you to handle all her problems because she is too incapable, you swoop in and ask her/demand that she marry you.
CG- She must first see a doctor and make sure she is fully loaded with birth control and she is healthy before I even offer any contract. Marriage is out of the question.
NT- She must be willing to have lots of children with me. I must establish that I am a virile man.
CG- Kids are gross. They will not sign contracts, and without one, I am not at all sure what to do with them. Maybe Mistress D. Sandoval knows what I should do. I take all my problems to her.
NT-You are a putz.
CG- You are an asshole.
Both men shake hands, and wink knowingly at each other and then they suit up and go play racquetball together.
I think there is no winner in this debate, but Nick might have come out a little on top, but only to prove he is a more Alpha of the alpha males. I do hope he looses the blue suit, but then again, it goes very well with the pink and red that Davina wears. Maybe Nick will send Mistress D. Sandoval some flowers.
Values and dreams have changed in books. Especially romance books. This book was published in 1979, after women’s lib had come about, but maybe that is why they owned and ran a flower shop. Before then, I suppose they would have just helped, or maybe they would have been shop girls that had a boss who was the hero of the story.
When you read old school Harlequin Romances, there are a few things you need to let slide. They are written from a different prospective and maybe should not be judged the same way that a newer Romance is. This seems predominate in Romance, where as other books, especially dime store type books get away with it. Women have changed drastically since books like this one graced the marketplace shelf. If you published this book in today’s market, boy, the backlash would be incredible.
Old School detective and western novels are harsh on women.The dime store types have the overbearing alpha male telling any woman within spitting distance, “my way or the highway”. I love these little stories because they are fun to read, and they make me laugh. But unlike literary works, these little tidbits of American tripe are not going to make it back into print anytime soon, or not at all. Because they are not politically correct. I never wanted politics in my soup, and I still don’t. So I collect these. All of them. It is possible the dime store dics and the westerns will make it through to ebooks, because women generally do not read these, and either do most of the PC public that might be offended. But romance, women will pick up and read, and we love to complain about the injustice of things.
Nick Tabor started sniffing around Davina’s flower shop, probably the moment he saw the loan go through. He was handsome,rich and he loved his reflection. He smelled “easy target” on Davina the moment he walked into the cute little girlesque shop. What a perfect place for a woman to work, he thought! Flower arranging. Now that is a job ladies must dig.
Nick is an alpha male. Women love alpha dom men. But, women like them to still respect and not act like alpha dom men, unless writers can justify the behavior by making it a 50 shades thing. Nick could totally get into the new 50 shades craze. He would be perfect for it.
He decides to make Davina his woman. It really does not matter that Davina does not want a boyfriend. That is just not acceptable. And this works,in stories like this, unless the guy is not at all good looking, then, it is just stalker and rapist mentality. But, he is wealthy and good looking and that is a perfect combo. He goes overboard at a party, and pulls her into a room and attacks/kisses/mauls her. She is forced to consider Nick as a suitor, well, because! that is why! He comes off more of an arrogant cad in a bad pirate romance.
From that point forward , I think Nick assumes he has marked his territory, and moves in for the kill when Davina becomes ill. Tonsillitis… humm…. Conveniently so does her sister. She is stuck at home/shop when it happens, Nick sees she is sick and takes over her shop for her and nurses her back to health.
It is over for Davina. She has to accept Nick as her one and only, because he says so, and the story goes on till the end with her accepting that well, Nick is going to marry her, and she better be happy with that decision he has made for her, because for now on, all decisions must go through Nick. She is after all, the weaker sex. To me, Again, 50 shade mentality, just put into an older school situation without all the perks like multiple orgasms and man feelings thrown in. It is still the same staple. Just without the colorful metallic flake.
I think for the most part, the views of these women, and of this man are not wrong, it is just completely different than you would see in a romance of today. If Nick would have tried that crap on me at the party, I think he would have gotten a knee to the groin.
Here is another reviewers take on the story, which his pretty spot on: by LLCSpokane:
“This one would be fairly good if the alpha H could learn the word compromise/negotiate. He expected the h to accede to his dictates on all important issues. The h was strong and independent. She’d had to be after taking over the care of her younger brother and sister when their parents died. The H expects to take over all of her responsibilities whether she wants him to or not. It would have been ok if he had given way a little by the end but he didn’t, she just rolled over and accepted.”
I could not have said it better. P.S. I had a heck of a lot of fun looking up the covers for the old dime store books.