Thursday, April 18, 2013

Enemy mine ...

Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #3)Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I used to scoff at romances written before the 90's that have the hero and heroine bickering of mutual hatred and then suddenly falling into each other's arms. But that's mostly because that kind of trope are often clumsy when you are pushing for virginal heroines who are unworldly (read: stupid) in face of world-weary cynical heroes who are often at least a decade (or even much more) older than her.

But here Ms. Thomas has deftly woven a story about how a bickering pair can overcome past hurts and pride to come together for a love ever more. Hastings hid his teenage infatuation for Helena behind a caustic tongue and nasty tricks. Of course being a strong-minded woman, Helena responded by making Hastings life a misery. I love how Hastings wooed Helena with an erotic story he wrote and I would love to get my paws on it. From what I've read thus far, it is definitely better than Fifty Shades of Grey.

Most enjoyable. Go read.

Male protagonist: 5/5 stars
Female protagonist: 5/5 stars
Storyline: 4/5 stars
Pacing: 4/5 stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 stars
Repeat Reading Factor: 4/5 stars

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Goh LinLin said...

Honestly blunt review. ( i.e. stupid virginal heroine hwa hwa )

Snuze said...

Ms. Goh, I want to throw those stupid virginal heroines off the cliff while reading them. So I am very glad that romance novels have evolved muchly since then.

Those were the dark days, indeed.