Saturday, 28 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #302
Dangerous Dowry - Catherine O'Connor
Mills & Boon Romance
Mills & Boon, 1992
From the back cover:
"Alone in a strange country, Jamesy was relieved to have help from one of the locals - and particularly one as attractive as Ross Stewart. But that was until he discovered who she was. Their ancestors had always been sworn enemies - and it seemed as though nothing had changed. But, despite their differences, Jamesy felt drawn to the arrogant laird - even if he did despise her. Would they ever be able to put the past behind them?"
I had to read this one for the hilarious title alone!
The heroine Jamesy has travelled to the small Scottish village where her ancesteros one hailed from, to research her family histroy. On her first day there, she meets the hero Ross and there is an immediate spark between them. But when Ross realises that Jamesy is an ancestor of his family's bitter rivals his whole attitude towards her changes and he makes it clear that she is not welcome. Jamesy tries her best to ignore the pain Ross's scorn causes her, and vows to find out the truth behind the rivalry. However much he protests to not wanting her around, Ross can't seem to stay away from Jamesy and it's clear that the more time they spend together the more they begin to fall for one another.
I must say this is an odd book, on one hand I quite liked it and no the other I though it was just plain silly. The good stuff first; The hero and heroine are good characters, well written and they work well together, plus there is plenty of chemistry between them. The writing is OK, very descriptive and the actual story has a nice flow. But the whole conflict was based on something that happened 200-or-so years ago! Seriously, who gives a damn, the hero acted like the heroine was the person to actually commit whatever was done those many years back... it's long past. In my opinion this ruined the book and left me, well, baffled, that is not romantic conflict, it's silliness!
Anyway, an odd but sort of OK book.