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review 2017-11-09 15:20
Blame and a little gaslighting
The Duke's Secret Heir - Sarah Mallory

There have been a few books I've read where I honestly wanted to take the hero out and beat some sense into him, this is one.  Yes talking is good but it took several people telling him for him to pay attention.  A trip behind the stables with a cricket bat could have speeded things up.

 

In the Egyptian desert Ellen Tatham falls in love and marries Max Colnebrooke, working under secret orders with the army. When she arrives at the English Representative in Cairo he tells her that it's all a lie and refuses to help her.  She resorts to a friend of her companion to help her escape and hides under a false name, pretending to be a widow, to hide her shame.  She has written twice to Max to try to contact him but she has received only nasty letters back from his family.

 

Then he comes back to her life and he blames her for everything, for betraying him, for "making" him be reckless with himself and his men, putting his friend in the line for a bullet. Basically blaming her for it all, instead of trying to see her point, what happened to her, how she has managed to avoid scandal and other connections. How loyal she has been.  Nope, she's evil and bad and the only reason he's tolerating her is because they have a son.

 

Yeah, a great starter for a relationship. Even when she cries, terribly upset by everything while she is organising a party for him, he rebuffs her.  This guy isn't a prize.

 

It's all resolved at the end, of course, but if I was her I wouldn't trust that he wouldn't have another irrational moment and heap misery on me again. I wanted to knee him at one stage and would have cheered her on if she had.  Cold drink to the head would have been a useful retort too.

 

Romance has a problem with problem relationships and this is a prime example.

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text 2017-11-08 17:47
Reading progress update: I've read 124 out of 361 pages.
The Duke's Secret Heir - Sarah Mallory

Dear main characters,

 

You both seem like intelligent people, either talk to each other or get someone to intermediate, you have a sick to death friend in common, use them, stop being asses to each other.

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text 2017-10-27 21:17
Double Bingo Oct 27
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch
In The Woods - Jessica Mallory,Thomas Washburn Jr
Stalking Jack - Madison Kent
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) (Volume 1) - Mona Hanna
The Werewolf Whisperer: ¡Feliz Navidad! (A Werewolf Whisperer Novella Book 1) - Bonita Gutierrez,Camilla Ochlan

I'm sure they'll all fall fast and furious now, but it's fun anyway. Diagonal top left to bottom right and 5th row down!

 

 

Just two more squares to call!

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text 2017-10-21 13:37
The Duke's Secret Heir - Sarah Mallory

Dude, you left her to fend for herself in a foreign country, a person that you sent her to told her that you were lying; him being a senior envoy from England. What was she supposed to assume? You're assuming that she fell in bed with the next available, useful man, and you didn't bother to look her up the minute you got back to England and find out what was up? Of course she thought you didn't want her any more.

 

Stupid man.

 

Another plot moppet book.

 

I'm going to be saying "ditch him" for a long time here... she's in a terrible position where he has control over the child and its future and therefore control over her. Horrible basis for a marriage.

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text 2017-10-03 18:08
Bingo! Yay!
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell
The Werewolf Whisperer: ¡Feliz Navidad! (A Werewolf Whisperer Novella Book 1) - Bonita Gutierrez,Camilla Ochlan
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin
Tales of Men and Ghosts - Edith Wharton
In The Woods - Jessica Mallory,Thomas Washburn Jr

Finally got my first Bingo, second row across. :D

 

Could be another one soon if the right square gets called.

 

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