Now I know why this book is considered a classic in the romance genre. I was utterly charmed by the unconventional love story between Lord Dain and Jessica Trent. Dain was described as somewhat less than an appealing hero, physically with a countenance of a brute. But boy, did he won me over in the end not by changing into someone unrecognizable but just by being him and falling in love with Jessica.
Jessica Trent is one of the best heroines I’ve read of all time. Seriously, this girl rocks. She was sassy, smart and beautiful. Most of all, she wasn’t afraid to call Dain on his bullshit. And while she was a virgin, she didn’t act like a nitwit when it comes to getting physically intimate with her brute of a husband.
Their banter was hilarious. It was one of the best things of this book. I found myself giggling and sometimes outright laughing at their banter and their inner monologues. The wit and the humor was outstanding.
While this book was far from being perfect, I enjoyed it immensely. Loretta Chase’s skill at making an almost impossible character likable was truly remarkable. By the end of the book, I totally and utterly besotted with Dain and felt for him even though some of his thoughts were truly horridly misogynistic. The only explanation I could find for it, aside from her skillful writing, was the fact that Jessica was the best and the perfect heroine for Dain. Had she been paired with a far more classic hero who was so handsome and dashing, the outcome would have been different. As it is, Dain and Jessica were magnificent together.
I’ll definitely be reading this one again on my Kindle because while I enjoyed listening to it, I would much prefer imagining Jessica and Dain’s voice on my own in my head. Not that Kate Reading didn’t do a wonderful job but I find her voice distracting sometimes especially while voicing Dain. But other than that, this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Rating: 4.5 stars!