The leads were the true bread and butter of the book, Ian Wentworth was held captive for five long weeks and remembers little of what happen, but this event has haunted him and scarred him deeply, his last act to finally rid himself of his nightmare past is to finally bring to justice Viola Bennington-Jones, whom he knows was somehow involved with his imprisonment. Ian doesnt know Viola has a few hidden cards herself, and a chess match is on between the two. She was shocked at what her sisters did and at nineteen she didnt know which way to turn to find help for him, while in the process trying to protect her crazy ass family. But when it comes to Ian getting saved, the author makes it where Viola was sort of worthless. In five weeks, she couldnt find help for the man she loved, and try to prevent hell raining down on her family, but in the end this happened anyway. The author through the story portrays Viola as one stuck between and rock and a hard place, then goes and makes it where shes saving pretty much her own skin? I didnt understand, and the author had plenty of time to explain to the reader, but it was like an afterthought in the end, which was strange as the whole story is about Ians capture in the first place.
If you like the captive/captor/you're-so-dead-when-I-get-you revenge romance then this should work for you, BUT (and I cant stress this but enough), if forced seduction (basically the hero does what he wants and the heroine says no but in her head she wants it as badly as he does) is not your thing, then dont read this book. Each chapter starts with a partial entry from the heroines diary from five years ago which heightens the mystery of what in the world happened and why, who is Lady Cheshire and whats her involvement with the Duke of Chatwin? The Duke has one thing in mind thats been eating at him like a disease for five years and he wants retribution so he sets out on the blackest of black revenge against Lady Cheshire. The chapters devoted to the Dukes confinement of Lady Cheshire are scorching hot but again tread very close to the she said no a-hole leave her alone side.
Tied together through a turbulent past, Ian and Viola has to let go everything they hold dear to find a passion they had never known existed. Viola holds plenty of secrets. Each moment that she spends around Ian, brings her closer to those emotions that she has long ago hidden. I have never read a book by Adele Ashworth. Ian was a strong character. My only problem was that the entire book was based on betrayal and I thought that the author should have explained better why he was held captive. Viola understands that while they have great sexual chemistry, she cant mistake that for him loving her. I recommend this book for any reader who enjoys a tender love story with a bit of drama.
Five years ago, our hero-the-Duke was kidnapped by evil sister duo, drugged and starved and chained in a dungeon for 5 weeks. People seem to either love this book for being 'intense' or loathe it due to stuff heroine does to hero or hero does to heroine.
For some reason I feel like time and again the tension I so loved between h/h, the banter and intrigue and suspense of the whole will they wont they and when will it happen? Things I loved: The revenge romance scenario Ashworth does not shy away from making this a very angsty and often heart wrenching story. His psyche took a beating and since his escape Ian has been tormented by his inability to remember all the details of his captivity and how Viola played a role in his life and abduction during that time. When Ian finally tracks Viola down the battle is on between these two and one thing among many that I really appreciated was how the revenge romance was high on the revenge. You really want to hate Ian in certain moments, because you glean insight into Violas thoughts and her actions during that time through her journal entries which mark the beginning of each chapter. In a revenge romance I feel like too often the hero is too quickly bowled over by the heroines beauty or charms and forgets what he intended in the first place. Ian in turn is cold much of the time, but he never really tries to deny his feelings for Viola. Lack of big misunderstanding or filler plot Again too many times authors fill the book with unnecessary characters, circumstances or problems between h/h because they feel its a sure fire way to heighten suspense or tensions or whatever. Its a slow progression to learning the entire truth about Ians time in the dungeon and Violas role in it all and that is what keeps the story, these two characters and the tension going. I hate it when hero and heroine are apart for several chapters as they converse with meaningless characters just for the sake of drawing everything out and really appreciated that there was none of that in this book. As for the issue of this book verging on a forced romance, similar to Anna Campbells Claiming the Courtesan , I havent read Campbells book through, only the first 70 pages or so, but from my understanding and reviews Ive read, that novel is much more of a forced romance I think its clear in this one that both the hero and heroine have strong feelings for one another, Viola especially admits more than once prior to their love scenes that she cares for Ian and has strong feelings for him.
In short, before the action of this book begins: Ian was held captive for five weeks and chained in a dungeon by Viola's two sisters, who kept him heavily drugged. When this book's action starts years later, her sisters have both gotten their just deserts but, to Ian's fury, Viola was absolved of all responsibility in the kidnapping. Eventually, Ian kidnaps Viola and takes her into the country to torture her (sexually, of course), apparently the climax of his revenge plot. For me, Ian's anger was justified-- I wouldn't enjoy reading a romance in which a man takes repeated sexual advantage (over the course of weeks!) of a woman too drugged to tell her elbow from a doorknob, even if she did "beg" him. Honestly, her inclusion as an "innocent" accomplice to the kidnapping seemed a contrived and flimsy way of explaining Ian's motivations when he acted out the highly fetishized bondage/"rape" scene later in the book.
Even after 5 years, Ian-Duke of Chatwin was not able to forget those horrible 5 weeks which injured his soul. To get his peace he decided to take revenge from Voila-Now the respected widow(for the wrong she & her family did). I love this book for many reasons, one of is Adele writing. I like the way she let him come over his demons on his own. And I think the real reason of his restlessness and Chasing Voila was their love.
(One knew at any age that one couldn't make a living simply by being a mystery solver like Nancy, but solving crimes as an attorney seemed practical.) After three years of knowing she was destined for Harvard Law School, Adele finished every published Nancy Drew novel (53 of them at the time) and moved on to reading romance. The Song Bird Years Adele continued to pursue her singing into her teen years, deciding she was either going to be an editorial reader for a publishing company (because all she loved to do was read) or a Singing Superstar. And then at the age of fifteen, her private vocal instructor told her the cold, hard facts: To really make it as a Broadway Singing Superstar, one not only has to read music well, but be able to act and dance and live on pennies. Adele does not dance (unless you count nightclubs in college and that time in Mexico when she was three) and the "living on pennies" bit seemed highly questionable. Unfortunately, reality struck again.