Born to Be Wilde

Born to Be Wilde

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For beautiful, witty Lavinia Gray, there's only one thing worse than having to ask the appalling Parth Sterling to marry her: being turned down by him. Now the richest bachelor in England, Parth is not about to marry a woman as reckless and fashion-obsessed as Lavinia; he's chosen a far more suitable bride. As usual, there's no problem Parth can't fix. But when he learns of Lavinia's desperate circumstances, he offers to find her a husband. Even better, he'll find her a prince. But the more time he spends with the beguiling Lavinia, the more he finds himself wondering...Why does the woman who's completely wrong feel so right in his arms?--Provided by Publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062882219
Branch Call Number: F James
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,24 cm


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You can't not read Lavinia's story after reading book 2 in the Wildes of Lindow Castle Series.

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Oct 10, 2018

If you're in love with this series or this author, then don't read this review. I mean it. Don't get yourself worked up about it and just be glad you are enjoying the book. And just accept that not all of us like this series or are fed up with some writing/plot issues this writer tends to use.

I had real hopes for this one, the characters seemed intelligent, strong and funny, and for the most part, they were. But I was glad I waited to get it from the library, because it's not a keeper (for me).

It's an issue I have with this author (and some others). It's been growing over some time -and perhaps I'm noticing it more because it seems to be a pattern with her. And believe me, I hate that as she has written some personal favorites of mine (even with the same flaws I'm about to rant about). In the past, she has set up great plots, great promising characters, witty dialogue, but too often, trashes it all by making one or the other of the two prime characters a jerk (or idiot)! It's like she doesn't believe you can have a good plot while keeping the characters interesting, conflicted and still not idiots or jerks. I would suggest she check out Sarah MacLean's work.

She likes to say her books are like her small children, perhaps she dotes too much on them. She likes to point out she has a PhD in Shakespeare, which is more common than you might think, but doesn't really mean much in itself - but maybe she's trying too hard to use Shakespeare's plots without looking at their flaws. Or perhaps, as I suspect, she is a victim of her own success and now her editors don't point out problems they see with characters or plots. They just concentrate on making sure historical fact flaws or jarring paragraphs are minimized (like her earlier books had, but also had some of her best characters and plots.) After all, when your a success, people will buy your books anyway...

I don't know what is causing this, but I won't read her anymore. I just can't tolerate her 'he's a jerk but forgive him' shtick anymore or worse, making her heroines idiots (not this one, but the last book in this series.) I always had a feeling her books were 'written by committee' based on some of the jarring paragraphs or historical mis-facts I read...well, this is worse. Perhaps she needs that committee. Very disappointing, especially with such promising characters. :(


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