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[PDF.ePUB.MOBI]  Lord Ruin Author Carolyn Jewel – serv3.3pub.co.uk [Read] ➮ Lord Ruin ➶ Carolyn Jewel – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Ruan Bettancourt the Duke of Cynssyr intends to marry London's most beautiful debutante A case of mistaken identity forces him to marry her sister spinster Anne Sinclair Before long he's head over hee Ruan Bettancourt the Duke of Cynssyr intends to marry London's most beautiful debutante A case of mistaken identity forces him to marry her sister spinster Anne Sinclair Before long he's head over heels in love with his wife while Anne is determined to make the best of her unwanted marriage Can Lord Ruin convince Anne he's fallen in loveCynssyr said abruptly Do you recall anything of last night Miss SinclairSlowly Anne forced herself to look The duke stood unmoving a stark and beautiful man dressed in unrelieved subfusc but for white shirt and cravat Mourning it struck her He lacked only a crepe band about his arm to complete the resemblance The chest beneath that mourning black was broad and muscled A scar ran white and jagged along his collarbone Vividly she saw his naked chest could feel the heat of his skin Impossible How could she have another woman's memories Anne Sinclair could not have seen the duke of Cynssyr without a stitch of clothingShe was she realized staring at him as if he were some sort of oddity a puzzle to be solved Those pure green eyes stared back Eyes of such haunting familiarity she started to shake Eyes like gems Even when she turned away she felt his gaze on her Impossible what her memory suggested Impossible Aldreth.

10 thoughts on “Lord Ruin

  1. ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...] ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...] says:

    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the bookI tried and tried to like this book but there were just too many eww factors and my pet peeves I couldn’t ignore More than once I wanted to DNF it At one point I want it to end simply end and relieve me of my miseryRuan the duke of Cynssyr is a rake Yes one of those sparkly dukes whose loversmistresses are scattered there in every nook and cranny He’s a lawyer and a detective The book starts with him talking to his friends and contemplating a possible conuest of a married woman His other friends are Benjamin aka Ben Baron Aldreth and Devon the viscount Bracebridge Ruan has been in the war with Devon Ben 4 yrs ago fell in love and married one of the Sinclair sisters Mary Mary is beautiful So is Lucy a widow and the youngest Emily It’s only Anne who’s the eldest a spectacle clad spinster isn’t the beautiful one no idea why I get it she’s tall but she’s got wheat blonde hair blue gray eyes and a great body which Ruan finds out soon and can’t seem to get enough of At Ben’s marriage Anne met Devon and there was a hint of a relationship They liked each other uite a lot but Anne’s good for nothing ignorant father said ‘no’ because Devon didn’t have a title Devon I thought was almost in love with her so I liked him But I should’ve known better He didn’t ‘wait’ for Anne for all these years but now that he’s got a title he’s willing to offer for her again Ruan may have met Anne but doesn’t remember her who remembers the spinster when you get to fck all the shallow air headed but beautiful whores? Very logical All the Sinclairs are at present invited in Devon’s estate Corth Abbey Devon hopes for Anne and Ruan has decided since he has to do his ‘duty’ and produce an heir why not offer for the most beautiful of the Sinclair sisters Emily? Anne is very excited to see Devon but she doesn’t believe he feels anything for her She is very insecure about her looks it doesn’t help that her insensitive father is always criticizing her Whoa I was pissed at the man Then there is a little accident where Anne gets hurt Since Ruan wasn’t supposed to arrive til tomorrow they put Anne in his room when the doctor was summoned and drugged her to sleep In between she meets the Duchess Ruan’s mother and another woman a Lady Prescott whom I didn’t think as Ruan’s lover When it was revealed later it was like a slap on my face Then oops Ruan is back at midnight to find a gorgeous whore in his room FYI Ruan always stays in this room when he’s in Corth Abbey and sharingsending whores is nothing for Devon and Ruan So what does he do? Does he make sure who the fck this woman was before banging her? Nope He makes Anne ‘perform’ services and then of course proceeds to the next round Egads she’s a virgin Does that stop him? No again And he experiences the best sex of his life seriously I would never believe that after all those gazillion women They were discovered by Ben Anne was drugged so she doesn’t uite remember it in the morning I must tell you Ben was comparably the nicer one in the lot He was very responsible as the head of the family truly loves Mary and was very very mad at Ruan for doing this He cares for Anne a lot and tells Ruan that he would’ve never wished him upon her because she deserves better Of course they have to marry now Anne is shocked to know it from Ben while Ruan was standing by He was cold and very distant not to mention insensitive I mean he’s ‘Lord Ruin’ and is proud of it I didn’t like it that I have to take him as he is with his legions of lovers all over the place simply because he’s a duke rich powerful and very handsome which is exactly what Anne does later in the book WhateverOh but Ruan can’t get enough of his new wife And it starts They’re having sex everywhere anytime Since CJ talked about their sex life uite explicitly it looked like a lot but it was nothing out of the ordinary IMO In other books Hh’s sex life isn’t always mentioned to this extent There were at least 810 sex scenes detailed or otherwise The guy simply loved doing it with his wife I’m totally ok with this It’s supposed to be this way I would’ve adored it to boots if the mentions of Ruan’s loversmistresses weren’t thrown all over the book There was this one mistress he’s been seeing for about 3 years now practically lived with her though not faithful in her house She was like a ‘side dish’ IMO someone he knew he could fck anytime he wanted Later on Ruan tells Anne that they have a longer history together The woman married her deceased husband because Ruan won’t marry her which according to Ruan he should’ve back then When the husband died and Ruan was back from war they became lovers It was implied he’s got some strong emotion for this woman so why didn’t he simply marry her later on? Am I supposed to believe he feels something different for Anne when even Anne herself knew he’s said ILU to women he wanted to fck? Ruan never denied that he did these things nor did he repent his time with this woman maybe the others too as he informed Anne later Anyway Anne and Ruan come back to London when Anne finds out she’d pregnant And yes they keep having sex really good sex at that Anne wants him for sure but is firm in her decision that she won’t let him in her heartIt’s in the ball for Anne is where the mistress makes her first appearance like she had every right to be there Devon Ruan and Ben were meanwhile investigating some beatings and rape of women some of whom disappeared only to be found murdered Some who are rescued won’t talk about it Anne already met a few men in London and it seems like now that she’s married all men find her appealing and beautiful But the fact was Anne was pretty in her own right only the men were morons shallow minded morons at that So one of the Lords Wilberfoss attacks Anne in the ball Anne went to talk to him privately because she thought he wanted to talk about Emily Anne somehow saves herself but is pretty shaken and instantly wanted Ruan to hold her What does she see when she finally finds him out? He being all cozy with his mistress in a private room He’s a bit annoyed by Anne’s intrusion Anne feels betrayed but did she fight back later on? Nope Sex is great he’s good looking and he makes me all fluttery inside why fight? Seriously? I didn’t really care for all the sex scenes except for one at the very end when Ruan basically loses control for the first timeAnne takes all the talks of his mistresseslovers very easily Sorry I’m not that ‘practical’ so I couldn’t I mean if she didn’t feel anything for him it would’ve been ok theoretically but she knows there is a possibility that she might come to care for him very much and Ruan is NOT the kind of man you trust your heart with Anyway they form a kind of friendship but Ruan was falling for her steadily Sadly I couldn’t believe anything he did Anne learns of the kidnappings and murders and tells Ruan she’d like to help Ruan is very impressed with her intelligence Yah well so far he’d been interested in everything else other than intelligence in a woman so Anne is a novel experience for him He keeps making love to her and tries to convince her of his feeling in vain Me? I was pretty bored Anne starts interviewing some of the victims women who won’t talk before and brought information for Ruan They narrow the attacker down to the Maruess of Thrale Robert He is a nice guy so Anne doesn’t believe this He’s also interested in Emily though from his apparent exasperation at Lucy I tended to think otherwise But there are evidences as well as one victim before committing suicide names him and gives some things to Anne which indicated that Robert was involved Anne is sad and horrified Another thing is that almost all the women were blondes except Ruan’s mistress She was duped as well but I’m not sure when Ruan just blurts out this information to Anne when they were talking about the victims There are actions in between; hearing the news they rush to save the victim but it was too late Robert was found there but he said he’s innocent Anne and Ruan keep fighting their little war Not sure if I should call it a war because Ruan was determined somehow he’d make her love him if it means sex all the time Anne NEVER said no to sex even knowing one of the supposed victim’s mothers was also his lover Remember I talked about one of his conuests at the beginning? It was the same woman though I have NO IDEA when he ‘accomplished’ the deed When they confronted about their feelings as I said Ruan never denied that he lied about his feelings to get what he wanted from those women Even his longtime one I guess believed he loved her So I was pretty disgusted the way he just set her aside after their elongated history like she means nothing at all But that wasn’t the case as I found out later on Remember that he still didn’t break off with her and Anne knew How am I going to believe you Ruan? Simply impossible I don’t blame Anne for not granting him her heart though I wish she didn’t let him have sex It would’ve been a test for him to see if he really was sincere pun intended as Ruan was called the Insincere CynssyrThen the book focused on the murders with Anne helping them out More on Ruan’s trying to ‘convince’ her of his feelings I don’t really remember much as I was pretty pissed I mean this moment I thought I might believe him his feelings but the next there would be the mention of a mistresslover or simply that woman and I would lose interest all over again How could Anne stand him for crying out loud? Let me give you another example It seems like Ruan has PTSD I mean wow I love a tortured hero But Ruan I didn’t care for When he woke up from one of those dreams you know whom he was thinking of? Yes you’re right that mistress of his He was thinking oh this doesn’t seem like her house the woman next to him isn’t her etc etc I get it that he was pretty fuzzy from his dream but the mistress was so embedded in his mind ah what can I say? I didn’t like it at all Of course when he came to his senses he realized who it was So what if Anne’s the only woman to share your bed in your house? Was it supposed to be a prize or something? I didn’t give a sht about this informationMore mess ahead One of the men called Durling a rake and gambler was uite enad of Anne himself but never made any advances towards her He knowing about the killings and accompanying Ruan and co in one of the scenes told Ruan once that Anne might be the next victim He was drunk at that point so Ruan couldn’t really get much from him When Ruan goes to save one of the victims who almost died is when he’s kinda shaken to think what if it was Anne It is then that love scene happens; where he loses control sort of and I kinda felt that maybe his feelings were genuine Meantime in one of the diplomatic meetings Ruan was voted to go to abroad on a mission but Ruan wasn’t interesed to leave London for an adventure because of Anne He tells his counterparts that which I liked Anyway Ruan decides to send Anne to Cornwall in his estate called Fargate Castle knowing the dangers But he can’t simply think of being apart from her Even though it was pretty late in the book I began to believe that Ruan’s feelings for her were real The man tells his friends too In one of those talks Ben confides in him that he’d also ‘noticed’ Anne but somehow it was Mary he fell in love with I mean WTF is their problem? It seemed like now everyone thinks Anne is ‘worth’ having while previously no one cared at all No she still didn’t wear revealing gowns or flirted didn’t even leave her spectacles How come suddenly she’s so appealing to everyone? God knows but it left me pissed I mean don’t get me wrong I liked Anne but it was really odd Devon never made it a secret that he wanted Anne Anne was uite confused about Ruan’s declaration of love She didn’t believe him but wanted to very much Yet she relied on Devon It was not love but she cares for him rolls eyes Anyway it was her birthday and she and Ruan had crazy sex last night but what does she do when she’s in Ben’s house and Ruan was yet to attend it? She tells Devon something like she can’t take it any that Ruan loves his mistress It implied that she wants him to save her which Devon reciprocates by saying he’d help when the time is right and the baby is born makes a face here Everyone thinks of Emily Anne’s youngest sister as a child she being something like 18 Ruan arrives late Emily was giving a bit of ‘what for’ to Ruan while accompanying him and barbing him with insults about his treatment of Anne only to find Devon and Anne together They eavesdrop Ruan was shocked but wasn’t that surprised by Anne’s admission Oh my it seems like Emily is interested in Devon herself who is at least 1415 years older than her What a mess She is angry and hurt by this display Umm why? When they later unwrap the birthday gifts Ruan gives Anne something special and says ILU in front of everyone mostly to notify Devon that Anne is out of reach also note Lady Prescott aka his one time lover present Oh Anne is so happy to have this that she kissed him with a lot of enthusiasm What was that? She was just planning something with Devon and now she’s in seventh heaven because of Ruan’s gift and declaration? My head hurtsBut oh some fun is still to come Meanwhile the climax of the murder mystery was coming up and I knew it They still thought Robert as the murderer Ruan talks about his longtime mistress to Anne as they were talking about the victims and Anne tells him she’s been to see her to find out information and was followed on the way back It seems since that woman’s husband didn’t treat her well because of her ordeal Ruan stepped in to ‘help’ Anne is uite proud of Ruan Seriously? If he had any good intentions or love so to speak he would’ve married her by now not keep her as a ‘side dish’ while he went about cutting his swath through London How can I respect a man like that? Even Ruan knew he had nothing to convince Anne of his feelings There was another scene where he tells Anne he’s ‘seen’ his mistress but I wasn’t sure if he cheated or not He simply said I’ve seen her it’s over Anne the good and angelic Anne says nothing about it; nothing that I wanted from her at least Oh but it wasn’t over You’ll know soon why I said thatRuan sends Anne to Cornwall but on the way she was kidnapped Ruan didn’t know it until someone send for him only to dupe him He was about to be beaten maybe killed but somehow he manages to escape Ruan comes back home and decides to go to Cornwall when Robert calls Ruan still suspected Robert but he tells Ruan that he saw his big carriage somewhere abandoned with the coachman and one of the footmen murdered Emily meanwhile comes in to confront Ruan about sending Anne away not knowing that it was everything to do with the pregnancy as well as Anne’s own safety Ruan feels helpless not knowing what to do so he decides to send for Ben and Devon Emily takes on the task of summoning Devon In Devon’s townhouse OMG it was one disgusting scene Devon was screwing a married woman at that time actually just finished the second round musing that he was going to marry in a year or so I thought at this point that maybe the woman was a widow or something and he’s thinking of marrying her But of course not They can’t seem to do anything that isn’t utterly vile when it involves women He was contemplating marrying the woman’s daughter Yes her bloody DAUGHTER And the woman herself KNEW of it I mean HOW COULD THEY? It was so so horrible even to imagine What would they do next cheat on the poor girl after marriage? I mean what kinda mother was that woman? EWWWW I had some soft corners for Devon especially after he was robbed of Anne in the beginning and thought his affections were genuine but oh God yuk Emily finds him like that naked with the woman by his side I won’t go into Anne’s rescue which took place afterwards because I had lost all my interest in this book but that Devon is now fantasizing about Emily Good Lord And Emily not only touched him but let him kiss her YUK I don’t think he was even clean Simply awful Sorry but that thought kept coming to me as I knew she only gave him time to dress and then accompany her to Ruan’s home Lord I shudder as I think of it EghAnne was beaten but not raped She was rescued by the men as Emily accompanied them The murderers were revealed and died in the scuffle They come home Anne falls asleep in exhaustion but woke up late at night to find her bed empty She with difficulties goes out to look for Ruan only to find him with his mistress Yes THAT BLOODY WOMAN again in the house talking privately I hated it knowing even though they were only talking it was private and glaringly shows their shared history How could Anne just stand there observed it? Do you know what Ruan was doing? Since he was pretty sure Anne would never return his affections how long has it been Ruan a month two and you gave up already? he’d let Anne go after the baby is born FYI Yes in the beginning Anne wanted divorce before she found out her pregnancy Ruan replied it’s not gonna happen as he doesn’t regret what he did to her because of it he could have her as his wife It’s obvious otherwise he wouldn’t have given her a second look and married Emily by now Anne asked him would he have married her if he wasn’t found out Ruan actually hesitated to answer it which gave me my answer as well Back to that ‘beautiful’ scene the last of the book Ruan begs the mistress to take him back after Anne’s gone WHAT? But of course she will she’s born to do it The mistress starts saying negative things about Anne like she has no passion she’s only doing her duty that she should be grateful for this marriage how dare that she isn’t etc pretty obvious what her intensions were WTF Ruan did? NADA He didn’t say anything to the woman to stop her poisonous mouth knowing that Anne was nothing of the sort but simply stand there listened to her and in turn kept on whining she doesn’t love me wa wa wa Give me one good reason why should she? Oh but Anne our saint Anne forgave him because after all wasn’t it her cue to say ILU back? The mistress goes out the door with a bitter smile but in my mind to plan some advanced strategy because I simply saw Ruan is still open to the option Don’t they share a history longer than Anne? So I’m not surprised that I didn’t believe in their HEA neither Ruan nor anything he said Yes he was pretty good at ‘demonstrating’ his affections there were scenes I thought pretty intense but I felt nothing I didn’t warm up to him I hated Devon was irritated at Emily; glad that there wasn’t any book for them because I would’ve been tempted to read that since it’d been a series and I like to torture myself and tear my hair out afterwards It’s sadder that I was interested in the murdermystery subplot and wanted to see something between Robert and Lucy Lucy was featured less than any of her sisters so I wished to know about her and Robert Overall 3 stars Update From CJ's website Lucy and Thrale's book coming in 2013 A big YAY from me

  2. Misfit Misfit says:

    The basic set up plain ish spinster Anne Sinclair injures her ankle while she and her family are houseguests of some lord who is the BFF of the rakish Duke of Cynssyr It's decided Anne needs uiet and laudanum for the pain but the problem is there's a full house the only unoccupied room is that of the not yet arrived to the party Cynssyr so that's where they decide to put a doped up Anne Cynssyr arrives in the wee hours when the household is abed and heads straight for his room he always stays in that room and upon finding a woman in his bed assumes his BFF has pulled a prank and slipped a whore in for his pleasure Despite her drugged state Anne cough rises to the occasion or should I say Cynssyr rises to the occasion? and the two have passionate sex Well they are found out and there's not much to do but for Cynssyr to marry Anne and make the best of it will he farm her out to the country or will he fall in love with his mousy wife?I'm generally not fond of Regencies and reformed rakehells but a couple of friends whose opinion I value rated this highly so I was hoping for the best Perhaps it was just me but this book didn't work at all The mystery of the missingkidnapped women just came out of nowhere and was so convoluted with so many players and suspects that I was completely lost I was just praying for it to end Then we get to the relationship between Anne and Cynssyr This is supposed to be true love fairytales and romance? Seriously? Even if you can get past the opening of him boffing her whilst she's practically unconscious lol she does come out of it enough to give him a blow job that is not my kind of romantic partner his main concern is when he's hot for sex he'll have it now no waiting for the bedroom hell a couple of times they were right next to the bed and he still couldn't wait I think the tally was against the wall Anne standing up while he knelt and did you know from behind while she's holding onto the dresser until they made it to the floor back onto another table and finally in the garden No slow tender love making for this Duke Pants down skirts up and INCOMING Wham bam thank you ma'amNot my idea of a romance and real love Not even close

  3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    It's been a while since I read this but a friend asked for a review so I'll do my bestI picked this one up on impulse because I love the spinster heroine motif I admit that Ruan isn't my ideal hero since I really don't like oversexed rake heroes much with a few exceptions However this book really entertained me and probably for very shallow reasonsI have met few heroes who are as horny as Lord Ruan My goodness Even though this book isn't wall to wall sex scenes I felt like the duke and Anne were having sex constantly and not just in the bed against any available object In confess I liked this about the booka lot I'm all for married couples getting busy often in romancesI give this book five stars because I appreciated the approach I liked how Anne was a sweet woman and out of her league but she ends doing alright with Lord Ruan He ends up loving her dearly and showing it even though she wasn't his type and he did not want to marry but had to because he had compromised her Some readers will not like how Anne and Ruan meet and end up having to marry It was a bit eye opening but it didn't put me off the book The mystery was good and kind of shocking in a way But I liked the romance most of all Some readers won't enjoy this because they might want something else in a book But for a sweet straightforward sexy historical romance I was a happy camper with this oneAnd the immortal uestion? view spoiler Did Lord Ruan cheat on Anne when he was in London? I don't think he did I believe that he developed an acute case of I am obsessed with one woman induced impotence which is what I wish all romance heroes would suffer for love of their heroines hide spoiler

  4. Jan Jan says:

    First book from this author for me and I really enjoyed it Her writing style is a little different from other HR authors I've read and I like it I also really liked the MCs and some of the secondary characters tooI agree there is some controversial material in this book It was first written in 2002 and I wonder whether such a story would be writtenpublished in our current climate 2018 Possibly not I can understand why some readers don't want to go there with this book or why they give it a low rating or dnf I have to say I was not aware of any of that when I started it I'd seen some good recs and read a couple of positive reviews I'm also trying out new to me authors Once I started it I realised there was a controversial aspect to the story view spoilerAnne is 'ruined' in a non con scene with Lord Ruin hide spoiler

  5. Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves says:

    Hmmm all through I felt as if I was getting only the audio of an audio visual show Or as if the author expected me to already know about the goings on the characters and their background without actually explaining like in a seuel and I would get a rap on the knuckles if I asked Still I managed to finish this book while I dnf ed another very popular one of hers And it’s not bad per se Nice development of a simple enough plot with the shotgun moc trope I liked the h I liked the hot explosive chemistry and the sex scenes are a bonus The Duke of sin Lord Ruin Insincere Cynssyr compromises mild term that will come back to it a laudanum ed bespectacled plain sister spinster and gets caught in the act and so has to do the honorable thing The h goes from militant ‘the awful man’ to a meek biddable yes sirring wife I don’t like a belligerent confrontational h but neither can I stand a yes woman doormat Other problems? Plenty Major spoilersview spoilerRape And no repentance He finds a woman sleepingunconscious in his bed and calmly proceeds to take liberties and Even after he discovers she’s a virgin he doesn’t bother wondering or stopping His obsession with her body beautiful versus her faceher character is crude His mind had “long and slender legs small waist and those lovely round breasts that sent heat directly to his groin” on a loopI didn’t like him confiscating her glasses for the duration of a ball God how’s she supposed to see and socialize? It’s shown to happen once and she gets a headache Later he finds the glasses cute and sexy but I didn’t care for this one insensitivity Then his repetitive comparison favorably so but of the h with other women – her incomparable sisters his mistress his former lovers – is again off putting He thoughts are forever on his mistress and the comparisons “Hell his dainty fragile beauty of a mistress had never intrigued him like this”The initial mention of the H pursuing the h’s younger sister for marriage and vowing to melt the unresponsive young woman doesn’t elevate him either As doesn’t his giving the sister the sobriuet of ‘the Angelic Sinclair’ Compared to him not even recalling the oldest sisterh at allAll HRs have ‘rakes’ and we generally ignore their immoral adulterous behavior as it’s all part of the lionizing and bad boy ness and mostly in the past It’s the same here but I could not stomach it as all older women turn out to be his former lovers I hate a H having affairs with married women as that poaches on a marriage Experienced widows mistresses are still okay although sadly the ow's feelings are never taken into accountThis author’s Hs feel no compunction in bedding a mother and then pursuing the daughter for marriage It’s so with this H and another one of her later ones It left me uite nauseous Adding this to the unconscionable beddingrape of the h he completely fell in my estimation and even his easy falling in line and in love with the h didn’t help He might be the proverbial tortured soul but some essential morals are inviolate and some lines should never to be crossed The suspense of the serial rapists is another irritant It’s so apparent that it’s just filler material like the h H sex scenes and I didn’t like the news of a woman getting raped every other chapter And it has that hazy treatment that makes me antsy So many things and conversations are left incomplete unanswered or muddled Like when the h asks a simple uestion in middle of his ramblingdissembling “You are kind and I have not been You forgive weakness I never have”“What of Mrs Forrest?”“You are tolerant I am not ”He never answers I trusted him with her at this point but an uneuivocal NO at the right time helpsMrs Forrest btw is his long time loverwoman he almost married She married another but continued being his lover The lover he ‘gave up’ but still goes to meet as he confesses at the start of this conversation He never answers the h’s uestion and the h also lets him get away with it And her own mixed feelings for another man don’t help either hide spoiler

  6. Jultri Jultri says:

    DNF 40 % This book did not make a favourable impression from the start The hero Lord Ruan who arrived at a house party intending to woo the spinster heroine's very young sister instead enthusiastally took the heroine's virginity The heroine Anne was a less enthusiastic and active participant on account that she was practically rendered unconscious by laudanum following an injury It was short of rape however because she was revived transiently enough to orgasm and give the hero some serious head service Her brother in law walked in on them and they were forced to wed although only after Ruan tried to snake his way out of it by crudely justifying to her brother in law in her presence that he couldn't help himself given how great her legs and tits were Classy and gentlemanly behaviour So they endeavour to make the best out of their marriage with Ruan taking it to mean he could hump his new and virtually virginal bride missing hymen but also missing memory of the night of her lost virginity against the wall without taking time out to prepare her adeuately aka foreplay or to even bother to ensure her pleasure Not very well done He did acknowledge his lack of finesse but did we read about him making it up to her? No they did the deed here and there and everywhere and great mention of how much he enjoyed her body and her great tits but whether she enjoyed herself we had no idea She seemed enamoured enough of him but that be due to the fact that she was the perfect submissive doormat wife despite her so called intelligence and wit She was than happy to repeatedly Yes Sir his every reuest which involves a lot of skirt lifting and bending this way and that There is innocence and then there is stupidity as evident by the fact that she took inordinately long time to work out she was being sexually molested by a pervert justifying his leering and body groping as accidental When it finally dawned on her what had happened she ran off to seek comfort in Ruan's arms only to find him cooped up in company of his mistress with Ruan audaciously annoyed that she did not knock first In true doormat style she apologised for disturbing them and told him it was perfectly fine and that she accepted he needed some diversion from the dullness of her Where is your self worth woman? It turned out that Ruan was ending his relationship with his mistress because inviting well known OW to the ball held in his wife's honour in their marital home in order to farewell her was such a great tasteful idea Now the coup de grace that ended this book for me was that in his subseuent conversation with his brother in law Ben married to Anne’s sister who chided Ruan for his thoughtless behaviour towards Anne Ruan never showed any remorse for his poor choices and actions Ben who hitherto had been a pillar of decency then proceeded to tell Ruan how desirable he thought Anne was and how much he still enjoyed watching her and her long legs move and that he wanted to bed her from the moment he laid eyes on Anne but was only stopped by the fact that he was already in love with her sister Yes huh? I had to read that a few times and it still makes no sense to me except making me feel a like I needed a good soapy scrub Now in among all of the above there is an obscure crime side plot where the author throws in random little tidbits out of the blue that left me thinking did I miss something before that Oh and the shallow arse herole asked her not to wear her glasses never mind that she couldn't see clearly without them resulting in headachesI don't give too many one stars but this whole book just felt really amateurish and unpolished Worse there were some parts that I found truly icky and offensive and that is where my one star ratings come in I am disappointed because my previous book by CJ was great I might brave another one from her but I'm done with this series as the characters all appear uite amoral as supported by reviews by other readers

  7. Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance says:

    So I rarely dnf a book but I really couldn't do this any The first scene of the book is the hero literally fucking the heroine while shes doped up on laudanum and while I get it he had no clue and thought she was just a giggly happy prostitute clearly enjoying herself it was understandable but very VERY unpleasant to read I am very good at taking into consideration the time and place these novels take place and rape back then had a different definition than rape today While it was clearly not a rape from his point of view and it wasn't he wasn't a bad guy or a rapist at all just super horny lmao it was rape from her perspective How the fuck would you feel if you woke up and found out you weren't a virgin any and couldn't even remember having sex? That shit is TRAUMATIC and was hardly even addressed? I wanted to shake the heroine and sayWHAT THE FUCK GIRL WHY AREN'T YOU OUTRAGED ABOUT THIS?? Like to know something drastic happened to your body when you weren't even conscious?? It was just such a ridiculous situation and very very CRINGY to readSo I tried to move forward and forget about that unpleasantness which was difficult cause this author did not have much going for her The writing and plot weren't spectacular Then came the next few sex scenesNOPE BITCHNOT TODAYSo so SOOOO UNPLEASANT AND NOT EVEN FUN TO READ THERE SEEMED TO BE NO PLEASURE FELT BY THE HEROINE EVERY FUCKING TIME HE RUTS ON HER LIKE A FUCKING ANIMAL AND THEN GOES im sorry love you're just so fucking hot i cant think past getting my dick in there for all of 3 seconds before it's overyeah nowho knows maybe later in the novel it gets better but the tone of this book so far is just depressing I fast forwarded and im sure the sex parts were better later in the book but some first impressions make the rest of the book irredeemable I don't even want to read this book anyIf anyone thinks this book is worth it please tell me but it would be really hard to convince me to continue

  8. willaful willaful says:

    My first thoughts about this book were that it had a lot of promise but wasn't coalescing into a cohesive whole My last thoughts were that it was just a hot mess The plot was hard to follow the writing was awkward and I couldn't understand why Anne who already had one desirable man in love with her flatly refused to believe her husband's affection There seemed to be a lot of missing background info that might have made sense of it all Two stars mainly for him finding her glasses sexy

  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    It isn't even what Ruan did view spoiler raping Anne while she was doped up and unresponsive hide spoiler

  10. Mariana Mariana says:

    I recently started watching the Netflix series Trump An American Dream Ruan is like Trump Anne is no likeable Need I say ?

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