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A Woman Made for Pleasure

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Book reviewed by Lori Carroll

Years ago three friends made a pact to never get married. Of course, being the intelligent young girls that they were, they made sure to put in loopholes, just in case the perfect partner came along and they needed to break the pact. Now, years later, Millie still holds firm to her conviction that she will never marry. She's managed to convince her friends to put off their coming out seasons for two years. Now that they are twenty years of age they will let her put it off no more.

Chase has always needed to be the strong dependable heir. That doesn't mean that secretly he doesn't wish for adventure. He may have complained about having to save Millie from her escapades as a child, but that doesn't mean he would let anyone else save her. After years spent in service to the kingdom, he has been called home to uncover a conspiracy. The fact that he gets to once again watch over Millie can only be seen as a pleasant side benefit.

I have to disclaim something before I begin pointing out all the things I found wrong with this book. I actually enjoyed the book, I saw a lot of potential for this author. The characters were fun, I enjoyed their scenes together. I believed the romance between the hero and heroine. And it was an easy, light read during an overwhelmingly busy time of year. But there were a lot of things that the author needed to tighten up to make this a truly great book.

First off, instead of plot development the author chose to have an omnipresent mother that makes everyone take mysterious paths that just happen to lead them perfectly into their next plot. You also have the mysterious best friend that we know is going to be the hero of another book, so of course he only enters this story for a couple pages and then is sent off on a mysterious errand that keeps him away from his heroine.

Second, I have to admit that I am someone that always wants to know both points of view, but this author decided that everyone should get a chance to narrate - only for short periods of time, to fill pages or to help move the story where the author needs it to go, which made it even worse. All the sudden there is a halfpage of narrative halfway through the book from a person that you never hear from again.

And last, instead of the characters' personalities and plotlines being moved along by action or dialogue, the author chose to use narrative to explain everything away. It left a lot of the characters feeling flat and some of the storyline unbelievable.

There was a lot of potential for this book. Overall, like I said, I enjoyed it, and it was a quick, easy read. The plot just ended up feeling forced.

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“Love will find you whether you want it or not. ”

August 2012, 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 1420126490

Back Cover Blurb:

Drawn to a life of excitement and risk, Lady Millie Aldon made a pact to forsake marriage. But her plans are thrown into chaos when Chase Wentworth returns to town. The lanky lad she remembers from childhood is now the Marquess of Chaselton, possessing an air of mystery Millie can't resist. As Chase moves through London's elite circles, his stealthy manner has Millie convinced he harbours a secret - one she is determined to reveal. As Millie makes a game of observing Chase's every move, she finds her attraction to him unsettling. When a stolen kiss threatens to turn their flirtation into something more powerful, she questions her vow of freedom. But Millie has no idea of the danger she's facing. Chase has a complicated past - and his clandestine efforts to expose a traitor will soon provide a more perilous - and passionate - adventure than Millie could ever have planned.

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