walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

trashy novels: _Lord Sin_, Kalen Hughes, _The Duke and I_, Julia Quinn

I haven't been feeling well, so I've been watching trashy TV and reading trashy novels that having been lying around the house for a while because I tried and failed to read them when I originally bought them. I also reread three Susan Elizabeth Phillips (_Breathing Room_, _Nobody's Baby But Mine_, and _This Heart of Mine_). At least Phillips is funny, which I can't say for Hughes. Or at least, if Hughes is funny, I don't get it.

_Lord Sin_ is set in the late 18th century. The heroine is a young widow (26) who is essentially one of the guys: she smokes, she shoots (well), she rides aggressively, etc. Her home is treated as a men's club (and it has a name: the Top Heavy). At some point in her past, Ivo Dauntry, then the younger son of a younger son (but everyone died, so he's going to inherit the title after all) shot someone in a duel to protect her honor or something and he spent 6 years on the Continent to live the results down.

Well, he's back now, and makes a deal with George (Georgianna). He wants to be her lover, and doesn't want to be limited to one night. Antics ensue. Oh, and did I mention someone is trying to murder her?

It's well written and plausibly plotted. I just didn't find it humorous in any way; it seemed awfully angsty. This might be my fault, but there you are.

_The Duke and I_ IS funny. I failed to read it earlier because it's just so very much one of those I-have-an-attachment-disorder-and-must-be-saved-by-Twoo-Wuv books that it was unreadably annoying. Definitely a my-fault problem. First in a series, so if you enjoy this one, you'll have a lot to look forward to. I don't know that I'll bother with additional ones.

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