I am a diehard fan of romance and though i love a good steamy book as much as the next gal "steamy" can't carry a book alone. To many books have horrible dialouge that sounds like something out of a bad B movie. Johanna Lindsey's defining characteristic, in my opinion, is her dialouge, the rapid byplay of characters allows them to become people instead of those lusty people trying to get out of their clothes as if it were a timed olympic event.
"Gentle Feuding" follows the story of jamie and sheena two people from rival clans. Sheena is the redhaired beauty of her clan and jamie is ofcourse the laird of his. He sees sheena bathing in a pool in a glen (don't we all love a little dip every now and again?) and becomes enchanted by her beauty, as does everyone else who sees her. Though some people thought this whole thing of the herione being the legendary beauty that everyone is always falling all over themselves to get is tacky and unbelievable, but instead it added a sense of romanticism to the work. Sheena has to have her jamie fight off the advances of others to win her. Doesn't ever girl want someone willing to fight for them?
Sheena and Jamie are thrown together by some extraordinary circumstances and Jamie sets out to win Sheena though many others are viaing for her, even his own brother and a third party who is attempting to keep their two clans at war despite everyone's best effort to end it. everyone will love niall, sheena's little brother, because he'll remind you of your own brother at that age and you can't help but smile at his antics.
Another nice aspect to this work was the fact that jamie was actually near Sheena's age. Though sheena is still young by our standards today, 19, jamie is only 25 instead of say in his mid-thirties like most other novels. though this is because of the traditions and practicies of the time when these books are placed it's still nice every now and again to see a young lusty hero.
"Gentle Feuding" has a few imporbable aspects and Lindsey doesn't have much in the way of sexual tension or "bedroom scenes" in her work, but it's still a pretty fun read. i always laugh when i see the spunk of her characters and continue to read her works. it's an entertaining book, give it a try.