- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm kinda new to the review request arena, so I'm not sure if this review is just the book (writing and story) or the book and the purchase, so I guess I'll cover both and alter it later (if I can), if I find out it was just the book.
I went looking for this book because a stumbled across the manga version online and thought it would be fun to compare to the actual novel as the manga version was quite enjoyable. It was interesting comparing, and -- of course -- there were some alterations for adaptation to the shorter drawn form. Some novel scenes were deleted, others altered, and still others taken in a little different direction. Overall, I can say it was a pleasant read, but I was rather surprised to find I enjoyed the manga version more. Among a few of the changes, the alternative meal and pot destruction went missing while 'alpacas in waiting' was given significance, and the treasure in the nuptial chamber was discovered, not arranged. In the case of both, however, one of the points my old fashion sensibilities appreciated was the bed came AFTER the marriage, and it was tastefully handled. As romances go, this followed a simple tried and true formula without any odd illogics or 'huh?' moments to spoil the flow. I liked the characters -- both strong personalities of good repute, despite their mutual need for healing from their troubled pasts -- and there wasn't much a prude, such as myself, could really object to. On the other hand, it followed a simple tried and true formula without any real 'Oh, wow! That surprised me," twists, hence the 'average, it's okay' rating.
Now, the merchant, Quality Bargain Mall, on the other hand... They delivered quickly and I didn't pay a lot, and I'm glad, because I would have really gotten irritated if I had paid more or had to add shipping to the cost. I knew I wasn't getting a mint condition, or even near new book, but its condition was still disappointing. Amazon defines "Used - very good" as "... The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly." The book I received had a tear in the cover, some "artistic" scribbles on the face page, and a grimy feel -- including some crusty protrusions -- on the front and back cover, as well as some distinct signs of wear in white crease lines in the spine. Clear tape repaired the cover and the grime w/ crusties came off with a damp wash cloth, but you can't do much about ball point pen or creases so those remain. I bought it for the story, and for the price I paid, that part was intact, so I can't complain too loudly, but it was still rather unpleasant to receive - I mean, who knew WHAT those crusties were. I was also disappointed with their customer service. Granted I wasn't seeking refund/replacement, but I did write them to express my dissatisfaction with receiving a worn, dirty, torn, marked "Used - very good" book and they didn't even deign to respond with an 'oops' or a 'sorry'. I might be willing to try buying "Used - very good" again, but not from them.