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A sadist and masochist couple :))
on October 1, 2002
I consider myself a big fan of JL but for this book I was not quite engaged with it and I actually wanted to give it 3 and 1/2 stars, yes, I guess that's my final verdict.
From the start, Jared's motive for revenge seems to be very weak and unconvincing to me. However, his intention to use Corinne as a means to an end (to get even with Corinne's father) is understandable, although it seems to be only an excuse for the story to go on.
What I found missing in this book is the chemistry between the two characters, Jared and Corinne. I know that they are supposed to hate each other first and then begin to fall for one another. The plot is fine with me. However, what I don't really understand is how they become to attract with each other or even love one another as the story goes by. I don't see the turning point in Corinne because she hates Jared so much for what he does to her (he rapes her, get her married and leave her with an announcement in a newspapers that he just simply deserts this woman). I don't really see the point why Corinne has to go after Jared to Hawaii, to get even with him?? I don't know because it's obvious that Jared doesn't really give a damn about her. As the story goes, Corinne just suddenly realizes that she loves him, despite his violence (he beats her), his lack of trust in her ( he thinks she's a whore) and her tears. When and why, I don't get it !!! (She's probably a masochist).
It's even worse with Jared's case. He is a typical mean, illogical, violent hero (or jerk, to put it more simply). Like I said above, I wasn't convinced with his motive to get revenge with Corinne's father at all. And after he left her for Hawaii, I can't see any indication that he cares and longs for Corinne or gets attracted, even a little, to her, as his wife. Even when he forces her to stay at his house, there is no obvious developments of both their feelings. For Corinne, she just suddenly knows that she loves this jerk. For him, I don't know when. I just don't understand how anybody could learn to love another person while he/she lacks total trust in his/her partner(he keeps calling her 'whore' and fall for her?? That's beyond my understanding). I don't see how 'Love' could be developed in such an atmosphere. (Again, he's probably a sadist!!)
The bottom line--this is one of the early JL's writings, I guess (it was first published in 1981, when I was 4, hahaha :)). If you don't mind the points of my complaint above, you might find it entertaining. But, do not compare it with the Viking series or Malory series or even some other stand-alone books (the Secret Fire or Prisoner of my Desire), okay? It's not that charming.