No Choice But Seduction: A Malory Novel Hardcover – Jun 17 2008
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"Witty...sexy...irresistible." -- Booklist
Experience "Lindsey's mastery of historical romance." -- Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Johanna Lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-eight previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in New Hampshire with her family.See all Product Description
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At best all the reader saw was Boyd's lust for Katey and her need to be part of a family, this isn't the stuff of good romance fiction and Lyndsey knows that as should her editor. As this was a romance, where was the sexual tension and the "ah" factor? No black moment, no sexual tension. Don't expect it in this book, it isn't there. Sadly she finally spent the last three pages of the book bringing Katey and Boyd together which was the biggest sellout to her loyal readers and after thought at best. This couple deserve their own book and this one clearly isn't it. Makes one wonder if she actually wrote this book or was it the last book on a publisher's contract.
I would say buy the book used later on, but Loyal readers know the Malory stories already and Katey and Boyd just don't have enough of a story to bother to purchase this one new or used.. So my suggestion is to read her back list if you aren't familair with the Malorys and hope her next offering is more judiciously edited by her editor.
The interaction between the hero and heroine was rushed at first when the vital foundation of their attraction needed to occur and they spent the rest of the time alternating in treating each other badly. Both had moments where they were 'too-stupid-to-live' and, although the reader knows from his inner thoughts and motivations that Boyd is not a villain, some of his actions were beyond smarmy and inexcusable.
The Malorys appeared which is usually a bonus, but at one point Anthony and James (whose glib back-and-forth is becoming tiresome IMO) took over the entire story with a reveal that wasn't even hinted at until halfway through the book. Considering how much the characters involved appeared in the first half, that whole plot point (even with its importance) seemed like an afterthought. Boyd eventually dropped out entirely due to this story line and we didn't even check back in with him until three pages before the end when he showed up for the HEA.
During the Big Moment (similar to Danny's experience in 'A Loving Scoundrel') Boyd wasn't even there. It was Katey with the two Malory brothers and all of the chapters dealing with that business were long and detailed (in some cases taking pages to retell other Malory novels which is annoying to say the least when they weren't crucial to this story).
I'm very open to new things in novels. I don't need the traditional template. But this was unorganized and had a 'dashed off' feel to it. It felt as if the author had grabbed a few romance novel staples, strung them together and plugged a couple of decent characters into the creation. As a result, I didn't like either of their actions leading to the HEA and felt they needed more moments that were unsullied by manipulation.
I give it two stars because somehow I really did want them to end up together. And I could see why Katey came around and I was glad it finally happened. Otherwise I would have given it only one star.
I like Johanna Lindsay and I think she created two good characters here, which is very important, but then she did them a disservice by weighing them down with a top-heavy, disorganized story line.
And one last note. While I do enjoy seeing the Malorys I don't think it's necessary to retell each of their novels with so much detail. It takes away from the current story. They're just support characters at this point, so it's not necessary to refer to so many details that don't have an impact on the story at hand.
EDIT TO ADD: It's been brought to my attention and now I remember that the twist was indeed foreshadowed, however I never felt the connection itself had been set up. Possibly the feeling that it had dropped into my lap was the unnecessary nature of the twist along with the incredible coincidence involved in having it come about. But fair is fair, the hints did occur. I stand corrected. :)
This book picks up after Captive of My Desires. It was introduced in that book that the hero of this work, Boyd Anderson, had already met and lusted after the heroine, Katey Tyler. This book did not go back and really explore their relatinship on board ship eluded to in Captive and merely passingly reaffirmed it happened in this piece, which would have been interesting had that time together been more deeply explored.
Already deciding he was ready to settle down and marry, Boyd was more than happy to marry Katey when she re-enters his life after his bad case of lust. The previous relationship not being more thourghly explored left you wondering why Boyd would be so eager to marry this particular heroine.
I also found very little likable about the heroine, and to be honest wondered why Boyd would even continue to bother with her. He mistakenly believes that she kidnapped Anthony Mallory's daughter when he finds them together after receiving a ransom note (which is constantly referred to as a blackmail note although their is no blackmail involved). Even though this would be a natural assumption on anyone's part at first. And despite Katey's explaining she had really rescued Judith, anyone would need some investigation in that situation to be satisfied. Still she becomes angry with the hero for believing her guilty. The heroine is not understanding about his mistake, even though, he allows her to escape believing she is the kidnapper. She feels he should know her better after the time they spent together, but we the reader don't get to see any of the bonds developed in their previous time together. In fact both character's think about how he spends most of that initial meeting trip avoiding her because she told him she was married. How exactly was the hero supposed to know her character so well that she would be uncapable of such a crime? This makes it hard to feel Katey's pain that Boyd did not initially believe her. Their whole back history is given as memoris from the h/h that are not detailed enough to give the reader a sense of any bond between them. Then she won't forgive his mistake, and claims he owes her so he should let her rent his ship to finish her tour of the world. Obviously this is an opportunity for the two leads to be able to spend time together right? And yet....
The two leads still spend little interaction time with each other aboard ship, and their is no "good" romantic tension build up between the two leads.
Final problem with the heroine. She has decided to go on this tour of the world to fill the boredom in her life after the loss of her parents, and rejection of her family. Although she has fallen in love with the hero she dosen't want to give up her tour of the world to start a family with him. Instead she wants him to wait for her until she's finished. He even offers to let her continue her tour of the world, and bring any children they have with them and share the world with them. But Katey dosen't think that is a good way to raise children. Then with a twist ending when she does find some biological family she is only to ready to give up her plans for a tour of the world, and decides to go ahead and marry Boyd instead of losing time and waiting. The hero again offers to share a tour of the world with her and any children, and now it is a great idea and grand gesture.
This is the only Mallory book that I have found disappointing.
Boyd Anderson, however, is not so sure. Born to the Anderson shipping family, Boyd is used to getting his way. He commands a fleet of ships that provide him with substantial wealth. That, and seeing how happy the rest of his extended family have become, make Boyd eager to settle down and make England his home. He's sailing to London when he meets Katey, and curses the fact that she's married. Still, even after he's arrived at his destination he has a hard time forgetting her. But when his niece Judith is kidnapped, Katey moves to the back of his mind while he concentrates on joining his in-laws, the Malorys, to bring Judy back home. Imagine his surprise when he sneaks up on the kidnappers, only to find Katey Tyler...
Johanna Lindsey has always been hit or miss for me. This book was a definite miss. There are those out there who love the Malorys. I've always been more a fan of her medievals and the stand-alone historicals, and this book is exactly why. So much focus is placed on knowing the Malory history that you're done a disservice if you haven't read ALL of the rest of the books in the series--and in order. I've read a goodly portion of them, and even I was lost sometimes in the constant references to things that happened in the previous books. And it also seemed like Lindsey was resting on the success of the series. People love the Malorys so I don't really have to try that hard because the books will sell themselves. Wrong! Good books will sell themselves, this one wasn't. It was formulaic, uninspired, and if I'm being honest, boring.
Boyd sees Katey Tyler and knows that he wants her. Fine. It's happened a thousand times in romances and I've been able to move on. But that's just it. He sees her, wants her, and doesn't get past it. He doesn't need to know anything else about her. Forget her likes, dislikes, family, upbringing, hopes, dreams: none of it matters. He wants her, so he'll continue to want her. And Katey was about as uninteresting a heroine as I've ever read. She wants to sail the world, which is a lovely idea in theory. But there's no real thought behind it. The girl knows nothing of geography, where she should travel, how she should get there, or any of the other thousand things you should figure out before embarking as a woman alone on a trip around the world. But then, when has logic ever gotten in the way of a dream? This book was exasperating, and it makes me angry because when Lindsey is good, she's great. Sadly, those seem to be distant memories.
If you want to read a great Lindsey story, pick up Prisoner of My Desire or Love Me Forever (Sherring Cross). If you want a historical series that is consistently good and entertaining, check out Gaelen Foley's Knight series beginning with The Duke or Lisa Kleypas's Wallflower series beginning with Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1). But I urge you to steer clear of this book if you're looking for either of those. You'll just be disappointed.