The Reluctant Suitor Hardcover – Mar 6 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
The hardcover debut of historical romance doyenne Woodiwiss (The Flame and the Flower) recalls the era of romance writing when a hero could be said to sport his "fleshly horn" or "bold blade of passion" with no trace of irony. Some readers may find the prose a bit overblown ("she strove to unmount the iron-thewed thigh"), but the racy escapades are as entertaining as ever. Prodigal son Colton Wyndham returns to his home in England after fighting in the Napoleonic wars. His father, with whom he had a contentious relationship, has recently died, and Colton is the new Marquess of Randwulf. He enjoys flashing his "dark, shining orbs" at his beauteous neighbor, Lady Adriana Sutton, while in the throes of "manly imagination," "manly awareness" and "manly cravings." Upon discovering that his late father signed a betrothal agreement linking him to Adriana, Colton is torn between rebelling against his father's dictates and succumbing to his desire for Adriana. Adriana, still wounded by Colton's vehement declaration years ago that he would not wed her, fears that Colton will break her heart again and is determined not to fall prey to his charm. The mating dance starts slowly, but the introduction of a poisoning expert; a baby switching; and Colton's lowborn first wife, thought to be dead, keeps the plot lively. The prose is overwrought even by Woodiwiss's standards, but there's plenty here to amuse fans.
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From Library Journal
Colton would rather fight Napoleon than acquiesce to an arranged marriage, but upon returning he discovers that his intended is quite the gorgeous young woman. Woodiwiss's first original hardcover.
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Top Customer Reviews
Another thing, every time I have seen a Good review for her, it sounds more like a person form PR trying to convice the unaware public that the book is worth the money. Trust me it is not. Buy some of her other books and see for your self that this once great auther did have some talent.
I didn't make it past page 100, nor will I attempt to do so again.
My complaints? The prose that was stilted, the lack of character development, and the almost immediate fixation that Colton had for Adrianna's beauty and NOTHING else.
My biggest complaint? There were a thousand and one references in those first 100 pages back to the when Colton knew Adrianna before he took off. The continuous references to the type person she was and her feelings for Colton and how his rejection affected her was simply ridiculous. She was SIX years old!!!!! True, there were hints at the person she would become, but not nearly to the extent that Ms. Woodiwiss dwells on this. It was tedious and very unbelievable.
Most recent customer reviews
Okay, this book is slow. And the prose goes on forever. And the myriad references to Adriana's beauty are somewhat annoying. But all in all there is hope yet.
Ms. Read more
When I saw this at the library I couldn't believe
I had missed the latest. Not that it mattered!
The previous reviews here are so funny and true.
This book is awful. Read more
Fortunately, I bought this book at a discount. I had read the reviews but couldn't believe it was all that bad. It was. Scenes that normally would have inspired Ms. Read morePublished on July 4 2004
Has KW has franchised out her name? Who the heck has been writing these latest books??!! They're like winning entries in a romance novel spoofing contest.Published on June 27 2004 by Anita
I love Kathleen Woodiwiss of old - books like A Rose in Winter, Shanna, and Come Love A Stranger are some of the best in romance out there, I believe. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Jeannie Ruesch
I read Kathleen Woodiwiss's earlier books -- Wolf and the Dove, Flame and the Flower, Shanna. Those were her best. Read morePublished on June 15 2004
This is the WORST Kathleen Woodiwiss novel yet! Hackneyed and full of cliches, it is a chore to read this book. I do not know why I keep going back to it! Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Jennifer
I normally read a book in a couple of days... this one took me almost a week. I kept reading and hoping it would get better but it kept getting worse. Read morePublished on May 19 2004