Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday: The Dangerous Gentleman by Julia London

Author: Julia London
First published in 2000 by Bantam Dell

It was strictly business as Adrian Spence claimed the woman his brother desired. A hasty wedding, and Lilliana Dashell was his-sweet revenge on the father who disinherited him and the brother who let it happen. Their wedding night is a revelation as passionate, innocent Lilliana ignites fires Adrian tries desperately to deny. By day he is a stranger. By night he is the lover her dreams, and she a shameless wanton in his arms. But Adrian is determined that no woman will ever possess him. And Lilliana knows that her only hope of taming this very dangerous gentleman is to unlock his deepest mysteries and open his shuttered heart to love.

I seem to be on a losing streak lately with my throwback books.  I can't seem to find one that I really enjoy.  I held out hope for The Dangerous Gentleman, but I have to admit, I hated this book.  Maybe hate is too strong of a word...I really, really disliked this book.  The more I read, the less I find myself buying into the girl falling for the guy when he treats her like absolute crap.  How does that even happen? 

In this first book, Adrian is disinherited by his father and to get back at his brother for doing nothing, he marries his brother's intended.  He lies to her about his intentions and basically ignores her when they get to their home.  Oh, except at night when he is tender and sweet in bed. *insert an eye roll here* For a little while I was applauding Lilliana for getting back to Adrian, but she never did the one thing she could have done to get a rise out of him...lock her door at night.  I won't go into all of the details.  I'll just say that in the end, it all came down to no communication between the couple.  I'm not sure I really bought into the HEA at the end.

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