Rules of an Engagement by Suzanne Enoch

Thrills! Chills! High Sea Adventure! Nah.

This is what you get when you are trying to finish the Harry Potter series before the movie opens at the theater. I keep thinking that it must have been the excitement of Harry Potter that made Suzanne Enoch's Rules of an Engagement so dull. Rules of Engagement is part of the Adventurer's Club series and Bradshaw, the hero, is the brother of Robert from England's Perfect Hero and Tristan from The Rake.

This is not one of Ms. Enoch's best efforts. In fact, I was down right disappointed and yes, I blame Harry Potter! (Not really.) You would think that a book filled with cannibals, adventure on the high sea, pirates, privateers, typhoons, and Tahiti would be exciting. Nah. In fact, all of these plots (and these were just a few of the plots, because there were some snooty aristocrats, a very self-centered father and an almost villain doctor thrown in) never seemed to build to any climax. The cannibals look at the "adventurers" grumpily, so the "adventurers" leave the island. The doctor has impregnated two girls, but he later apologizes. The French pirates may try to murder our hero, so our hero drills holes in the pirate ship and the ship sinks. The typhoon approaches, we have a dance, then sex and then the typhoon is over. We land on Tahiti, find the one-eyed native "King George," listen to a lame story about a mirror and get tattooed. There were so many plots in this book and they just left me flat. I felt as if the author keep changing her mind as to the direction she was taking the story.

And the only glimmer I could see was the almost romance between Bradshaw and Zephyr. If there had just been more of their moments together I would have enjoyed this story a whole lot. They talked, they bantered, they laughed together... too bad they were left in the shade.

I was really bummed out. I had to force myself to finish this book. The romance was short-changed in favor of a million-kazillion plots that went no where. Back to Harry!

Time/Place: 1800's South Pacific
Sensuality: Almost hot

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I struggled through this book as well, so it wasn't only you and quit blaming Potter. Most of the secondary characters are despicable, which made it a hard read as well.