March 23, 2012
Thesaurus word substitutes for Sophomoric: Inexperienced, foolish, naive, birdbrained, blockheaded, harebrained, imbecilic, half-baked...shall I go on?
The Husband Hunt didn't have that many pages, however, it took me forever to read. I kept laying it aside then picking it up. It just did not hold my interest. And, for me, Ms. Sands' trademark humor was just not there. Oh sure, there were places in the book that had "insert laugh track here" moments, but they all seemed to be so, I don't know, juvenile. In fact there was one "OMG, how immature" scene involving all the sisters and their husbands, as they plan to trap the hero into a forced marriage.
We have Lisa, a typical TSTL heroine - and that should come as no surprise to anyone who has read the other two Madison sister books. She is from a family in which the TSTL gene seems to run rampant. She does all those things one would expect: run off into the night, go places she doesn't belong, visit people she doesn't know - at least she doesn't dress up as prostitutes - oh wait, that was her sisters who did that. That was another eye-rolling "insert laugh track here" moment. I also had problems with Lisa's vacillation with her love for our hero Robert. Oh sure, she loved him, always did, however because he doesn't trust her, she must move on. No, wait! She will try to make him jealous, then he'll love her. No, no, maybe it's better if she tries for some other guy - there are some hanging around. In fact, one of them just may be a killer/kidnapper/rapist, but that doesn't matter because she wants to get married. Besides, they all have nice smiles. Maybe if she has sex with our hero, he will love her. Nah, it's on to the guys waiting in the wing.
Then we have the hero, Robert. Ah, yes Robert, he of little faith. You see, there is a family curse. The women in his family are unfaithful, so, he can never ever find true love because all women will be unfaithful. It's the infamous cheating curse - the curse that strikes supposedly intelligent heroes and turns them into nincompoops.
Now, don't get me wrong...this book wasn't one that I wanted to throw against the wall. It just didn't have any spark and I thought some of the antics in the book were just plain old groan worthy. This book was responsible for a number of eye-brow raising moments.
As far as the Madison sister series, I thought the first one was the best. The remaining two didn't live up to the standards that I have come to expect of Lynsay Sands.
Time/Place: Regency England
Sensuality Rating: Meaningless