December 8, 2015
Waffle - could be something with maple syrup on it, or maybe it's vacillating, or maybe it's maple syrup, or maybe it's flip-flop or...
Funny, how different authors handle the revenge plot. Maybe one shouldn't read revenge
plots one right after another, because it's only natural to compare. In the case of Dukes are Forever, Edward Westover is seeking revenge on the man who killed his brother and wife. Oh sure, it was a drunken accident, but it is something that Edward just cannot let go of.
Edward has bought all the debts of our heroine's father. And, her father being the stinker that he is, has signed over guardianship of his daughter Katherine to Edward. Well, Edward thinks that Katherine is a child. Imagine his surprise when he goes to the family estate with a doll in hand and instead finds someone with a bosom. Then we travel into unexplained territory.
Katherine. Why does Katherine love her father? Never, ever has this man shown her any kind of affection. He has basically deserted her and her mother. He's cruel toward her, only coming around to sell off items in the home, and now he's sold her. I'm not sure why she felt the need to try make herself worthy in his eyes. I don't believe it's written anywhere that you must love your parents, that you must let them walk all over you and degrade you. She had been abandoned by him a long time ago; I was disappointed that she still needed his affection. She was just too needy. Not only was she needy when it came to her father, she was also rather wishy washy when it came to Edward. Let's be honest here, Edward did not treat Katherine kindly. In my opinion he was just one step above her father. But Katherine kept vacillating between being angry at him and lusting after him.
Then there is Edward's trust issue. Not only is he out for revenge, he finds it hard to trust women. Why? Because another woman broke his leddle heart and married his brother. Sure, she's dead now. Sure his brother is dead now. Sure they were killed by Katherine's father. But that doesn't matter because she broke his heart and he can never trust another. But he wants to seek revenge for the woman who made him distrust women. Doesn't make sense. He also instructs, no, he demands that Katherine not communicate with her father. Katherine being the namby pamby person who wants her father to luv her, even though he's a dog, sends her father some money. So, after Edward seduces Katherine and they humpidy-pumpity into orgasmic heave-an, Edward finds out that she has sent her father some money. What does Edward do? Well, he sends Katherine to some place called Greymoor. I'm not sure where this place was, but it was straight out of a Gothic novel, with moors, wind, and a German housekeeper named Lutz. I'm not sure why this became part of the story, except maybe to show us what a bonehead Edward was. Edward keeps her there, almost under lock and key. He is verry verry angry. She betrayed him! He can never trust her again! Anyway, Katherine's not there long because Edward has been shot and she's knows herbs and she will be able to save his life. Yes, Katherine knows the secrets of using herbs for medicine. How she acquired that knowledge is never fully explained, but all the villagers have been running to her for a long time. She's been on her own since she was twelve, so she’s evidently a child prodigy.
Edward and Katherine were the two flip-floppiest people I've seen in a long time. She's angry with him, she lusts after him, she's angry with him, she wants him, she's mad at him, oh boo-hoo, he's a war hero, she's mad at him. Why can't her father love her, she must be a horrible person, nobody luvs her. He can't trust her, he wants her, he can't trust her, maybe she didn't lie to him, she lied to him, she's so beautiful, she sent her father three coins, she betrayed him.
In the beginning this story had possibilities, but the two main characters degenerated into a waffling woman and a distrustful bonehead. This was a disappointing read for me.
Time/Place: Regency England and the moors, don't forget the moors!