He definitely needed therapy And, I loved it Hangs head in shame This is exactly why we never publicly admit to reading HP s and hid in our closets while reading them when we were 13 Quintessential Lamb, an absolute master of the genre. The theme in this one is a love triangle We get the crazed, almost psychotic, obsessive lust love that a much older and world weary, reformed rake has for a much younger, virginal, naive and sheltered woman who, unfortunately for him, is caught up in a romantic infatuation with another man, who, in turn, is unable to return her affections The story was adequate but CL executed this theme in a much, much effective way with her Savage Surrender.WARNING Old Skoolahem forced seductions abound and those scenes are truly brutal This is CL No holds barred. Spoiler Alert This stranger certainly sets out to disturb from the word go He sees, he grabs, he kisses the rattled h who feels obliged to show some indignation especially as she enjoyed the kiss and slaps him back drawing blood But the undaunted H just grins back saying he likes it as she has marked him And I was hooked with this were analogy Ah woooooo No but seriously for a vintage, these two had serious chemistry and especially as the h was in love with a pious goody good doctor Every time the H grabs n gropes her, she grabs n gropes back Lovely harly heaven happy sigh The H sulks temporarily when told of her devotion for the om but then he shrugs n comes back full throttle aiming to get her body if not her heart And thanks to an embezzling father he gets to do the usual blackmail routine They get married and off to Venice it is for the honeymoon so all is well as well it can be Translated they can t keep their hands off each other The H gets what he wants but yeah he soon realizes he wants so some sulking follows the h meanwhile discovers what real passionate love is all about n she wants from the H too So in true harly tradition they want the same thing but are too blind to realise that they already have it.As it is a vintage n a CL to boot, so a slap n a rape is de rigueur The rape was a bit weird if I may say so and it was rape, no forced seduction poseur They have a good sex life but then things sour n they keep to their sides of bed One morning they wake at 4 am n the H just like that rapes her A 4 am rape, for god s sake Maybe she is not a morning person But I really loved the chemistry between the two They have their cute moments And an H who falls real bad from the word go In fact he s stumped she doesn t feel the same The ending was aww so sweet n very satisfying. Wow these two were hot for each other It just took the heroine a hundred pages to catch up Is there such a thing as a dark romp Because if there is, this is one.The opening takes place in the dark, on the East End of London where the naive gazelle of a heroine is out trying to understand the man she loves, a do gooder doctor The hero is babysitting his drunken nephew, but forgets everything when he sees the heroine He kisses her against her will, she responds, he takes her glove only to return it tenfold the next day with gloves in every color I think that sets the tone for the rest of the story It s lighthearted on the surface but menacing yet there is an extravagance of feeling between the H h that can t be dismissed The secondary characters are interesting The heroine s mother can t be out of bed for than 6 hours at a time because she has a heart condition She s 50 The heroine s father is an extrovert accountant oxymoron who does a bit of light embezzlement from the hero s company to keep the family coffers brimming It s the father who is the key for the hero to push marriage on to the heroine But it s their epic sexual attraction that makes it all seem inevitable and right The hero s family isn t as interesting Dad s a dour French executive Mom s also bedridden after a car accident Their scenes with the heroine in the last third of the story slow down the narrative and ended up knocking a star from my rating Funny the 4 00 AM rape that the heroine didn t consider a rape didn t do that just the boring scenes with the in laws The ending was kind of perfect for a dark romp The heroine tells the hero she s pregnant after he punches do gooder doctor and the laments she s soon going to look like a pumpkin Hero assures her he s hot for pumpkins If you love stalker alphas, this one is for you Just be warned it s a dark romp with consent issues and rape triggers. I feel like such a horrible feminist for loving this book Hero has forced seduction, hero slaps woman shakes head The hero Laura is out on night with a social worker as a way to see what her love, Dr Tom Nicol s life is like Well the social worker is cool towards her and makes no bones about the fact that she does not want her there So as the two are going about the social workers rounds a car full of drunken young men swerve in front of them Out pops our hero Randal who decides that he wants to swipe a kiss and a glove from our heroine, Laura, for some juvenile game the guys are playing Laura was appalled when the hero s lips touched her own but oddly, aroused at the same time That kiss knocked Randall for one, and he makes it his business to make Laura his With the help of the social worker, Randall is able to track down Laura Laura happens to run into Randall while out walking one day Randall asks for a date and of course, Laura turns him down Well this only makes Randall want her and it works to his advantage when he discovers that Laura s farther is his employee What s , Laura farther has been stealing money from the company for some time I don t want to give anything else away because this book is very good book so please read it I give this book 4.5 stars You may not like this book if 1 very jealous heroes bother you 2 the hero slaps the heroine once. I previously rated this a 4 star, but in all fairness I have to rate it a 3 star.I hate to admit this, but I really enjoyed this trophy,old school, un PC book.The hero is bowled over by the heroine who is seriously unimpressed due to her lukewarm love for a boyhood friend.Due the actions of one of the most annoying parents ever her father, a part usually reserved for the mothers, the heroine ends up in a MOC The passion between the H and the h is pretty hot for 1979 which helped bump it up a star There heroine is quite something She blows hot and cold over both men to an amazing extent.Sad to say not only does the hero slap her but has rough sex with her What s worse is I am not taking a star off for it He really adores her.Or so he says By the way, the other guy is a wimp.Interesting element For those reader that are in the 40s or 50s you may either be amused or dismayed by the decrepit description of the elder, white haired parents Pretty much every other essential secondary character has a heart condition or is confined to a wheelchair They sound like they are in the 80s when, nope, their 50s Hmmmm. I Ve No Real Choice, Have I Laura AskedAs Long As She Could Remember, Laura Had Loved Dr Tom Nicol, A Gentle, Self Sacrificing Man, Dedicated To Serving The NeedyUnlike Him In Every Way Was Randal Mercier Wealthy, Powerful, Taking What He Wanted And He Wanted LauraHer Father S Embezzlement Of Funds From Randal S Company Made It Impossible For Laura To Refuse His Marriage Proposal She Knew She Must Marry Him But She Didn T Have To Love HimShe Couldn T Foresee Her Change Of Heart Or The Despair Of Knowing He Was Indifferent To It this was a re read for me from november 2012 and i dunt think i wud maintain the 5 star this time around i wud rather go for a 4 star bcoz i had dat horrible feeling dat the hero was a rapist which he was, as a matter of fact lol randal was an absolute beast to laura he cud not accept dat she loved the doctor and not him as it s an HP, ofc she fell for him later on, but i was not convinced the hero was a wannabe wife beater he had serious potential in this category however, this is still a must read it was highly charged, very emotional, and contained lots of angst as hero s jealousy knew no bounds It s Whitney, My Love but Harlequin Presents style He loves her, but she thinks she loves someone else Classic Charlotte Lamb including a slap and shake He mentions several times wanting loving her so much he felt he could kill her Stalkerific and angsty drama The ending was a bit abrupt, but that is not uncommon in the older HPs I like the old school books, so a solid 4 star read. Absolute five star vintage trainwreck of a romance novel, that s full on crazy It does not get WTF than this This is seriously strong stuff and not recommended for those that like a sweet romance.Gorgeous, insane, lethally alpha arrogant hero 36 becomes instantly obsessed with a teenage girl 19 , and blackmails her into marriageI don t want your stupid sentimental little heart, my dear, I want your body As marriage is the only way I m ever going to get it, I ll marry youThis is a relatively tame quote Randal is frequently threatening and abusive, and at one point rapes Laura This is not the wedding night defloration scene which is mere forced seduction It s a later scene where he brutalises her, later admits to it, and never shows any contrition or apology Mores and expectations were very, very different in the 1970s You can t approach a novel like this with a 21st century mindset, because it would simply be unpalatableI was raping you, he said savagely That was how I felt I wanted to take you as brutally as I knew how God, I was miserable, Laura I thought my gamble had been lost Although you were so sweet and responsive in bed, you seemed as much in love with Nicol as ever, and I was desperate We were home and you would be seeing him again The thought of that made me so jealous I could hardly bear to look at youOh he also slaps her at one point, after sexually assaulting her No apology for that one either.Laura has such a traitorous body that Charlotte Lamb mentions it three separate times She also has a steel lined vagina, needing no recovery time even after her first pretty brutal deflowering.To add to the angst, the teenage heroine has a chaste childhood crush on the gloriously flaccid Doctor Tom, who s a clear nine on the 1 10 gay scale This being 1979, so we all have to pretend he s straight He claims some sort of medical vocation which is why he couldn t declare himself to Laura earlier, but he s kidding himself And there s a simply divine 1970s dinner party diced melon braised chicken breasts rolled around liver p t a melting coffee cream laced with rum thin slices of orange and lemon to serve with the coffeeAll in all, I think Charlotte Lamb went a bit too far with the rape scene We really needed massive contrition after a scene like that, eg with the hero absenting himself out of shame and being prostrate with grovelling and apologies, but we never get it He continues to be a bastard to her It s a bit of a shame, because that will ruin the book for many most readers, and there are some great, melodramatic moments in this that should have made it a classic, rather than beyond the pale.
- Mass Market Paperback
- 186 pages
- Disturbing Stranger
- Charlotte Lamb
- 15 September 2019 Charlotte Lamb