Genres: Historical, Romance
Scandal was nothing to headstrong Genevieve Latour - unless it threatened her family's good name in New Orleans. But when she thwarted Dominic Delacroix - and his attempt to blackmail her father - she wasn't prepared for the seductive man she found beneath the guise of a dangerous blockade runner. With war raging around them, and everything she cared for at stake, could Genevieve trust Dominic with her life...or her heart?
Thrown back to the library gods!
Thoughts on Reckless Seduction
If you follow me on Goodreads, you might be aware that I have a shelf fondly titled “thrown-back-to-the-library-gods.” It’s essentially a DNF shelf, though a bit more nicely named because what if I decide to pick it up again? Actually, I created it to help me keep track of library books I decided not to read so I wouldn’t accidentally pick them up again. (Or in some cases, pick up the same series or author or whatever I had an issue with again.)
“Trust you!” she ejaculated scornfully. “I would not trust you any further than I could throw you…” pg. 71
That’s where I had to stop. My preferred method of ejaculation doesn’t involve speaking, and that phrase tipped me over into “NOPE” territory.
(If you want to get into oft-given writing advice, that phrase breaks two rules: one, stick to “said” for dialogue tags and two, don’t use -ly adverbs. I think you can get a little more adverb-y in historical romance, but sometimes you have to draw the line somewhere, and my line is, apparently, at ejaculating scornfully.)
Reckless Seduction is written in omniscient, I think, as it’s the only reason I can think of to head hop to all characters in every scene. That kind of hopping always dizzies me, since I never know whose head I’m in. And once I figure it out, it’s usually skipped to someone else.
And then there’s Dominic. Despite this a love story between Genevieve and Dominic, he’s already been in bed with one woman (presumably a mistress) and is pursuing Genevieve’s sister. I’m finding it difficult to like him and his flyaway brows, which get mentioned a lot.
Genevieve is the only character I somewhat remotely liked, but then I find out she’s only eighteen, and somehow that just made me wonder how old Dominic was. She’s eighteen. Even just a few years difference makes a lot of difference when the younger partner is eighteen.
Thus, we must release Reckless Seduction back to the library gods whence it came.