January 30, 2007
In the aftermath of her father’s suicide and the bankrupt state he left her
family in, it is up to Caroline Clemens to see to the care of her younger
siblings. Destitute and abandoned by her betrothed in her time of need, she
agrees to an unorthodox yet advantageous arrangement with the mysterious Dominic
Savage. As his mistress, she and her family will want for nothing, Dominic will
see to their comfort and education. In return, Caroline must be available to
him at all times, without question or hesitation.
Caroline agrees to give him her body readily – indeed, it is no hardship to
surrender to his masterful seduction. She balks, however, at releasing her
heart to him, even though it grows harder to protect by the day.
THE PRICE OF DESIRE
is the first story I have read yet by Leda Swann. The author’s writing skill is
without question – the plot was consistent, the writing fluid and descriptive.
The characters were well-developed and real to me within the very first chapter.
My problem with this story came early in the story with one of the actions by
the ‘heroine’, Caroline. She did something so abhorrent to me early in the tale
that she was never able to earn my respect or empathy again. To be perfectly
honest, I would have respected the story much more if Dominic had walked away
from her with a “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” type parting shot when
he discovered what she had done. The only other way I could see myself coming
to terms with this character were if she were suffering from mental illness and
subsequently treated. I do understand she was under tremendous stress at the
time, but her actions were just not redeemable in my opinion.
There were some other plot points later in the story that just didn’t sit well
with me, but none quite as big as this early flub by the leading lady. Tying it
all up was an ending that was, to me, pretty unsatisfying in its brevity. I
really think another chapter should have been devoted to tying up the loose ends
and making me believe why this couple could end up together after everything
that had transpired.
After reading THE PRICE OF DESIRE, I won’t automatically shy away
from another Leda Swann book, but it won’t be the first on my buy list.
Note: This review was originally
written by Jennifer Ray for another review site. It is being reposted at
Wild on Books.
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