Saturday, April 08, 2006

April TBR Challenge

Title: Love Lessons

Author: Cheryl Holt

Year published: 2001

Why did you get this book? This is one I picked up at random from a library used book sale. I had heard that Holt writes hot and steamy books so in the shopping bag it went.

Do you like the cover? The feather is kind of pretty and is better than a clinch cover I supposed but not much. Sort of uninteresting.

Did you enjoy the book? Well, sort of, up until about the 3/4 point.
Abigail Weston is a 25 y-o virgin spinster who wants to advise her younger sister about maritial relations to prepare her for her wedding night. She approaches the very notorious and naughty James Stevens who owns a gambling establishment to teach her about what goes on between men and women.

The plot was completely implausible. Abigal's motivation for seeking out James was so weak it was almost laughable. No way in hell would a virgin in the regency period act this way. No. Way. But I loved the sexual tension building to some very sizzling sex scenes. James' descriptions of male body parts and his erotic sketches was very titillating. It was very explicit at times but no worse than The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone. Then it started getting stupid.

Abby is transformed from a naive virgin spinster to a wanton sex kitten in the blink of an eye. When Abby's brother finds out about the affair and banishes her to the country she turns into a wimpy snivelling doormat even though she has her own forture so she's financially independent. She really pissed me off when after claiming she loved James, she refuses to acknowlege him in public. James has some unheroic tendencies like sleeping with other women while he was tutoring Abby. LL was touted as being hot, steamy, and very erotic. It certainly was, but The Lady's Tutor was much better.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes, she was new to me and I'm not sure if I'll read something else by her. If I see a good review for another book by Holt, I'll probably pick it up but I have not seen one yet.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? It's going bye-bye.

Anything else? I have had this book in my TBR since before 11/2002. My grade: C+ (the plus is for the hot, steamy sex)


Karen Scott said...

Tee hee, I finished reading this yesterday, and to be honest, it read just like a Cheryl Holt book. Totally over the top, titillating, and a little bit repetitive, but you know what, I didn't mind it at all. *g*

Wendy said...

I read the sequel, Total Surrender - and I'm still recovering from the loss of brain cells. Seriously, it damn near killed me.

That said, I read her short story in the Burning Up anthology and that was more tolerable - but the "history" zoomed past wallpaper and went right to Kleenex.

ReneeW said...

Karen: I loved the over-the-top sex (YES!). If only she had ended the book sooner I would have liked it better.

Wendy: I heard that about TS so I'm not tempted to pick it up, but maybe I'll look for that anthology. Wallpaper history doesn't bother me.

Tara Marie said...

I'm always disappointed by Cheryl Holt, but I keep reading her. Her storylines are very good, but the never realize their full potential, but they are hot, steamy, erotic--I guess I want more than that.

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