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Disturbing StrangerAbsolute 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 RomanceGorgeous Insane Lethally Alpha Arrogant Hero 36 insane lethally alpha arrogant hero 36 instantly obsessed with a teenage girl 19 and blackmails her into marriage I 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 you This is a relatively tame uote Randal is freuently threatening and abusive and at one oint 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 unpalatable I 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 you Oh he also slaps her at one oint after sexually assaulting her No apology for that one eitherLaura 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 retty brutal defloweringTo add to the angst the teenage "Heroine Has A Chaste Childhood Crush On The Gloriously Flaccid "has a chaste childhood crush on the gloriously flaccid Tom who s a clear nine on the 1 10 gay scale This being 1979 so we all have to retend 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 arty diced melon braised chicken breasts rolled around liver 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 ever.

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T a melting coffee cream laced with rum thin slices Of Orange And Lemon To Serve With orange and lemon to serve with coffeeAll in all I think Charlotte Lamb went a bit too far with THE RAPE SCENE WE REALLY NEEDED rape scene We really needed contrition after a scene like that eg with the hero absenting himself out of shame and being rostrate 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 ale 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 I Witches of the Deep South previously rated this a 4 star but in all fairness I have to rate it a 3 starI hate to admit this but I really enjoyed this trophyold school un PC bookThe hero is bowled over by the heroine who is seriously unimpressed due to her lukewarm love for a boyhood friendDue the actions of one of the most annoyingarents ever her father a Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) part usually reserved for the mothers the heroine ends up in a MOC Theassion between the H and the h is Christianity pretty hot for 1979 which helped bump it up a star There heroine is uite something She blows hot and cold over both men to an amazing extentSad 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 herOr so he says By the way the other guy is a wimpInteresting 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 hairedarents 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 Wow these two were hot for each other It just took the heroine a hundred ages. Y way was Randal Mercier wealthy owerful taking what he wanted And he wanted LauraHer father's embezzlement of funds from Randal's company made it impossible for Laura to ref. ,

To catch up Is there such a thing as a dark romp Because if there is this is oneThe opening takes lace 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 "
her will responds he takes her glove only to he sees the heroine He kisses her against her will she responds he takes her glove only to 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 Hh 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 The Association of Small Bombs 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 400 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 oferfect for a dark romp The heroine tells the hero she s Wilderness Survival Handbook pregnant after heunches do gooder doctor and the laments she s soon going to look like a The White Mans Burden pumpkin Hero assures her he s hot forumpkins If you love stalker alphas this one is for you Just be warned it s a dark romp with consent issues and rape triggers He definitely needed therapy And I loved it Hangs head in shameThis is exactly why we never Visit the Sick publicly admit to reading HP s and hid in our closets while reading them when we were 13 uintessential Lamb an absolute master of the genre. Use his marriageroposal 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

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