Wednesday, March 13, 2013

His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander

I have gotten a little behind on my daily book posts lately, partly because of how busy I've been with other things, such as my horses and the novel I am working on.  I'm still reading Les Miserables, which you'll remember was on my list of books to read in 2013, so all of these daily posts are actually catch-up reviews of books I read last year but forgot to blog about.

His Mistress by Christmas was a holiday romance about a widow who is looking for someone to have an affair with -- she doesn't want to give up the independence she has thoroughly enjoyed since her husband died.  Her choice of a lover, on the other hand, is more interested in marriage than she is.

Although it was a fun book at times, there were a few things that annoyed me -- such as Veronica's constantly failing attempts to seduce Sebastian.  I guess that's why not to read a romance novel produced by a Christian publisher!  Also, I found I actually related to her desire not to get married -- it was, after all, a trap for women in those days, and would be a huge shock to a woman who had achieved complete financial independence -- and was rooting more for her to get her way, than for him to get his way and talk her into marriage.  (And how did he "talk" her into it?  That's right.  By trapping her.)

It wasn't a bad book, just not my thing.  Suffice it to say I mostly steer clear of the Christian publishers when I am looking for romance novels these days.

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