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Now this post will be a little bit different to my other posts since I didn't fall in love with this book like I did the others I've reviewed.
I like the idea of this book. A young mother that's been mistreated by her dead husband and his sister tries to protect her young son who's inherited his father's title but has a guardian who's only interested in protecting his ward and his wards interest. And because it's a romance novel the mother and guardian have to fall in love and live happily ever after.
Now on paper that sounds like a great story, however the way it's written disappointed me a little. The guardian Adron comes across the mother Laurel and her son Jamie as she's on her way to visit her aunt. However her carriage overturns and Adron offers his help except he ends up taking Jamie and leaving Lauren in the wrecked carriage. Essentially abducting Jamie without explanation to Laurel.
What I don't like about this though is that Laurel ends up being smitten over the fact that Adron shows interest in Jamie and ends up sleeping with him no matter how awful he is towards her. In this day and age, with domestic violence being a big issue and trying to prevent it from happening in future generations I found myself disappointed that this book felt like it condonned that kind of behavior.
In my job I hear people who are experiencing domestic violence and what they go through trying to get out of this situation and need help. To then read a book that essentially says it's ok for people to treat others like dirt, like lesser beings and that the one that's not treated well will just fall in love with them and end up devoting their life and happiness to them.
Although this wasn't the main story of this book it was the main message I took out of it. I don't know if that's because I hear about how domestic violence affects others on an almost daily basis and I work with people who are creating new ways to help us support our customers who are affected by this. But I don't feel like we should be allowing this message that it's ok to treat people in a degrading way to be out there. Because I can see some people reading this book and seeing nothing wrong with this treatment.
I will acknowledge the fact that Wareeze raised the issue that Adron's treatment of Laurel was despicable and that it's inescusable no matter what point of view you take. However I feel there was more they could do to ensure this message got across. I know in the time that this book was set (regency times) that this kind of behavior was probably common place. However that doesn't mean we should be writing about this issue as if it's ok. I feel that in this case there was more Wareeze could do to help us change the perception of domestic violence to help prevent it in the future.
I know we live in the day and age where I'm sure there are going to be social justice warriors wanting to jump at every little thing and maybe some will criticise Wareeze while others will criticise me for thinking this about this book. But with an issue like domestic violence I think we need to err on the side of caution and support those experiencing this or know someone who is.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence lease use the links below to get the support you or them need, I have provided links for Australia, England and the US. If you live outside these areas please contact your local support groups for assistance. Please note that I'm not affiliated with any of these organisations and I found these from Google. If you feel there are other support systems available for those affected please comment links below.
Now I'd like to end this review on a positive note which is that Wareeze was able to write in such a way that I was captivated throughout the book. If you feel that you could overlook the domestic violence stuff the mystery of who killed Jamie's father and is still threatening Laurel will be a thrilling read!
From the first little bit of the next book I've read it's looking up, so I look forward to seeing you again for my review of "Winning the Duke" by Jenn Langston.
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