Tuesday, April 23, 2013

False Promises by Violet Hamilton


Summary: (from eye on romance website) Lovely, titian-haired Verity Howard had disliked & womanizing Capt. Alastair Glendenning on sight, despite her brother's admiration. She was all too familiar with men of his stamp--men like the stepfather she had fled to Brussels to escape. And when she learned her brother was killed at the Battle of Waterloo, her dislike turned to hatred. For even as the brash commanding officer delivered the tragic news, his eyes were raking appraisingly over her, and his offer of help sounded suspiciously like an invitation to his bed!
Glendenning did not know what had possessed him to give his word to the dying young soldier that he would look after his sister. But give his word he had, and he would not go back on it -- no matter how the little chit resisted his efforts. After what he had heard about her relationship with her stepfather, it was no use trying to gammon him with her air of innocence. He knew damn well that beneath her icy disapproval beat a heart as warm and willing as any woman's -- at least, where a man like him was concerned!

Review: This is not a book that I would read again or recommend to anyone under the age of fifteen or sixteen years of age.  The main character Verity is thrust into a compromising position from the very first page of the book with her step-father who acts in an inappropriate way towards her, this is followed by her escaping her family home and moving from place to place with the British army because her brother is an enlisted soldier.  Alastair, her brother's superior  enters the plot as Verity is attending a ball with her brother right before the battle of Waterloo. Alastair and Verity  have several heated encounters which are followed by Alastair "supposedly" not being able to control himself because Verity has pushed him beyond his limit with her sassiness and cutting words, so he overpowers her and takes her by force.  After this the plot goes on to say that Alastair feels guilty so the couple marries and gets involved in other intrigues and supposedly end up in love as the book closes.  I don't approve of what the book implies about women, or of how the plot unfolded, I finished because I don't like just putting down a book.  Some words were poorly used, and the characters seemed very flat at times.  Do yourself a favor and pick a different book.  This piece of literature does a disservice to women everywhere. 

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