Historical Romance PERDITA

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I’m just a pawn for him. And yet I still find myself drawn to him.

Perdita’s name means "one who is thrown away." It was given to her by Lord Ambourne, a noble who bought her on the eve of her execution for being a notorious pirate’s mistress. But Perdita is hiding a noble lineage of her own. Until she knows what this lord intends to do with her, she pretends to be airheaded and unable to speak. But as the two get to know each other, they inevitably feel drawn to one another. Despite the lord’s plan, a nearly impossible love begins to bloom.

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Romance came too late and too sudden 2  2

I wasn’t really feeling the romance till the end of the story nor could I get how one could fall in love with someone when they’ve been a real creep. We start with our hero who’s a mission of revenge. His beloved younger cousin was seduced (tricked), abused, and thrown away like trash by some dastardly English villain. Now he wants to do the whole Karma by throwing some bait (woman) to the debt-ridden man in order for him to suffer like his cousin. However, in order to complete his quest, he blinds himself to his own behavior that is unfortunately similar to villain. He finds a beaten and abused woman off the coast of Algeria who was supposedly the mistress of some legendary pirate. He believes the seller’s word, not even stretching his imagination or even empathy that she may be just like his cousin. The woman in question is our heroine and she has had Murphy’s Law breaking down on her back for years. She was once the beloved daughter of Earl who passed away. Her mother tried to do that right thing by marrying a man to protect them. They only found out too late he was a GD who threw fits upon discovering only the heroine would inherit the vast fortune. So, his son tricked the heroine and mother into letting the heroine travel with him to a safe place out of the father’s reach. The horrible man revealed his true colors once he bound the heroine up and sold her to the very pirate who declared her his mistress. And for years, she’s been tortured into a human husk, suffering far worse than the hero’s cousin. Yet, the man only offered one kind sentence with the rest being insults. He couldn’t even garner sympathy in his entire being for her after seeing the multitude of aged scars covering her back. I liked how the heroine still had some spirit left in her with how she rebelled by acting like a complete idiot. Everyone believes her whole charade except the hero. The whole staff treats her no different but they change after learning when she does a heroic deed and they mistreated her for it. Even after the hero discovers the woman can speak eloquently in French, English, and has all the fancy etiquette down to a T, he never questions her background. He just keeps on belittling her even though he’s “captivated” by her. The heroine decides to play her part in his whole revenge scheme, knowing the end is him throwing her away like his cousin. They go to London where they meet the third member of their party and tell the heroine’s mission is to marry the man as a means of trapping him. The heroine goes for it and even enlists the help of a lawyer. This should have been a clear sign to the hero to question, “What kind of prostitute who’s perfectly bilingual in English and French who has all the knowledge of a noblewoman and knows the name of a high-end English lawyer?” He has a chance to ask the lawyer of he knew of a young woman matching the heroine’s description, but he never does it. Finally, it’s the night of the party with the trap set but the hero is unable to let the heroine go. He gives this big ole’ fat confession that he loves the heroine and will do anything to make her his legal wife. Of course, the heroine doesn’t believe him for a minute and I wouldn’t either after the crud he’s pulled. She refuses since she’s “dirty” and even tells him her true identity. Then she’s pulled away to make her first introduction to the villain. Let’s say her introduction made a bigger impression on the Villain than anyone expected. It’s because it turns out the Villain is her stepbrother, the very person who sold her to the pirates. The heroine shouts out his association with pirates as he tries to run. The man is surrounded but he tries to kill the heroine, only to hit the hero who pushed her out of the way. The hero of course survives and the two are quickly married and off on their honeymoon. It’s when the hero learns the heroine’s still a virgin because the old pirate couldn’t get it up and would hit her with a whip as a substitute for pleasure. That’s the ending and while it was funny, I still wasn’t happy about not seeing the hero saying sorry to the heroine for calling her wench, prostitute, harlot, and being practically a blind fool.

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