And Then She Fell

And Then She Fell

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The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man is a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as the Matchbreaker, Henrietta Cynster has an uncanny skill in preventing ill-fated nuptials, not in falling victim to Cupid's spell. But when she disrupts one match too many, she feels honor bound to help dashing James Glossup find a suitable bride for a marriage-of-convenience--a task infernally complicated by the undeniable, unquenchable attraction that flares between James and Henrietta, who continues to believe she will never fall.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2013
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed
ISBN: 9780062254108
0062254103
Branch Call Number: Lg Print Romance Lau
Characteristics: 445 p. (large print) : geneal. table ; 23 cm

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Sarah1984
May 06, 2016

15/1 - I feel like Laurens is running out of plot lines, interesting characters and new ways to describe sex scenes. The whole story felt tired and unoriginal. The idea of Henrietta being a 'matchbreaker' was an interesting one that Laurens didn't give enough attention - she could have really made that an impressively funny plot device, instead it ended up being mostly just a piece of historical background for her and a slightly unlikely reason for Henrietta and James to be in close proximity to each other. The slight plot twist, that Henrietta's stalker/multiple attempted murderer wasn't a disgruntled broken match but was actually ... (I won't ruin the surprise, whatever there may be of it).

I finally found the perfect passage to explain what I mean when I say that the sex scenes had an existential feeling to them. It didn't feel like the characters were participating in the scene; it was more like they were floating above, observing themselves. This is Henrietta and James' first sex scene and it started over a page before where I've taken the passage from. This is from pages 139-140 in my copy of the book:

"The only disagreement they might have had, had he been able to summon his wits from the whirling maelstrom she'd engineered, lay in the tempo, the timing; he would have gone slowly, easing her through each step, but she wanted to race, and rush, and fling herself through each stage.

And straight into the next.

Henrietta had never felt so free, so powerfully sure of herself and her destiny. Realisation of the faceless threat and her brush with near death had forged a honed edge to her desire. To her consuming need to step forward and seize and reach for all she could be, to stake her claim to the role she now knew to her soul was her birthright (doesn't that sound like some from some kind of self-promotional, self-actualisation seminar?)

She wanted him. Yes, she was his, but, to her mind, that translated to he being hers. Hers to engage with as she wished, to the swirling depths of passion and the giddy heights of desire.

And she'd never been one to do anything by halves.

So she let herself free, free to be as she wished to be, to do as she wanted, to desire and explore and demand as she would, to yearn and seek satisfaction.

To take all she would, to give all she could and find the holy grail she was sure was there for the finding.

Yet despite the compulsion, beneath her driven purpose she was fascinated, intrigued, and enthralled. By him. With him. With the physical reality and the ephemeral connection, with how he, his body, felt, to her, against her, about her, and the emotions she sensed ran like a raging river beneath his smooth surface."

That's got to be the worst example of waffling in a sex scene I've ever come across, especially in a book from one of the foremost romance writers who is known for her HOT sex scenes. The Cynster books' sex scenes have been getting progressively worse since The Cynster Sisters Trilogy which started with Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue. Laurens needs to go back to writing the way she did in the early Cynster books days, for example Henrietta's older sister's book, On a Wicked Dawn (Cynster, #9) had great, passionate sex scenes that made me want to read more and see who paired off with whom. And Then She Fell does not make me want to read the next book, although I may, simply because I hope and believe that she can get back to the top of the romance genre the way she used to be and that would be a great thing to see.

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