Amanda Scott is a bestselling romance author of many books and has been over the course of several decades. For those who love romance and regency, she is probably a household name. I’ve been trying out several of her books that she has re-issued in digital version, with new covers, through Open Road Media and today I’m reviewing Dangerous Illusions, the first in her Dangerous Series.
Scott does seem to have a common theme running through some of her books. Well, I’ve only read this and Border Bride, but it seems she is showcasing women who are independent and then put “in their place” by their suitors/husbands. I am hoping now that she is featuring this topic in hopes to persuade women to NOT succumb to this type of treatment, or quite possibly she is showing us how women were treated by being true to the period, which for this book was 1815. I suppose I don’t mind her writing a novel with truth to it, even if I don’t like the truth, but as far as being entertaining to me, an escape from reality through the enjoyment of a novel, it wasn’t especially since I am a domestic violence survivor and true feminist.
In Dangerous Illusions, she did a much better job than in her book Border Bride of focusing on women’s rights through the protagonist Daintry, who is trying to urge her sister out of an abusive marriage while also courting a dramatic romance herself. I did like how Scott tried to lighten the mood of it all with humor and had some great action scenes, but the romance, where there was supposed to be some, was lacking feeling. I am just not sure I felt connected to these English characters, even though 1800s England is usually one of my favorite settings. I did like the happy ending and that Gideon, Daintry’s love, did appreciate her as an independent woman. However, he seemed a little odd as a character.
I suppose all in all I am not enough of reader of the mainstream Regency Romance to be able to compare her work to anything else. Maybe since it’s from the 1990s, this work was possibly more trendy then. For the modern era (2013) woman, this writing may be a bit outdated for a re-issue, though I do love the new covers and am a huge fan of Open Road Media.
Only my second truly negative review, I believe, on this blog. Maybe I will stick to other types of books. But the synopsis for this book had sounded so good, as well as her name is a well-known one. I suppose other women could possibly like this sort of book (well, someone must….she is a bestseller), but it wasn’t for me.
Dangerous Illusions, Synopsis~
The first book in Amanda Scott’s acclaimed Dangerous series journeys from the battlefields of Waterloo to the ballrooms and boudoirs of London, where a deadly deception unfolds . . .
Engaged by proxy to a man she’s never met, Lady Daintry Tarrant is dismayed when the war hero returns, introducing himself as her fiancé, Lord Penthorpe. She cherishes her independence and has turned away many suitors, but this one she must marry. Penthorpe is completely captivated by Lady Daintry—but he’s not who he claims to be.
Penthorpe and Lord Gideon Deverill fought together at the battle of Waterloo, and when Penthorpe fell, Gideon assumed his identity in order to see the beautiful Lady Daintry. Gideon knows there’s bad blood between Lady Daintry’s family and his own, but he’s smitten with Daintry and determined to reunite the bitterly feuding clans. When a ghost from Gideon’s past appears, he could lose everything—including Daintry’s love.
Author Amanda Scott, Biography~
A fourth-generation Californian of Scottish descent, Amanda Scott is the author of more than fifty romantic novels, many of which appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Her Scottish heritage and love of history (she received undergraduate and graduate degrees in history at Mills College and California State University, San Jose, respectively) inspired her to write historical fiction. Credited by Library Journal with starting the Scottish romance subgenre, Scott has also won acclaim for her sparkling Regency romances. She is the recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award (for Lord Abberley’s Nemesis, 1986) and the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award. She lives in central California with her husband.
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