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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Did not like this story at all The first half of the book was full of long descriptions of places and inner musings speckled with her inner voice telling her that there was something seriously wrong with this guy I was either bored or thinking why is she so stupid to keep going out with the guy if she thinks he s shady I spent the second half of the book totally insulted and digusted When the story starts, the hero lives with his grandmother, his brother and sister in law The hero s brother Did not like this story at all The first half of the book was full of long descriptions of places and inner musings speckled with her inner voice telling her that there was something seriously wrong with this guy I was either bored or thinking why is she so stupid to keep going out with the guy if she thinks he s shady I spent the second half of the book totally insulted and digusted When the story starts, the hero lives with his grandmother, his brother and sister in law The hero s brother was crippled and was always nasty to the sister in law The sister in law always carried this look of anguish and guilt and put up with the abuse she received from the brother About halfway through, the heroine caught the hero kissing his sister in law in the back yard on the H h s wedding day So we find out that he was in love with the sister in law and married the heroine because it would take tempation away for having an affair with his brother s wife His response when the heroine caught him was to be a cold jerk about it and tell her she should ve known he didn t love her anyway cause he was careful to never tell her Since their reasons for getting married was the same companionship and security , she shouldn t think anything of it and go about their lives WTF They then lived with him arogantly waiting for her to throw herself at him and her not leaving him because, gasp , she loved him so much Made me sick He ends up not waiting though and rapes her, even though she of course submits once he gets busy Grrr The brother ends up getting killed in an accident, leaving the sister in law fancy free and hanging all over the hero in a crumbled heap After the funeral, the heroine finally got a backbone and left, but only because now the hero could be happy with the sister in law and she wouldn t stay knowing she was second best She only now feels this way Give me a break I hated this hero I hated his physical description, his personality, his selfishness, and everything he stood for I wouldn t have hated the heroine except she was just pathetic with the crap she put up with The hero did come to grovel at the end after realizing he didn t love the sister in law after all, but only had to do so for about ten minutes before the heroine tossed herself in his arms Yuck There was an epilogue where the sister in law comes for a visit with her new husband to bury old hachets and to show how everyone was so much the happier for how things turned out But it did nothing for me and I still hated everyone in the book except the sister in law, actually I ususally secretly ok, not so secretly love these cheater books, and even look forward to getting all ticked off at the awful things the heroine has to deal with But this one is just over the top with the a hole behavior from the hero and the pathetic, lily livered heroine You can read it but don t expect to enjoy it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Almost exactly like Diane Palmer s horrible Fit for a King except, incredibly, DP s hero was better At least, he was honest from Day One to the heroine that he was in unrequited love with his sister in law and theirs would be a marriage of convenience only Here, the pathetic excuse for a human being hero unscrupulously and despicably manipulated a weak, orphaned, destitute, and naive heroine into marriage and she found out ON HER WEDDING DAY that he was in love with his sister in law when sh Almost exactly like Diane Palmer s horrible Fit for a King except, incredibly, DP s hero was better At least, he was honest from Day One to the heroine that he was in unrequited love with his sister in law and theirs would be a marriage of convenience only Here, the pathetic excuse for a human being hero unscrupulously and despicably manipulated a weak, orphaned, destitute, and naive heroine into marriage and she found out ON HER WEDDING DAY that he was in love with his sister in law when she caught them in a passionate embrace.If you think he felt bad even for a nanosecond, then you, my friend, have failed the HPlandia reader s license test and must go back to review the HPlandia Manual, especially Chapter 8 entitled Arrogant Stinky Schmucks A.S.S and the spineless leaky jellyblobs who love them After this idiot doormat finally leaves him, he goes to bed with the sis in law and when the experience amounts to disappointment, he goes back to his jelly spined wife with an absolute cock and bull story that he couldn t perform at the last minute because as he was staring at the naked, ready body of his brother s wife that he had lusted for, fetishized, and obsessed over for years, that s when he had his Eureka moment that it was really his wife he wanted after all.Excuse me while I go throw up for the next 48 hours Oh dear Just re read the reviews, and I fear for my sanity.ReviewWell, this is what justifiable homicide was made for.Libby, dear sweet Libby the H s sister in law, is so wonderful that the H Burke, dear sweet fucking, disloyal Burke, calls her gallant and loyal to the the heroine Spare me from creatures that bat their eyelashes and cling to the H s strength and never cross the line of adultery, but the whole wide world knows about their sacrifice Gavin, her paraplegic husband, was bitter Oh dear Just re read the reviews, and I fear for my sanity.ReviewWell, this is what justifiable homicide was made for.Libby, dear sweet Libby the H s sister in law, is so wonderful that the H Burke, dear sweet fucking, disloyal Burke, calls her gallant and loyal to the the heroine Spare me from creatures that bat their eyelashes and cling to the H s strength and never cross the line of adultery, but the whole wide world knows about their sacrifice Gavin, her paraplegic husband, was bitter He was a paraplegic with a wife making goo goo eyes at his brother who reciprocated because poor Libby blah blah blah.4 stars for writing and a real story A negative million stars for romance as the H murders the concept of love again and again It s not enough to fall for his brother s wife, but everybody knows about it from the worrying grandmother, the suspicious husband brother, the maid Everybody except for the heroine who will be the beard for his unrequited love The scene where she finds out is very well played out which makes it all thesickening Compounding that is the H s insistence that in some way the heroine owes him a happy marriage to complete his life Not a nice guy Fortunately or unfortunately depending how you look at it, Robyn Donald w writing is excellent Pity the contemporary HP writers condemned to vacuous and ridiculous titles with Virgin , Tycoon , Mistress etc tossed around with slick, superficial plotting and dialogue RD has Shakespeare in the title and the book.The H finally confesses his love to the heroine, and I don t really care if he means it or not Yes, he s good looking, witty, wealthy and charismatic, but he has to be He is a rotten character and a rotten person, and the heroine chose poorly.Three stars is all I can give it, but it is so well written and fleshed out which makes it all thea horror show How to rate this angst fest I ll show you 5 stars for the beautiful writing the descriptions of the house bedsit beach city in New Zealand are exquisite and set the angsty tone 5 stars for the angst heroine is hurting when she discovers her groom kissing his sister in law on their wedding day5 stars for the rage inducing behavior of the hero post cheating kiss Make me love you and not her LOL make me not murder you and bury the body under that mansion you bought me.5 stars for showin How to rate this angst fest I ll show you 5 stars for the beautiful writing the descriptions of the house bedsit beach city in New Zealand are exquisite and set the angsty tone 5 stars for the angst heroine is hurting when she discovers her groom kissing his sister in law on their wedding day5 stars for the rage inducing behavior of the hero post cheating kiss Make me love you and not her LOL make me not murder you and bury the body under that mansion you bought me.5 stars for showing the frailties of human nature hero is afraid of intimacy, so he wraps his love for his pitiful sister in law around him so he won t feel what he really feels for the heroine and thus be vulnerable5 stars for a heroine who holds on to her virginity and her dignity their entire courtship and many months of their marriage.1 star for the heroine taking him back so quickly with only one I m sorry 1 star for the heroine not going to a lawyer the day after their wedding1 star for the sister in law not apologizing to the heroine for seeking out her groom and kissing him right after the wedding ceremony and then agreeing to have an affair with him while he was still married to the h RD arranged that scene and sis in law should have groveled to the heroine I HATED her She should have divorced the hero s slimy brother and moved on 1 star for the hero pursuing the heroine in very long drawn out courtship and then making it her fault she was upset to find out he was in love with another woman1 star for the hero being such a wimp about his own feelings Yes, it contradicts the five stars for human frailty I admire RD for bring it up, but I don t have to like the hero So, I found this to be a mixed bag of highs and lows It starts out very slowly with a courtship that doesn t feel quite right RD does a great job showing just how reluctant our heroine is and just how entitled our hero is It lulls the reader into a hope that the marriage will work out and the heroine will be happy and then wham Let s pour on the angst and conflict happy sigh I will never have these character s problems Boogenhagen has all the spoilers in her excellent review Triggers dubious consent rape, discussions of rape from the stone age [ READ EPUB ] ⚑ Mansion for My Love ♷ He s not a good man to fall in love with Faine had not ignored the warning, but even without his wealth, charm and good looks, Burke Harding had a magnetism,His determined pursuit and assault on her heart soon overcame her wavering resistance She agreed to marry him, but some deep instinct of self preservation kept her from revealing her love and in time her decision was vindicated I carefully avoided telling you that I love you, he told her when Faine discovered she was a stand in for the woman he really loved but could not have This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Re Mansion for My Love Robyn Donald s eighth HP is that nightmare trope that is all too common in early HPlandia the H marries the h despite being in love with another woman In most HPlandia cases, the H is really NOT in love with the other woman, it is just a stick used to drive the plot However, RD s usual nematode H is not afraid to go there, and yes, he REALLY does love the other woman But in true to life callous idiot male style, he figures an h in the hand is better than upsetting h Re Mansion for My Love Robyn Donald s eighth HP is that nightmare trope that is all too common in early HPlandia the H marries the h despite being in love with another woman In most HPlandia cases, the H is really NOT in love with the other woman, it is just a stick used to drive the plot However, RD s usual nematode H is not afraid to go there, and yes, he REALLY does love the other woman But in true to life callous idiot male style, he figures an h in the hand is better than upsetting his grandma and snaffling his semi paralyzed, angry younger brother s wife which happens to be the lady the H is in love with Interestingly, this book can be directly contrasted to it s exact opposite, Smoke in the Wind which is RD s twentieth HP outing In that book the H is with the h and dumps her to marry her cousin, whom he believes is his real true love.In both instances, the h is told she is sloppy seconds and in both instances, the h gathers herself and her shattered heart up and carries on with dignity, class and a certain aloofness that ultimately will bring the H to his knees in remorse for his stupidity Well maybe not in Smoke, but I hate the H in that book and I am totally biased While I have written and ranted copious amounts about Smoke in the Wind, my most hated HP ever, I really, really like this one and it is all because of the h, while I tolerate the H Faine is the ultimate in cool, ladylike class and she is by far and away the best HPlandia h in all of the 1980 s HP s written Venetia comes a close second in Smoke, but she marries the H when she shouldn t have and that was fatal in my eyes The story starts with Faine, an orphaned diplomat s daughter, meeting the H as he comes into her library to borrow a book We soon learn that the H is a hot shot self made multi millionaire and frequently seen in the company of all kinds of lovely ladies The h admits he packs a punch, but she has no illusions about her willingness to be served as an hors d oeuvre on the lurvely lady buffet and while she is no slouch in the beauty stakes, she isn t a glamourous model type either Her parent s died in the midst of their diplomatic duties and the h s fiancee soon dumped her afterwards, so the h is a bit standoffish in her dealings with the world, especially men, but she is also a genuinely nice person while not being a doormat So it is with a great dead of surprise that the h accepts a date with the H when he asks her out The h had been out for a walk in the Auckland Domain and was feeding the ducks, when she happened upon a semi charming young man in a wheelchair It turns out the very bitter young man is the younger brother of the H and also has a model type lovely wife, who seems to be in despair over the young man s anger at life.The H is soon escorting the h about regularly, even putting another man who might be a better fit for the h into a very distant second place The h knows she is wildly attracted physically to the H, but there is something going on underneath the very nice courtship that she just can t figure out She keeps dreaming of masks and illusions, but the h isn t about to let vague fears rule her life.When the H takes her to a lovely hidden house on the edge of the Domain, complete with statue of Persephone confronted by Hades, the H offers to buy the house if she will accept his proposal of marriage After scuppering her date with the other man, introducing her to his very correct and old fashioned grandmother and thoroughly vetting the h s suitability for his life while roofie kissing the wits out of her, the h is sure the H doesn t love her But she is also fairly certain that the H will be a good husband, a good companion and the h is pretty sure that they the two of them have enough to build on to actually grow into a real and deep love So being a true HPlandia h and a fearless RD one as well, the h takes the chance that the longings of her heart can be brought to bloom and agrees to marry the H Then the real disaster strikes.Hours after the wedding ceremony, the h sees the H and his brother s wife embracing in the garden and avowing true love forever Finally the h s dreams and hidden reservations are understood, the h is to be used as a stand in for the H s unacceptable love for his crippled, bitter brother s wife Thus we get to understand the title of the book, which is taken from Act III Scene II of Romeo and Juliet where Juliet says Oh, I have bought the mansion of a love, but not possessed it, and though I am sold, not yet enjoyed Meaning that Faine was hoping for a real marriage based on mutual love and now, because of the H s feelings for his brother s wife, she may never actually experience her dream The h s first reaction is to walk out, no one likes being made to realize that they are sloppy seconds But the H s arguments that he will be faithful, his grandmother would be hurt and his challenge to the h to make her replace the OW in his affections prove to be greater than her shock and the two of them embark on a non consummated marriage, tho the h very sensibly makes sure that any inadvertent lurve clubbings can t produce any progeny A lot of reader s may find Faine s choice to stay to be hard to understand But Faine is not a doormat, she truly believes that the H, Burke, means what he says when he says he will be faithful, and for what it is worth, I believed him too he had too much character to sleep with his brother s wife while his brother is still around Faine herself has muchcharacter that Burke She knows she took a risk and she feels she has only herself to blame for accepting a proposal she knew wasn t right Still, she gave her word and made a commitment in good faith and she has to see it through and at least try to salvage this horrible mess Tho as we shall soon see, Faine has her own limits and is quite capable of sorting out a situation that she doesn t agree with It is what makes Faine such a great h, she will tolerate a lot in the name of love, but when it gets right down to it, she doesn t take any garbage and she firmly puts Burke in his place when he tries it After a dinner party where the H s brother is right snot to everyone, his wife is charmingly woebegone in her marital distress and the H looks like a bulldozer ran over him, the h allows her sense of compassion to overrule her brain and she sleeps with the H Unicorns are no longer being groomed, but the whole thing went so well that the h believes their marriage has a real chance Until the next day, when the H s little brother manages to kill himself in his sports car when he swerves to avoid hitting a child The little brother s death flings the whole situation into chaos The H and his brother s wife are now free to find their love and the h, after a forced lurve club moment after the funeral with the H, dumps the H s hiney and takes herself to the far North and another library job Eventually the H tracks the h down and wants to resume their marriage The h is none too sure about that, the H was a big sewer slurper for the most part and probably doesn t deserve a second chance But the H reveals that tho he tried, he and the OW couldn t make the lurve club rise and the OW accused him of being in love with the h The OW is going back to England, cause the H realized that his feelings for her wereof the wounded cuddly kitten needing help variety than the deeper currents of real and abiding love So the H does a pretty decent grovel for an HP H of the time as he begs a pretty shocked h to take him back The h is no fool despite being only 23, she recognizes real devotion and love when she sees it, so she happily agrees to resume the marriage for a highly believable HEA RD gives us one of the very few epilogues of the 80 s era, where we meet the OW and her new husband two years later as they come to New Zealand to visit the H s grandmother The OW makes it very clear that any feelings the H and she had for each other were dueto the intense misery of the moment and bitterness of the H s younger brother over his circumstances and sheer propinquity There is nothing left between them but the distant memory of affection in a difficult time The H again does a very good speech about how the now preggers h is his whole world, in this one and the next So the younger brother s memory is finally put to rest, everyone is coupled up and happy with their real true loves and we can close the book on a very well wrought RD HEA.There are a lot of bad marks for this book, and if you cannot handle the h being second best in the beginning, it is probably not for you However, the H s redemption is exceedingly well done and the h, Faine, is one of the very best in HPlandia ever RD makes a continual habit of having really great h s paired with utter coprophagic slime pustule H s, Smoke in the Wind is a great example of how badly that can fail with an utterly unredeemed H But she makes it work here with her redemption of Burke and the contrasts in the two books make them well worth the time spent reading them This book is also one of the best Vintage HP Trainwrecks ever, and love it or hate it, to be a devotee of Vintage HPlandia at all means you must read it So for better or worse, give this book a look in and have yourself a total trainwrecky angsty outing in HPlandia Aand I m done I cannot respect a heroine who uses other men to make the hero jealous, kissing them ardently in front of the hero I didn t give it a chance, I know, but what s the point if I can t bear the heroine. This is one of the absolute worst H s I have ever read Thewe learned about him, themonstrous he became Everything he said was a poison dart sometimes intentional, sometimes not. Personally, if I were the heroine, my first reaction would be to slam the door on his sorry face when he comes a knocking then play that Gloria Gaynor song I Will Survive for him, full blast, as he drives away but then, I d be the oddball HP heroine without a happy ending So let me rethink this and rationalize why I would take him back First, because I have proven to him that I can walk out of the marriage and thrive well To languish is just nonexistent in the vocabulary of any strong hero Personally, if I were the heroine, my first reaction would be to slam the door on his sorry face when he comes a knocking then play that Gloria Gaynor song I Will Survive for him, full blast, as he drives away but then, I d be the oddball HP heroine without a happy ending So let me rethink this and rationalize why I would take him back First, because I have proven to him that I can walk out of the marriage and thrive well To languish is just nonexistent in the vocabulary of any strong heroine In exactly the same cool manner as the heroine when she walked out, I d show him that I m his Serene Highness When asked by the hero if I d be happy, I d fake that megawatt smile even if it kills me, brush aside his phony concern and move on Second, because he groveled on his knees, slobbering over my hand, confessing his stupidity, pleading as if there was no tomorrow, and begging for another chance I m not really a vindictive person and marriage after all is for humans, not saints And I ve walked away once, I can walk away again for good Lastly, because he had truly exorcised his fascination over the OW His fixation over her stemsfrom the Forbidden Fruit complex than love So once he was allowed to have the fruit compote and eat it too, he discovered that he was a steak and potatoes type of guy Angsty read Antacid recommended I had to wait 365 days for this atrocity at Open Library, so I am darned well going to review it Caution I use the word smug a lot If this is a trigger for you don t click the spoiler cut view spoiler I cannot stand the hero s smug arrogance or the OW s disingenuous martyrdom, which they then combine into mutual self congratulatory noble suffering They re so freaking proud of themselves for not acting on their passionate forbidden love that they re actually congratulating themselves for I had to wait 365 days for this atrocity at Open Library, so I am darned well going to review it Caution I use the word smug a lot If this is a trigger for you don t click the spoiler cut view spoiler I cannot stand the hero s smug arrogance or the OW s disingenuous martyrdom, which they then combine into mutual self congratulatory noble suffering They re so freaking proud of themselves for not acting on their passionate forbidden love that they re actually congratulating themselves for their restraint while they re making out on the day of the hero s wedding to the heroine After years of milking their untapped mutual yearning, the gallant and loyal martyr in law corners the hero on his wedding night for a tragic farewell Why To put a spoke in any possibility the hero might be trying to move on from her It is the most transparently calculated move to keep him trapped in her personal soap opera Do I feel sorry for the smugosaurus rex for being so easily manipulated No No, I do not My heart breaks for the wheelchair bound brother, who is portrayed as the villain even though Robyn Donald makes it pretty clear that he knows exactly what s going on between his saccharine sweet faithless wife and his judgmental brother It s evident in what he says when they approach while he s chatting up the heroine in the first chapter Look good together, don t they Much later, after her engagement to the hero is announced, the perceptive heroine comments that the brother looks as if he knows something that horrifies and excites him at the same time Because he has the decency to be horrified by what the hero is doing to the heroine Incidentally, being something negative and excited at the same time is kind of a theme in this novel I ll discuss my most hated instance of it later You know what If I were confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life because of an accident and my beautiful, able spouse was panting after my wealthy sibling while pretending to be victimized by me, I would be pretty darned bitter, too So let s fix this plot The day after meeting the heroine at the duck pond, the wheelchair bound brother decides he isn t going to wallow in self pity any He informs his wife he knows exactly what s going on between her and big brother and says he wants a divorce Martyr wife gets all flustered and denies, denies, denies before running off to big brother to fix everything When big brother tries to intimidate our new hero into remaining married for their grandmother s sake, ruthless but honorable little brother says he ll personally inform grandma about their sexless infidelity if either of them does anything to block a divorce Legally separated from his wife, little brother who has a fortune of his own from investments in European automotive companies pursues the heroine with charm and humor and wheelchair nookie Meanwhile, big brother makes his discovery that oops he doesn t love the soon to be ex after all, he just loved her martyrdom Nevertheless, he feels honorbound to propose to her because she supposedly loves him Because the public appearance of propriety is everything to these two, they sell their relationship to grandma as a compassionate response to the younger brother s cruelty in dumping Saccharine McMartyrsue after she stuck by his crippled self That s the book s vocabulary, not mine Smugbrother is now hopelessly attracted to the heroine because, let s face it, Faine is awesome and wanting what his brother has is just smugbrother s personality She disdains him for being arrogant, inconstant, and an all around bad brother He and the soon to be ex grow increasingly bitter in their unsatisfactory relationship One night, after a particularly awkward family dinner at grandma s in which Smugbrother and McMartyrsue overindulge in predinner cocktails, the soon to be ex insists on driving them home and they die in a one vehicle run in with a tree Poor tree.Everybody else lives happily ever after No epilogue required.Oh, I got so distracted by fixing the book and the heroine s real happily ever after that I almost forgot about the something and excited theme During the reconciliation scene in the actual horrible story, the hero declares, When you left me I felt empty, almost cold, but I was excited Because he d wanted McMartyrsue for so long, you see, and now he could have her even though he was also now in supposedly unrequited love for the heroine I shudder, wondering if the faithless cheaters aborted attempt at sex was in the heroine s marital home hide spoiler