Dangerous as Sin
It’s never a good thing when I’m happy to finish a book and, unfortunately, I was happy and relieved to finish this one. Right from the first chapter I was uncomfortable with the direction the book went and things didn’t improve as I continued to delve into the plot. <a href="http://www.likesbooks.com/banmanpro/a.aspx?ZoneID=4&Task=Click&Mode=HTML&SiteID=1&PageID=33387 ” target=”_blank”> <img src="http://www.likesbooks.com/banmanpro/a.aspx?ZoneID=4&Task=Get&Mode=HTML&SiteID=1&PageID=33387 ” width=”150″ height=”200″ border=”0″ alt=””>
Cameron Sinclair’s war service made him a hero, but it also killed his soul. He wants nothing more than to retire to the wilds of Scotland to try to ease his conscience – the conscience of an assassin. Before he can actually do that, he’s called to track down a Fey sword called Neuvarvann that was stolen by an evil man bent on creating an army of undead to take control of the human and Fey worlds. His partner in this endeavor is none other than a woman with whom he conducted a brief affair a year earlier prior to the death of his wife – yep, that’s what I wrote – wife.
Morgan Bligh was born Amhas-draoi, meaning she possesses both human and Fey traits, so she was chosen to help recover the Neuvarvann. On the mission she will not only face danger, but will also have to work closely with and pretend she’s married to a man who used and betrayed her. With anger and hurt guiding her, she sets out to prove how tough and competent she really is. Yet as the mission develops and they continue to find victims of the Fey sword, she realizes that the task is much more challenging than she originally thought and that she will have to trust and depend on Cam. She also realizes that the attraction she felt for him didn’t magically disappear when she discovered that he betrayed her.
For Cam, Morgan meant more to him than just an affair. Though he was married, there was no relationship between he and his wife and his connection to Morgan was special. He would like to recapture those feelings, still he knows it’s impossible for her to recover from the hurt he inflicted nor does he feel worthy of her. However, he can’t deny the attraction and is desperate to keep her safe as well as find the man who is killing England’s soldiers in an attempt to create his army.
I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever read a romance where the heroine is the “other” woman at the beginning of the story. I don’t really want to read another one. Morgan didn’t know she was the other woman at the time of the affair, but obviously Cam did. Lucky for him, his wife died.
Then there is the fact that Morgan is way too modern for a Regency miss who speaks in modern lingo and is a warrior. Cam is certainly a brooding hero and not very hero-like at all. He’s constantly described as angry, or furious, with a narrowed gaze, mocking, simmering, grumbling, thinning lips, snarling, and sadly I could go on. There’s really nothing likable about either two characters.
Two other things that bothered me about the story were the pretend marriage – supposedly to save Morgan’s reputation – and the setting. How can it help the situation to introduce someone as your wife and then have to explain later that she’s not? While it was never a problem within the story, every time the word “wife” came up, I was pulled out of the story as I tried to figure out how it could work out for them if they didn’t marry. The setting also worried me. While I can buy sorcery, magic, and Fey in some contemporaries, quasi-Medieval settings, or even a Scottish setting, I had a very difficult time buying into it in staid, old Regency England. It just didn’t work for me.
What keeps Dangerous As Sin from being an F? The simple fact that the characters weren’t completely detestable. However, with a pair that never seemed happy, much less happy together, I can’t possibly imagine a HEA. And for this reader, the reading experience didn’t end happily either.