Apr 7 2006
Dear Ms. Archer:
I am pleasantly pleased with your debut novel. The setting isn’t Regency (though it is English), the heroine is intelligent and thoughtful, the hero is honorable and hardworking. The villain isn’t quite perfect but is better than the average 2 dimensional, foaming at the mouth type usually seen in first novels. Go you! The villain’s downfall is too Hollywood (where the villain spills the beans to the authorities at the proper time) but Lady Xavier’s means of catching him out was nicely done and in keeping with her character.
Will’s dialect does border on being silly but perhaps you’re trying to make him sound like one of the heroine’s favorite dime novels and since he turns most other Western cliches on their heads, I could tolerate it. You also turns a lot of other Romance cliches around which I found to be very refreshing. The love scenes are hot without being too purple and the epilogue didn’t make me want to gag. It’s a very nice B grade book.