I really didn't want to like Ophelia Strongly disliked her through about half of this one. But by the end, she had grown on me.
I still don't approve of her reasoning for why she behaved the way she did. I thought this was a nice quick easy read. I really liked the hero in this one. And I liked how they "warmed up" in one scene LOL. A bit too much was made of the heroines looks though that was the point but at one part I am like enough already we know she is the most beautiful in the whole wide world :.
I love this book!! It was a delight to read! So subtle and loving, and a bit sensual as well. I really liked the ending it was too cute. I enjoyed this book! The story line had just the right amount of drama, romance, tragedy, and humor. I couldn't put the book down at some parts! I just was not swept away into the story. View 2 comments. Mar 04, Zeek rated it it was ok Shelves: hist-rom , romance , favorite-author-all-time , hist-rom-pirate.
Sad thing is, she used to be an autobuy for me, now I wait for library copies.
The Devil Who Tamed Her - Johanna Lindsey
This story picks up soon after the ending of The Heir,or perhaps even before, because, as previously mentioned, I never bothered to finish it. In TDWTH Raphael takes it on himself to tame the shrew and of course finds himself totally mistaken about her and helplessly besotted- eventually.
View all 5 comments. Not too great. I expected a bit more excitement in the whole story and was a bit disappointed when there wasn't much.
Also I found the characters to be a tad bit one-dimensional. The kind of change and growth you'd expect weren't there. And I personally did not like their individual characteristics much. Johanna Lindsey didn't really satisfy me with this one. View 1 comment. Jul 01, D. My Take: Ophelia Reid is known for her beauty- and at no point in this book will you forget it. The central conflict in Ophelia's life is that she is so beautiful that no one has taken the time to get to know her for who she is.
Men flock to her and praise her beauty but see nothing else, and women surround her to try to take advantage of her popularity. She trusts no one and has become bitter and alone, taking out her wrath on those around her. While it's a nice break from the wallflower, it doe My Take: Ophelia Reid is known for her beauty- and at no point in this book will you forget it. While it's a nice break from the wallflower, it does get a bit out of hand. No one could possibly be that beautiful. There isn't a single character at any point in the book who disagrees. At one point she can't go to a party without a man proposing to her within the first five minutes!
In the end, I think the constant descriptions, both in narration and by other characters, of Ophelia's beauty took away from Raphael's admiration of her beauty, both physically and as a person after her "transformation". I did enjoy the way the romance blossomed between Ophelia and Raphael. He makes a bet to a friend that anyone, even she, would be able to change for the better and subsequently abducts her to his country estate where he makes her see the error of her ways. This is the part of the novel I didn't really understand- he intends to do this by telling her all the things she's done wrong, something people have been doing for a while.
Supposedly he gave her a new perspective, but I only got the sense she was more expressive about the perspectives she already had because they were away from society. Overall, in almost all scenes, she was most personable one on one. I'm not sure what causes her to change her behavior when back in London. It seemed rather sudden and acted more as a plot device rather than an actual change in her character.
While away from society, Ophelia begins to let her defenses down. While there was still an intense and passionate side to their romance, the passages I liked most were Raphael's observations of her and her surprising passion for the simpler things in life. What I liked most about this book was that the writing didn't get in the way of the story.
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What To Watch Out For: While I did like the writing style, my one complaint would be that too much is told through dialog.
A lot of the back story, such as Ophelia's failed engagement to MacTavish subject of the first novel of the series and her childhood are relayed through dialog and conversations, almost to the point where characters are having mini-monologues back and forth. It wasn't realistic, and the information could have either been better shown through non-verbal interactions, narrations, or just been left out. Also, there did seem to be a bit of missing info. The grand reason for the end of Ophelia's engagement and possibly a cause for scandal? I assume it is all revealed at the end of The Heir, the first in the series, but it would have been good to have been made clear in this book as well.
Oh Lordy, this has to be one of the worst Romance books I've read.
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The characters are all hollow and lifeless, which makes the plot - character driven as it is - even worse off then the characters. The main character, Ophelia, was a Mary Sue. The most beautiful woman in all of england, maybe even world, more beautiful then any other woman who'd ever existed? Come on now And the whole "I'm so beautiful, everyone hates me" is so cliche it makes me choke. Even that, though, I can understand and go Oh Lordy, this has to be one of the worst Romance books I've read.
Even that, though, I can understand and go along with. Romance novels don't have to be the best plot driven things. Just believable, I can make up the rest. Rafe was equally and utterly stupid for someone who is supposed to be smart. The abduction was laughable. The "change" was laughable. The author made no attempt to breath any life into these characters.
The Devil Who Tamed Her - Johanna Lindsey
The plot was crystal clear and see through, utterly boring because it wasn't supported; the characters stupid, dull, and dead; and to add insult to injury, she wrote the characters speach in some kind of butchered english accent instead of trusting that we can fill that in for ourselves.
Don't read this book. If she's a best seller, then this can't be more then a "need to fulfil a contract" book and nothing else. Oct 15, Janarah rated it liked it. I've been a very avid reader of Johanna Lindsey's books ever since my mom told me "A Pirate's Love" as a bedtime story. She didn't include the other scenes, don't worry Anyway, I did really like this book. I haven't read "The Heir" yet so I wasn't able to meet Ophelia's character from before. I liked the cover and was enthralled by it because it was written by Johanna Lindsey.
I really did like how it was explained why Ophelia became the way she was and it was quite enjoyable reading them fall I've been a very avid reader of Johanna Lindsey's books ever since my mom told me "A Pirate's Love" as a bedtime story.
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I really did like how it was explained why Ophelia became the way she was and it was quite enjoyable reading them falling in love with each other. The book was romantic, witty and would really make you envious of Ophelia's beauty. Even now, I could still never picture anyone who might be Ophelia. However, the plot was a bit confusing. I wouldn't have thought that a bet would have made a guy do what the hero in this story did.
He kidnapped Ophelia in order to "change" her because of a bet made with his best friend. Later on he realized he wanted to do it willingly to make Ophelia happy and also because he just wants to "help" her. I wouldn't think that motivation enough, but maybe it could be possible. I didn't really care for much of the other things but when I read the book again, I found their 1st "love scene" totally wrong. Oh and also as a way for Ophelia to release her hidden passion.
Good thing though because at least this is not my most disliked book by Johanna Lindsey. I really hated that robot futuristic one. I still do recommend this book to Johanna Lindsey's avid fans.
If you only want a quick read then this is the book for you. I felt it lacked the author's typical trademark passion and entertaining writing. The passion between the protagonists never seemed to surpass anything beyond lukewarm. Raphael wasn't as smitten with Ophelia as I would have liked, even after encountering the sweeter and nicer Ophelia whose true nature had been lying dormant.
His plan to improve Ophelia for everyone else's sake because he's into helping und Eh.
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