Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Review: The Cursed One by Ronda Thompson

Title: The Cursed One
Series: Wild Wulfs of London
Author: Ronda Thompson
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: November 28, 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312935757
ISBN-13: 9780312935757

Wed and widowed in one day, stunning socialite Amelia Sinclair's honeymoon is anything but typical. Then again, neither is Amelia—rebellious and impulsive, marrying Robert Collingsworth was the one sensible thing she ever did. Now he's dead, and she must escape the vicious creatures stalking her—even if it means relying on a stranger. Well, maybe not a complete stranger. Amelia first glimpsed Gabriel Wulf years ago on the busy streets of London; since then he has haunted her dreams. But in the flesh, Gabriel is much more tantalizing than she ever dreamt, and much more complicated.

Gabriel Wulf, the strong one, the sensible one—the family, and the curse that plagued them, were his only priorities; there was little time for women and none for love. Now, he must protect an enticing beauty—and not just from the dangers that prowl the woods around them. Gabriel has secrets, dark ones he's sure Amelia must never know and could never understand. But she has already awakened his heart...and the beast within. Will Amelia be the key to his salvation, or the architect of her own demise?

My rating:

This book seemed the most "out there" of the bunch. Not only were the Wulf brothers cursed to turn into wolves as soon as they fell in love (which is ridiculous all by itself if you ask me), but suddenly there was another "race" of such shifters, Wargs. These creatures straight out of lore left the woods because they couldn't survive there anymore and decided, lo and behold, to join society under the guise of strangers that met their untimely death in order to facilitate the Wargs' quest for the whole society-entering.

The Wargs' next victim was supposed to be Lady Amelia Sinclair, recently married to Lord Collingsworth (or something). Unfortunately her husband died on their wedding night of a heart attack (yet another Warg plot), but a rogue Warg wanted to sample the goods and attacked her under the guise of her deceased husband.
Enter Lord Gabriel Wulf, who Amelia has been lusting over for the past couple of books (and he's been lusting after her as well, though we didn't know that for the past couple of books), knight in shining armor that saves her from the fate worst than death...

Blah, blah, blah...

So Amelia, Gabriel and Mora, a shy servant girl, the only survivor of the servants' exodus, embark on a perilous journey through the woods (on foot, the horses were scared away) toward his home.

Maybe it would've worked if the book was that short. Unfortunately it wasn't that short, the Warg plot angle was ridiculous at best, Amelia was a spoiled little bitch, Gabriel was your average brooding hero with a chip on his shoulder, and the servant girl...Well, she was just a servant girl. Or wasn't she?

Boring, uneventful, one-dimensional...Did I mention boring?


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