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Expect the unexpected especially in a room filled with booksHonoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin and his visits to her bookshop? The much younger Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London's basest injustices Yet his chief interest appears to be in herCoerced to investigate Nora's controversial pamphlets Devin expected to find a bookish matron Instead he is taken with Nora's womanly beauty sharp intellect and quick wit Soon what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure and Devin's job becomes dangerous for them both For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she's crossed Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her and much to win her love


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    Never Too Late was one of those books where what could have been a decent premise was ruined by poor execution I was initially intrigued by the fact that the usual genderage roles were reversed with the heroine being forty and the hero twenty six Even now a couple in which the woman is considerably older than the man still raises eyebrows I thought there was potential in the idea of setting an older womanyounger man romance in 1851 to explore the obstacles and prejudices such a couple would have had to overcomeRunning alongside the romance is the secondary plot about the heroine widowed bookseller Mrs Honoria Duchamp stumbling across a child prostitution and pornography racket and her efforts to expose it and stop children being abducted and abusedBut there are powerful people involved in these horrible activities people who want to protect their identities and who will go to extreme lengths to do so When the men in charge realize that Honoria has discovered the house in which the children are kept one Mr Withersby instructs Alex Lord Devin to spy on her and do whatever is needed to disrupt her business Devin is told that Honoria is printing seditious pamphlets as a sideline to her business as a bookseller and as Withersby is blackmailing him he has incriminating photographs of Devin’s brother with another man Alex has little choice but to make Honoria’s acquaintance and start snooping aroundAlex is immediately intrigued by Honoria as is she by him but he’s too young and too handsome for her and she is suspicious when he begins to pay her compliments and even s o when he kisses her mere hours after meeting herSo far so good – in terms of the plot at least The author has seized upon two less common issues encountered in historical romantic fiction so as I’ve said the premise was promisingBut the book falls down badly in terms of the writing and tone The author frequently uses anachronistic language ”Get over yourself” incorrect terminology Bach didn’t write any Cello concerti and poor word choicesFor example Honoria tells Alex”Of course then we may maintain our acquaintance You may visit me at the shop as you choose But I have provisions”And then later she says“My grandfather held a baronet”There is a conversation between Honoria and her three friends who comprise the Needlework for the Needy society in which one of them says that her “gut” feels unsettled about something I really can’t imagine a proper Victorian lady using such a termThere are also situations which stretch plausibility so much that if it were a piece of elastic it would never regain its original shape Alex’s mother the Dowager Viscountess is presented as rather a free thinker although she is still accepted in society and invitations to her dinners and parties are highly sought after I imagine the author is trying to account for the fact that Lady Devin invites a woman about whom she knows absolutely nothing to a dinner party which will be attended by among others Lord Tennyson Robert Browning and Edward Bulwer Lytton and seems to have no concern whatsoever about Alex’s relationship with a woman fourteen years his senior Not only does she invite this unknown tradeswoman to a prestigious event at her home but within minutes of making her acquaintance she offers to lend Honoria a dress suitable for dinner She doesn’t make an outright offer instead coming up with a ridiculous story of how she and her now deceased sister used to like playing “dress up” so she would deem it a kindness if Honoria were to borrow one of her sister’s dresses True she doesn’t say “That dress you have on is horrible for God’s sake go and find something else” but Honoria falls for it anywayThen while Honoria is dressing her ladyship tells her all about her late husband how much she loved him how he met his death etc All this to a woman she had never met until a few minutes beforeThere are so many other implausibilities or things that stretched my credulity past breaking point that it would take too long to list them Withersby’s incriminating photographs of Alex’s brother are worthless because Andrew is not gay and can provide the names of various courtesans who have obliged him in order to prove it Alex is desperate to get into Honoria’s knickers – but when she eventually asks him to he turns her down because he doesn’t want to take advantage When he finally does get that far he’s astonished to discover that she’s a virgin turns out she was never actually married – and then doesn’t finish what they’ve startedThe sex scenes are fairly tame but I admit I had to suppress laughter on several occasions There’s a difficult line to walk between “hot” and “funny” when it comes to writing sex and sadly too often in this book we’re on the “funny” side of itThere were also a lot of issues introduced that were never fully explored Alex is bitter about the fact that his late father seemed to prefer his life as an explorer to being at home with his family he’s afraid of horses he’s an accomplished cellist but hasn’t played in years and despite that is still able to perform some of Bach’s Cello Suites perfectly I felt I was being bombarded with Alex’s issues as a way of making him a interesting character but I’m afraid it didn’t workAnd that brings me to the biggest of my many problems with the book I had absolutely no idea what Alex and Honoria saw in each other or indeed who they were as people Alex insists that he loves Honoria for who she is – but neither of them ever felt real to me and because of that I was never drawn into the story or brought to care about what actually happened to themFor me that’s the greatest deficit I could find in any story I read romance for the emotional connection between the protagonists and between the characters and the reader and if that doesn’t happen then I am unlikely to enjoy the book But in addition to that there were numerous failings in terms of the structure and writing – typographical and grammatical errors as well as many instances of what I can only describe as poor writing By that I mean that the sentence construction is either tortuous or too simplistic most often the latter word choice is awkward and it just generally feels unpolishedWhile it’s the author’s name on the cover I’m not putting the entirety of the blame for that at her feet however because errors in spelling and grammar should be picked up by a good proofreader and errors in terminology word choice and sentence structure should surely be highlighted by the editor and options discussed with the writer However none of this was addressed in the editing process and the result is that a promising plot turned into a dismal readAs an aside I remain stunned about the fact that the author teaches English and has a PhD in 19th century English Literature because if a teacher of English is unable to make correct word choices then I don't hold out much hope for the rest of usI also included a couple quotes in the review I submitted but because I tend to go on a bit sometimes they need editing down which I included in order to illustrate how difficult it is to write successful love scenes Here are two crossed the line from hawt to hilarious moments ”Damn it man I said kiss me” Or ”I need you now” he exclaimed against her lips “Take me damn it Take me into you now” sniggerETA Before anyone reads this and accuses me of being a bitter failed author I am going to state categorically that I am no such thing I proof read and edit and have no authorial ambitions