Friday Fiction: Liberated Lady meets Obnoxious Guy

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Liberated Lady

Liberated Lady
Wentworth
1979

I am a fan of the romance genre. I read these in high school and off and on. I still like a well crafted romance with smart dialogue and interesting characters. This isn’t that book. Even my 1970s self probably would have dumped this title fast. Once again we have our favorite romance trope where obnoxious guy and nice girl fall in love.

The set up is that our heroine, Sara, is de-facto guardian of her step sister, Nicky. Nicky wants to get married to her boyfriend, Richard. Sara knows they are too young, and is trying to get these crazy kids to slow down. Wouldn’t you know it? Richard’s uncle is ultra obnoxious Alex Brandon. The dialogue is bullying and there is thinly veiled violence. Worst part: she calls him on it and he tells her that’s what women like. Ugh.

I think I will look for a romance from this century.

Mary

liberated lady back cover inside description text

7 comments

  1. Gross!

    The author “collected knife rests and…was member of The Knife Rest Collectors Club,” according to Wikipedia. She should have written about that instead.

  2. I read the teaser as Alex trying to rape Sarah followed by Sara preparing to strangle him.

  3. Speaking as an old person who still reads romance, I gotta say that once she makes that “little sound deep in her throat” the game’s still over, 21st century or not.

  4. Ugh. I hate that trope. Guy treats girl like dirt. “I hate you! I hate you! I love you! I love you!” Blech.

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