Ne that best illustrates the Classic PJ Style All the capitalized ingredients are presented in all of her stories in one form or another and it is her mastery of blending the mix of ingredients that keeps PJ at the top of the HPlandia Hierarchy and why so many HP travelers always keep one or twenty of her books on standby Give this one a ead if you are unfamiliar with PJ or just ead it cause you e an HP Veteran and need to get your PJ Fix Misunderstandings jealousy and angst ule in this story of unreuited loveTurns out the hero had always loved the heroine I love these kind of stories but I didn t enjoy this as much as I could have because Dominic acted too distant and cruel to Christy throughout He s especially harsh with her when she tried to seduce him at age 17 cause love and could have let her down gently instead in my opinionIn the present Dominic is pleased to see Christy again and wants to Darkness Light renew their friendship after eight years apart Why he never did anything to ignite the fires in between those years is beyond me as it s never explained Dominic soonapidly descends into savage caveman behavior however after mistakenly concluding Christy is in love with her married boss Racked with jealousy and contemptuous of her love for the OM he engages in push pull behavior with Christy until they finally have The Talk at the end 4 Stars Ms Jordan has a knack of drawing you into the characters lives ight from the first pages In this intense lovestory our heroine Christy eturns home after eight years away only to find that her teenage crush and the man who humiliated her has moved in next door to her parents Dominic had crushed her tender heart with brutal words of ejection words that have stayed with her scarring her self worth Thrown together constantly these two hide their emotional pain behind exteriors of anger and esentment Theirs is a hard won HEA 35 stars I ll ound up since it was a nice ead on a cold yucky day I enjoyed the atmosphere of the small town on the border of England and Scotland as well as some of the supporting characters like the older Lady and the stuffy old army man who obviously had an old flame for one another Sometimes it s nice to delve into the older HPs that didn t euire jaunting all over the world or gazillionaire heroesThis hero was a doctor He d grown up around the heroine since his parents and hers were best friends He was 8 years older and when the heroine became a teen her feelings changed from sisterly to omantic love She on some dubious advice from a wilder school friend tried to seduce him at 17 He angrily Not Handsome Enough rejected her and gave her a speech about the dangers of such behavior before carting her home like a naughty child She was humiliated and confused I could feel her to a certain extent Society tells us that men want one thing and that they are almost always willing to give it to anyeasonably attractive and eceptive female If they eject you it makes you wonder if something isn t wrong with you After all many of us are conditioned to believe they have virtually no standards or interests outside of sex So if they Busy Park reject you you must obviously be a leper Of course she was only 17 But at 17 I liked to think I was a woman too I d have been hurt and humiliated even though it was done very much for her own good Plus of course he loved her all alongAnyway she moves to London to be a secretary hello 80 s HPLand and he moves to America to practice medicine They don t see one another for 8 years when she moves home to escape a lecherous boss and he moves back to the area to start up a family practice It s kind of sweet how obviously thrilled he is to see her and I love it how the author was able to exclusively use the h s POV yet successfully convey all the longing from the hero it all flew over the h s head of course IMHO that takes talent than being privy to pages of the H s emo navel gazing feels YMMV There are lots of misunderstandings beginning with the heroine s lingering anger over theejection at 17 Once that is set aside she assumes that he just wants her for sex and she can t handle that so she lets him believe she actually is having an affair
WITH HER MARRIED BOSS I her married boss ll understand why heroine s do that I can see not begging some narrow minded ass to see the truth but this was deliberate This hero wasn t even that big of an ass By HP and especially PJ standards he was a nice Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know reasonable man He shook her once but come on I m pretty sure shaking the heroine hard at least once was a contractual obligation in the old days Just be warned if you aren t aware You can tead a PJ and expect the heroine not to be sometimes annoyingly overwrought They always teeter on the edge of a nervous breakdown throughout most of the book I can t GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany respect a heroine who is tempted to sleep with her best friend s husband the heroine was pathetic she was jealous of dominic s interactions wid amanda awfully aware of him and at the same time she was barely civil to the man she was so annoying she was back in town as she had been on the brink of sleeping wid a best friend s husband not to say dat at 17 she attempted to seduce dominic her morals were clearly lacking and also she had a tendency to act slutty yet she cud not stand dominic and then all of a sudden sheealised she now loved dominic The Confederate Privateers really loved him not a teenager s infatuation any i simply cud not believe in this story as the french would say ca ne tient pas laoute p This is an Old Skool HP so take it with the normal amount of 80 s era male lead asshattery female lead TSTL tendencies vile OW tropes etc Basically Christy and Dominic were friends when she was a kid but when she was 17 she attempted to seduce him and he slapped her down pretty harshly Of course it scawwed her wittle soul and she hasn t been able to have a normal Big Bad Detective Agency relationship as aesult Now as adults they meet again when Christy The Placer returns home to find Dominic has done the same At first Dominic is pretty eager to pick up their friendship and theeader definitely gets the sense that he s interested in only Christy s pride is still hurt and she does her best to antagonize him Eventually Dominic s pride starts getting away with him as well and what follows is almost a French farce of miscommunication both deliberate and not with both characters doing their best to throw Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism red herrings at the otherDominic isn t as hateful as most 80s HP males are and honestly in some ways you kind of get why he acts the way he does Christy doesn t leave him a whole lot of choice sometimes Both of these characters were a bit too concerned with their own pride but it brought a lot of campy fun with it so I was okay with itHonestly it s not a good book but I did thoroughly enjoyeading it and for me that means a lot If you don t like the miscommunication trope this won t be the book for you If a heroine who is pretty much every 80s virginal overreacting silly HP heroine you ve ever The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, read is going to bother you this is not the book for you If however you enjoy that sort of escapism you might dig this one. Ugh toun homeThe last thing she wanted was to see Dominic Savage She disliked and despised him But in the end that proved poor protection against his desires and her own need.
Penny Jordan Í 6 READEguiling Body The h finally expresses all the pent up 8 years of hurt for his ejection The H is thunderstruck He Always Wanted Her He Wouldn t Turn Her Down Now if she Would Just Take off Her Clothes He had to eject her 8 years ago she was an innocent 17 yr old and her parents Trusted Him This ends with a punishing kiss of course and the h pushes the H away of course cause now the h knows that the H Only Wants Her for the Body and not because he loves her or anything like that The h uns home and the plannings for the Romantic Masued Ball continues Then the h s Lothario s Wife calls the h up and insists that she come to London Lothario has lost a very important script and the lovely wife needs the h to find it The h goes and manages to put the fear of the Lovely Wife Dumping the Lothario into him after the Lovely Wife confides that she is preggers again and tired of the infidelities Lothario has managed to find a new girlfriend The h finds the script and a beautiful gown with mask for the Romantic Ball Lothario gives the h a ide to the train station home and as he is enthusiastically kissing the h goodbye as he kisses all the ladies the H happens to be moseying along and sees the embrace The H is Shocked At the Changes in the formerly nice girl h But they wind up iding home on the train together anyways and then going to the h s house so the H can check on her mum The h announces that the Lovely Wife is preggers and the H is looking shellshocked The Conniving Parent trope is back into play as the mum cannily maneuvers the H into escorting the h to and from the Romantic Ball The h is apoplectic at being thus manipulated because by now the h ealizes that she is in Love Forever With the H Cue bitter moping Angsty Angst for the h The H is just caustic and mocking cause his Beloved Good Girl Has Gone to the Bad he isn t worried tho he still has his OW of Harlotness and Biting Comments to torment the h with The mum is very sad that her Conniving just did not work out she had Hoped but alas that horse has un now that the OW of Harlotness has got her leg under Preparations for The Ball continue on and we get a hint of a secondary Der Bilderwächter romance between the Village s Crusty Elder Major General and the eually Elderly Local Lady of the Manor who is also the OW of Harlotness s Grandmother it seems the Local Lady was widowed as a bride when her husband a distant cousin and last male heir to the Lady s Family line died in the War The Lady s Father apparently banned the Crusty Major from the house and they have been bickering acuaintances all these long lonely years perhaps the Ball will see than one union in the makingFinally the Night of the Romantic Masue Ball arrives and our tormented lovelorn h has her hair teased into a Fiery Flurry of Abandoned Curls very in keeping with her Ivory Toned Historically Correct Costume That Is Provocative In the Nicest Possible Way but fits a bit looser in the waist as our h has lost some weight The h dons her mask for utmost sartorial Romantic Masue Ball splendour and the Magnificently Tuxed and Handsome H arrives to take her to the Ball The H makes Bitter Comments about just who purchased the h s costume that sheefused to show them for some eason he believes the Lothario bought the dress for the h and she efuses to tell him otherwise because He Only Wants Her Body and she Wants To Be Loved The OW of Harlotness swoops down to extract the H as they arrive at the ball the h emoves her cloak and steps out to check on the decorations for the Ball feeling the Blaze of the H s Burning Contempt all the way across the ballroom as the festivities begin The h is miserable from the
H s Punishing Gaze and as he dines with the OW ofs Punishing Gaze and as he dines with the OW of and separates himself from the organizer s table the h knows her heart is truly broken Heart broken as she is this doesn t stop the h from bringing the Crusty Major and Local Lady together for a bit of a omantic dance Then the Midnight Dance arrives and the H manhandles the h onto the dance floor They dance and the H tortures the h with Long Virile Body Dancing Moves and then it is time to Unmask The h stops the H from Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris removing her mask and that means he gets to claim a forfeit He sweeps her over his arm for a Passionate Punishing Roofie Kissight in the middle of the floor The kiss ends the H and h are now Fodder for All the Village to Gossip about and the OW of Harlotness is uick to Letters to Rollins rush over Glare Daggers at the h and Restake Her Claim on the H s arm The h helps to clean up with the Women s Institute ladies and tries to figure out aide home Then the H Britain, Europe And The Third World returns to escort her out with the OW of Harlotness s lipstick all over his mouthThe H drags the h back to his houseips her Scotland Yard rented costume gown off and proceeds with the Lurve Clubbing of Ecstasy where he finallyealizes the h is a virgin and that he just uined a eally pricey theatrical costume There was no mention if he was still sporting the OW s Jungle Red lipstick The h Unverified: A Novel realizes that she was subbing for the OW of Harlotness after the Lurve Club Highecedes and she is probably wearing OW lipstick in unmentionable places and the H believes the h was using him as a Sub for the Lothario Boss who has now left the country and is being nice to his wife The h and H part in mutual antagonism and cue Angsty Angst h moping and Bewailing by the h that there is No Seekrit Baby The h s mum is back up to par and Grand Teton Explorers Guide ready toun she also conveys the news that Crusty Major and Local Lady are finally marrying after All These Years of Tormented Love and the h decides she needs to look for another London job Before that can happen the h s parents take off gallivanting out of town and the H is forced to drag the h off to assists with a pregnant Farmer Wife About To Give Birth In A Terrible Snowstorm Upon UFO Crash at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth returning from the delivery the h s house is cold cause the central heating died when the Terrible Snowstorm cut the power The sittingoom fire is out too and the H can t seem to Peig: The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island remember theules of fire building in the Boys Guide To Woodcraft So he just drags the h of to his house cause while he may not be able to build a fire he can certainly keep his own going There he and the h have their Big Romantic Reconciliation with Extra Fiery and Passionate Ecstasy Boudoir Bouncing and the H finally gets around to explaining that he wasn t dating the OW of Harlotness he was just stuck with her a lot and that he has Always Loved the h Forever but he was Wildly Jealous and he just wants the h to love him back
and marry him and then have a gazillion kids together The h enthusiastically endorses this plan with her own Alwaysmarry him and then have a gazillion kids together The h enthusiastically endorses this plan with her own Always the H Forever Vow and the two continue to lurve it up in the Boudoir of Bliss that the h wants to edecorate in the cheering shades of Peach and French Blue for the PJ HPlandia HEA As I went through this spoilerization I tried to capitalize all the classic PJ isms of PJness to give newer eaders a sense of the typical PJ ingredients that go into her confabulations Like I said at the start this isn t PJ s best book but it is Ood between her and all other menHer career in London had come to a sudden stop because she had been unwilling to engage in an affair so her ailing mother's need was eason eno. ,