by Laura Parker

February 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7461-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Jemima MacKinnon, had been jilted by her betrothed. All of society deemed it her fault, of course. No one considered that her betrothed was the one who should have been ostracized. Incensed by the fickleness of these cads and libertines of the ton, Jemima forms a social group of her own, known only as the Ladies. The group consists of ‘old maids’ who embark on a game of revenge against all aristocrats of the male persuasion. With the fate of a young girl in her care, Jemima sets out to seek revenge on the so-called gentleman who had compromised and ruined her charge. Little does she know, the kind of adventure she has set for herself, as the gentleman that she sets out to ruin, is none other than Lord Bellaire. The one man that Jemima hold in greatest esteem and compares all men to him.

Please don’t ask me what Lord Bellaire’s title is, because after reading only 4 chapters of this book, I still didn’t find out. Beau; Lord Bellaire, seems like a nice enough guy, he’s trying to protect his family name, but as far as sex appeal forget it.

Jemima isn’t any better. Sure she’s embittered after being jilted at the alter, but other than that, her personality falls very flat.

I did not care for this book. So much so that I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. The characters weren’t very well written, the plot didn’t hold my attention and the editing itself was much to be desired. I would welcome reading another of Ms. Parker’s books, but ‘Notorious’ just didn’t ‘do’it for me.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Debbie.

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