• Title: Red Rose
  • Author: Mary Balogh
  • ISBN: 9780451141576
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • Red Rose Edward the Earl of Ray is one of those alpha unforgettable men you sometimes run across in a book He is so scarred from manipulative women ones he trusted that you can understand his hatred of the w
    Edward, the Earl of Ray, is one of those alpha unforgettable men you sometimes run across in a book He is so scarred from manipulative women ones he trusted that you can understand his hatred of the whole sex Now he is the guardian to two young women debutantes just what he hates He brings them to London with the idea of marrying them off as quickly

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    1. Sometimes there is a thin line between love and hate…Edward, Earl of Raymore, is a self-proclaimed hater of women. His mother, his stepmother, his former fiancée, definitely made sure of it. When to his great chagrin he became a guardian of two young ladies, his plan was to get rid of them as soon as possible by marrying them off. Finding a husband for one of the girls, Sylvia, would not be a problem at all (or so he thinks). She is very pretty with biddable personality and nice dowry. The ot [...]

    2. Worst antagonists-to-lovers plot I have ever read. It's as if the middle part, you know the whole "to" part, was totally skipped over. There was absolutely no transition. He's a misogynist who insults her person and her character (with the rather anachronistic word "Slut" at that). She has self esteem issues, a limp and the rather incidental talent of being musically inclined (he's conveniently a patron of the arts). He creepily stalks her as she plays, they fight, he grabs and molests her a few [...]

    3. I'm so glad my library had a copy of this one. If I had purchased it, I would be pulling my hair out. MB is my second most read author, but if I had started with this story, I would never have read another. This book should definitely be left buried in the past. It's nice to see an author evolve with their writing. I just would have preferred to discover it another way. This story was wrong on so many levels.The hero was so deeply rooted in his misogyny that he could never change. There was noth [...]

    4. The hero is so committed in his antipathy towards young women (and for pretty much the same silly reasons any misogynist hero is misogynist) that it's hard both to believe that he'd ever have a good relationship and to even want him to. Not sure why the heroine would ever have anything much to do with him. This is not one of Balogh's best.

    5. The hero, the Earl of Raymore, is possibly one of Balogh's most disconcerting characters as portrayed in this early traditional Signet regency. In the beginning, he is a cold and cynical misogynist, and behaves with brutish insensitivity to the heroine who has a crippled leg, He describes her as embarrassing, unattractive, and deformed. Balogh probably wishes she could go back and rewrite some of these uncomfortable scenes. However, Raymore is also portrayed as deeply sensitive to the beauty of [...]

    6. 2.5 starsI couldn't stand him. He was a miserable sun of a bit**, no offense to female dogs. He was very young when his mother died but he was a happy child because he was very close to his governor. His father married his governor and he found her having sex with the groom shortly after. He fired the groom the day his father died. His step mother married the groom a week later. was betrothed to get married and when he suggested they didn't have to wait to have sex, he found out not only his fia [...]

    7. Conde Raymore ficou com a tutelagem indesejada de duas garotas, Rosalind e Sylvia. Era um homem bem vivido, misógino, por conta do passado dele, visto que fora traído por todas as mulheres de seu passado. Sua atração por sua pupila Rosalind e atração dela por ele, só o faz lembrar de sua noiva e, com isso ele a maltrata tratando-a com rudeza e tenta casar as duas para se livrar do encargo Apesar dos sentimentos e da atração que ela exerce sobre eleQuando Rosalind retorna seus beijos ele [...]

    8. One of Balogh's early books and not one of her best. The hero hates women and when he inherits the guardianship of two young female relatives, he determines to marry them off. The Earl of Raymore is presented as just unpleasant from the outset. Rosalind has a limp and she and Edward get off to a terrible start.They really hate each other. They quarrel. They get so angry that their passion rises and they end up in compromising situations. They hate each other etc This goes on for most of the book [...]

    9. absolutely loved how hero fell for plain jane heroine! we can see him falling for herself not her stunning looks! edward loved her despite himself. he thought she had nthg in terms of feminine assets. yet he was insanely attracted, the chemistry was palpable between him and rosalind. the secondary characters only added spice to the book instead of being irritable. i minused 2 stars bcoz at first i did not like edward at all! i hated his guts, his attitude towards women. he wud assess them as if [...]

    10. Not as good as later worksThis is one three of the latest re-published old works of Ms Balogh's. Honestly all three are not representatives of what I know of Ms Balogh's works today. The characters' actions and attitudes are confusing and the "falling in love" is so sudden and has no reason to happen. In other words there's no build up to the event. In all three of these old re-published books the main characters are either shallow or truly, truly foolish bordering on stupidity. I'm glad Ms Balo [...]

    11. rereading balogh is proving to be a trial. it's not easy accepting that some of my previous favorites are letdowns. i loved this one - rosalind and i share some similarities so it was easy to immerse myself into her character. not anymore. the writing, one thing i always admired in balogh novels, is mediocre at best. i hate the first chapter with a passion. there's a reason they teach 'show, don't tell' to novice writers (yes it's not exactly a rule on dialogues but still) - it's the hallmark of [...]

    12. This was one of Balogh's earliest books. It was recently re-released, thankfully with an updated cover from what is shown here. Most of my complaints are technical and simply stem from this being a very early work that is not indicative of her actual skill. This book was very frustrating and really not much like Balogh's more recent books. She is partial to writing about broken characters, manifested physically mentally, or emotionally or even combinations of them, but this was clearly written b [...]

    13. Mediocre writingI liked the idea of the characters and the plot but found the execution lacking. The writing was poor, the characters rather flat, and the history was unresearched. I don't usually have a problem with misogyny in historical romance, because I usually take into account the time period. But this protagonist went from hating and thinking the worst of all women to falling in love and deciding that women were alright after all in the blink of an eye. There was nothing romantic about t [...]

    14. The male love interest is horrid except for brief bouts of kindness that in no way make up for how cruel he was to Rosalind in the beginning. I can't help but think that the identity of the love interest was mixed up; Sir Bernard would have been perfect with a little tweaking to the narrative. He talked with Rosalind, didn't think less of her for being disabled, etc. The only reason this got an extra star was because I loved Rosalind's character.

    15. I can't believe I DNF a Mary Balogh book. The hero is HORRIBLE. He just properly hates women and is disgusting towards them. I didn't even want him to be redeemed because I wouldn't have believed it. Even his reasons for being this way weren't relatable (or believable) to me. And the heroine was quite interesting until she suddenly turned extremely childish. Sad sad sad.

    16. So glad some of Balogh's backlist is being released digitally. As others have mentioned Edward is a difficult hero to like. Even with his backstory explained close to the beginning. Whew.Overall I enjoyed it even if I did occasionally want to shout at all the characters.

    17. Altho a 2 from Balogh is prolly a 3 from someone else, I never re-read this so that says something :) Heroine a pianist. Balogh does do a passion for music well.

    18. "Red Rose" is a beautiful written novel with unforgettable characters,described beauty in nature,and the natural passionate love between the Hero and Heroine.A very amazing story.It has no instalove,nor attraction on first sight.But a natural flowing love that comes when they get to know each other,but not before they hate each other intensely at first.Edward was the one person who captured my interest and heart almost the second i read about him.He is so cold,so bitter and hateful against women [...]

    19. (view spoiler)[Our heroine Rosalind Dacey fell off a horse when she was little and broke her leg. The physician set it poorly and made her limp but this doesn’t stop her from doing what she love most which are painting, music and horsemanship. She did give up socializing though; she hated the reactions of strangers: distaste, embarrassment and pity. Eventually she came to a conclusion that she’ll live the rest of her life as a spinster. Our hero Edward Marsh, the Earl of Raymore hates women. [...]

    20. As much as it pains me to give one star to a Mary Balogh book, the fact remains that I did not like it. Didn't like any of the characters, didn't like the triangles and there was very little left after that.

    21. Perhaps this early Mary Balogh books gives us a clue as to what we'll have in the first book of her new series that tells us more about Lady Gwen Muir who also walks with a limp. This book sweeps from despair to desire in equally passionate amounts. Edward ends up with two wards one of whom is Rosalind. She walks with a noticable limp from a childhood riding accident and everyone despairs of her making a good match, she pretends not to care but longs for love, marriage and children. Never expect [...]

    22. 4.5I've had the paperback of this book since 1986 and it has traveled with me through many moves. I, embarrassingly enough, have spent the last year going to and requesting to read this on my Kindle, so I was thrilled when it came out! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)As other reviews mention, the Earl of Raymore was basically kind of a jerk when the book began. I absolutely adored our heroine Rosalind Dacey and fluctuated between liking and being annoyed with her cousin Sylvia. I have to admit, I really liked [...]

    23. I am surprised I liked the book by the end. To be fair, I did not like Edward (ML) at all. He was insulting and kept harping on stupid things, but he was real. And Rosalind was refreshingly real as well. Her insecurity is understandable. Her distrust, her vulnerability around Edward (because of Alistair) is understandable. The slow progress and uncovering of both these two stalwarts was great. I admit I was surprised that Edward fell so easily, but I wasnt surprised. I loved the fact that the fa [...]

    24. I didn't like it. Surprisingly since I liked/loved all books I've read by this author. I didn't like the main couple, their story and how they come to be together. I just didn't understand how two people who despised each other at first can love each other in the end. I can see the attraction from the guy's point of view but not the girl's. I like the second couple though and I wish there were more scenes between them. And I like the other guy too though he seems to be out of character there som [...]

    25. Enemy-Turned Lovers kind of romancePositives:1. Well written, very Georgette Beyer2. No Poor Me heroine. Rosalind is intelligent and doesn't dwell too much on her disadvantages. She's also independently wealthy3. No INSTA-LUST or swooning.4. Love the make-over of the heroine5. Engaging subplots6. Sarcastic cruel hero who falls madly in love.-------------------------------------------------------Negatives:1. There ought to have been more interaction between the hero and heroine - some banter

    26. not really a fan of her women hating heros with deep mother issues, but he turns out alright in the end. though this is one of balogh's few no-sex-scene-regency-romances, she does a superb job in writing the tension between the two main characters and the struggle the heroine feels in maintaining her own sense of self

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