Margaret Pargeter (epub) The Odds Against



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  1. says:

    Train wreck It always takes two Sins of the heroThe hero slaps the heroine in the face on two separate instances so be aware of that The hero t

  2. says:

    Edited on 13th August 2015 after a rereadOkay yes my love for train wrecks has increased even I don't know how but it has

  3. says:

    The premise of the story is that the heroine agrees to a marriage of convenience with the Hero who has been jilted by his true love beautiful goddess fiancee after breaking his leg Yep you read it right this para

  4. says:

    35 stars Yes I recognize it should be a 1 stars but hey it was an angsty angerfest The Odds Against is a very appropriate title Why? Because one could ask What are the odds against you recommending this to me? and

  5. says:

    I'm giving it 2 stars since it did deliver on the WTF and angst First of all I'm not the 'doormat' police I'm a

  6. says:

    God I hated this planewreck Carl is the biggest cunt in harleuin presents history and he deserves to die for the hell he put the heroine through And for what? A bitchy gold digging vain shrew of an ex fiancee called Petula who was too frigid to even give him sex Fuck you Carl Gail should have ended up with his chivalrous kind cou

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    There is something terribly wrong with the hero the heroine and the author of this book My rating of stated that it was the kind of book that was either one star or five this could have earned such a tug of war

  8. says:

    I felt like reading some good olde fashion angst and what better way to get it than to read a Harleuin Presentsbut not any HP mind you but one of the oldiesa 1980's to be exactSo I jumped on the train to Harleytopia and landed in the trainwreck that is The Odds Against written by Margaret Pargetershe used to be a fav of mind when these were

  9. says:

    Adding a new tag for this special HP No way in hell

  10. says:

    This was my second Margaret Pargeter and definitely my last Boring as hell But this was so bad I have to share some highlights hereHe is about

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Tive wanted her in fact Carl didn't love her; not only that he would go running back to Petula if he ever got the chance Could such a one sided marriage possibly wor.

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Ever since his fiancee Petula Hogan had walked out on him to marry someone else Carl Elliott had been a changed man bitter and suspicious of all women and Gail who h. Train wreck It always takes two Sins of the heroThe hero slaps the heroine in the face on two separate instances so be aware of that The hero tells the heroine she is plain and doesn t even notice her beauty after her Cinderella makeover until much later The hero tells the heroine many times that he will divorce her as soon as his true love is free or he is tired of herSins of the heroineShe is a doormat not the robust welcome mat of a front porch or the hardworking fatigue mat in front of the kitchen sink She is part of a bath mat set that my grandmother always decorated her bathroom with The uestion is is she the contour latex backed mat that goes around the toilet or the cozy that covers the toilet lid Both are puzzling to me She worries about the hero after the OW jilts him She takes on the extra work training the horses she cooks for him and checks up on him She puts up with his verbal abuse his physical abuse and still loves him after he leaves her for the OWI knew this was Margaret Pargeter I didn t think I was going to like it but I did because it was full of WTF and angst Which is what I read them for And it also made me thinkWell dear what were you thinkingMP played fast and loose with the alpha role to ask the uestion what makes a marriage A lot of these trainwreck Harleys explore power issues see Lillian Peake who was playing with the Dominantsub trope long before 50 Shades was a gleam in what s her face s eye And I suppose you could argue for the power angle here for all of her contour doormattiness that is too a word the heroine by asking the hero s hand in marriage gains the social prestige going from stable hand to lady of the manor She gets the church wedding over the hero s objections She goes to Ascot She prevails in the bedroom seducing the hero when he did not want to be seduced She reduced the hero to grovelling tears by the end In short she has taken on the traditional masculine role of being the mover in the relationship The hero is all reaction I don t know if you could say the hero was feminine but his reasons for marriage to heroine were ones any self respecting heroine in a Regency novel would understandHe married her to save his reputation His pathetic reaction to being jilted was so OTT that his neighbors and his business associate noticed The heroine had to point this out to himHe married to save his business He had lost his trainer and the heroine was doing everything Marrying her would insure that he could moodily sit in his office and still have a thriving horse farmHe married for revenge against the OW He did not marry for love because he was still faithful to the delusional image of the OW They had been engaged He didn t break it off she did In his mind his first loyalties were to the OW Which makes his crazy behavior to the h consistent with his view of marriage In his mind he is cheating on the OW he cheated on her with the good time gal in London and he s cheating on her by marrying the h Hence his discomfort with the church wedding He still feels in control however because he thinks he s doing the h a favor by giving her a home after her father died and she can t compare in looks to the OW When the heroine seduces him he s placed himself further in hell because now he s committed the ultimate betrayal against the OW hence his angry lashing out physically and verbally when the h mentions her name As long as he can forget his marriage of the mind with the OW he s happy living in sin with the hMP doesn t give his point of view and I am projecting based on reading between the lines But the hero gives the first big hint of his views on marriage when he tells the heroine Look Gail he said suddenly turning her grimly towards him studying the paleness of her face we may or may not have been wise to get married but until now I ve been a faithful husband And as long as we re married I ll go on being one When if the day comes when I decide we d be better apart I ll tell you So but as long as we re together you don t have to worry about other women And that s a promise Ironic isn t it when he s emotionally cheating by still holding the torch for the OW but here he s talking about physically cheating A little later on the same page the heroine reveals what the hero s inner conflict is She could sense the different emotions running through him while she spoke his distaste when she mentioned loving him the indrawn hardness of his breath when she had alluded to Petula There was a flare of hostility towards her that she had reminded him of something he would rather forget but some things had to be said there was no other way He s trying to forget the OW And here s the hero trying not to fall in love with the heroine Didn t he realise she knew as well as he did the anguish of loving someone who didn t love one in return I didn t mean to hurt you she sighed tearfully With a groan he suddenly gathered her to him lifting her mouth to kiss her almost tenderly I m not hurt he said slowly but I d hate you to be Later on after he comes crawling back he tells the heroine a little bit about his mindset during their marriage I began to remember how every time I d made love to you had been like a trip to heaven and I thought I was going insane It s only in mid flight that he realizes he has been faithful in mind to the wrong woman We were on the plane on our way to New York when I realised I didn t love her any It hit me like a bomb that I d never loved her that nothing I d ever felt for her even remotely resembled the feelings I had for you Turns out he never had sex with the OW even when they were engaged All that passion had been in his head and it was the heroine who was his realitySo our reactive Alpha who was content to wait for sex and have a idealized marriage in his mind now understands what marriage is You jolted me that day when you said she was as cold as a marble statue I could have murdered you he confessed bleakly but I saw on the plane that you d only been speaking the truth She s beautiful but hard If I d married her my life would have been hell though it would have been no than I deserved So what does MP think marriage is For the hero the hellish marriage would be to be faithful to someone who is hard Her beauty had nothing to do with his happiness Turns out the hero needs someone who is like the heroine who is warm and earthy and can forgive his mistakes after he grovels and still love him He has learned some lessonsBut what about the heroine In my mind the heroine was a doormat while the hero was treating her so badly But forgiveness after a sincere grovel is not being a doormat It s trying to move on from the past and begin anew However I m not sure the heroine learned all that much Her personality and world view didn t change like the hero She loved him through thick and thin The only reason I think they will have a HEA is because the hero changed Heroine is still a doormat but this is the guy she wanted and she got him Her love was finally reuited Nothing wrong with that And I do think the hero will be faithful because that is his notion of marriage Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown (Faber Children's Classics) fiancee Petula Hogan had walked out on him to marry someone else Carl Elliott had been a changed man bitter and suspicious of all women and Gail who h. Train wreck It always takes two Sins of the heroThe hero slaps the heroine in the Darkest Mercy face on two separate instances so be aware of that The hero tells the heroine she is plain and doesn t even notice her beauty after her Cinderella makeover until much later The hero tells the heroine many times that he will divorce her as soon as his true love is Cold Hearted Rake free or he is tired of herSins of the heroineShe is a doormat not the robust welcome mat of a Alban Berg A Guide to Research Composer Resource Manuals front porch or the hardworking The Culture of Homelessness front of the kitchen sink She is part of a bath mat set that my grandmother always decorated her bathroom with The uestion is is she the contour latex backed mat that goes around the toilet or the cozy that covers the toilet lid Both are puzzling to me She worries about the hero after the OW jilts him She takes on the extra work training the horses she cooks Callings for him and checks up on him She puts up with his verbal abuse his physical abuse and still loves him after he leaves her Me and My Sisters Devlin Sisters for the OWI knew this was Margaret Pargeter I didn t think I was going to like it but I did because it was The Resume Design Book full of WTF and angst Which is what I read them London for And it also made me thinkWell dear what were you thinkingMP played The Life List face s eye And I suppose you could argue The Toy Box for the power angle here Cliffs of Opal for all of her contour doormattiness that is too a word the heroine by asking the hero s hand in marriage gains the social prestige going Den grænseløse from stable hand to lady of the manor She gets the church wedding over the hero s objections She goes to Ascot She prevails in the bedroom seducing the hero when he did not want to be seduced She reduced the hero to grovelling tears by the end In short she has taken on the traditional masculine role of being the mover in the relationship The hero is all reaction I don t know if you could say the hero was Winter Holiday Godine Storyteller feminine but his reasons Fools for marriage to heroine were ones any self respecting heroine in a Regency novel would understandHe married her to save his reputation His pathetic reaction to being jilted was so OTT that his neighbors and his business associate noticed The heroine had to point this out to himHe married to save his business He had lost his trainer and the heroine was doing everything Marrying her would insure that he could moodily sit in his office and still have a thriving horse Wicked Whispers farmHe married Boundless Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage for revenge against the OW He did not marry River Bodies Northampton County for love because he was still Criminal first loyalties were to the OW Which makes his crazy behavior to the h consistent with his view of marriage In his mind he is cheating on the OW he cheated on her with the good time gal in London and he s cheating on her by marrying the h Hence his discomfort with the church wedding He still The Alpha Female feels in control however because he thinks he s doing the h a Durham A Thousand Years of History and Legend favor by giving her a home after her Diva (Flappers, father died and she can t compare in looks to the OW When the heroine seduces him he s placed himself Beastly Fury further in hell because now he s committed the ultimate betrayal against the OW hence his angry lashing out physically and verbally when the h mentions her name As long as he can The Comet Seekers forget his marriage of the mind with the OW he s happy living in sin with the hMP doesn t give his point of view and I am projecting based on reading between the lines But the hero gives the The Opposite first big hint of his views on marriage when he tells the heroine Look Gail he said suddenly turning her grimly towards him studying the paleness of her Seasonal Food face we may or may not have been wise to get married but until now I ve been a Ashamed faithful husband And as long as we re married I ll go on being one When if the day comes when I decide we d be better apart I ll tell you So but as long as we re together you don t have to worry about other women And that s a promise Ironic isn t it when he s emotionally cheating by still holding the torch The Last Minute for the OW but here he s talking about physically cheating A little later on the same page the heroine reveals what the hero s inner conflict is She could sense the different emotions running through him while she spoke his distaste when she mentioned loving him the indrawn hardness of his breath when she had alluded to Petula There was a Marita flare of hostility towards her that she had reminded him of something he would rather 砂の女 Suna no Onna forget but some things had to be said there was no other way He s trying to 100 Promises to My Baby fall in love with the heroine Didn t he realise she knew as well as he did the anguish of loving someone who didn t love one in return I didn t mean to hurt you she sighed tearfully With a groan he suddenly gathered her to him lifting her mouth to kiss her almost tenderly I m not hurt he said slowly but I d hate you to be Later on after he comes crawling back he tells the heroine a little bit about his mindset during their marriage I began to remember how every time I d made love to you had been like a trip to heaven and I thought I was going insane It s only in mid Fantastic FistMowtown flight that he realizes he has been Ground Zero 3 faithful in mind to the wrong woman We were on the plane on our way to New York when I realised I didn t love her any It hit me like a bomb that I d never loved her that nothing I d ever One More Lie feelings I had Bimbo faithful to someone who is hard Her beauty had nothing to do with his happiness Turns out the hero needs someone who is like the heroine who is warm and earthy and can The Burning God forgive his mistakes after he grovels and still love him He has learned some lessonsBut what about the heroine In my mind the heroine was a doormat while the hero was treating her so badly But White Ivy forgiveness after a sincere grovel is not being a doormat It s trying to move on Love & Olives from the past and begin anew However I m not sure the heroine learned all that much Her personality and world view didn t change like the hero She loved him through thick and thin The only reason I think they will have a HEA is because the hero changed Heroine is still a doormat but this is the guy she wanted and she got him Her love was Chasing Lucky finally reuited Nothing wrong with that And I do think the hero will be A Promised Land faithful because that is his notion of marriage

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Ad loved him for years was very worried about him Nevertheless had she done the right thing in agreeing to marry him It was obvious that although he found her attrac. I m giving it 2 stars since it did deliver on the WTF and angst First of all I m not the doormat police I m a very very easy going person which is sometimes mistaken for being a doormat No I just pick my battles If something is important to me I ll fight you If I don t care much either way whatever I m not going to waste emotional energy in a pissing contest just to prove I m not a pushover Plus I m a firm believer in the old adage You catch flies with honey than with vinegar All that being said Jeez Louise This chick was THE doormat I m not sure the guy could have done anything to make her hate him I love a good train wreck And this is VERY wrecky However it s not my type of disaster For one thing I m completely uninterested in reading a romance where there is an actual other woman I prefer the other woman to be the scheming ex or the scheming wannabe In other words it needs to be one sided I don t want the H to actually want the other woman despite what the h may be led to believeAnd then there s the verbal and physical abuse he slaps her twice and puts her down constantly The heroine apologizes for it She is angry at her sister for daring to say bad things about the H and for attempting to protect her from him She is a classic abused woman I had a cop tell me once that one reason domestic calls are so dangerous is because you never know what the victim will do Often they will turn on the officer when heshe attempts to arrest the abuser It s a terrible and very sad thing and I can just imagine this heroine pulling a gun on anyone attempting to rescue herI m convinced that this book was written to validate those poor deluded ladies who think that they will triumph in the end by being a martyr and standing by their man even when that man makes it pretty clear he could give a crap where she stands Depressing ETA So friggin sick of the emaciated hero passing as a grovel Who gives a crap Your ass deserves to be emaciated