This series actually had 3 potential heroes, one of whom the heroine actually married in the first book. He was not, in the end, the hero of the series — he didn’t even make it to the second book. When I finished the first book I realized I should have been able to foretell his fate, because if he had continued, it would have been a much shorter series. However, I liked him a lot and hated what happened to him, so much that I couldn’t continue the series.]]>
I enjoyed The Courting of Philippa a lot! Goodness, it’s been ages since I read that! A big reason why I liked the Anthea Malcolm regencies so much is that there was often something so very unexpected about the plots. My father, who reads all my Regencies, thought so, too. This is a good occasion to let you know!]]>
Going back to Rike’s original question, has anyone seen the movie/play “The Rainmaker”? (The movie has Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn). In the end the heroine choses the more beta sheriff over the more charismatic “rainmaker” conman because she knows she and the sheriff have more in common.
One of my favorite movies, “The Philadelphia Story” has a triangle that involves two guys neither of whom are demonized. I’m sure where I’d put Mike and Dexter on the alpha/beta scale, but both are interesting, sympathetic guys.
Also, in my mom’s and my second Anthea Malcolm Regency, “The Courting of Philippa,” the heroine has to choose between a rakish aristocrat, a self-made barrister, and an acerbic, reform-minded writer. Both the aristocrat and the barrister are more obviously alpha than the writer (I don’t think I even knew the terms alpha and beta when we wrote this book), but she chooses the writer, because he’s the one she loves and the one with whom she has the most in common. Neither the aristocrat nor the barrister are bad guys-in fact, the barrister gets is HEA in the next book.]]>
But I loathe Rhett. He lies, he cheats on Scarlett, he’s never honest with her about his feelings until it’s too late. He’s constantly telling her he loves her, then pulling back – “Ha! You didn’t really think I meant it, did you?”
I wanted her to toss them both off a high cliff.]]>