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Avg. Rating: 3.5
Interesting premise, but the execution was terrible
From the back cover:
What if you always sensed there was something profound missing from your life, and yet you had no way of explaining what that elusive something was? That is exactly what happens to Joya Penn until Trevor Mandeville walks into her world and discovers the secret of her past.
From the moment Trevor sets eyes on Joya and learns that she is the stolen twin of his adopted sister, he is certain that this captivating, innocently seductive creature will turn his life--and his heart--upside down.
Joya believes that her dreams have come true when she is reunited with her twin and then journeys to London with the Mandevilles. But her irrepressible native ways and her uninhibited desire for Trevor quickly throw the entire household into chaos.
The Orchid Hunter takes you from the steaming rain forest of a remote jungle isle to the drawing rooms of London. It's the kind of story I like most, the kind that will have you laughing out loud and shedding a tear or two. It's a tale of deception and desire, but most of all, the enduring power of love--Jill Marie Landis
And my review:
This story started off well. The author really placed me in the rainforest - it made me feel like I was actually there. Also, the "twins separated from birth" theme started out as quite interesting. I liked the idea of how, even though they had never been told about one another, each was subconsciously aware of the other's existance because each twin had dreams about the other.
But the author had a very hard time keeping the momentum of this book going. She fell back on that old staple of the romance writer--make the characters fall in lust with each other instead of fall in love with each other. I could maybe handle the immediate sexual attraction on Joya's part (after all, he's the only white man she's ever seen, which would make him a novelty), but not the immediate lust on Trevor's part. I mean, c'mon, this is the identical twin of his adopted sister! How is the idea of a man who sees a woman who looks exactly like his sister and starts getting horny supposed to be romantic? Isn't that almost like incest, or something? Ewww!
Janelle, Joya's twin, found the idea of her adoptive brother and her twin sister together disturbing, yet Trevor never seemed to have a single qualm about the idea. He never even once said to himself, "I'm such a pervert! I'm lusting after a woman who looks just like my SISTER!" This element of the story left a bad taste in my mouth, and made it hard for me to keep reading. If the author had had Trevor struggle with this, then overcome it because he fell in love with Joya (not lust), I would have enjoyed this book. Or, if he had fallen in love with her first, and then become physically attracted to her, it would have been okay. But the immediate lust? Gross.
Also, I never really could see any reason, apart from sexual attraction, why Joya should love him. He was so standoffish and aloof that I felt I didn't know him, not even at the end of the book. He wasn't a hero...he was just...well...there. I had no idea what made him tick, or why the heroine should think he was so great.
Joya's stupidity got to be annoying after awhile as well. If she had been entirely raised by unenglish parents, I might have understood her ignorance. But she was raised by a white father and mother who came from England! She should have had some idea that you don't discuss the benefits of being naked WITH THE QUEEN! (I'm not kidding!)
The fact that the hero and heroine were forced to marry was okay, but I felt like the author stopped caring about the story after she got them married. And the plot twist at the end felt completely unnecessary. Not only could I see it coming from a mile away, but it was just dumb. I didn't do anything to further or deepen the story. All it did was make me roll my eyes.
At the end, Joya finds out that her father lied to her and hid letters from both her husband and sister-in-law. Instead of getting steaming mad, like a normal woman, she's just like "oh, Daddy! You are so sweet to love me so much." Yeah, like making arbitrary, controlling decisions is so caring! How annoying.
Even by the very end of the book, I didn't feel any romance between the characters at all. I didn't feel like they even really knew who the other person was. I couldn't see any reason why they should like one another, apart from the flying hormones.
Also, the secondary romance was very poorly done. The author barely touched on it. It got maybe thirty pages and leaped from the couple fighting to being married with hardly a glance at it. If you're not going to take the time, don't bother to write a second romance subplot into the book. If you put in a secondary romance line, give it the attention is deserves, or give it its own book.
I really had to push myself to finish this book, and now I want my two hours back. If you want a touching, engaging romance, don't read this book. It's not worth the time or the money.
This one sat too long in the TBR....Great book!
OMG......I loved this book.
I was sitting there in the doctors office laughing so hard I was getting strange looks. Then I would be crying. The story of separated twin is a must read.
One twin, Janelle was raised in London and the other, Joya had
been kidnapped by a woman right after birth and lived on an island off Africa with her father who is an orchid hunter. I loved how the hero, Trevor didn't know if he was coming or going when he was around Joya.
If you like time travel books when a hero or heroine is clueless
when coming to the future, you would like this book. Joya has problems with the rules, layers of clothes, balls, etc., after running free in the rain forest half naked.
I rated this one an A+.
I WAS LOST IN THE JUNGLE!!!
When I chose to read this book! So very disappointed in Jill Marie Landis!
Trevor Mandeville has gone to the deepest jungles of Africa to seek out renowned Orchid hunter and recluse, Dustin Penn. What Trevor gets is a shock! Dustin's adopted daughter, beautiful and uninhibited Joya Penn is a dead ringer for Trevor's adopted sister, Janelle Mandeville. Discovering they were twins separated at birth, Trevor is persuaded by both Janelle and Joya to bring Joya back with them to England, but is polite society ready for the free spirited Joya? The mutual attraction that is growing between Trevor and Joya is a very big complication in this already mixed up and twisted family. To act upon it would only add to an already crazy situation, which of course these two do!
To say the least I was not a happy camper reading this book. A huge fan of Jill Marie Landis, I went on that leap of faith alone, and had a huge let down. Plus the weird family relations were kind of getting to me. It turned my stomach, that Trevor would be so attracted to his sister's identical twin???? Don't waste your time on this one.
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