Originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed: http://joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Feb09/minx.MB.html
Lancaster Hall, home to the exacting Earl of Hacclesfield, is turned upside down with the arrival of Miss Amy Pringle. Though the earl selected Amy himself to become affianced to his eldest son, Ralph, Lord Fitzroy, the day she arrives it is clear that she is in no way appropriate to become Lady Fitzroy. She’s brazen, opinionated, and utterly shameless – a minx through and through. But the earl has a plan. He’ll punish, humiliate, and do anything else required to bend Amy to his will. Too bad for him that Amy has no intention of becoming the lady the earl desires her to be. She has, however, set her sights on Ralph, who is determined to ignore her. This is just the kind of challenge a minx like Amy needs. The battle of wills has begun.
Minx starts out with the promise of being interesting. A fiery heroine is determined not to bend to a pompous, dictatorial earl’s will. Yet Megan Blythe never seems to capitalize on the possibilities of her own story, which left me disappointed. Amy, whom I wanted to like, never rose above the level of one-dimensionality. Ralph, the object of Amy’s desire (inexplicably so until the very end of the story), never comes to life. The earl, so determined to break the intrepid heroine, is never fleshed out enough to rise to the level of villain, so he quickly becomes tiresome and repetitive.
Minx wanders from one sexual encounter to the next, taking extensive journeys to the land of backstory that overtakes the current storyline and delving far too much into the sexual history of minor characters. The result was a mishmash of erotic scenes that are perhaps not quite as titillating as the author intended them to be. The plot suffers for this and I yearned for the story to have more direction. Sadly, Ms. Blythe never managed to engage my attention, nor did she make me care what happened to any of her characters. This was a pity, for Ms. Blythe has a lovely writing style which made me desperately want to like some part of the story. To me, Minx is an example of missed opportunity. The characters and storyline never live up to the author’s beautiful prose.