“What are you doing?”
“Ya!” said Jane, whirling around, her hands held up menacingly.
It was Mr. Nobley with coat, hat, and cane, watching her with wide eyes. Jane took several quick (but oh so casual) steps away from Martin’s window.
“Um, did I just say, ‘Ya’?”
“You just said ‘Ya,'” he confirmed. “If I am not mistaken, it was a battle cry, warning that you were about to attack me.”
“I, uh…” She stopped to laugh. “I wasn’t aware until this precise and awkward moment that when startled in a strange place, my instincts would have me pretend to be a ninja.”
I dislike this book. Honestly, I do. But this one part here had me in hoops for days. I kept remembering the “Ya!” and laughing at inappropriate moments.
I don’t say that the book didn’t have other slightly redeemable moments, but this was really the only bit that didn’t seem forced. It was perfect. The rest was…trying too hard. I’m not sure how much of an Austen fan Ms Hale is or how deep her research into the regency era went but the number of things she got wrong even in this ‘pretend’ world of Austen is just…ooh, it made my blood boil.
Also, why do contemporary romance heroines like this Jane (or even Bridget Jones for that matter) sound so damned needy and whiny while their respective Darcys watch them somberly, apparently not blind to their idiocies, but falling in love with them anyway?
If you haven’t read the book and don’t know what I’m talking about, click this —> 😦
Here is a page full of other snippets from this book—> Heh, heh.