Last year for Old School Month, I read two Jude Devereaux classics — a hit and a miss. This time, I’m kinda sorta maybe mostly undecided.
Moon Dreams by Patricia Rice
- Title: Moon Dreams
- Author: Patricia Rice
- Series: American Dreams, #1
- Published: January 1991; re-released February 2015
- Source: Purchased
- Length: 384 pages
- Tropes: Dimwit Runaway Innocent Ingenue, Illegitimacy-But-Not-Really (see “Back From the Dead” below), Evil Heirs, Kilted Kourage, Exotic Otherness, Cultural Appropriation, Fake Scottish Brogues, Cinderella Makeovers, Back From the Dead, Very Convenient Coincidences, Smuggler With a Heart of Gold, Actual Historical Name-Dropping, Metaphorical Metaphors
- Quick blurb: Illegitimate heiress runs away from her lecherous cousin and gets rescued by a Scottish smuggler obsessed with avenging his own family dishonor.
- Quick review: Stuffed with all the Old Schoolish WTFery you could ever possibly want.
- Grade: C- (it was a loooong slog up the Highlands in the last third to avoid a D+)
Firstly, let’s wallow in the original cover for a moment, shall we?
THE FLAMING PASSION OF TROPIC NIGHTS LIT LOVE’S GOLDEN DAWN
Are you done wallowing yet? Need a moment? Need an ointment of some sort?
So. I bought this one and the follow-up a few months ago when I was looking for some American-set historicals. Despite the series name, very little of this one was set in Colonial America. The happy couple bounced around the northern hemisphere and it was pretty exhausting trying to figure out how they manuevered all that Near-Sex and Actual Penetrative Sex and Hate-Sex into their year-long itinerary.
I’m going do a full recap to help you properly appreciate the Full Glory Old-Schooliness of this Epic Adventure. I haven’t gone full-snark in over a year, so buckle up and gird your loins and grab a snack. Continue reading