XOXpert Review | Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

Title: Whitney, My Love
Author: Judith McNaught
Series: Westmoreland Saga, #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 736
Format: eBook

A saucy spitfire who has grown into a ravishing young woman, Whitney Stone returns from her triumphant time in Paris society to England. She plans on marrying her childhood sweetheart, only to discover she has been bargained away by her bankrupt father to the arrogant and alluring Clayton Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore. Outraged, she defies her new lord. But even as his smoldering passion seduces her into a gathering storm of desire, Whitney cannot—will not—relinquish her dream of perfect love. 

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I had mixed emotions throughout this book and still after finishing, I couldn’t pinpoint exactly how I felt about it. This story definitely toys with one’s emotions—from one side of the spectrum to the other. The characters imprint themselves on the reader so that they can’t help but form a connection. That’s why certain events that take place between Whitney and Clayton, makes your stomach churn and enrages. 

Clayton is a very alpha asshole in a historical context. Not my cup of tea at all, so loving the hero of the story doesn’t get a checkmark next to it. He had no redeemable qualities in my eyes and so I couldn’t find him likable in the least. Whitney, on the other hand, somehow did, and that made me like her a little less. She was the damsel in distress, weak, spineless female character which doesn’t appeal to me as a reader in any way. Especially since she never rose above it. Every time she gave in to him, she got a little smaller.

So many misunderstandings and angst within this historical romance that made it a decent read. The complexity of the characters, however unlikely I found them, was written well and given depth. For the most part. Clayton seemed to be a promising hero at first, but the sudden shift confused me. And even at the end, I didn’t feel he had atoned for all he did, nor that he truly meant to stay changed.  

For those who like brutish, harsh, and cruel historical romance novels, this may just be the book for you.

 Judith McNaught is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, with more than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and more than thirty languages. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.