The Language of Love

the language of love

The Language of Love is a reissue of 1983 novel and what I found fascinating were the differences between romance of the ‘80s and today, especially in terms of the male advances. Most of the seductive behavior of the male character, Pieter Van Ness, would be viewed as predatory rather than sexy or desirable. His only saving grace was that he would back off if he was told, “No,” but he would bide his time until he felt the female (Annette Granger) would be more receptive of his advances. Annette struck me as being fickle rather than the strong, independent woman she sees herself as. The entire romance felt built upon his advances, her advances & her retreats. It is genuinely a novel from the ‘80s.

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