A loud, slightly rude heiress with a penchant for lace and bold colors, and a quiet, reserved illegitimate son of a duke with his eye on the ParliamenA loud, slightly rude heiress with a penchant for lace and bold colors, and a quiet, reserved illegitimate son of a duke with his eye on the Parliament...These two opposites meet, and attract, but life isn't a fairytale, love even less so. She vows not to marry, he knows she's the last woman he would offer marriage to. They're unsuitable to each other, so why can't they stay away?
Another lovely addition to this series with a great cast and story, with the political views and struggles of the day wonderfully woven in, great pacing, and a lovely side romance.
I must say, I preferred the side romance to the main one, mostly because I couldn't stand the hero. I absolutely adored Jane in all her lacy, colorful, loud glory, while Oliver was a complete ass. Sure, he was kind, and chivalrous, and good looking, but an ass. Where was the dowager Duchess of Clermont and her umbrella to smack him over the head? Repeatedly. Sheesh. He came to his senses in the end, realized what an ass he was, but it was a little too late for me. Jane was definitely a better person, I would not have taken him back. He didn't deserve her.
Still, a lovely story. With an ass of a hero, but a lovely story nevertheless. I loved the supporting cast (even Aunt Freddy, bless her soul), the political "unrest" brewing on the sidelines, and am looking forward to Sebastian's story. I wonder how he'll get back onto his feet....more
Doctor Jonas Grantham's presence is a constant reminder of Lydia's humiliation five years prior. She knows he's judging her, mocking her, condemning hDoctor Jonas Grantham's presence is a constant reminder of Lydia's humiliation five years prior. She knows he's judging her, mocking her, condemning her with each sardonic smile, each gaze, each spoken word...But in this Christmas season, Lydia will learn not everything is as it's presumed, and some hurts need to be dealt with instead of buried.
I only said I would stop talking to you, he'd written. I never promised to stop loving you.
This. This is what I've come to expect from this author after reading The Governess Affair. Not a plot encumbered with character issues and depression, or so filled with historical politics that the story could barely be categorized as romance. This.
A character study, really, but dealing with sympathetic, realistic characters the reader can empathize with (though the heroine went on my nerves a little), and circumstances and situations that, despite their historical settings, can resonate in our modern times as well. And romance, a true romance with its share of cuteness, sadness, happiness, and bitter-sweetness. A romance that paints a smile on your face, brings out moisture in your eyes, and makes you sigh happily in the end.
The narrative style and voice never disappoints, the length was just perfect (less likely to bog the story down with ballast and clutter if it's short), and the characters simply shone through.
Don’t get me wrong, I was well written, I love Ms Milan’s style and voice. The problem was everything***eBook available for free on Smashwords***
Don’t get me wrong, I was well written, I love Ms Milan’s style and voice. The problem was everything else, really.
It was too long. Definitely too long with obstacle upon obstacle thrown into the MCs path—less is more, and this book had one conflict too many for my taste. And since it was too long, and too damn convoluted, the pacing suffered. It dragged and it got boring, helped by the two main leads. The woe-is-me, nobody loves me, I’m nothing, I don’t deserve happiness, I’m all alone and depressed got old pretty soon (in the first third of the story, to be precise), and I just couldn’t sympathize with either of them. I know you’re suffering, my heart is bleeding for you (not), now own it, grow a pair, and move on, don’t drag it on and on, using your “issues” to create more and more conflict. Sheesh! I simply wished someone would come along and slap them silly...Or for a sudden plot twist that introduced the true MCs of the story. Alas, it didn’t happen and I had to endure. I could’ve DNFd it, I know, but I held out hope, until there was no more hope. And then the book was over.
I loved the supporting cast. The scene on the train with Violet and Sebastian was hilarious, I was a little on the fence about Lydia, but I warmed up to her, and Oliver who was so much like his father (not sire, but father, the man who raised him). And that recounting of the fainting spell in the courtroom with the dowager duchess and her umbrella. She might’ve been cold toward her son, but I loved her in that bit (and the epilogue).
This was all wrong for a freebie, in my opinion. A freebie should be one that entices the reader to read the next books in the series (something along the lines of the “starter” of this series), not something that kicks you in the teeth while you’re already writhing in pain on the ground.
Sorry, but this one was a huge disappointment....more
There's romance, suspense, intrigue, murder, draWell, what can someone say about an Amanda Quick novel besides the fact that is an Amanda Quick novel?
There's romance, suspense, intrigue, murder, drama, love, a tad of humor, lovely characters, the usual setting of London with its dangerous, winding streets drenched in fog...All mixed together in a tight, nicely-woven plot with a great pace.
There was not a false step along the way, although I must admit I'm growing a bit weary of AQ heroines that are all so stubborn and convinced they're the only one to be right. Luckily for me, Ursula wasn't so bad. At least she knew when she was out of her depths and let the expert do what the experts usually do. And Slater Roxton, in this case, certainly was an expert. In everything. *wink wink*
Loved it. And I wouldn't mind reading more adventures with Slater and Ursula at the helm....more
Okay...I read this based on a GR friend’s recommendation and while I liked it, I wasn’t overly impressed. Unfortunately.
I’m a huge fan of paranormal rOkay...I read this based on a GR friend’s recommendation and while I liked it, I wasn’t overly impressed. Unfortunately.
I’m a huge fan of paranormal romances, no matter which time period they’re set in and this one had pretty much all—paranormal powers, a curse, an ancient creature determined to get back its ‘mate’...
Still, it was a tad too long...Or too slow, depending on the point of view. Because nothing really happened until the last few chapters. The explanation as to what was truly going on came too late in the story, if you ask me, the entire truth coming just a few chapters before the end. And of course, the big showdown also happened at the same time, making the ending of the book seem crowded, while the beginning and middle were slow and rather uneventful.
What also bothered me was the narrative style. Too prosaic for my taste, winding descriptions where just a few words could’ve done the trick.
What the story didn’t lack was angst. And tension. Which I liked. And the BeautyAndTheBeast-esque storyline. Which I also liked. And the growing relationship between the hero and heroine was a nice respite from other HRs out there. Still, the parts I liked didn’t compensate for the rest, landing this book in the 3-star category.
And I’m sorry to say I won’t read the sequel. Nothing’s compelling me to....more