3.5 stars. I flew through the first part of the story because I wanted to get over the whole Big Secret and Big Mis part. Suddenly found myself slowin3.5 stars. I flew through the first part of the story because I wanted to get over the whole Big Secret and Big Mis part. Suddenly found myself slowing down when I got to the better half of the story....more
So, I dived right into this book after I finished the first one of the series. I must say, I ended up liking this more than I did the first one. And bSo, I dived right into this book after I finished the first one of the series. I must say, I ended up liking this more than I did the first one. And because I was reduced to tears by the hero at the end, I am bumping this up to four stars.
I love the friendships in the books. Strong bond among The Rarest Blooms (yes, I know they're not called that.:P) and even among our intimidating trio (the funniest scenes are when they're together, total laugh out loud moments for me ... again. Castleford. I can't wait.) make up for some of the most worthy examples of friendships I've read.
This time, the B-plot did not distract me from the romance itself as with the first book. I liked that we saw different aspects of social class; that Verity is not part of the peerage and that Hawkeswell is, and also different social standings from Daphne to Katy to Mr. Thompson. This time I welcomed the other characters (loathed Verity's cousin and his wife; disliked but understood Colleen; hoped to see more of Katy and yes, even Michael because the few moments he and Verity were together felt like true friendship to me; raised just enough intrigue for Albrighton, who, hey, will star in his own book! and holy guac, just really, really wanted more of Castleford. Seriously.) The romance is not faultless; the whole seduction game the hero and heroine were playing at first was grating on my nerves, didn't like that whole sex-favor thing. I was afraid for them, for the moment that they'd actually feel the love, that it would be marred by doubts and/or distrust, because when it comes down to it, Grayson really is a good guy who is trying to do right by Verity, and Verity is just trying hard not to lose herself when everything around her dictates change. At some point, I gave in and just let myself get pulled in to the gradual build-up to trust and love. And I'm glad I did.
By the time she read the letter, I found myself with tears in my eyes. Actions speak louder than words, indeed. ...more
Halfway through, I found myself yelling at the characters for all The Big Assumptions they're making. Would've saved a lot if trouble if they had justHalfway through, I found myself yelling at the characters for all The Big Assumptions they're making. Would've saved a lot if trouble if they had just, oh, I don't know... talked?...more