I've read only two books from Loretta Chase before this, and that was Lord of Scoundrels and The Last Hellion. They belong to my all-time-faves shelf....moreI've read only two books from Loretta Chase before this, and that was Lord of Scoundrels and The Last Hellion. They belong to my all-time-faves shelf. Those were enough to make her one of my favorite authors of the genre so I was pretty excited to get this one. Unfortunately, this one didn't deliver to me, satisfaction-wise. The story and romance fell flat and I nudged on to continue this but even after I finished it, my feelings towards it didn't change. Even the well-written wit and character fierceness didn't make it up for it.(less)
I still have a lot of books to read on my shelf but prioritized this because I was in the mood for a good rake reformity theme and everyone I know say...moreI still have a lot of books to read on my shelf but prioritized this because I was in the mood for a good rake reformity theme and everyone I know says it's amazing.
Anyhow, I re-read the Pride and Prejudice before I got on board with this one. Bad move. As usual, I immensely enjoyed the former but the latter went dull with me. It saddens me because I really wanted to love this story. But the premise of those helpings for the orphanage/the oppressed totally worked better with The Last Hellion. It would be better to see more light and fun from her friendship with Luce and Georgie too. Sometimes in HR novels you don't just fall in love with the romance between the H/h but with the friendships too.
St. Aubyn had a lot of comparison with St. Vincent from Devil in Winter. No surprise there. The two are rakehells from..well, hell. And they're just so irresistible. But the thing is, with St. Vincent, I was entirely convinced of his reformation and affections for Evie (hey, same heroine name alert). With St. Aubyn, I can see why he likes her, why he's intrigued with her--really, the whole romance arc is okay. But it didn't go beyond that. (St. Aubyn, however, made me appreciate the name Michael sfm. He definitely made the name sexy!)
If I had read this years earlier, I would have loved it.
Now THIS is what an enjoyable read is like! Plain-jane snares the rake is not uncommon to historical romance, but this takes a riveting take on that k...moreNow THIS is what an enjoyable read is like! Plain-jane snares the rake is not uncommon to historical romance, but this takes a riveting take on that kind of plot!
I was immensely hooked between the dialogues of Minerva and Colin (including their fresh tales (er, lies) to other people. It was quite refreshing to relive the humor in the book and they unmistakably make a great tandem!).
Another thing I loved is the character transformation-slash-revelation of Minerva. From being an awkward, nerdy Plain Jane, she was unleashed to be the confident, clever and lovely seductress she is. This was done quite well (by that, quite sexily, quite realistically. If the girl had the guts to offer a staged-elopement, then the fiery spark must have resided there for a long time and needed some great reawakening. It did. And it was awesome.)
This book promises a great deal of brewing romance between a geologist and a viscount, and a great appreciation for mathematical terms. *laughs*
Truly, a keeper! It's a thank-god turn from most other historical romances where it's always talk-is-cheap-let's-make-out.-now. Because you'll actually find yourself looking forward for the conversations and banters between Colin and Minerva. Communication doesn't fall short on them. Seriously, they could talk on their short-comings without having the reader to suffer to n pages of misunderstandings and annoying stubbornness. And I'd have to thank this book for giving me more appreciation towards the names that starts with M.
Let's see.. Miranda, Michaela, Melinda, Millicent, Marilyn, and it goes on...Hahahaha(less)
Trent wants to catch this ~Robin Hood~ so he has Mazie as his captive who has knowledge about this "Midnight Rider". Along the way he discovers she's...moreTrent wants to catch this ~Robin Hood~ so he has Mazie as his captive who has knowledge about this "Midnight Rider". Along the way he discovers she's in fact a member of the ton. Then of course they end up falling in love with each other.
Despite the number of ~I love yous~ exchanged on the later parts of the book, tbh I hadn't completely bought their romance. I've enjoyed the book overall enough though.(less)
2.5 cookie bits. It was ok. Could've been way better. Honestly, I forget there are actually earls, viscounts and other titled gentlemen with all the d...more2.5 cookie bits. It was ok. Could've been way better. Honestly, I forget there are actually earls, viscounts and other titled gentlemen with all the ducal frenzy
Sum: Eleanor threw herself out to the former love of her life, Gideon but he married some other chit because of some old will his father had. Broken, she decided she has no plans of marrying.
Insert Leo, who wants a wife to influence on his 6 bastard children, and for him to have an heir of his own. He had two options: Eleanor or Linette (who was mad, but he thought she'd be a nice mother. Uh, no.) Gideon's wife dies and he goes after Eleanor again. Add some pug named Oyster and a search for Leo's other illegitimate children. We get this book to munch on with two to three cookies.