★★★★½ This book is a delight! Ms. Quinn has managed to take an amusing inside joke from her Bridgertons
series, change it into a charming anecdote, then transform it into an enchanting love story, plus make it the start of a developing series. Wow!
After eighteen years, no one attended a Smythe-Smith musical without some inkling of the horrors that lay ahead.
Sure, it is a light, fast, fun read. However, the illness Marcus Holroyd, Earl of Chatteris, contracts is no laughing matter. Honoria Smythe-Smith dithers a bit too much for me before she discovers his problem. Not fair? True. Due to my experience as an ICU nurse who has dealt with patients who don’t survive this, I
what was developing and time is of the essence; for despite today’s technology, intravenous fluids resuscitation, and antibiotics, this is one of the hardest things to cure. (Did you notice JQ’s dedication to Paul – it is always Paul, BTW – where he told her, “He has to die.”
) The following spoiler contains IMHO medical ramblings: (view spoiler)[Not that I didn’t believe Marcus could survive; he could. It is just would have been a
miracle rarity in that day and age. But, how Honoria and her mother go about saving him would work. So that met with my approval; though, if I had time-traveled to back then to help (**sigh**), I would have put a bandage on his leg and irrigated the wound a few more times. (hide spoiler)]
stolen treacle tart
But, back to the 1820’s and stolen treacle tarts. I loved Marcus.
He’d spent his life being a perfect gentleman. He’d never been a flirt. He’d never been a rogue. He hated being the center of attention, but by God, he wanted to be the center of her attention. He wanted to do the wrong thing, the bad thing. He wanted to pull her into his arms and carry her to her bed.
And I loved Marcus and Honoria’s sweet love story of childhood friends turned to lovers. It is a book that just keeps getting better and better with each turn of the page. I found myself laughing over delicious dialogue, and sighing over the discovery of tender feelings.
A good read. I can't wait for the next in the series.