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384 pages, Hardcover
First published June 3, 2014
As she turned, he wiped a hand across his forehead, pulled his undershirt off and dropped it to the floor to join his shirt and waistcoat. Cat’s cheeks turned a fiery red upon seeing his bare chest, and she resisted the urge to groan. She’d never been attracted to anyone before; why did it have to start now?This book is incredibly bad. It not only has a plot driven by extreme predictability and deus ex fucking machina, it also contains a motherfucking love triangle, not to mention the most girly girl-disguised-as-a-boy in the entire make-believe universe.
‘I’m running away,’ she declared defiantly. ‘I refuse to be married off to that awful Gale boy. Tomorrow I’m going to the shipyard to stow away.’So excitement. Such declaration. Wow.
‘When you were but a baby, and I was in better health, I used to talk of betrothing you to a beautiful little boy who would grow up to be a great man. But alas, he’s gone, as is his mother …’OH MY GOD OH MY GOODNESS GOSHNESS I WONDER WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN!??!?1!11ONE!!!!!
‘Fox … if I’m not mistaken, this is Queen Mary Latham, and her son Prince James. The lost monarchs of Anglya.’I'm shocked. Aghast. My jaw just dropped to the floor.
'...I just need to get away.’The inhabitants of the ship reveal their secret just like *snaps fingers* that! Within 5 minutes of knowing this young strange stowaway. Why the fuck not?!
The boy eyed her contemplatively.‘Well. You’ve succeeded. This ship is heading straight to Siberene. Is that far away enough for you?’
‘We may or may not fill the lowest level – which doesn’t exist in the ship’s registered blueprints – with items monitored under rationing. And we may or may not happen to misplace those items among the needy of Anglya.’Fabulous accidents happen to resolve things! Overwhelming expectations are fulfilled! A young, sheltered noblewoman turns into a skilled pickpocket without any training!
Catherine stared at him, realisation dawning. ‘You’re smugglers!’
She might not have done it before, but she knew the idea behind it; be sneaky and silent enough to pinch a purse while the person is distracted, then slip away as quickly and quietly as possibly so that you don’t get caught.It's so fucking simple! And how easy to achieve success!
Two hours and four bulging purses later, Cat was well and truly into the swing of things.Well, that's just bloody easy. If only it was so easy to get your hand into someone's pants without them noticing.
~Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy!~