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The Look of Love

(Book of Love #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Welcome to Book One in the fabulous new Book of Love series. A dingy old book tucked away in an old Regency London bookshop holds magic and love for those who use the 'recipes'!

When Lady Olivia Gosling finds The Book of Love in a musty bookshop, she is most eager to try out its love “recipes” on someone safe.

Did she say safe?

Well, Beast isn’t really safe, but with
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published March 27th 2019 by Dragonblade Publishing, Inc. (first published March 26th 2019)
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Maggie Whitworth
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

From the very first chapter I adored ‘Beast’, such a gent and a perfect hero for a story , I knew at that moment I was going to love the book, Meara had done it again and swept me into her world , a no nonsense love story for two people who could never belong to anyone else , they were made for each other .
She’s now a ward of the new Viscount and Olivia struggles to deal with the circumstances that she’s been left in by he parents untimely deaths , the new lord is cruel, devious and leaves her
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Absoulty Loved "The Look Of Love" I wish more Historical Romance authors wrote stories with characters like this.

At age 14 Alexander Beastling Duke of Harford saves a young girl of 6 from drowning in the lake. He gives her a nickname Goose. It was Lady Olivia Gosling. He sees her again after many years at Gresham's Antiquara Book shop. "The Book of Love" has just fallen on her head for the second time.. Beast comes up behind her. His eyes can't believe what a beauty she has grown up to be. He
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since I discovered Mrs Meara Platt’s work, I preorder every new book she publishes.
And a new series linked to her Farthingales can only be one full of witty and delicious banters.
And this new book fulfills its promise.
At one time, I feared Olivia/Goose will be too soft but the author was able to give her the right amount of sweetness and determination. She knows what she wants, she is also fully aware of what she risks but she is willing to dare Hartford/Beast to forbid her to use him as her pet
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very good historical romance. Beast is great hero, almost a little too-perfect. Lady Olivia is the typical historical heroine who’s a victim of an era in which women have very few rights. When things seem hopeless, in comes her childhood friend, a duke no less, to save the day.

The ending was anticlimactic for me. After no sex for 99% of the book, I would have preferred to just end the book with the wedding. Also, the punishment Prinny gave Olivia’s crooked uncle and Lord Marston
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Olivia Gosling needs to marry quickly before her awful guardian forces her to take a man of his choosing. She's heard about a book that will help her find out what she needs to know to make a man fall in love with her. An old friend has also managed to get her away from the city for a week with a group of her very best friends.
Alexander Beastling, the Duke of Hartford is a recently returned war hero. The highest in the land have big expectations of him. Marriage to a worthy woman and maybe
Nicole Laverdure
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Get swept away by this Regency romance!

'The Look of Love, is the beautiful introduction, to Meara Platt's new 'Book of Love' series! First of all, I loved the cover of this book so much, that I had to go and grab it! What a nice surprise! I could not put it down, I read it in one day. Some scenes are so cute and funny, that I couldn't stop giggling. If you love Regency romances, then this book will be perfect for you. You should give it a chance!

It tells the charming story of Lady Olivia
Lori D
London 1815 Be Still My Heart! I am in love with a Beast!! When Olivia Gosling was six years old, she was saved from drowning by Alexander Beastling, The Duke of Hartford. That was the day they met and he gave her the name of Little Goose. His Little Goose. Sigh.
Now back from the war, Olivia spotted him as she was browsing the shelves of the book store. The funny thing was a book kept falling on her head! "The Book of Love". Thus starts the story as the two greet each other. Of course, he had
Clephiro (The Book Coven)
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Honestly, the writing is bad.

So if writing isn't a big deal to you, you might enjoy this. However, I found that most of the characters are stereotypes, they talk stiffly as if they are rehearsing a play, and the plot is wild.

The book is stuffed with secondary characters that I think the author intends to write about in future books, but this one was so hard to get through, it'll be a hard pass for me. Beast and Olivia supposably are SUPER close, yet the text doesn't support this. It's incredibly
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
Oh, this is a lovely HEA. I loved how Olivia, nicknamed "Goose", was so lovely and good to everyone - and "Beast" looked after her and was so kind too. A perfect match.
Before I read this book, I thought by the cover and title that it may be a fairy story twist, but it's not.
It was, however, a well written story of love. I enjoyed this so much, and have already bought #2. 5
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I usually love Meara Platt, ( i read every Farthingale book in like a week) but i found it impossible to finish this one. it started nice, but the "book of love's" advice and Goose's insistence on it being scientific was grating for me, there was just so much talking about it.
Ill admit my review shouldn't count for much, i only got through about a quarter of the book, and its not a comment on the Author in general, i loved a lot of her other books.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful series. I’m reading every one of them! Classic Meara Platt fantastical romance. Love it.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice, enjoyable read, although a bit predictable. Olivia knew "Beast" since he saved her young life. Now a grown woman with a sleazy guardian (of course), she has a week's respite in the country with her friends and experimenting with the suggestions in the Book of Love to find love and a husband. As he's way above her touch, who could serve as a better guinea pig than the Beast?
InD'tale Magazine

Author Meara Platt does a fair job spinning a tale of childhood friends evolving into something more.

Read full review in the 2019 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was quite fun, but I found the constant discussion of breasts etc a little anachronistic. It’s not what I want from a historical romance.

But I loved the characters.
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Romantic Historicals

Once upon a time, a Little Goose was saved by a Beast. They didn't know it then, but their love story began with that childhood rescue. And like all good fairytales, they'll have to defeat a vile villain before they come to their own happy ever after ending. Although Olivia (Little Goose) and Alexander (Beast) don't actually live within a fairytale world there is definitely a touch of magic about to enter their lives. True magic or the magic of love? Only time
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love Meara Platt. Once I start her stories I can not put them down. This one was not any different. Meara can weave such stories, and her characters comes to life with such humor and grace. EVERY book her characters will make you feel like you are in their stories.
Olivia Gosling (Goose) has just lost her family. Her father's land, title and money has been passed to a distant cousin who reminds Olivia daily that she is a burden. No money, old clothes is now is a nobody or so this
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
While Lady Olivia Gosling was shopping in a bookshop a book fell on her head. When Olivia’s best friend Alexander Beastling, the Duke of Hartford, sees her and the whole situation he buys the book for her. Olivia is called “Goose” by Alexander and she affectionately calls him “Beast” who is happy to see her. When Beast tells Goose of a house party that she must attend she tells him that her guardian probably won’t let her go. Beast manages to talk to Olivia’s guardian getting his agreement so ...more
Lana Birky
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meara Platt just has a way with words that lures you into the story & the empathy you develop for her characters leads you on a emotional roller coaster ride.

Lady Olivia Gosling or "Goose" as she was nicknamed by Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford when he saved her from drowning many years ago in a neighbors pond when she was 6 yrs. old & he was 14 yrs. old. Every since that day, Beast (as she & their friends call him) has been her Knight in Shining Armour.

Beast has just returned
Debbie Glenn Brown
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
After Lady Olivia Gosling parents died she’s been left in the care of an awful guardian a distant cousin who is trying to forces her to marry one of his lecherous friends. One afternoon out book shopping the Book of Love literally falls on her head and she sees it as a sign that she needs help. She and her friends Penelope and Poppy decide to try some of these magical recipes on the men of they know.
Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford, better known as Beast among the ton has returned from the
Barbara Literski
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Meara Platt is one of my favorite authors. In this book the two main characters are Lady Olivia Gosling and Alexander Beastling, the Duke of Hartford. Olivia calls him Beast and he calls her Goose. Alexander saved Olivia’s life when she almost drowned in her neighbors pond. Their other friends are Nathaniel Sherbourne, the Earl of Welles, and his sister Penelope Sherbourne, Thaddius MacLauren, Laird of Caithness and Poppy Farthingale. Olivia lived close to the Sherbournes and the Alex, Thad
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Meara Platt is always worth the read.

Do you believe in magic? Or better yet, a magical book: The Book of Love.

When a book magically falls on Lady Olivia Gosling’s head she is eager to try out its recipes of love. Finding herself in a dreadful situation she decides to try it out on her old childhood friend Alexander Beastling, the Duke of Hartford. If she can get Beast to love her, she can get anyone to love her!

Does the book hold the key to love? Will its recipes actually work? And does love
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific start to a new series!

This is the first story in a new series that revolves around three young women and a book from a London bookshop titled The Book of Love.
In this story, Lady Olivia Gosling is introduced to the book as it falls onto her head in the shop, not once, but twice. Determined it’s a sign, she decides to purchase it but her longtime childhood friend, the Duke of Hartford, Alexander Beastling, beats her to it, and buys it for her.
Olivia, whom Alexander calls “Goose”, and
Barbara Michael
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful adventure is waiting for you in the pages of Meara Platt’s newest Book of Love Series. The first book is concerning the exploits of Goose and Beast. Goose is Lady Olivia Gosling and the Beast is non other than Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford, a war hero. Olivia is shopping in an old book store, when a book falls off the top shelf, not once but twice. As she is wondering why, the Duke finds her in the store, and they are reunited. Beast saved Goose’s life when she was 7 ...more
Greta Barnhouse
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

If you’ve read the farthingales series this is a fun add on to those books. Beast saved Goose from drowning when she was six. He’s like her knight in shining armor but she knows he’s unattainable. So she finds the book of love, well it falls on her head, and experiments on him so she can find a husband to fall in love with rather than have her horrible guardian pick out who she will marry. Throw in some intrigue and you got a great read!

I got this book in KU but I am purchasing because I know I
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Call it Fate or Kismet, but that darn book started their path to happiness. Olivia had always known that the Duke of Hartford, Beast to his friends, was HER knight in shining armor. After rescuing Olivia-who at the time-was the tender age of six, he gave her the nickname of Goose. Many years later and an unforeseen turn of events for Olivia brings the two of them together in a bookstore. Beast purchases the book for Olivia, not realizing that “The Book of Love” would be the ultimate downfall for ...more
Sarah Hamilton
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute Regency Read

I wanted to more than like this book, but it was a quick, cute Regency read. The friends to lovers trope is always a favorite of mine and I did love the Goose/Beast nicknames, but it got old towards the end. Eventually Alexander calls Olivia by her name, but Alexander is forever Beast and I wanted it to stop by the end. It didn't seem like a term of endearment, especially once they progress in their relationship. The whole 'book of love,' wasn't exactly what I envisioned, but
Linda Rutland
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She only had to be hit on the head twice

Olivia had grown up with her friend and neighbors and when she was only 6 she fell in the pond and was rescued by the teen boy who was to become the next Duke of Hartford. She called him Beast and he called her Little Goose. In a bookstore when The Book of Love fell on her head twice. Could it really make someone fall in love with her? She desperately needed to fall in love in what was is first and only season before her guardian forced her into a marriage
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a story! How could I not love a story full of loving friends and family and a Hero and Heroine who are called Beast and Goose?!

They had chemistry from the start and I very much enjoyed the tale about the Book of Love and how Olivia (Goose) and her friends Poppy and Penelope take turns with the book trying to see if it really works. As this was the first one in the series and I loved it, I am looking forward to reading the other books.

Beast is a war hero with an eye patch with strong
Janet Denise Ross
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it

Everything was great for a Historical Regency Romance story, unfortunately it was missing the easy word flow that allows a book to be joyful to read. Fantastic storyline, characters that I would like to have as friends, villans to hate, and great backdrop of locations. To be mentioned, would be easily transferred to the stage or screen. I, took the 2 stars because of the halted way it read that broke up my reading time & pleasure, unfortunately. I have
Maria Jesus
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love 101 A fool-proof scientific method

Another wonderful story by Meara Platt. How to make the man you love fall in love with you. A recipe for love - at least that is what the book claims is the scientific method. Just follow the instructions for a happy ever after. A romantic story filled with hopes and dreams. I love the way the story flowed. It is funny and witty. Like real life, it has ups and downs and villains, who will always try to make you fail in your quest. This is a really good read
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Meara Platt is happily married to her Russell Crowe look-alike husband, and they have two terrific children. She lives in one of the many great towns on Long Island, New York, and loves it, except for the traffic. She has traveled extensively, occasionally lectures and finds time to write. Her favorite place in all the world is England’s Lake District, which may not come as a surprise since many ...more

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