This book gets an extra star for Hugh and his big heart and the fact that there was a more serious theme going on that made me tear up at times.
In thiThis book gets an extra star for Hugh and his big heart and the fact that there was a more serious theme going on that made me tear up at times.
In this book Hugh, the most in control of his curse among the MacLean brothers comes together with sensible and passionate Caitriona Hurst.
Well, their thing starts with a misunderstanding where the two are forced into a marriage but they can hardly deny their attraction to each other either. Hugh brings Caitriona to his home where he keeps a few secrets and makes it clear to her that she's to leave after a couple of months when gossip is cooled down. Naturally he's determined to keep Triona at arms length but Triona is a passionate and loving woman who comes from a big family and craves one of her own.
I gotta admit, Hugh was probably the one brother I wasn't all so excited to read about. No wait, I put that wrong. What I meant is that he was the one brother I knew less than the others so I didn't exactly know what to expect from him. But man, did it turn out good. His character was surprisingly good at heart, he was passionate, he was loving, he was caring. Even though it took him a while to show these feelings towards Triona, even when he clearly started the marriage the wrong way, it was impossible not to like him.
And Triona was a good heroine, I immediately liked her. She has a twin sister, Caitlyn, who's a bit less responsable than her who is also the reason why Triona ends up with Hugh. Gotta thank Cait. She also has four other siblings and as the oldest and most responsable, she's used to dealing with family drama I guess. I liked her, she was good for Hugh.
I'm surprised at how much I'm loving this series and the fact that the next book of the oldest MacLean is the last of the series kinda makes me sad. But, I do look forward to it since I believe it has one of my most favourite romance themes, bickering love :D...more
Wow. I never thought I'd say this about a Lisa Kleypas book, but this one was just okay. Yep.
With this series we've moved on to the Bow Street RunnerWow. I never thought I'd say this about a Lisa Kleypas book, but this one was just okay. Yep.
With this series we've moved on to the Bow Street Runners and their paths to true love and we start out with adventurous Grant Morgan. He's called to a crime scene where a drown woman's body awaits him to be investigated with signs of strangulation on her neck. Only she isn't a dead body, she's very much alive! What? Oh yes. The people who are at the crime scene, including the one who rescued the woman from the Thames, were not aware that she was still alive. Grant recognizes her in an instant as the very well known and desired courtesan Vivien Duvall, who once spread gossip around that she rejected his attentions when he was the one who rejected her. So he plots his revenge, thinking he'll bring her home, use her and then discard her. But things don't go the way he wants when it turns out Vivien has lost her memory and is acting like an innocent! Grant's heart goes to her and he has a hard time believeing whether she really lost her memory or this is all an act. Meanwhile he tries to solve the mystery of her attempted murder with help from his super cool boss whose book I'm dying to read and a few other Bow Street Runners.
The plot was okay, and I thought with Lisa Kleypas' storytelling abilities it could become even better. But sadly I have to admit, I felt like I was reading an average historical romance with a bit of mystery added to it. Where was the extreme emotional struggles of a vulnerable hero? Where was the loveable, compassionate heroine? Don't get me wrong, I liked both the hero and the heroine but they certainly could've been better. Especially knowing the past men and women Lisa created, I thought I'd fall for these two from the first page. Because I always do. From the first moment they appear I love the heroes and the heroines in her books. In this one? I'm sorry to say: okay.
Grant had a lot of potential to be a dramatic hero. He had a sad and lonely past which to my disappointment was mentioned once in passing and never returned to again with feelings and revelations. He's street smart, he's dealt with criminals all his life and he has a few scrapes ro prove it. Also, the rough and tough personality. Which, again, we didn't delve into very much. Why not? Tortured heroes make the best lovers, don't they? So why not elaborate their pained pasts and let them deal and resolve them with the help and encouragement from the heroine?
Which brings me to Vivien. Yes, she was very innocent, so in contrast with her personality before the attempted murder. And she wasn't annoying, but she wasn't the strong and passionate heroine I've expected from a Lisa Kleypas book either. She wasn't an innocent-turned-strong heroine like Evangeline Jenner, or a lively and compassionate one like Beatrix Hathaway. Where was her power to help her man come to terms with his past and move on with her?
I've heard from a few friends whose tastes I trust that this wasn't as good as the other Lisa Kleypas books and I did read it without letting that affect me and in the end, I do agree with them. As much as I still enjoyed this book, there was definitely a spark missing. The usual Lisa magic wasn't in this story. But I hear the rest of the series gets much better and I hope so. I feel weird rating a Lisa book with anything less than 5 stars!...more