I thought this book was great! For once, the leading lady was not the perfect picture, but a real person that I could relate to. Turner was angry, but it was never depressing for me. It was interesting to see his process through this. The author explored the depth of both characters feelings and personalities and I came to like them both very much. I am a huge fan of the Bridgerton series, and I thought this was a unique and satisfying expression of her genre. This is my first one outside of that series and I can't wait for the next one!
In this book, the characters I have loved in the Company of Rogues were written with very superficial dialogue and the entire love story was boring, sappy, and never developed beyond a sexual interest. I never understood why Miles loved Felicity as she behaved a spoiled brat the entire novel (though I could not make it through the last 2 hours) and Miles only thoughts were of her body, because there was nothing developed about the rest of her except she is very stubborn and causes trouble like a child. I did not care what happened with them, and even the Rogues I loved spoke in silly and syrupy dialogue. It is the lack of this silliness as the core of a romance novel that sets Jo Beverly apart. It is my opinion that she usually puts character development and a real love story, with a plot that is unique, as the primary drive for her work. The men of the Company of Rogues are delightful, funny, very intelligent and their friendships are satisfying, but not in this one. The whole plot was drivel for me. But I recommend Jo Beverly and if this was your first read, try An Arranged Marriage. The Story of Eleanor and Nicholas is one that still makes me smile.
I absolutely love Cassandra Campbell which is why I decided to buy this 4th in the series with her narration. I had no idea how much Trigiani's twangy voice and upbeat energy and even the little bit of music was so much a part of these characters for me. I listened for an hour, but I deeply missed Ave Maria's voice from the first 3 books, so I gave it up and bought her version. I want to get the most out of this delightful series. I reiterate, I am someone who searches under Cassandra Campbell because I enjoy her narration, but it just did not work for me here. I highly recommend her reading of Trigiani's Queen of the Big Time. It was great!
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