I remember reading EH's books as a woman in my 20's. They all hinted at desire and passion, but were cloaked in innuendoes. Not this series. I was so excited to see this last installment of the series! The first 4 books had all the intrigue and passion I love in a good historical romance novel. This book had an interesting twist, in that it is the man who is the "innocent". The characters are very interesting, and the mystery surrounding the missing children is slowly built in a manner that had me sitting on the edge of my seat with anticipation of what would happen next. Reading the first books in the series is not a must, but does give a lot of insight into the male protaganist's persona. And the chapter beginnings telling tales of "The Ghost of St. Giles" is a stroke of real genius. If you like historical romances with lots of mystery, intrigue and hot, hot, hot desire, I cannot recommend this series enough.
Also, Ms. McNab, while not quite in Ann Floxniks league, does a very good portrayal of the different voices of the characters.
I thought I'd read all of A F books & grieved to have lost such talent. I don't know how much her daughter contributed to this book, but as soon as I finish writing this review, I'm going to do a search to find out if she has written any other books!
I believe this is for young adults/teens. The story had no depth. The summary sounded so good, I started to purchase two books featuring this couple at the same time, I'm so glad I did not.
I couldn't get past the first couple chapters. I could predict how the story was going to end after the first two chapters. Don't think I will try anymore AS books.
As many reviewers write, sometimes JF hits the nail on the head and other times one wonders if someone else wrote the story! Initially, I thought this was one of the latter. As I read on I realized this book is written in somewhat of a farce form. Once I realized that I was able to get into the book and really enjoy the story.
I don't mean it is a true farce, but it has farce undertones. I'm probably doing a terrible job describing this, especially since I am one reader that don't ordinarily like farces, but trust me, it really is a great story. The pace is fast, the adventures kept me on the edge of my seat, and the steamy love scenes, well...they were great!
Like many of Ms. Feather's books, I found I did not like some qualities of the main protagonists, but there in lies her talent. You find you enjoy the book while disliking the characters! Pretty amazing ability in my humble opinion!
I highly recommend this book!
I initially read these books out of order and gave the last book a terrible review, I have since revised that review.
This book was not as good as the "Hostage Bride", for me, but I admit that was because the main female character irritated me to no end. But, the ability to make the reader enjoy a book, despite disliking the characters, is one of the things that makes Ms. Feather such a talented writer
Phoebe's personality is so intense and the things she does makes the reader want to reach in and give her a big shake! But then, when I was 17 I'm sure my parents frequently wanted to shake some sense into me!
Several other reviewers complained about the age difference between Phoebe and the Earl, and the fact that Phoebe is his daughter's best friend. I think we have to remember the time period and the importance of marriages of convenience during that time period.
I did not particularly like the Earl either! Yes, he is cold and remote, but, he too is a man of his time period. I liked the way Phoebe "seduced" him after having been married to him for a while at that point. Ms. Feather illustrates that although older and married 3 times previously, his perceptions of what women thought of the marriage bed was flawed, and he could learn from a 17 year old girl!
Yes, I recommend this book, but only after reading the "Hostage Bride". Then finish the series with the "Least Likely Bride". I think these characters will be with me a long time.
Oh, and I too wonder why Ms. Feather included the 2 little girls from the Earl's marriage to Phoebe's evil sister Diana. I find myself wondering if she plans to have them grow up totally evil due to being so totally ignored! I guess I just don't want to see this series end! Hmmm, are you listening Ms. Feather?
I read this book a few years ago and gave it a scathing 2 points. I either ignored the fact that it was the last in a series, or didn't notice. I recently decided to give JF another chance and boy am I glad I did! I read the "Hostage Bride" and was so totally engaged I downloaded the "Accidental Bride",which was not quite as good as Hostage, but was an enjoyable listen. I am now re-listening to Least Likely again, and now knowing the background and personality of Olivia, I can understand her angst and what had struck me as her silliness. This book reveals what the despicable Brian had done to Olivia that caused her to start stuttering.
Yes, this could be an ok stand alone book if the reader is only interested in the romance, but if read in sequence, it becomes a great read. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because the "Hostage Bride" was the absolute best in the series for me. I felt a profound sense of "ok, I get it" as I listened to "Least Likely", and knowing the background, made me realize the pirate is the absolutely best person for Olivia!
This book also answered some of my lingering questions regarding how the families handled their different stances regarding the war and the exiled king.
Read the series in order and I promise you will not be disappointed if you like hot romance with adventure and mystery!
Thank you Ms. Feather!
I downloaded this book a couple of years ago and did not give it a very good score. I listened again because I enjoy Rosalyn Landor so very much.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story this time. The characters were well developed, the story lines kept me engaged. I even found myself laughing at times even though the ending was evident from the beginning.
Ms. Michaels managed to keep the steamy scenes hot while ensuring "the lady was not ruined", no mean feat!
Like many others, I have found I totally love some of JF's books and other's read as though she was under the gun to get a book out and just threw one together. The main protagonist in this story is lovable from the very beginning. I especially liked the way she contrasted the twins. I didn't like the main male character, and even though he did eventually get a little better, I still didn't like him! The fact that I remained interested and totally engaged despite not liking one of the primary characters, is evidence of Ms. Feather's talent.
Yes, I do recommend this one. The characters stayed true to how they were portrayed, yet still grew.
And, I have to admit, the steamy bits were quite...STEAMY! Always a good thing for me!
Anything with the name Elizabeth George on the cover will be purchased immediately! I actually purchased this book a few years ago, then my vision got worse, so I was excited when I saw it available on audible.
What a disappointment. I understood the short stories were not by EG, but I thought they would be up to the same standards.
These are short stories that I guess are supposed to make one think; all they did for me is make me hit the STOP button after the 4th in a row of boring stories.
Not worth a credit and definitely not worth spending money on as I did...
It is such a hassle getting a refund, but I think I am going to put the time in to get my money back on this one!
I love romance novels, and for me the sexier they are, the better I like them. While this story is not lacking in "hot scenes", it was just a little to corny for me. I prefer romance novels with a bit of mystery, or just a little more depth.
Justine Eyre's breathy, "tonnish" voice was perfect for this story.
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