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Be careful not to get whiplash with all of the swift turns and twists in this book. This novel follows Midnight Angel. I really enjoyed Midnight Angel, but had a harder time with this second book in the series.
The novel centers around the love of Nikolas Angelovsky and Emma Stokehurst. Nikolas is a Russian prince who was exiled after being tortured due to the suspicion of killing a governor as retribution for his brother's murder. Nikolas is a conflict-ridden character due to the emotional and physical abuse of his childhood as well as his physical torture as an adult in Russia. Emma Stokehurst the fiery-haired, free-spirited beloved daughter of Luke Stokehurst (hero from Midnight Angel). Emma comes across as a "rebel without a cause" type and in a moment of emotional vulnerability she decides to marry Nikolas despite her family's protest.
It was a hard read because of the suffering that Emma encountered in her marriage with Nikolas. As a young woman, she did not realize what type of man she was marrying. Her happy ending comes after much heart-ache, suffering and tumult.
This book was divided into parts and I must say that I forwarded the majority, if not all, of Part 3. The surrealism and magical aspects that arose were somewhat odd to me. Even at the end of the book I wasn't sure if Nikolas and Emma were reincarnates of his ancestors a century past, or if he had some really strong connections through dreams to his ancestors's past love experience.
But, I must say, even though Prince of Dreams was an angsty-read, it was still interesting. One of the challenges I faced was in forgiving Nikolas for being such a miserable husband to Emma. Yet, even after he asked Emma for forgiveness and changed his ways, I still had a hard time with him as a hero because of his coldness and infidelity to Emma during the bad times.
I'm glad they found their happy ending.....no matter how hurtful the path to get there....
Jack is a mystery, AND dangerously delicious, AND savvy AND uniquely stylish…
I could just keep going, but the gist is that I think Jack is really appealing. So, after listening to about 20%, I skipped to about midway to jump to the nitty gritty of his relationship to the lovely duchess Olivia. Even though I got immediate gratification, it was nice to slowly listen to the complete book again.
Out of Feagan's lads, Jack is the most secretive and cunning of the bunch and yet he plays a vital role in the previous books as he helps his friends when they're in trouble (I've read the 1st book & 3rd book already).
One of the aspects I loved about this book is that the reader is invited to enter the labyrinth of psychological presses and motives that move the Leads forward. Jack is complicated because his life has been complicated. This book reveals the traumatic events that are responsible for creating the dichotomous person that Jack is. He is so giving, and takes boys off of the streets by providing them with employment and protects them. Yet, the other side of the coin (pun intended :-), is that Jack invests too much value in the absolute love and need for money, and lots of it.
So when Jack is named sole heir to a duke's personal possessions, and is appointed the guardian of the young, Duke Henry (I believe he's 4 or 5 years old), the beautiful, and well-bred lady Olivia (Henry's mother) is outraged. Olivia is forced to accept Jack into her home as the overseer of her most prized possession, her beloved son Henry.
The romance between Olivia and Jack is nicely paced. It was so touching when they both finally come together…the moments of indulgent romance are great. Both Olivia and Jack grow personally in this book and fulfill a need for intimacy, trust and healing in each other. The cat and mouse games they play were so cute and funny at the beginning of their relationship. And, the moments in which they bear their souls to one another was just so touching.
As always…I loved the camaraderie between the gang (Jack, Luke, Jim, Bill and Frannie). I especially enjoyed Jack's conversations with Frannie (I'm such a Frannie fan) and I felt as though he understood and "saw" her more clearly than the rest of Feagan's lad did. I thought his close relationship to Feagan was really nice and sentimental. Jack still looked out and cared for Feagan.
There are many shocking details and surprises in this book. There are heavy themes that are tragic and dark. Yet, perhaps the greatest theme is how life can sometimes balance the tragedies of childhood, by unlocking the weightiest and mot beautiful gift of all…..LOVE. And, Olivia and Jack most certainly find it.
I thought the narrator was good. Enjoyed her performance.
I think this is probably the most overrated book on audible. Even though I could agree that Grant's writing is good, and there are some very nice pieces of character development that unfold, she leaves much in wanting in this novel.
Martha Russell, widower makes arrangements with Theophilus Mirkwood (exiled to the country by his father) to engage in illicit trysts for the purpose of helping her to conceive to keep her late husband's estates within her ownership. She needs and heir and only has 1 month to create one. She's normally not this deceiving, but there are strong reasons behind her actions, in this respect.
The heroine is probably the main problem in this book. Martha is wound up so tightly, and frigid that she made it hard for the hero to follow through with his end of the bargain. Her participation was like a dead fish out of water. And yes, there are many sex scenes, but they are horrible. Usually, some of the best aspects of a story encompass the chemistry between the leads…well, so sad to say the chemistry between the two felt so stilted and one-sided throughout the book. The hero had to work very hard to win over his heroine, and I was left wondering why he even tried.
Now, the Hero, Theo is just adorable. He is good-looking (of course), fun, personable, and happy. In fact, he's so happy that he could be a tall, cup of Sunny Delight…LOL. And, I really felt for his challenge in wooing Martha. OMG, the woman took SOOOOOO darn long to open up to him emotionally, and even in the end she admits that she's just not an affectionate person. Theo is sweet and reaches out to Martha and who really knows why? Seriously, it's a mystery, just as the stellar reviews for this book is a mystery.
I don't know if I will venture to take another risk in reading the books that follow….
Well…this isn't a whimsical story of love with sweeping, leisurely moments of romance. It's more like a story of redemption in the coldest of hearts, and how the fight for love is the worthiest cause of all.
I wish it were not so, but Howell delivers a very emotionally wounded and cynical hero. We were first introduced to Alexander "Alex" MacDubh in "His Bonnie Bride (1st book in series) when he and his family visited the McLagan's keep. He was presented as the easy-going and smooth-with-the ladies, Adonis. The ultimate charmer and sweet talker now devastated by loss, grief, hatred, and an unfettered hunger for revenge. His life since book 1 has not been easy as he has endured traumatic events, at every turn. In general, Alexander seemed to have poor instincts when it came to choosing wives (seriously, the man seemed like an idiot when it came to his previous women). Therefore, women played an instrumental part in destroying everything dear to him. For this reason, he nursed a distrust toward woman just as fiercely as a hatred for his enemies (MacDubh & MacCory clans).
I felt like Ailis MacFarlane, heir to clan MacFarlane, had qualities of a Biblical character. Oh my goodness!!!-- Ailis faces the countless challenges that come her way with fortitude, dignity and an inner strength that pushes her through the darkest of hours. Ailis, as many women in her era, served as a chess piece in this game between men. LIttle did she know that being captured by Laird Alexander was about to turn her world upside down, yet lead her to a fulfillment in life that she would have never known prior.
Well, this is not a fluffy love story, but it's deep, serious and healing. Although the formula is similar to book 1, Alex allows Ailis some freewill while studying her at a distance. In addition, at night he loved her passionately, but treated her with disdain during daylight hours. I like how Ailis dealt with him in this regard---she quickly put him in his place …LOL I felt that for most of Part 1, Ailis was "unpacking" all of the "baggage" Alex brought to the relationship from previous ones. The love development is a bit dry, and mainly because Alex was so emotionally stunted. There are no memorable love scenes or moments between the pair that will leave you breathless….(at least I can't recall any). It's more about two people growing learning to love and trust one another. The bond between Ailis and Alex is tried by fire. Part 2 of this book is really hard on the couple. It's not a pleasant read/listen…both suffer immensely, but ultimately pull through.
~The children in this story are endearing.
~Jamie, who is Ailis's protector and gentle giant of a friend was precious.
~The villains in this story are absolutely horrific. They wield unparalleled power that looms over the MacDubh clan like a dark shadow. Donald MacCordy (the man who started out as Ailis' fiancé) is evil incarnate. Ailis' uncle Colin MacFarlane is also a pretty disgusting character.
~I enjoyed the narrator. I think she did a good job. Her voicing for Alex was a little flat, but who can blame her?--The guy was written like a depressed, beating down man! (that changes thankfully)
I think you have to be in a certain mood to read this book…maybe a mood to be depressed or in need of angst…..LOL..not sure, but it's definitely not for the faint of heart.
Even though there are dark parts, I pushed forward because I cared for the characters and was rooting for their HEA.
I was disappointed that there was no epilogue, nor inclusion of characters in previous books to tie all of their stories together….oh well. I was hoping to get some insight into Tavis and Storm's lives and "ever after."
After this book, I need to find a light, sweet read…
This series appeals to me because the characters are compelling, their backstories are touching and it's as though they ALL have a well of emotions deep inside that only love can delve in, to heal what is broken.
This is the same for all of Feagon's lads, (Luke, Jack, Jim, and Bill) even the only lady in the group, who is Frannie Darling (btw, I read her book first). But, don't allow that aspect to fool you into thinking this is a cookie-cutter series, because it's not. Heath creates characters who are psychologically complex, and you just can't help but fall in love with them. You want them to desperately find the answers they seek to heal their pasts traumas.
This is Luke's book, and what a book it is! Lucius "Luke" Langdon's life was disrupted when he witnessed the murder of his parents and by the help of a boy (Jack--one of Feagon's lads), he escapes with his life, the clothes on his back, and muddled memories of his origins. Forward to the present, and Luke is fully positioned in at the helm of his station, as he is currently the Earl of Claybourne…..the "Devil Earl," due to his scandalous reputation.
There is a lot of mystery that surrounds Luke's life as well as guilt that he personally struggles with. Luke questions whether he is the rightful earl of his estates. I believe it is because of this reason that he clings so desperately to Frannie Darling (who I adore by the way) who he has loved since he was a child living in the rookeries. Frannie represents "the familiar" and is a comfort to him, so in his adulthood he seeks to make her his wife. The kicker is that that Frannie does not want to marry Luke, but because she also feels a strong connection to him and will not hurt him, she goes along with his plan to teach her to learn to be a proper lady of society.
I love the comfort level between the group when they are together. They all have these crazy skills, and as a group they sync together and work like magic.
Well, let me tell you, Lady Catherine Mabry is no frail miss, nor is she a push over. She is part of the aristocracy and is a perfect match for Luke. Lady Catherine approaches Luke with an indecent proposal (but not the kind you might assume) And, even though the request is offensive, Luke is almost humored by it. Luke decides to make an agreement that Catherine must tutor Frannie to feel comfortable enough to mingle with the aristocracy, ask she will agree to be his wife.
With the time that Catherine and Luke spend together, they realize this sizzling chemistry and attraction between the two that cannot be ignored, denied nor tamed. The funny thing is that Frannie encourages it.
The only thing that drove me nuts is that Luke was pretty stubborn in his determination to marry Frannie, despite the growing attraction and need for Catherine. Yet, I thought this was consistent with his character. He tends to be a man of his word, and somewhat singular of mind--for whatever that's worth (when he's banging Catherine while intending to marry Frannie ????? What the??). In addition, I also had to remind myself that he is not the greatest when dealing with his own psychological needs. I suppose that means he's not the most introspective and honest with himself. Luke has dormant memories and I loved how it all came out like a flood, and Catherine was the one who was there to help him through it all.
Even though this read is not bitterly angsty….it is definitely emotionally weighty. You can't help but care about each one of the gang---Luke, Catherine, Frannie, Jack, Jim, and even Bill. I can't wait to read everyone's touching story……
BTW, Susan Erikson did a good job as narrator. But, oh how I loved the inserts of Antony Ferguson….wow…very nice indeed..
I’m constantly in search of a good Scottish or British regency novel, and this one piqued my interest because it sounded passionate and almost like a Romero/Juliet set up. Who doesn’t love a burgeoning romance between lovers from opposite sides? In this case, the English (Eldon’s) and the Scottish-Lowlanders (MacLagan’s) are generational enemies as their lands are close to the border. Although, I really enjoyed the romance, the rocky ride toward and HEA is not without its painful moments.
WHAT I REALLY LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK:
1. HERO AND HEROINE--they are both unique and interesting characters. Storm Eldon (who is part Irish and English) is the wealthy daughter of Lord Eldon and finds herself kidnapped by the Scotts as a child (10 years old), and again as a young lady (17 years). Both she, and the hero, Tavis MacLagan (Scottish heir) have this exciting little connection and chemistry. So, upon their second meeting, Tavis plays the role of a savior as well as captor. Even though I found Tavis to be dangerously appealing, I definitely loved Storm a lot more. Tavis has some definite flaws that are showcased throughout the book. Storm is a lot more introspective about her feelings, but as a woman she’s also a lot more vulnerable, and maybe that’s why I really sympathized with her.
2. I thought the romance in the first part of the book was on fire. Even though, I must caution that the hero forcibly seduces the heroine…which is hard to explain, but ultimately, the heroine gives herself completely to the hero and both enjoy a mutually, passionate romance. The romance in the first part of the book is filled with many indulgent and passionate moments that are so nice for the reader who is a helpless romantic.
3. There is a wide expanse of side characters, which are explored with some detail. You can’t help but feel an affinity for the brothers, cousins and fathers on both sides.
4. The narrator, McNab Ashford is fabulous…I enjoy her voicing for both males and females. She does a wonderful job. She has a really good English and Scottish accent.
THE PARTS OF THE BOOK THAT I STRUGGLED WITH:
1. The hero’s flaws are hard to stomach in some areas. His mistress makes a few appearances, and was not dealt with as effectively as I would have liked. The hero DROVE ME FREAKEN NUTS in parts where he couldn’t seem to make up his mind about Storm, in terms of her permanent presence in his life. I kept thinking that perhaps this exhibited a feeling of high anxiety or that he was simply overwhelmed with the complexity of barriers they faced as familial enemies. Many times, Tavis mentioned that he felt like grabbing Storm and running off with her, but there are parts where he did not speak up when he should have. Although there was no doubt that Tavis was smitten with Storm, in terms of love, Storm was the more courageous one.
2. The villains were absolutely despicable and I felt as though their depraved, sexual and violent lifestyle was explored a lot more than I would have liked. Seriously, Lady Mary (Storm’s evil stepmother), and her lover are monsters.
3. It’s weird how Part 2 of the book was littered with so much dialogue among characters. Conversations between characters were really drawn out (pre-battle, during the battle, post-battle, etc.). I found myself forwarding or skipping the long, drawn out parts.
4. The misunderstanding between Tavis and Storm in Part 2 was a little exhausting, time consuming and just angsty. I really love it when the characters have more maturity and fight hard at every struggles that arises. Both Tavis and Storm are good with the physical communication of love, but not the verbal…..lol
Even though I struggled with some parts of the book, overall I found this to be an enjoyable listening/reading experience. I found that I cared about the characters and wanted to see them work things out till the very end. I plan to continue with the series.
This novel started out with great promise as you can't help but really grab on to the leads and want to follow their stories as they are humorous, smart, sassy and interesting.
Yes, it's a predictable layout, but that didn't bother me. In fact, I looked forward to finding out HOW the leads would end up together (because isn't every romance book predictable in that way??) Anyhow, Lady Catherine "Cat" Sinclair seeks to capture the eye of a wealthy lord who will marry her, and thereby take her family out of their dire financial situation. She hasn't been able to bring this particular lord up to scratch for about 3 seasons. Now Cat being the ever resourceful gal that she is comes to the door steps of Thomas Montrose, a notorious lady's man, and rake who can teach her the art of seduction. Thomas Montrose is a 32 year old man who come on!--He has to be in his prime with his dark hair, tanned skin and muscular body; well it's no wonder he leaves a trail behind of broken hearts.
Cat and Thomas' first encounter was so funny as they have great chemistry. I was chomping at the bits with excitement as this seemed like it was going to be a real treat & stellar read. And, although this book will give you very worthy leads who are intelligent, funny, along with interesting backgrounds and side characters, it will not save you from feeling the frustration that comes with a constant lack of communication between Thomas and his precious Cat.
There is plenty of movement in this book as the settings vary from the English countryside, to dazzling ballrooms, French hotels, ships etc., There is also the looming threat of Napoleon's army that keeps all characters on their toes (or at least Thomas and his cohorts). Thomas gives Cat her space, yet it's so obvious that both leads are quite attached to one another. Yet, even though Thomas and Cat intensely yearn for one another and their seductive lessons bring them both closer to the brink of giving in to their love, neither of them can ever completely open up about their feelings, fears and desire to be together. So, the misunderstandings, the lack of communication DROVE ME FREAKEN NUTS!!!!! It drove me nuts because this "holding back" on both of their part remained consistently present throughout each stage of their relationship.
Well, there are about 2 main conversations between Cat and Thomas where they share their heart and keep moving forward. Even though I LOVED the leads, the only way I moved through the frustration the festered because of the lack of communication between the leads is that I stopped anticipating…I stopped caring. Crazy right? Well, thankfully both Cat and Thomas find their HEA and we can only hope they learn to be more honest with each other up front and avoid future headaches.
The narrator was decent. At first I thought her voice was a little old for the female voicing especially, but I soon got used to her.
There are less than a handful of book series that have been emotionally compelling and have made an indelible mark upon my heart…..and even though this is the 1st book in the series that I have read, I know (in my gut) that this will be counted among those I treasure.
The romance between Frannie Darling and Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone reeled me in right away, and it all has to do with the way this book is written….it's beautifully written. The writing is quite powerful. Heath uses metaphors, analogies and descriptions that are vivid and float off of the pages evoking deep emotions between the characters, in regard to both the challenges and triumphs of their life.
THE LOVE STORY:
Sterling can't keep his gaze off of Frannie. He is absolutely drawn to her and keenly aware of her presence (even before meeting her personally). Frannie, feels his attention and when they both finally meet the experience is completely visceral. It's all about the breathing, the excited thrill of momentum and being touched in a way that expresses a deep hunger, and a promise of things to come.
It all started with one night, as propositioned by Sterling. Sterling who arrived from traveling various continents, presents as a mystery. He wants Frannie, but can only give her one night as he feels the plans for his life are cemented, in part due to his station as a duke, but also because of a secret that will inevitably come out that will cause others to reject him completely.
Sterling is such a delicious hero. Frannie describes him as "courageous, determined and intriguing." AND, he has a dragon tattoo across his back and shoulder!--Talk about being way too sexy for his era!
Sterling is attracted by Frannie's beauty, but also by the mixture of her innocence and street smarts. She intrigues him like no other. I like how he studies her and learns what is important to her. Sterling commented that she "has so much compassion, with no bitterness" (after getting to know her and her life story).
When Frannie & Sterling are together is as though they are incubated in the happiness of their own bubble. Their love is an unselfish bond that includes an even amount of giving and receiving.
"She felt as though her body was the world and he was traveling across it, sampling every aspect."
Sterling was just so sweet and tender with Frannie. When he found out about how she was brutally raped at the age of 12 years, he makes sure to go at a pace sensitive to Frannie's needs. And, believe me Frannie feels a strong need for this man. He is the only man who has awakened her appetite for passion. Frannie is such a loving, compassionate, beautiful woman (inside & out) that you can't help but feel triumph in her love of Sterling.
As you can imagine, this romance outgrows the constrictions placed by society, it outgrows his own fear of his secret and it outgrows even the time they spend apart. To Sterling it comes to a point that nothing, not even his title is as important as she is. There is a part where he risks his own life for her…..OMG, this is just a beautiful romance…I could go on and on!!!
FAGAN LADS (AMAZING!!!):
I loved how Frannie is so cherished and loved by the "Fagan lads" who are the boys she grew up with in the rookeries of London who are now very successful adult men. Luke, Jack, Jim and even Bill, the physician, are a powerful shield of protection for her. I love how they were so opposed to Sterling's advances to Frannie & stepped in right away! They truly acted like a overprotective brothers. Sterling finally earns their trust, but oh the journey! LOL I love how they come together after Sterling is set to marry Frannie & they approach him formally wanting to provide a dowry for Frannie. When she objects, their response is, "It is necessary because you don't go to him with nothing." OMG..that part was awesome, especially when the surprise about how much money she actually has comes out---Awesome moment!!!
I can't wait to read Luke, Jack and Jim's books. It's like a feeling of Christmas, with so many gifts awaiting to be opened!
There are a lot of touching moments in the book….like poor Jim & his unrequited love for Frannie (poor guy, but can't wait to read his book!), Little Peter (OMG..what a precious boy), Nancy (Frannie's childhood friend from the rookeries), and CHARLS DICKENS (OMG…his inclusion was such an awesome element), and lastly…Frannie's dad…wow, made me tear up.
Narrator: I really liked Susan Erickson. I think she did a great job in bringing the characters to life.
Imagine being raised to hate a man who was responsible for the violent death of your beloved mother, only to be forced into marriage to his eldest son, and swept away to live among a sworn enemy…..This was the fate of Fiona Sinclair, eldest daughter of deceased Laird Sinclair.
Fiona was ushered as the sacrifice for peace between the Campbell and Sinclair clans, by decree of King James. Laird Campbell and her two older brothers, John and Laird Simon, follow the orders of the king in agreeing to the match and therefore establishing a fragile alliance.
Fiona is told that if she does not follow through with this arrangement, her 13-year old sister will have to marry in her stead. Feisty and beautiful Fiona faces her fate with courage, and an inner conflict that storms deep within her heart. But, as her fate is sealed through marriage, questions about a previous generation's actions and stories she has been told as a girl seem to meet the harsh truth that there are other family secrets that cannot be ignored, and a change of heart and mind toward her husband is inevitable.
I really LOVED the hero, Myles Campbell, the eldest son of the Laird & Earl Campbell, and I thought his approach with Fiona was just perfect in every step of their relationship. I felt sorry for the warrior because although he was taken aback, and very attracted to Fiona (since the beginning), for her beauty and fiery spirit, he was also in for a rough ride due to her scorn. I liked his strong principle and belief in marriage. Once he said his vows, his mind was set toward Fiona and he left his previous love behind and put everything into making his marriage work. He was constantly trying different strategies to make Fiona warm up to him. Myles is was a strong, confident and humorous man who had a great depth for compassion and love. He was immensely patient with FIona as he worked hard to reach out to her and persuade her that their marriage was one worthy of love and happiness.
Fiona was beautiful, passionate and fiercely loyal to those she loves, namely her family and clan. She was devastated to have to live with her sworn enemy and worse that her new father in law was responsible for her mother's death. Whenever I became annoyed with the way Fiona treated Myles (believe me her tongue had a sharp edge that could cut down any man), I thought about her pain which was palpable, as she mourned the death of her mother. It's hard to dispel years of being taught to hate.
However, when Fiona learns the truth surrounding her mother's death, she finally allows herself to love Myles, and her new family, and this part of the story is simply MAGIC. The love between the two is shared like a flood, and you just feel their absolute bliss and elation. The two give in to each other and there are moments of ecstasy, with steamy love and intimacy.
This story captured my attention from beginning to end. I was sad that it ended, but so relieved there was an epilogue. I would really LOVE to see this made into a series. There are many elements that just worked out so nicely in this story. This novel is very well written and enjoyable. There are many side characters to the leads who are wonderful and interesting. There is humor, persistent romance, great family moments, treachery, but also tragedy that make this a great, Scottish adventure.
By the way, the narrator was FABULOUS! I will be looking for other books narrated by Sarah Coomes…she's simply amazing and she really brought all of the characters to life. This was a nice little piece of delicious.
I will also be looking for other books by this author….I'm impressed.
Eloisa James's writing is exquisite. Many times, I felt that I was taken away to an English country side because of her picturesque descriptions of the setting and background.
This was a delightful read about how the hero, Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, found his perfect duchess. For the duke the connection to Olivia Lytton was as quick as lightening when he first met her as she came to his door step one stormy night soaked through and ah-hem.....very indisposed. So pretty much the chemistry was on-fire immediately between the two. The problem presented in this story is that there are 2 dukes for 2 sisters, but the matches between these couples are all wrong.
I loved the challenge presented immediately in these mismatched couples as all of the characters were seeking some type of fulfillment while trying to please their parents.
It was so tricky as to how the resolution came about because the love between Tarquin and Olivia was the worst kind of forbidden love. I mean seriously.....Tarquin was Olivia's sister's dream, and Olivia was meant for another. Olivia was betrothed to the Rupert, Duke of Canterwick and it was clearly not going to be a fulfilling marriage, yet Olivia was very kind and caring toward Rupert and his predicament. I really liked how everything resolved itself.
In reading this fairy tale series, I have found that I really LOVE the verbally-intelligent characters James creates. Just as in "WHen Beauty Tamed the Beast" the verbal sparing and banter is excellent between the leads. I loved the quips, the metaphors, the innuendos, and so many twists of language that made this read so enjoyable! I love it when there are really smart, funny, sassy, and memorable leads in a love story; and Tarquin and Olivia were just fabulous.
I did not like the part of the book that covered the couples trip to France. I got turned off when Olivia pushed Tarquin into allowing her to come with him to rescue Rupert. It was a stupid move that endangered herself & Tarquin. However, part of that is just that Tarquin can't seem to say no to the girl LOL...(so it's his fault too). I just kept telling myself that James must have thought that the story needed a more dramatic conflict aside from the relationship conflicts already presented in the book. So...oh well...it worked out.
The epilogue was great because it gave you a sense of the HEA for all of the characters including the dowager duchess, Tarquin's mom. I love how even though she was diametrically opposed to Tarquin & Olivia's match...in the end she was thankful for indirectly being responsible for Olivia coming to their home and meeting her prince charming.
Nice HEA..... I have to read some more of James' books in between darker books because her books are smart, funny and overall enjoyable reads...
Oh how I love this book! This is an all time “Lisa Kleypas Classic” for me. I like to revisit this book every once in a while when I feel like listening to a great romance. I also love that the story centers around the chief magistrate of Bow Street and the historical snapshot that is captured in that world of crime fighters.
The love story between Sir Ross Canon and Lady Sophia Sydney is written in a manner that weaves you in with a curiosity and a desire to learn more about how their romance will unfold. I thought I was refreshing how both Sir Ross and Lady Sophia are mature, older adults (well for a regency novel that is!..lol) I believe Lady Sophia is in her late 20’s and Sir Ross in his mid to late 30’s.
Sir Ross is so freaken appealing because he is unattainable. As a widower, he has not sought to fill the vacuum in his heart and no one has come close to making him want to, until Lady Sophia strolls into his office interviewing for the position of his assistant. In modern times, this would be a lofty endeavor, but in 1830’s London, it’s completely unheard of! Good for Sophia! She is beautiful, intelligent, educated, resourceful good in the kitchen as well as in the office…I mean the woman is undeniably fabulous! So why wouldn’t she be the one to capture Sir Ross’s attention and heart! The impending challenge is that she wants to capture his heart only to break it, as she lays the responsibility of the death of her brother at his feet.
Sir Ross’s appeal is undeniable. His sex appeal just flows off of the pages…he is powerful as the chief magistrate, and a fair, and just man who lives by an oath of unyielding morality. I think this is one of the reasons so many women were after him. Who wouldn’t want to be the object of attention from such an intense, dedicated man. Although Sophia thought the worst of him, this hate began to melt away as she worked day in and out next to the man who she was destined to love.
I love all of the slack that Sir Ross received from those in the office & from the bow street runners for hiring Sophia. I loved how Sir Ross always treated Sophia with respect, interest and was just flame-torch hot with her once they began to give in to their attraction.
This book is an absolute dream for the romance reader because it follows Sir Ross & Sophia’s love affair from acquaintances, to lovers, to marriage partners. Through every step of the way this romance is luscious, intimate and so dam good!
The narrator, Susan Duerdon, was wonderful. I love her work……she created a deep, masculine voice for the hero and a sweet, feminine one for the heroine.
I will always revisit “Lady Sophia’s Lover.”
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