Matthew Trent always knew what was expected of him and that was to become the Perfect Vicar and a Perfect Gentlemen. When Grace Cooper enters his life he is forced to face what he really wishes to become.
Grace Cooper has three options for marriage available to her in the small village where she resides. However, Grace would rather be placed on the shelf than enter into a miserable union.
When someone threatens her father and then makes an attempt on her life, it is Vicar Trent who vows to protect her and brings scandal to her doorstep, upsetting the delicate balance of both of their worlds.
©2012 Jane Charles (P)2014 Jane Charles
I need more ears!
I liked the first book in this series, so I decided to try this 2nd one. Unfortunately, it stalls out early and stays there. Even an array of "oil can Harry" villains and attempted murder couldn't give it any ooph. It was also a bore. I got 3/4ths of the way through it before it put me to sleep for the last time.
One issue I can point to is the author's belaboring that the h "couldn't possibly be lusting for a vicar!!!" It was repeated to the point of eye rolling hysteria. At least the hero figured out he didn't want to be a vicar!
The only interesting character was her father, who was suffering the effects of a brain injury, and he couldn't talk. (Maybe that's why I liked him so much!) His suicide attempt was just stupid though. Really, really unbelievable.
Experience tells me that, in the end, the h and H end up together. But in my mind, I've rewritten it so that he quits the church and finds someone, ANYONE else to love -- and I can live with that.
Note to self: Vicars are boring, and so are the girls who lust after them. (And Jane Charles is not a safe bet.)
I really liked this story. I wasn't sure about reading about a vicar but this was a good one. There was sexual chemistry and a sex scene in this book. I liked the hero and the heroine as well as the rest of the characters. There was a bit of mystery thrown in to this story line and plot. Lots of great dialogue and things happening in this book.
The narration was great. I really like Marian Hussey. She gives everyone their own distinct voice, and does the men's voices very well. I do speed it up sometimes to 1.25 speed and its great.
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