When you're the oldest daughter, you don't get to have any fun!
Witty, orphaned Tess Essex faces her duty: marry well and marry quickly, so she can arrange matches for her three sisters - beautiful Annabel, romantic Imogen, and practical Josie. After all, right now they're under the rather awkward guardianship of the perpetually tipsy Duke of Holbrook. But just when she begins to think that all might end well, one of her sisters bolts with a horse-mad young lord, and her own fiancé just plain runs away.
Which leaves Tess contemplating marriage to the sort of man she wishes to avoid - one of London's most infamous rakes. Lucius Felton is a rogue whose own mother considers him irredeemable! He's delicious, Annabel points out. And he's rich, Josie notes. But although Tess finally consents to marry him, it may be for the worst reason of all. Absurd as she knows it to be, she may have fallen utterly in love....
©2005 Eloisa James (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
Superb narration. Flawless. Decent story -- the first of a series, each featuring one of four orphaned Scottish sisters and riffing a Shakespearean play. This one, alluding to Much Ado About Nothing, is witty, sweet, funny, and explicitly smexy, but the pace is slow at times. Starts getting good after the half-way point. Totally loved the hero, Lucius, and his horse-whispering wife, Tess. Not crazy about the moonstruck sister, Imogen. Wish the author had reduced her role in the story.
This story was just okay, not bad, not great either. I really really liked the hero, Lucious Felton, he was awesome! The heroine a bit wishy washy at times.
The switching back and forth between the sisters and who they were going to marry was a bit confusing and I didn't really care for that. First one sister is going to go after Mayne then the other will go for Lucious then maybe Holbrook, then they switch, or get jilted.... that was a bit annoying. Then one sister Imogen was sort of stupid and annoying at times.
There was some good chemistry between Tessa and Lucious and there was a couple of nicely written sex scenes, so if you wondering if there is sex in Eloisa James books there is. Not explicit sex, all romantic sex scenes.
Later on in the book it does get better though. It didn't turn me off to read the next book in the series but I also started a different book and will come back to this series later.
The plot and story line was not the best and like I said these girls couldn't make up their minds. But there is a lot of dialogue throughout the entire book and that was great! (I like lots of dialogue)
As for the narration, its Susan Duerden so you know your getting the emotion and the men sound like men, mostly they all sound the same though. and of course you get the sing song voice and drawn out consonants. But she is far from the worst narrator.
I found this book to drag somewhat. There were so many characters and sisters and suitors and their mothers that I could not tell who was with who. With all of these people involved in this story, you would think there would be some romance a little steamier than a stolen kiss... maybe it's just me but I like my romance novels a little steamier than this one...sorry!
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