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3.0 out of 5 starsWhat about that exposed bosom?
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2018
This is an interesting story, but I can't get past one huge omission. In the first book of the series, we learn how the girls ruined the reputation of Lord Montrose by publishing the sighting of him and an unknown blonde at the opera--his fiancee is brunette. All is forgiven as he becomes this book's hero and explains the innocent nature of the meeting: the blonde is a family friend who has information he needs. One minor detail: "It had been nearly a week since she’d discovered the clandestine meeting between the duke, Montrose, and his fair-haired nymph alone in his opera box. It did not appear so scandalous upon first glance until one noticed the woman’s bosom was exposed." That's rarely innocent and is completely forgotten in this book, which I find very unlikely. I would certainly want an explanation why a family friend's bosom was hanging out before I agreed to marry the guy. Was the secret info written on her breast? Did the author think we'd just let that pass? Nope. I want an explanation. I read the Kindle versions of these books, so if the author wanted Montrose to be a hero, maybe she should have changed a few electrons in the first book or come up with a wardrobe malfunction in the second. Otherwise those naked breasts are still hanging out there.
Once again Christina McKnight has done a wonderful job in creating an interesting romance with a bit of a mystery to it. The second book in the series has Lady Lucianna up for grabs as a possible duchess to either Roderick the Duke of Montrose or Francis, the Duke of Abercorn - the very man who she is convinced killed her friend Tilda on her wedding night. As Edith, Luci and Ophelia plot to get the evidence to accuse Abercorn of the murder, the men in their lives Lord Torrington (Edith's fiancee) and Montrose (who hopes to bedome Luci's financee) follow the 3 around trying to protect them from themselves. This is a clean, delightful well written story I just wish there was a little more love story before the Epilogue. This book makes you hold your breath waiting for Book 3.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2017
The problem with ebooks is that newer writers rush out rough drafts. This book could have used an editor to force five more drafts to turn it into a decent book. Way too much telling instead of showing, anachronisms galore, and a weak hero (who is a duke!). There was little chemistry or character development between the H and h. The villain is the father which rarely works well in romance books. The mystery of the H's lost wealth is unsolved. The plot ridiculous. The writing bad with terribly overwrought prose.
Lady Lucianna along with her friends Edith and Ophelia are trying to fund proof that this duke had murdered their friend on the night of her wedding. They decided to write a column that alerts other young ladies to scoundrels. Her father has betrothed her to this self same duke!
Who would've thought that her writings would bring her love. But given the choice of an arranged marriage to either a murderer or a philanderer she really didn't have much of a choice. Glad it all turned out ok.
The second story in this series was a page turner as well. I wasn't sure how the author was going to write Luci's story so it made her likeable. In the first book I found her quite arrogant, opinionated and not very likeable however the author did well. Lucia is likeable in this book. The hero is also very likeable.