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The Look of Love

Book of Love Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
Series: Book of Love Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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When Lady Olivia Gosling finds the Book of Love in a musty bookshop, she is most eager to try out its love "recipes" on someone safe.

Did she say safe?

Well, Beast isn't really safe, but with her odious guardian about to marry her off to one of his unsavory friends, Olivia needs her childhood friend to fall in love with her...fast. If Beast can love her, then any man she chooses will surely do the same.

Alexander Beastling, Duke of Hartford, is known as Beast among the ton. He is big and muscled, and there is a dark aura of mystery about him that he makes no effort to dispel. Now that he's returned from battle, he's appalled to learn of the marriage plans Lady Olivia's loathsome guardian has for her. Beast has decided that he will help her find a proper husband, even if it means putting up with her ridiculous experiments taken out of a book she refers to as the Book of Love. Olivia calls them magical recipes for love.

Is it possible they actually work? Because suddenly, Beast can't seem to get Olivia out of his mind...or his heart.

©2019 Myra Platt (P)2019 Tantor

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I LOVE THIS STORY!!

I Absoulty Loved "The Look Of Love" I wish more Historical Romance authors wrote stories with characters like this.

At age 14 Alexander Beastling Duke of Harford saves a young girl of 6 from drowning in the lake. He gives her a nickname Goose. It was Lady Olivia Gosling. He sees her again after many years at Gresham's Antiquara Book shop. "The Book of Love" has just fallen on her head for the second time.. Beast comes up behind her. His eyes can't believe what a beauty she has grown up to be. He also, finds out that her parents have died and she is place in the guardianship of a crule, conniving and theiving distant cousin who now holds her fathers title.

Beast is a National hero and from a very long line of Dukes. He is powerful, rich and handsome. But his eye was injured during the war. I even liked his relationship with Prinny. I liked the believable why the Prince Regent was woven into the story.

I love the way these two have a open honest relationship. Beast is very protective of his little goose Olivia and demands she be allowed to attend a House Party in the country with her friends Poppy and Penelope. Also, Beast, and his two friends Nathianiel and Thaddeus. Lets not forget young Pip.

Olivia is using the recipe or techniques from "The Book of Love" on Beast just to see if they really work. Ahe is honest and tells Beast what she is doing. The conversations between these two are priceless. They connect on every level. Even the conversations between the friends are very well written. I felt like I was there in the story. The description of the clothes the manor house and the landscape is perfect. You can really feel Beast and Olivia falling in love.

This story is mildly sensual. Light Petting and a few hot kisses. But There Love, Friendship and Camaraderie Shines Through. Beast is awesome in the way he protects Goose/Olivia.

The Book of Love is a Keeper and A Re Read!! The story makes you feel good!!

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Too modern/ strange

I have had a hard time reading books where the author is also the publisher and this book confirms that theory. This book is just not what makes for a good HR.
The main issue I have is that it is like a self help book on relationships. The book referenced in the title contains issues of higher/lower brain function. It must read like a college text book. I don't think this is how male/female relationships would be analysed during the regency era. It starts to sound very silly, especially when a mature war veteran ( that some people think could make a great Prime Minister), finds he is becoming attracted to a woman that stuffs her breasts to test how he will react to a woman with larger breasts. Then he agrees to be her guinea pig to practice on. It just got crazier from there.
I have read one of the Farthingale series and was not thrilled. I did break my rule and get a second book by this author, but I should honour my rules a little better..they are there for good reason.
The narrator does not do the book any favors. She has a nice voice, but it does not convey great emotions. She is good, but not great.
I fell asleep after an hour and the book kept going. There was no desire to rewind and listen to it all. I'm guessing that the practice turns real ..they fall in love..he keeps calling her Goose ( because that's romantic)...and HEA! If I am wrong I am sure another reviewer will tell me.