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Let’s face it, I hate shrewish heroines. My heart sank when I read some of the reviews as some indicated the heroine was horrid. I remembered Julianne from book 2 and I didn't hate her but neither did I like her much, needless to say I had grave misgivings + the reviews… I almost considered not reading it but I have a knack for finishing a series. With that said, I made the RIGHT decision!!! Julianne is a fantastic heroine! She gives an aura of being a snob but underneath, she is very soft of heart. She has many layers and they make for a great heroine, probably one of my favorites.
I was engaged from the very beginning. One of the elements of the story that I enjoyed was marriage fairly early instead of the last few pages of the book. It allows the hero and heroine’s relationship to grow fairly easier (IMO) more so than clandestine meetings in a dark alcove. I liked the hero a lot, Patrick is overall a very good guy and it’s hard not to root for him. He really deserved better than he got. Despite it all he was willing to sacrifice himself for the good of his family and Julianne. He was in need of a HEA.
However, Julianne shined brighter IMO. She wants to right a wrong and will go to great lengths to do so (I.E. Flying off to Scotland, unchaperoned to beg a man she wrongly accused of murder to return and face charges because she now knows she made a mistake, reputation be damned!). As I mentioned before she does appear snobbish but she can wield it like a deadly weapon when needed; just ask the Vicar and Aunt Margaret. To sum it up her character development was great and was done In a manner that didn’t turn me against the heroine.
The mystery of the murderer held my interest. I had it all figured out or so I thought... JM threw a curve ball to rival a MLB pitcher! I can’t say it enough, this story has a fantastic plot, fantastic characters, mystery, and a good balance of romance and sex— much more than the first two books. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books, they can’t hold a candle to this one! Although this book can stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series in order… It’ll make much more sense. Hands down this was the best in the series followed by What Happens in Scotland and then Summer is For Lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I wish that there were more.
Narration: Lana J. Weston – Lana was great. I felt like she got better and better with each book narrated in this series. She did a fantastic Julianne, she made her sound like she appeared, snobbish and an airhead but strong willed and defiant all in one. I enjoyed all of her voices. She makes a great duo with JMQ
We also meet the hero in JM’s new book The Accidental Wallflower.
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I love the heroine in this book. She goes against everything socially important to right a wrong she has done and at the cost of her own reputation and good name. She is also fiercely loyal and goes to extreme extents to clear the man's name she has wronged. The hero is also a very likable character. He is an honorable man with a soft heart and gentle personality. The story began as interesting and got REALLY exciting about 2/3rds into the book. I like suspense and that certainly got worked into the story nicely. But the best part was the ending. I never suspected who the villain was. It’s a book worth the credit.
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