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The premise seemed promising, a classic "fiesty plain looking girl with a secret" meets "rake ready to reform" sort of tale. Sadly for a romance, this couple were remarkably unsexy, and their few moments of passion tepid. The rake wasn't very rakish, and the central female not much of a bluestocking. Her fiestiness tricked away after the first chapter, the one word description for her would have to be "drippy".
Solutions to the her situation were repeatedly offered but she kept refusing them, willing to see the family (who we are told she would sacrifice everything for) thrown out of their home. The plot twists and new elements that kept being introduced sometimes felt like they were ideas for whole other novels, and just didn't fit this one. Also the unlikely (especially for the time) behavior and attitudes of the secondary characters constantly jarred me out of the story.
Finally, the idea that putting on glasses and a hat makes one unrecognizable even to former lovers and friends who've known you since childhood is just silly.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The premise is far-fetched, the character's motivations are silly, and the resolution to every conflict, including the big reveal, is oddly simple, and strangely endearing. There were moments when I wondered what kind of story I was reading! Ultimately, I really enjoyed the ride.
There is humor and tenderness and a great romance, and I found it all hugely entertaining. Actually, there is so much to recommend this book that at times I marveled at the author's talent and creativity.
Perhaps, not everyone will "get" it, but I love Lisa Kleypas, and I think it's kind of great.
A real standout is the perfect narration by Michael Page. I've never cared much for male narrators reading HR's, (with the VERY notable exceptions of Nicholas Boulton and Tristan Hunt), but I'm happy to say Michael Page was phenomenal with this book, and I'll keep my eye out for more HRs read by him, too.
This is one for the reread pile, right after I plow through my Lisa Kleypas collection!
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