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2014 Winner--Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award--Romance
The earl of Marcham has decided to put the excesses of his colorful youth firmly behind him so he may find a wife and beget himself an heir. But a straitlaced spinster may stand in his way after she releases a morality pamphlet exposing some of his most private misdemeanors. Determined to have his revenge and teach her a much-needed lesson, the earl decides that his best course of action is to seduce her....
Miss Georgiana Blakelow has long given up the hope of marriage. Instead she's resigned to serving as governess to her siblings and saving the family estate from ruin. She might succeed if only the wretch of an earl who won the estate at the gaming table would be reasonable.
As the sparks fly, and as Lord Marcham finds himself unexpectedly attracted to Miss Blakelow, she becomes even more determined to keep him at a safe distance. The closer he gets, the more likely he is to discover that his bluestocking isn't all that she seems.
©2013 Norma Darcy (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Alison on 02-28-15

Such an annoying heroine!

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.

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By bluestategirl on 12-12-15

A Good Surprise!

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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