Date published: September 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Lady Diana Fanshawe is a widow with a rather eccentric family. She once married for money and now she has the luxury to marry for love. But, to stop society from making fun of her family, she feels she needs to marry well. She’s set her sights on Lord Blakeney and she’s using all of her womanly wiles to trap him. Then she meets Blakeney’s cousin Sebastian, Viscount Iverley. He’s a bookish sort, but seems interested in her. She lets herself get caught in a bet, to get Sebastian to kiss her, which he does. Unfortunately, Sebastian finds out it was a bet, as he had a distrust of women and had never bothered with them before, he feels he’s entitled to some revenge. But what they both hadn’t counted on, was a little thing called love. Diana wants marriage and Sebastian wants his freedom. Diana has some decisions to make.
Although Miranda Neville writes a good story and gives her readers some interesting characters, I found this story a little lukewarm. Sebastian is a different kind of hero. He’s not only a bit nerdish and a lover of old books, but for a long time he’s never wanted to have anything to do with women. We learn why in this story. I found it rather amusing as some of the other characters discussed his sexual preferences. I won’t go into more details here you’ll have to read the book.
Diana is a heroine that I couldn’t really warm up to. At least, it took me a while. I would have liked her to have been a bit stronger, to stand up for Sebastian more and for her family too. The love scenes were quite nice, the plot was somewhat predictable and the secondary characters, in my opinion, saved the story. Still, this was an ok read and I am sure that fans of historical romance will enjoy it.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.