Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: March 27th, 2012
Mass Market Paperback
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by Dawn
Lord Blakeney has come to London after being in exile for over two years and is determined to enjoy himself. He isn’t looking for marriage, just a good time. When Blake mistakes a young debutante for someone else and compromises her, he has to do the right thing and marry her….even if the sparks fly between them. Can Blake and Minerva find a way to let those sparks flame into something much more, like love?
First and foremost, this was a book I had a hard time enjoying the main characters. Minerva is an annoying character and I totally wanted to smack some sense into her. Blake comes across as either a wastrel and a jerk or a secretive smart guy. I could never tell who he was supposed to be as he kept flip-flopping. But Minerva, the heroine was a character that had me clenching my teeth. She came across as ruthless, judgmental and highly aggravating through most of the book. The author, I think, made this character to be the anti-heroine of the time period, which would have been refreshing from all the silly chits I have read about yet it doesn’t quite come across as I think the author wanted it to.
The story flows pretty smoothly, with misunderstandings, some sexual tension between Blake and Minerva and there are a lot of mentions of politics; too much for me to truly enjoy the book. After awhile it got to the point where I would just skim read pages just to get through the political aspects of the storyline. The writing was good, much better than I anticipated but overall it couldn’t save me from putting the book down repeatedly to read something else. The secondary characters were ok & kept the story flowing smoothly.
Overall, I would read another from this author in hopes the next book is more to my liking. If you enjoy a different sort of historical romance, then you might enjoy this latest from author Miranda Neville.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement