This is my first Julie Cohen novel and I loved it so much I'm pleased to discover she has lots of others. It's not often you find a novel that has believable characters with complex lives in interesting, but still believable situations, and Julie Cohen has managed to produce one.
I consider myself a woman of the world and although I enjoy a good romance novel I find many of the heroes totally unbelievable. Escapism is one thing, but the realist in me would like to think that it would be possible for the hero to actually exist. Let's be truthful to ourselves, girls, if there is such thing as a 28-year-old, incredibly handsome, powerful, accomplished, debonair, helicopter-flying billionaire sex-god out there, why has the world not met him yet. There are two heroes in this novel - both attractive in their own ways, both mildly flawed and both could be someone you could possibly meet throughout the course of your day-to-day life. The author manages to leave you guessing which one our heroine will choose, right up to the last few pages of the book.
I couldn't put this book down. I stayed up way too late quite a few nights in a row because I just wanted to stay with these well-drawn characters and find out what happened to them. There is a lot of historical detail about the Regency period and the lives of people during that time, which adds to the story.
This is an absorbing, touching, humorous, sexy, modern story which will appear to people who enjoy a believable love story. And a fondness for tight breeches, high collars and elaborately-tied stocks won't go astray either.