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4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have introduction to the hero of 'The Fortune Hunter', 4 Dec. 2003
Seren Ade (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Falling for Chloe (Signet Regency Romance) (Mass Market Paperback)
When Sylvester 'Gil' Gilliland and his childhood friend Chloe Littlewood are discovered in the most compromising of positions, their innocent explanation might just have pulled them through, had it not been for Gil's mother. The redoubtable Lady Gilliland can spot a likely couple even when they can't see it for themselves, and she knows that her dashing son and his beautiful friend were made for each other. But even Gil's formidable parent had begun to despair of the young friends' future happiness. Until fate pushed them into her hands...
Trapped in an unwished for engagement, Chloe and Gil are forced to see each other through new eyes, as they strive to find a fairly respectable manner in which to escape their shared plight. Their reappraisal leads them both to the revelation that there is ONE wholly unexceptionable way in which an engagement can be ended and, in truth, only one way in which they would LIKE to see it end...
A flawed but nonetheless appealling Regency. Although the protagonists are at times flat, more-than-adequate compensation is to be found in the nicely developed secondary characters; notably Lady Gilliland, and an impoverished aristocrat, forced to survive by his wits, playing piquet and charming women: one George Carstairs, Lord Rival (whose story is the subject of Farr's superlative 'The Fortune Hunter').
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light and gentle story but rather derivative, 21 Jun. 2006
Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Falling for Chloe (Signet Regency Romance) (Mass Market Paperback)
"Falling for Chloe" is a Regency romance in a traditional mould. Very traditional - if you've read Georgette Heyer's "Cotillion" you have really already read this story.

Chloe is a young and lively girl who has known Gilly, her neighbour, most of her life and they are the best of friends. However, after an unfortunate experience where they get caught out in the rain and end up spending the night in a local hut their engagement is announced - much to the horror of both. However, they go along with it in order for Chloe to experience a season in London and to hopefully find a way out of the engagement which doesn't embarrass either of them too much.

In London Chloe finds herself drawn to Lord Rival who is flirting outrageously with Gilly's pregnant wife. Chloe finds herself trying to deflect the attention of Lord Rival away from Tish, Gilly's sister, by focusing it on herself; after all, she's what he's looking for - a rich heiress. This is a multi point of view story so we learn a little about the background of Lord Rival, that he's almost broke and does need to marry an heiress but can't quite muster up the enthusiasm to change his dissolute way of life. I was surprised how much we learned about him as in some ways he wasn't such an important character as some of the others - I discover that she's written a subsequent book, "The Fortune Hunter", with Lord Rival as the hero so I expect she was setting him up in this book.

Gilly is the ideal man about town who, apart from telling his friends that the engagement is a sham, behaves very well towards Chloe and eventually becomes very possessive. When it looks like Chloe's heart has been stolen by Lord Rival he comes to understand his own feelings for Chloe. As Tish's marriage appears on the rocks after being found in a compromising situation with Lord Rival, and Chloe and Gilly's engagement is causing problems, Gilly's mother arrives and sorts them all out.

Lady Gilliland is a marvellous character, but I found the other characters rather difficult to read sometimes. Gilly seems to be a copy of Freddie Standen from "Cotillion", even down to the way he speaks (rather lacking in personal pronouns); Chloe is very similar to Kitty Charing in nature and personality - rather "nice but dim" in places as she seems a bit of an airhead. Lord Rival is evidently the Jack Westruther character, and Tish is playing the part of Freddie's sister Meg from "Cotillion". The sub-plots of Olivia Broughty and Kitty's French cousin in "Cotillion" don't appear in Diane Farr's novel - her story is simpler, although she paints a slightly more earthy picture of the characters than Heyer would - they kiss, they get undressed etc.

Overall I would say this book is perfectly acceptable reading, but it is more enjoyable if you read it before "Cotillion" by Heyer as the comparison with that book wouldn't be so clear. And then once you've read this, buy "Cotillion" and see how the master at work did it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look...., 13 Jun. 2012
Shirley (S.W.England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Falling for Chloe (Kindle Edition)
This is a bargain at 77p. The main characters are very likeable. It is very much in the Georgette Heyer mould as a previous reviewer remarked. But this is excellent value as the Heyer's are very expensive on Kindle. Give it a try, you can't go wrong.
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