10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2003
"The Last Bachelor" is one of those few historical romances which fulfill all my expectations of this entertaining genre.
The story is set in late Victorian London and it has enough history, enough romance and enough action to be a page-turner. Lady Antonia Paxton is a beautiful young widow who has an infamous reputation of a forceful matchmaker among the bachelors of the ton. Rumour says that she takes impoverished young widows under her wing and helps them find security again. She carefully selects for each of them an eligible and wealthy bachelor who then soon find themselves in compromising situations and are forced to get married. The bachelors of the ton fear her like the devil and they want to get their revenge on her by showing her where a woman's place is. Their last hope is Lord Remington Carr a wealthy and handsome bachelor who is not only a hardened rake but he is also a member of parliament with strong radical views on women's rights in society. Antonia believes that a woman's place in society is in the home of her husband and children where she takes care of their needs and happiness.Remington believes that women should have the same rights for work as men and they should leave their home and earn their livelihood. When these two wonderful and very strongly opiniated characters meet they clash from the first moment. The result of their confrontation is a public wager. Remington promises to take up two weeks of women's work and Antonia will subject herself to two weeks of men's work.They each believe in their own victory and set off to prove their right.
The author has done an excellent job of fully developing these two very likeable intelligent and passionate characters. Their dialogues are witty and entertaining, sometimes humorous and full of depth. This is the perfect battle of the sexes which keeps the reader's excitement and interest alert throughout the whole longer than usual book. The secondary characters are well described and supportive and they match Antonia and Remington in likeability and depth.
THE LAST BACHELOR is a piece of art from the pen of an author who is an accomplished storyteller and a very talented writer. The more I read this precious historical romance the more I realize how rare and unique it is.I highly recommend it to all historical romance readers who can appreciate an outstanding read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 1998
Actually, I was NOT looking forward to reading this book. I picked it up at a used book store, an unknown (to me) author, and was sure I would be disappointed. But once I started the book, I couldn't put it down! I have read many, many romance books and very few do I end up liking both the hero and heroine through the story. Usually, while reading a romance, I end up saying "What a jerk!" for something he's done, or "She's an idiot!" for something she's done. With this book, the story is so realistic, so well written, I loved both characters from beginning to end. I snickered, I laughed out loud, I cried, and it was steamy and one of the most romantic stories I have ever read. I am looking for more books by this author in hopes that it isn't a fluke.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2004
This was a really good book! The characters were believable, intelligent, and had chemistry. I consider it a great skill when a writer introduces a myriad of characters while keeping the storyline intact and the plot interesting. No character seemed too much. They all were interesting and necessary. The story hardly ever wavered and was exciting right up until the end. The hero was convincingly stunning and it's very pleasant when the heroine, if somewhat confused, at least open, honest, and iswilling to change, albeit sometimes a tad later than I would have wanted. The sensual scenes was just that, sensual. They were very tasteful and exciting at the same time. They were well placed and definitely enhanced the storyline. This is a true keeper and will go on my top 10 romance pile!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 1998
The Last Bachelor is romance for people who love the unusual. It's longer than the usual romance novel, because the author gets deep into her characters and story. And it is nerve tingling romance. I rate this right up there with Diana Gabaldon's writing - it transports you along with the characters into their world. I loved it!
on 12 August 2008
This story on the battle of the sexes during Victorian times, takes you on a wonderful rollercoaster ride. Other reviewers have done a marvellous job of reviewing this book. So, I won't do that, but, I have to give you my 5 cents worth.
I found the chemistry between the H/H was nothing short of amazing and so hot.
The sparks that fly between them, the 'dragon of decency' and the 'ladies man' causes for great laughter. There were some really funny scenes which were LOL moments. Especially when the earl has to dorn a corset and do 'womens' work, and is seen. (As you can imagine he'd rather be dead then be caught wearing that, and caught, he is) But he's made a wager and pride makes him go through it. And also his immense attraction to the heroine, which he least expected.
Remington and Antonia are such well-round characters and so brilliantly written that you experience every emotion with them.
Their road to falling in love, amongst all the choas, is what keeps you riveted to the story. At times, this book had me scoffing, laughing, and in tears. Really, really great stuff, this.
And the secondary characters, the widows, are an endearing lot of older women who lives with Antonia, with match-making on their mind. And of course, there's Remington's uncle, the charming but sometimes clueless, Sir Paddington.
This book is longer then other romance novels, but it's so darned, romantic, and so well written, that you don't care.
A great read!