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Almost a Princess Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2002
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" I buy her books on the basis of her name alone because she always delivers." -- Linda Howard
" I consider Elizabeth Thornton a major find." -- Mary Balogh
"I buy her books on the basis of her name alone because she always delivers."--Linda Howard
"I consider Elizabeth Thornton a major find."--Mary Balogh
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From nationally bestselling author Elizabeth Thornton comes a sensuous new tale of true love and fiery romance--under the most intriguing of circumstances.
Almost A Princess
Case Devere, the steely-eyed earl of Castleton, has agreed to help Special Branch track down a notorious killer--one who just happens to be his archenemy. But he finds more than he bargained for when his search leads him to Jane Mayberry, a beautiful bluestocking passionately devoted to the cause of women's rights--and to protecting her privacy. As irresistible as she is uncooperative, the spirited Jane arouses Case's interest--as well as his worst suspicions--when she quietly disappears. Determined to find the one woman who may hold the key to his investigation--and to his heart--Case goes after her.
Though their sparring belies an attraction too powerful to deny, Jane knows there can never be anything between herself and the strong-willed earl. For she bears a dark and terrifying secret that must remain hidden--even at the cost of a broken heart. As Case fights for the love of the one woman who has ever mattered to him, they are swept into a deadly game by a killer who won't stop until he has punished them both.
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There were also one or two plot twists here and there, that pushed the limits of credulity.
The romance was there but a little forced, I felt.
I love the way Ms. Thornton writes and her command of the english language as well as her ability to recreate persons of the 19th century in England is fabulous.
This was for me, not her best effort and I would recommend a number of her other books before this one.
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Once Case focuses on something, he is ruthless in his pursuit, both of the murderer, La Roca, and of Jane. Jane resists as long as possible but even she cannot hold out against the magnetism of Case. But Jane's past is full of secrets that may keep the couple apart forever.
The really good part of this story is Jane and Case. Jane is a level headed, pragmatic woman who knows exactly what kind of man Case is and what kind of relationship they could have - nothing proper. She recognizes that he intrigues her but also knows that he would inevitably hurt her. Case, for his part, is interested in Jane's cleverness and capability. He feels a bit useless, at times, faced with Jane's self sufficiency. This is a romance between two equals, maybe not in station, but in intelligence and force of will. When these two come together, their loving is believable and all the more sensual for its realness.
The investigation part of the story was interesting but the villian was very over the top and the ending of the story was, well, a bit farfetched. But those are details that are easy for me to overlook when the romance is strong. It was just as good as the first time. B+
I liked Case's character. As one other reviewer pointed out, he enjoys his life, his position, his friends but below the surface you know that he recognizes that there is more to life. He doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve in the least and the affect of his war experience is subtle and kept to himself. He is involved in a murder investigation that links back to his activities during the war in Spain and knows that a final cat and mouse game to the death is now afoot between himself and his nemesis, Gideon Piers.
He needs to speak to Piers' sister but to find her he must go through a Miss Jane Mayberry, a bluestocking crusader for women's rights who seems inordinately worried about protecting not only the privacy of her friend, but also herself. She exudes distrust and dislike for men and he wonders why. And in a 24 hour period, he sees her as bluestocking, then as lovely debutante at the opera with friends, and then she disappears! His interest is definitely piqued and when they meet again, they become entangled in a romance that reveals her past and the endgame for Case and our villain.
For me, the romance was almost secondary, subdued but I did not really mind too much. The rest of the story was very well developed and even the bad guy had some interesting motivations and characteristics. Sure, he uses the heroine to taunt our hero, but not in the usual hero-saves-her-life-in-the-last-ten-pages fashion. Almost the opposite. Sure things are tidied-up conveniently at the end, but not in an altogether unbelievable way.
I liked this story and some of the secondary characters were great as well - her dog Lance was lovable, Harper was gruffly sweet, Ruggles was a surprise and then there's the charismatic and enigmatic Waldo who looks to be the hero of her next novel. Likable characters and an enjoyable read.
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