- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 786 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (7 Nov. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005UPRR88
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Historical romance at its best!
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So, let's write a few words on the plot, shall we?
Ever since their mother died a few years back, Georgy and her brother Harry are on a mission looking for a document, ANY document that shows their parents were married, meaning they are not the illegitimate kids of Lord Dunsmore and his actress "mistress", no, they are so legitimate Harry is actually the rightful heir!
No matter how insistent Harry is he finds nothing. Yet Lilly, Georgy's best friend, has an interesting idea! She heard that Lord Nathan Harland will be attending Christmas festivities at the the Dunsmore manner (the best place to look for the information the Dunsmores are SURELY working hard to conceal), and not only that, he is looking for a valet!
Since Harry has already tried talking to the Dunsmores it would be stupid for him to appear (even as a valet) on their manner so Georgy decides she would impersonate a young man and work for Nathan Harland.
I loved the beginning and the possibilities I saw in it. Since this story is told from both Nathan and Georgy's POV it was great seeing the story line from both their views, learning what they came to appreciate in one another first as employer and employee and later on when truths starts to unravel how they fall for one another. With everything around them it felt as though it was Georgy and Nathan falling in love. It wasn't about Nathan's title or his ability to maybe help her out (or stop her..), it wasn't about Georgy doing her absolute best to "raid" the Dunsmores. It was truly and firstly about them. They fell in love like "any" man and woman and the plot around them was a sort of a bonus.
Even though the timing story of this story is the early 1800s Georgy felt so brave and maybe even a sort of a feminist. She was different, which is part of what Nathan found so appealing in her. She was "just" a woman yet she was smart and canning but also fragile, sensitive and sometimes shy and insecure. She was just perfect because she felt so genuine and real. She mad mistakes, she trusted and got hurt, she tried to keep herself at bay but fell for Nathan anyway and in a way he was the same. He tried to "arm" himself with fashionable clothes and a cold manner but inside he was always in a fierce need for someone JUST like her and she was peeling his layer one by one.
I'll stop here because now that I started writing past the word Perfection I seem to be almost unable to stop! But I will! I'll just say that I'm Joanna's fan and I'll read ANYTHING she publish. I have two more books by her scheduled for the ending of the year, both Historicals, and yet I just found out yesterday she will be a part of a Contemporary MM Romance Anthology "Wish Come True" - YAY!
God, I loved this book. a MUST read.
Tags: Historical Romance
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Nathan discovers Georgy's true gender and discovers that she's got a dangerous secret around the same time. That signals a new, also delicious phase of the story: Georgy doesn't realize that the game is up but she can tell something has changed and she's jumpy, unnerved. The sexual tension between them is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
This whole first half of the book is so fun. Twisty and turny, with little clues and revelations popping up that change the direction of the story, and the two main characters slowly drawing closer to one another while circumstances keep them worlds apart.
Things start to go wrong once everything is out in the open. Georgy and Nathan jump from intense sexual tension to intense emotional attachment much, much too fast. After such a slow, exquisite build of physical attraction, I was disappointed not to see similar effort invested into building mental and emotional bonds.
And then the story, which had been so unique and delightful, descended into a mire of predictability. It's hard to explain what made the earlier, essentially predictable events so perfect (I mean, Nathan had to figure out Georgy's sex eventually...) and the later ones so disappointing (dismissing an assassin as an invisible poacher was particularly sigh-inducing) but it happened. I'm sure the switch to an action-driven story at the expense of real emotional development or nuance is part of it.
The latter section of the book wasn't bad. It just wasn't as wonderful and delightful as the first half. It didn't have the same spark. The first half was a five star book; the second half a three star. Meet in the middle with four.
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