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Customer Review

on 31 May 2012
What I particularly liked:

There was some lovely witty and amusing dialogue.
There were some really nice touching moments. The attraction between the two of them felt very real and there were some genuine "Sigh out loud" parts. :-)
I really liked both the heroine and hero.
There was no point, while reading, where I felt frustrated with the plot or the writing.
There was no artificially introduced squabbling, that I detest, that some authors use in a mistaken belief that "conflict is needed to drive a story". (You don't NEED conflict between the H and h, in fact the best romances have virtually none.)
There was no contrived misunderstanding.

On the whole a thoroughly enjoyable read. Much better than the first of the Smythe-Smith books. It felt MUCH more like Julia Quinn at her best, although if I'm honest, it lacked that certain spark of genius, that Julia Quinn has shown in her very best novels.

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More things I liked:
The heroine did withold information from the hero, but it was entirely in keeping with the plot.
What kept the H & h apart was CIRCUMSTANCES, not some dubious thought process.

The baddy was believable. He was sufficienly bad without being OTT for the circumstances. Anne was so very level headed that I never got a sense that she was in any real danger though, during the kidnap & rescue. I felt somehow that she had a level of control over the situation. Good - If you want to see a woman take control rather than succumb to being a victim. Bad - If you are looking for a certain level of danger and excitement. Personally, I liked this approach, not being in the mood for a tense drama.

On the whole a thoroughly enjoyable read. Much better than the first of the Smythe-Smith books. It felt MUCH more like Julia Quinn at her best, although if I'm honest, it lacked that certain spark of genius, that Julia Quinn has shown in her very best novels.
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