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Amelia had been in love with Max until she was 15, before she felt humiliated by him and humiliated him, semi-accidentally, in turn. Since then, they have been at each other's throat at every opportunity. As her brother is his best friend, opportunities abound.
Max is a rake and a scoundrel, one of the "lovable" ones, and he is well-written enough to engage the reader. However, some of the actions he takes are downright creepy: One time, he comes across Amelia at night and immediately paws her, thinking she is a maid. Even if she were a maid, there's nothing to indicate his advances would be welcome. I guess, he is young and attractive and a lord, so he knows no servant can possibly say no to him. When Amelia repeatedly says no, of course he knows that she didn't mean it. Plus, he is a hypocrite, because of course he can have liaisons with women married or not, but Amelia shouldn't even touch anyone else. He also scolds her for her passion and has commitment issues. Of all these problems, only the last is arguably resolved at the end of the story. Really, he acts childish, spoiled and entitled throughout the novel.
Amelia is less flawed: her grudge with Max is not entirely justified but stays within realistic bounds, and she has quite a few accidents that couldn't be coincidence. Generally, she is carried by the narrative.
I still enjoyed the story and the characters. They have their flaws, but I enjoyed the story, even if a Happy Ever After is somewhat unbelievable considering the problems still unresolved.
I have read all of Sophie Jordan's books and have loved every single one of them! This book is no exception! Sophie has a fantastic way with writing that draws you into her stories from the first chapter to the last. The story begins with the heroine catching the hero Camden in a the arms of one of the servants. Aurelia is 15 and really hurt by this since she has been in love with the hero since she was 9. So what does any teenage girl do when their heart is broken? Run to their room and cry, or take a sketch pad and draw caricature of a certain part of his anatomy.But the thing was she forgot her sketch pad. Her sketch pad was found by some boys at her mothers garden party and when they saw the drawing they started calling Camden, Cockless Camden. That's when these twos animosity for each other started. That is one of the many scenes that is written in this book that will leave wanting to see what comes next for these two. When Aurelia and Camden are in a room together the sparks fly. The chemistry these two have with each is explosive. If you love a book that will make you laugh, that is witty,and is hot with romance this is definitely the book for you. Sophie Jordan is a definite One Click Buy!
I loved it!! Auriela and Max's story was awesome!! She love him at first sight and she was only 9 yrs old then at 15 she was determined that he would see her as a woman and she would be swept off her feet by him!! At least that's what was supposed to happen! Not him getting busy with a maid in the greenhouse! And from what little taking that they were doing she gathered this wasn't the first time! She was crushed!! She was so angry with him she went to her favorite spot and drew til she got her anger under control! And then she was called in by her mother and forgot to take her sketchbook with her. She really didn't mean for a gang of young men to find her sketch and give him that horrible nickname!! He was devastated by the picture and the nickname that stuck with him even years later. He didn't have a clue why she did it , he thought that they were friends! Well now t were at war! Then it just got better and better from there ! They fought and needled each other every time they were near each other it was guaranteed fireworks I couldn't put it down!! I can't wait for the next book in this series!!
Reviewed by Reader of Romance (readerofromance1.blogspot.com)
I've always been a big fan of Sophie Jordan and her historical romance novels, so I was excited when I saw this new release. The novel starts out with Aurelia as a fifteen year old girl, madly in love with her brother's best friend, Max. That is until she discovers him sleeping with a kitchen maid. All her hopes and dreams crumble and she ends up expressing her anger in a way that humiliates Max. The novel picks back up seven years later, and because of that incident, they are no longer friends but instead rivals that aren't able to be in the same room with each other without fighting. The fighting, though, soon turns into something more when they can't keep their hands off of each other.
Aurelia's and Max's banter is mostly humorous, but at times it can be a little over the top and become too unrealistic to believe in certain circumstances. I also had trouble with one scene in the novel when Aurelia is at a gaming hell and places bets against men. I found this a somewhat disturbing and unrealistic scenario for a "lady" to be in during that time period. Overall, though, I found both characters interesting, and while they weren't completely likable, I still enjoyed the novel.
While I may not re-read this novel anytime soon, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a historical romance novel featuring a love/hate relationship.
I didn't enjoy this romance as much as the first book in this series. It was true love but both of our lovers were bratty, spoiled children who both needed to grow up. The sex was hot but the end was disappointing.
Sophie Jordan writes delightful Historical Romance, and this new novel is no exception. The Hero, Lord Camden has vowed to never marry; to never let himself become weak by falling in love with another. To ensure this, he never sleeps with the same woman twice, never lets himself become lost in the moment or bedmate. After a childhood tragedy losing his Mother and sister in a carriage accident, he enters his father's study just moments after he committed suicide. At age 11, he became an orphan. The Heroine meets the young Hero, when she is 9. She falls in love with her brother's friend at their first meeting. After a horrible misunderstanding, they quarrel constantly. I'll try not to give you any more spoilers, but just say, this is a Romance, and Ms. Jordan is a delicious Author!!
Max's father's suicide had such a tremendous effect on him. Truly devastating how a young person can take a totally wrong attitude to actions they can not change. Protecting ourselves from emotions that are beyond our control. How these two characters came together is a testament to the power of love.
Hmmm what can I say here the love/hate relAtionship, the love since she was 9. I liked it and there was definIte chemistry that being said I wish their quarreling would have stopped sooner than three pages from the end. Max was sort of an Asus and Aurelia bit too brazen for me. But the tension between them was palpable and jumped off the page.
This book was so much better than the first book in this series. The hero and heroine had infinitely more chemistry and I loved the Benedick and Beatrice, Enemies to Lovers thing they have going with each other. It was a very good read to indulge in while my internet is out.
I love you, I hate you, but I've always loved you, damn you! This is the general premise of the novel which was fantastic. Fast paced with twists and turns and humorous to boot, which never hurts. This is about two people who have loved each other for so long, one knows it and the other can't see it but it's there for all to see! This book was full of passion in all it's forms anger, frustration, love, hate, it was great! The H&H have great chemistry together you can almost feel the heat as you read. It kept me hooked all the way through and the ending was so sweet especially the Epilogue. Thank you once again Sophie, looking forward to the third installment.