To Catch An Heiress: by the bestselling author of Bridgerton (Agents for the Crown) Paperback – Import, 27 May 2021
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The first of a funny, fast-paced, Regency-set duet from Julia Quinn, the bestselling author of the global phenomenon Bridgerton
When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn't even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. After all, she's been running from unwanted marriage proposals. Yes, Blake believes she's a notorious spy named Carlotta De Leon, but for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she'll gain control of her fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient - and maybe just a little romantic, too.
Blake Ravenscroft's mission is to bring 'Carlotta' to justice, not to fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible - could this mismatched couple be destined for love?
'Light, pacy and full of feisty heroines' Guardian on the Bridgerton series
'Quinn is a master of historical romance' Entertainment Weekly
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- Publisher : Piatkus (27 May 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0349430586
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349430584
- Item Weight : 260 g
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 3 x 19.6 cm
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Another romantic escapade from Quinn, with rather more action and adventure thrown in than most of her books. The story started off well, with Blake mistaking Caroline's identity and holding her hostage making for some amusing incidents. Unfortunately I thought the pace began to drag rather once he found out who she really was; and most of the rest of the book principally involves Blake stubbornly refusing to admit his feelings for Caroline to himself. Whilst one could understand his sense of guilt and conflict due to his dead fiancée, at the same time it did all start to seem rather repetitive and unnecessarily protracted; and I'm not how much I brought Blake as the tortured hero. Caroline makes for an amusing and generally appealing heroine; though at times I did find her a little provoking.
I liked the appearance of James, the Marquis of Riverdale, who has his own story in How to Marry a Marquis; and I have to say that James more often than not stole whatever scene he was in, his wry and light manner much more appealing than Blake's. Overall not my favourite of Quinn's books; I often found myself losing patience with the story and simply didn't find it as engaging as most of her others.
However, for Caroline this turn of events couldn't be more fortuitous. With just six weeks to go until she comes into her inheritance, she's more than happy to let this stranger keep her out of sight. After all, the last thing she wants is for her guardian to determine her whereabouts.
Yes, everything is going perfectly, until the Marquis of Riverdale arrives, takes one look at her and confirms that she is NOT Carlotta de Leon.
For Blake Ravenscroft, Caroline's captor, this news is both relieving and infuriating. Having worked for the War Office for nearly a decade the prospect of failing is galling in the extreme, but nowhere near as bad as being attracted to a traitor.
But Caroline is no traitor, just a young woman unconsciously tangled up by circumstance. Even so, Blake fights the attraction, because he's sworn never to marry...
The plot of this book is really quite ludicrous, and the fact that Blake is supposed to be one of the War Office's top agents never quite rings true. However, who cares, because this book is hilarious. The exchanges between Caroline and Blake veer from childishly entertaining to laugh-out-loud funny, with poor James (the Marquis) either caught in the crossfire, or doing his best to wind Blake up even further. And then there are the servants. Brilliant.
Too much of the plot remains hazy at best and unexplained (why Oliver is so desperate for Caroline's money, the traitor's plot and aftermath, etc), but to be honest it doesn't matter. Caroline is too amusing for such things to hold this book back.
Let your sense of humour loose, sit back and enjoy! (Then get hold of 'How to Marry a Marquis' because James is back, and he's wonderful.)