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Widowed Lady Jane Guthrie is fed up with her family treating her like a servant and longs to have just one night of freedom. With the help of her friends, she dons the most daring gown and manages to sneak to a scandalous courtesans' masquerade ball. While there, she comes face to face with Seth Rutledge, her childhood friend and the man who broke her heart all those years ago by choosing her beautiful, title-hungry sister over her. But now, with a mask to conceal her identity, Seth definitely wants only Jane.
Just back from war and new to a title he never expected to inherit, Seth is entranced by the masked beauty before him and vows to reveal all her secrets. Determined to marry for duty alone, passion is something that Seth has no place for in his life. But he can't help but want the mysterious woman before him, possibly for more than just one night. But what will happen when he realises that his masked love is none other than his childhood friend Jane?
This was an unassuming and invariably sweet Regency romance and another winner from Sophie Jordan.
The plot of two childhood friends that come together and re-learn what they feel for each other captured me and I was eager to keep reading to find out what happened to the characters. Jane is uncomplicated and fresh - someone you might not necessarily relate to but certainly will root for. Seth too was an interesting hero. Slightly brooding and dark but with the tender streak I like in a leading male. I have to admit that I didn't really understand his motivations at times but that didn't really spoil the story for me.
The conflict in the story wasn't clichéd but I did feel that it was a little drawn out towards the end and I was wondering how many more obstacles would be thrown at Jane and Seth before they could reach their happy ever after. I'll also admit to feeling slightly let down by the speed of Seth's changing feelings at the end of the book, but as everything concluded the way it should then I really shouldn't complain.
If you're looking for a light, sweet and romantic Regency story then you really can't go wrong with this book. 4 stars.
There was a major problem with change of scene editing. Generally there is a double tab between changes in scene. These seem to have disappeared and the scenes bleed together paragraph to paragraph. It was a little confusing the first time it happened (about 1/4 into the book). Once I realised I paused between scenes but it made the experience a bit clunky.
This was my first Sophie Jordan book, and I am going to try another. I'm still not sure if I'm adding her to my list yet.
I liked the plot of this, very wonderful and emotional. The characters were wonderful, I do agree that Jane should have more backbone, but it all built up inside her and exploded in front of her selfish, superficial sister.
Seth was very bitter and cold, from a past experience which made him feel very icy inside and unable to trust others. Toward the end he became annoying in his distant attitude, and I wanted to punch him and tell him to stop denying it already. It's irritating when the long-awaited love confession is on one of the last few pages.
The one thing that bothered me the most, because I'm a huge grammar/spelling dork, was the bad editing. There were many, many, many errors. Example: "Her frowned, saying nothing." All you need to do is drop the "r" from what obviously was supposed to be "He." And there are other things like that all over. I would expect it from an old crappy Bertrice Small book(one of the worst "romance" authors), but this was from-what?-2008, and editors are still screwing up.
I am keeping this book, because I would read it again.
This is a great book, and I was captivated from the very first chapter. However, the ending was awful. Yeah, they lived happily-ever-after, as always, but one more chapter would have gone a long way to making the book 5 stars. As another reviewer said, it was a huge climax, the reader anticipating what was going to come next, only to have it just die.
The two 'evil' characters that were depicted in this story, both claimed they would make the Jane and Seth pay for what they've done... but nothing ever happened. Three-quarters a way through the book, it kind of felt like the author was told to finish the rest of the book in an hour so she didn't have the time to wrap everything up.
I read the romance novels for the plot-lines and I have found nothing that can beat The Black Knight by Connie Mason when it comes to plots. I have read that book more times than I can remember because it was just so amazingly written.
This book, however, I will never read again. I couldn't put it down, but at the end I was very disappointed, to say the least.