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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.
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.
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.
I liked the premise of the story but it too long and was boring to have the two main characters sniping and supposedly disliking each other through most of the book. Then Max suddenly realizes he loves her. Usually likes Jordan's books but this is not one of them. I skipped a lot of the book. 2.5 stars.