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I read a few Tessa Dare books and this one had everything I encountered in the others - which is why I like them.
Our heroine is pressured by her mother - who does all kinds of crazy things - to get married, thus earning a pretty bad rep for it. So when she knows her mother will do her damnedest to get the hero to marry her, she goes in search of him, to warn him. However, things don't go as the heroine plans, because a tryst has them hiding and listening as two strangers, ahem, tup. What follows is a huge misunderstanding and the thing the heroine didn't wish to happen does happen.
And so, she starts an investigation to find out who the tuppers were, in order to get them to confess, so the hero would be off the hook. But none of them anticipate the chemistry between them and to fall in love with one another.
If you're looking for something funny but heartfelt - and hot - then give this one a try. 4 stars.
When I originally downloaded this book I had assumed it was part of Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series because the heroine is Charlotte Highwood, whose sisters have their own stories in A Week to be Wicked and Beauty and the Blacksmith. Instead it turned out to be part of Castles Ever After - the hero, Piers, is the brother of the hero in Say Yes to the Marquess. However, you don't have to have read any of those other books to enjoy this story.
When Charlotte finds herself a guest at the same country house party as Piers Brandon, aka the Marquess of Granville, she feels duty-bound to warn him that her mother is likely to have designs on him as a prospective son-in-law. In fact, her mother is so keen to bag an aristocrat for her youngest daughter (particularly as the elder one has just married a blacksmith), it hasn't escaped Society's notice - and Charlotte has been nicknamed the Desperate Debutante. Of course just after Charlotte has tracked Piers down to the library, and informed him of all this (much to his bemusement), they hear voices outside the door and realise they are about to be discovered alone together. And in Regency times that would mean a very speedy trip to the altar - exactly what Charlotte was trying to avoid. So they hide behind the curtains and inadvertently end up witnessing a romantic tryst between two other guests. And then, after the embarrassment of all that, Charlotte and Piers still end up being caught together - although strangely, Piers doesn't seem all that bothered ...
*mild spoilers coming up*
I enjoy reading Tessa Dare because she creates such great characters and her stories are as funny as they are romantic. I love humour in the books I read, and I also like a bit of a mystery. Part of the plot of this story was Charlotte's attempt to track down the other couple in the library, hoping to get out of her engagement to Piers, but that kind of fizzled out. There were also what appeared to be a couple of attempts on her life but again, they weren't quite what they seemed either. As I'd spent a chunk of the book trying to work out likely suspects, I found this a little disappointing.
So, recommended if you love your historical romances to be modern, funny and sexy. Not recommended if you're hoping for something more traditional, like Jane Austen. And if you've never read Tessa Dare before, I recommend you also try When a Scot Ties the Knot
, which has to be one of my all-time favourite books.
Charlotte wollte Piers eigentlich nur vor ihrer Mutter warnen, die alles - wirklich alles - tun will, um ihre Tochter mit Piers zu verheiraten. Notfalls ihn mit Tricks zum Antrag zwingen. Da werden beide fast beim “unbeaufsichtigten“ Gespräch erwischt und versuchen, ihre Anwesenheit im Raum zu verschleiern. Damit beginnt eine Art Dominoeffekt, der dafür sorgt, dass Charlottes Mutter gar nicht übermäßig in die Trickkiste greifen muss. Witzige Dialoge und Analysen machen das Buch zu einem leichtfüßigen Lesespaß, auch wenn ich die Auflösung des ersten Rätsels etwas bemüht empfand.
Versão econômica é aquela coisa: capa não abre direito, folhas super finas e livro que cabe na sua mão. Se vc não está disposta a “aguentar” isso, não compre essa versão, que ela vai te deixar super desanimado hahahahaha
Même s'il n'est pas le plus drôle, il m'a fourni quelques fou-rires. J'aime assez la plume de l'auteur qui fait rimer la romance avec l'humour. Ce n'est pas le plus enivrant de ses romans, mais il reste bon et bien écrit. De quoi passer un bon moment.