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Oh it was too very much of quite a few things...worst being italics . And for best of too very much, there were emotions ,feelings ,adventures , adorable matchmakers and lovable recurring characters. This series is such a delight . I have read it all except the first installment and I have adored it all . I think this one was least best of all and yet it was such a complete package ,i can't complain. Alissa has become one of my must-read-books authors and quite fast.
Although part of a series, these can be read as stand-alone. The protagonists, Lady Kate Cole and Hunter, verbally fence with one another but their romance is clearly inevitable, with no serious rivals on either side and nothing that really stands in their way save for pride on both sides.
The mystery involves a smuggling ring, but it isn't very interesting and doesn't really add any dramatic tension. There's a lot of face time between Lady Kate and Hunter in small scenes that fill chapters, and yet overall they feel unsatisfying. There's no character development involved; we just get more examples of Lady Kate's clumsiness or musical ear worms, as well as Hunter's intense focus on making Kate happy, even as he is determined (uselessly, of course) not to ever fall in love with any woman, let alone Lady Kate.
I did like Hunter's solution for Lady Kate hearing music all the time; that was clever and an excellent ploy to get past her guard.
Several things about this book were endearing. 1. Although it is part of a series and included references to previous plots and characters, enough of the previous stories were included to provide context. 2. The characters themselves were well developed and interesting. 3. The book is humorous in places. 4. The writing is good, and the book appears to have been edited. A few more things about the book were not so great. 1. It’s too long. I thought “Destined to Last” was related to the house party. lol The plot starts to drag about midway through when absolutely no smuggling happens. I started to skip whole paragraphs. 2. It ends too abruptly. I know that seems strange after just complaining about the plot dragging. However, the H’s sudden change of outlook seems to strike him out if the blue, rather than be a logical outgrowth of the plot. 3. The heroine’s (SPOILER ALERT) change of mind and actions to leave in the middle of the night to tell him so, just seemed unnecessary and contrived. 4. Frankly the Postlude also seemed contrived. In general, the good outweighed the bad.
Wonderful to see how Lady Kate and Hunter came to be. Their story grew to blossom into a great love story. There are a few twists that make this an at-the-edge of your seat story to read. Follow this author. This was well written. A true joy to read.
not a fan of romance novels. 74 years of living and this one was my first. but the relationship that titles this book is both roller coaster and gondola. complete with a harp and a bass drum. makes one wish she could be Kate. but only if there really were a Hunter...