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I read the Haverston series after picking one of them up for free, and I enjoyed it enough to try this series too.
I have to admit that I didn't like this book in the beginning. I found the first few chapters quite dull, and if I hadn't paid for this book and enjoyed the other series, I would probably have given up. Thankfully I didn't. After the first few chapters, things settled down and the story got much more interesting. I liked the way the Sophie and Alex interacted, especially since Sophie was such a strong character.
Overall, I did enjoy this book in the end and I'm glad I stuck with it.
This was a beautifully story with absolutely adorable and loveable characters. Enjoyed the way they fell in love and look forward to the stories following their friends! Would of loved more espionage and skill from the heroines story, altogether great read.
For the most part, I really liked As Luck Would Have It by Alissa Johnson. It was a entertaining and delightful read.
The story was light and the characters were likable. Even the villain lacked the feel of a real threat. The hero, Alexander Durmant, the Duke of Rockeforte, was likable, except when he wasn't likable. The heroine, Miss Sophie Everton, easily put the duke in his place, except when she didn't and seemed to question herself. The best part of this book was the humor. The thoughts, interactions, dialogue, and even the danger all had a somewhat humorous side that made up for any negative moments. Having said all of the above, I would have liked more from the ending. It was a bit tepid.
Content 411: In addition to a moderate amount of common swearing, both secular and religious, there is also one moderately described sexually intimate scene
This author has a style that I really like, which is very pronounced after reading a substandard style. She has a real ability to give life to facial expressions and actions. Her primary characters are actually with each other through most of the story so that they can build a relationship. Alex and Sophie were well matched, though the spy thing was a bit silly. There were a few laugh out loud moments for me and I enjoyed the verbal give and take. The secondary characters are all interesting, particularly Whit and Mirabelle. While I do find the "I can't marry him because he can't love me back" tiresome, the reader isn't bashed in the head about it constantly. Was disappointed in the drab ending however. I will continue with the series.
This was such a supremely delightful, spirit-boosting, sharply written charmer. Until about the halfway point, this was an A+ (++++...!) read for me. Alas, my admittedly limited patience and I then encountered an all too familiar problem: the plot and pacing started to lag, and some of the dialogue, characterization and themes started to lose their power to enchant as they became more and more "yes, yes, we get it already!" repetitive.
There's a wealth of wit and humor here---so much so, in fact, that even a wit and humor lover like I am found myself wishing that a LITTLE of the snark was cut in favor of a dash more emotional substance, but that's a minor nitpick. A slightly less minor nitpick is that the hero's characterization felt somewhat inconsistent. Alex is depicted initially as a very serious, reclusive loner who's obsessed with honor and duty----except, no, wait, he's actually a smooth, slickly charming and super-snarky rogue with tons of experience with, er, the wrong sort of women. I started off adoring him, and while he remained moderately likable throughout, I ended up more confused by him than enamored. Our heroine's characterization struck me as sharper and more consistent. On paper, Sophie sounds like just the sort of Mary Sue who makes my eyes roll right out of my poor head: spunky and smart and independent and charitable and fantastic at a zillion little things that most women of her time had no exposure to and all-around awesome. So why did I find myself loving her? Because the book wisely pokes some gentle, self-aware fun at Sophie's unique experiences and skills, which succeeds in making her more amusing than irritating. And, fortunately, Sophie is just impatient and restless enough to seem realistically flawed.
The plot includes some convoluted, rather randomly resolved spying and intrigue. The good news is that this provides a fun diversion for those of us who sometimes want our romances to be about more than just the romance. The not as good news? This element of the book is something of a mess, haphazardly plotted and weirdly paced. Still, I'm a sucker for thrillers and mysteries---(even the sloppily executed ones!)---so this facet of the book probably bugged me less than many of my fellow readers.
I know this review has contained its share of criticisms, but I can't emphasize enough just how much I enjoyed this writer's style and the book's overall tone. I've already bought nearly everything else she's written, and am confident that my minor complaints about plot, pacing and even characterization will continue to be overshadowed by the fabulously sharp dialogue, clever prose and smile-eliciting, mood-lifting charm.
Objective quality: 3.75/5 Subjective enjoyment: 4.5/5 Steam level: About 1.5 or 2 (Only one actual sex scene)
I read the second book first
and enjoyed that so I'm not sure why I never looked at the other books in the series. I came across this one and decided to try it and I'm glad I did. The h is totally unconventional in that she has spent the last 12 years travelling around the world with her father. She has learnt some unusual skills like picking locks and throwing knives and is approached to spy on her cousin and some of his friends. The H is also approached to spy on the H's cousin and to woo the h in the process as a cover. The H is very attracted to the h from the start and he is a darling. The h could be a tad annoying at times especially with her stupid plan to marry for convenience. It was fairly obvious that she should have spoken to the H from the start. Anyway it was a good, entertaining story and now I'm going to read the rest of the books in the series.
A very good and quick read ( a few hours) . Well drawn characters, conversations, comprehension and good plot make for an enjoyable tale. Obviously a set up for future books, this one stands alone and strong.