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I agree with every other reviewer who said this book just wasn’t it. I LOVE Tessa Dare and have ready every single one of her books. That being said, I was shocked that this series just didn’t do much for me. I was okay with the first 2 books, however this third one was killing me! If it weren’t for the fact that I can’t not start something and finish it, I would’ve put this book down and walked away the first chapter in. I found both Isabel and Toby annoying. So annoying that i too kept rolling my eyes and just wanted to chuck my phone several times. Isabel is in a mindset of guilt throughout the whole book until the very end. She’s a good doer to the point that it’s a fault. I hated her self righteousness and because of it, I just never grew to like her. Toby is a selfish, shallow guy that just wants to be loved, yet is the crappiest lover. I never liked how he treated Lucy in the first book of the series, by the second book with Sophia I felt no pity that he got jilted, and by the third book (his book) I hoped I would grow compassion for him, but I just didn’t. And the last conversation he had with Lucy in the epilogue just made me hate him more. He always treated her like crap, and she never truly got her closure from that girlish crush, and his response just made me feel like he thought he was always better than her and her love just wouldn’t have ever been enough. I hated that. Anyway, the love scenes were also meh. Again, isabels constant state of guilt after things got steamy between them makes you feel gross because she feels gross. I didn’t enjoy that feeling. Last thing I have to say is that the story between Hetta and Joss was honestly what got me through. Every time they had scenes together, I felt like I got a break from the other two and I truly appreciated it! Once their scenes were over and I’d have to dive back into the lives of Isabel and Toby, i was so disappointed and sad to have to go back. Also, Toby gets his closure with Sophia… it was okay. I’m glad Sophia gave it to him real at the end of their carriage ride, but again, the fact that Toby couldn’t muster a better closure for Lucy at the end of the series just reminded that Toby didn’t deserve his “good fortune”. I really didn’t enjoy this book, which is so sad because it was the last book that I read of Tessa Dare’s collections. Love all of her stories, just not this book. Skip if you have it in you. My curiosity is what lead me to purchase it, but I regretted it instantly.
Only about a third in and not sure I'll finish. I really love Tessa Dare usually but this is incredibly dull. The heroine is self-righteous and naive to the point of of ignorance. The hero is also one dimensional and unlikable.
I have to say that I enjoyed the first two books in the series and was looking forward to this one. I wish I had read the reviews before buying. This one is so boring I could not finish the book. The main female character was more like at 14 year old than an adult and there was no passion what so ever. The male character was shallow at best. Skip this book.
This book is the third of Dare books and the most recent in the series.
This book was greatly disappointing to me, mostly because I found the heroine prissy and dull. She had a holier-than-thou-attitude that is off-putting in romance novels. I just couldn't believe that her lover Toby would continue to put up with her ridiculous and annoying requests.
I was also disappointed because Dare hastily writes in the romance of Josiah Grayson and the doctor. I was hoping that their romance would merit a novel of their own. I found them to be more likable than Isabella and Toby.