Rating: 3 Stars
Type: Historical Romance
Steamy: Too much
I hardly read historical romance novels nowadays. Somehow I have the feeling that I “outgrew” them. Then this book came along and up until about half of the book I was back on the historical romance track. Sadly, after that it just got too much. Too boring, too ridiculous, too many love scenes, too many cliches. This review contains no spoilers:
What the official synopsis reads: A man torn between two worlds. Both need him… neither wants him. Groomed for a life amongst the English aristocracy, Lord Erroll Rushton is unexpectedly thrust back into his father’s Scottish world when the Englishwoman he compromises refuses to marry him. No gentleman breaks into a lady’s bedchamber…but then, no lady sleeps with a pistol under her pillow. Miss Eve Crenshaw will marry for love or won’t marry at all. When London’s most notorious rakehell breaks into Eve’s bedroom in the dead of night and compromises her beyond repair, she plans a daring elopement that shocks even the earl.
What I read: Whoop whoop … oh wait no … boring
The first chapters of this book are amazing and made me laugh out loudly. I was drawn into the story within seconds. The male lead is a typical historical romance guy: rich and good looking, a rake. The heroine is also a character that we have all met before: stubborn but sweet, good-looking. There is also her sister, the manipulative one. There are balls, there are kidnappings, duels, elopements and mix-ups. All in all the perfect ingredients for a proper historical romance novel but somehow after a couple of chapters the book got awful. As I have said above, there are too many cliches and too many love scenes. I am fully aware that it is a good sign for a couple if they can’t take the hands of each other but I would have preferred a bit more story development on the purely emotional level, hence the 3 stars.
To sum up, it was an okay read but I would not recommend it. There are so many better historical romance novels out there.