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Product Details

  • Series: The Christies (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451616392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451616392
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richly nuanced characters and a superbly realized Victorian setting come together brilliantly." ~ Chicago Tribune

"With its powerful conflict and innovative plot twists, Lofty's second Christie novel is mesmerizing. Watch Lofty's star rise." ~ RT BookReviews, 4 1/2 Star Top Pick

"...A passionate, action-filled story of love [that] overflows with rich historical detail." ~ Library Journal

"Polly embodies the perfectly capable woman...and Alex is properly flummoxed by this red-haired beauty. A cross-class love story at its best..." ~ B&N Romance Blog

"Carrie Lofty masters the historical genre." ~ Single Titles

From the Author

Alex and Polly make me smile whenever I think of them. Class conflict that matures into a happy ending has always been one of my favorite romantic themes. I'm happy to have had the chance to bring these two disparate characters together.

The possibility of love across societal boundaries was far more likely in Scotland than in England. Self-made men were respected for their contributions to the city's prosperity, and the aristocracy did not hold as much sway. As a result, class confines were not as difficult to surmount.

The Victorian era also offered remarkable potential. Because Scottish legislation has permitted access to classrooms for both boys and girls since 1696, I like to think a woman as clever and independent as Polly could have prospered--even when confronted with the most challenging circumstances.

As always, I look forward to your comments! I welcome you to visit CarrieLofty.com and to follow me on Twitter (@CarrieLofty).

More About the Author

Websites: www.CarrieLofty.com | www.KatiePorterBooks.com | www.LindseyPiper.com

Since 2008, RITA-nominated and RT Reviewers' Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over twenty books to her name--or four names, to be precise. Her historical and paranormal romances from Pocket have been described as "nuanced and superbly realized" (The Chicago Tribune) and "sexy, brutal and somehow innocent" (All About Romance). Now Carrie is celebrating her first New Adult romance, BLUE NOTES featuring a shy piano prodigy and a New Orleans playboy shouldering his family''s crumbling empire.

With Lorelie Brown, the Katie Porter co-writing team has been honored with a Reviewers' Choice award for Best Erotic Ebook, and the first m/m nomination for RT's Book of the Year. Back-to-back releases of their La Femme Nakita-inspired "Boston Boys" series will begin in May from Samhain.

During her junior year abroad, Carrie lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest, where she's kept him a happy ex-pat for sixteen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master's degree specializing in the Old West, Carrie is a movie buff, a former ballroom and bellydancer, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service.

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Very little plot to keep it interesting.
brynne
Alex and Polly come from vastly different backgrounds yet there's a common bond between them - the need to protect those whom they love.
C. Dionne
It's just not what I have come to expect from this author.
Karen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen on August 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I agree with SJ's review. Unfortunately I have really enjoyed this author's other books, especially her e books. I won't give up on her yet. The next story looks promising. It was almost like this author didn't write this story, was in a hurry or changed her writing style. I appreciate consistency in an author. I gave this three stars because it is still better than so much of the writing out there. It's just not what I have come to expect from this author. I hope deadlines and commitments aren't affecting the outcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brynne on September 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book could've been so much better.
It dragged...and dragged...and dragged. In fact about 80% of this book was the two main characters endlessly thinking about what they may or may not feel for each other. Very little plot to keep it interesting. I liked the last Christie book a lot. This one? Disappointing.
Also, I found Polly to be crude to the point that I almost didn't like her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJ on August 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My first Carrie Lofty and I had trouble with her style of writing. I would be going along and then, bam!, I had no idea what she was talking about--like when you turn a page to continue a story and you turn too many pages and the words stop making sense until you find your correct page--except there was no page turning--I was just jerked out of the story wondering what she was talking about. A few sentences down it would start to make sense again. I found it really weird (and it spoiled a few of her sex scenes.) I also would have liked the Scottish brogue woven throughout the story to keep me in the time and place.

I did like the unusual setting and the hero/heroine were likable characters but 70 percent of this book was repetition about their hopeless feelings for each other and only 30 percent was actual action. Things did pick up near the end, but by that time I just wanted the whole thing over with. The ending became quite sappy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Rose TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A unique legacy left them from beyond the grave in their father's will sends Sir William Christie's four adult children to the far reaches of the world to accomplish four separate tasks successfully in the time allotted before they can receive their inheritance. Each story in the series are Victorian age adventure romances in a way.

Alex is the oldest Christie child and a recent widower with a young baby son. For him, the challenge to become manager of his father's cotton mill in Glasgow, Scotland in order to receive his one million dollar inheritance holds no appeal. He'd rather work quietly toward his goal for tenure and the professorship in astronomy at the university. But circumstances in the form of the horrid man who is his dead wife's father change all that. Todd had bullied his daughter liking that she was under his thumb and never forgave Alex for rescuing her through marriage. Now he seeks to avenge himself on Alex by taking away his son. Todd is a wealthy man and able to bribe a judge to threaten court-ordered guardianship on the feeble grounds that Alex is not financially able to care for his son.

So off Alex moves with his son to Glasgow to take up Sir William's challenge to make the mill turn a profit by the end of two years. When he arrives and is just settling in, he is confronted by the news that someone attempted to blow up his mill. The police and an overseer from another mill haul before him several union leaders who work at his mill as suspects. Alex only has eyes for one from the start for the beautiful, fiery Polly Gowan who refuses to tell him a thing while privately inflaming him with need.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book, like Flawless the first in the series, has the makings of a great story. The problem is that as soon as the two protagonists are put in a room together the story goes out the window and the groping begins. In Starlight, the heroine, who works in the local fabric mill, needs to step up and fill the shoes of her father, the ailing union rep. Polly has the tough job of finding a mill saboteur while at the same time negotiating better working conditions in the often violent confrontations between workers and management. Pretty exciting stuff right?

That's what I thought right up until the point where she first meets the hero, who is the new factory manager. The minute the author puts them together they're kissing up a storm in the back room and groping each other like 17 yr olds on prom night. When next we meet them they're making sloppy with each other in the back row of the church social. The whole point of romance is how the characters get from point A to point B. When readers don't get to see the relationship unfold we feel cheated, and that's what happens here. The author needed to tell the story and let the romance play out as the characters find themselves thrown together by circumstances. Instead the story here becomes nothing but background noise to the premature and incomprehensible foreplay of two complete strangers. The lack of any suspense, romantic or otherwise, makes this just tedious.
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