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That is not the case here. I absolutely adored Linnet from the first moment that we meet her. She’s smart, sarcastic, funny, sensible, quick, thoughtful, and pragmatic. She’s beautiful, and she knows it; she uses that to her best advantage, but never really believes she’s better or more worthy because of her beauty. She knows that it’s something she had no control over, just like her birth as one of the aristocrats, so it’s not something she’s particularly proud of.
Piers, the hero, is a character you’re going to love or hate – and you can pretty much make that determination before even opening the book to the first page based on how you feel about Dr. House, from the television show House. Piers is bitter, cantankerous, sarcastic, rude, and an a-hole. He has debilitating pain, that he continues to work through, saving lives and helping others – just like the beloved Doctor from House, so perhaps some of his bad bedside manner can be excused.
But what I loved the most is that Linnet doesn’t put up with Piers. She gives as good as she gets. The banter between them is quick and witty and full of sarcasm. There’s a wonderful back-and-forth quality to their discussions, especially in the beginning. I love that their regard builds on that mutual respect they begin to develop, and that the romance isn’t instant. It’s a slow build that pays off in a big way.
If I had one complaint it’d be the last obstacle thrown into the mix near the end. It was as frustrating to me as it was to Piers, and I honestly expected better of Linnet. I understand, when I think about it further, but as I was reading I was slightly disappointed in that development. However, the obstacle is quickly removed and it serves to make Piers even more worthy of Linnet who gave her love without reservation, or care for her pride, long before Piers admitted he couldn’t live without her.
This book was so much fun. It was funny, with a perfect mix of sarcasm and dry wit that I love. It was freaking adorable. I absolutely loved it.
In addition to the main characters' story, there is an interesting subplot involving the Duke and his former wife, our hero's mother, whom he divorced due to his own addiction to morphine. He has conquered that now, and wants his wife back. She for her part was hurt badly by him once, and wants no part of a rematch.
The story takes a dark turn when an epidemic forces evacuation of the castle where the bulk of the story takes place before the hero and heroine can resolve their relationship. The doctor and his cousin, also a physician, stay behind to treat the sick while the family and guests evacuate. Unbeknownst to the hero, his lady has been exposed. How they find each other again and their story is resolved is gripping, though of course (this is a romance novel), there is a happy ending.