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The underlying premise of the entire series--that a very tight knit, loving family of brothers want nothing more than to love, be loved, and to earn the respect of their mother and brothers and to be in service to each other and those they meet--is reflected as passionately in this story as it is in the others.
The shift in Mariposa and Jason's relationship happens because of their own desire to be true to their own selves. The shifts are believable and so is the HEA. It's already on my "I know I'll read it again," list.
Part of the problem is that I feel like I read this before. The hero and heroine are an awful lot like her hero and heroine from "Drops of Gold". The hero in this one is less brooding and more just all-around serious, but you've got the serious hero who is covering up his warm and happy exterior, and the heroine who's suffered tragic loss. She teases him out of his seriousness, and they live happily ever after. The banter is fantastic. It always is. Eden does fantastic witty / flirty banter. So, that's always fantastic.
Of course, I enjoyed the romance. But between the romance feeling similar to what she's done before, and the fact that the plot had some interesting elements that just kind of fizzled, and I found myself walking away from it thinking, "That was entertaining, but I don't know if I'll pick it up again." Without giving away too much of the plot, the issues the heroine are dealing with (which is the main driving factor of the story) aren't particularly climactic and when they are, they are resolved fairly easily.
I feel like this review is sounding more negative than I mean it to be. I thoroughly enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it doesn't have sticking power. It's worth picking up. But it fell short of her other Regency books, which I've read a dozen times each and still crave them. I know she can do better, so it was a little disappointing. Just a tiny bit.
Keep writing, Sarah! I love all the family's stories!
Seriously, I have every one of her books and love them all. Read them!
Mariposa has escaped from Spain, having experience horrors in the war with Napoleon. She has come to England hoping that her mother and little brother have come to England as well and settled with her father's family. However, Mariposa doesn't know who her father's relatives are, so she doesn't know how to find them. She doesn't trust anyone, though, so she won't tell Jason what she really needs help with and hides even her true self from him.
While Jason doesn't care for how Mariposa treats him, he also can't abandon his principles--especially those that require him to help a lady--so he reluctantly aids her, and in so doing, she pushes him to reveal parts of himself that he had buried inside, as well as revealing who she truly is.
Sarah Eden rocks. I love her books, and this was no exception. I loved seeing Jason's interactions with Mariposa but also his interactions with his family and especially seeing why he acted the way he did. Mariposa was a bit frustrating in her initial treatment of Jason, but it was also realistic given her past. I loved seeing how they bantered later on, and I loved getting to see other Jonquils (especially Philip and Sorrel) in this book. Can't wait for more books by Sarah Eden!
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