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A Lady By Any Other Name Paperback – July 3, 2012
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Nichole's parents were separated before her birth, and subsequently, she was raised by another man who she believed to be her father. On his deathbed, Nichole's "father" tells her the truth about her parentage. Years later, Nichole is under the guardianship of her half-brother, Roland, who "sells" her in marriage to a lecherous goat, to satisfy his gambling debts. To avoid the marriage, Nichole runs away to her natural father's family.
In an attempt to hide her location from Roland until the legalities can get sorted out, and Nichole can be removed from Roland's guardianship, she is sent to London to stay with the Earl of Foxley (the hero's brother, Roger.) However, Roger is deceased, and Julian is now Earl, so Nichole ends up under his protection. From there the rest of the story develops to a satisfying conclusion.
There were parts of the plot, however, that I found a bit improbable. *SPOILER SPOILER* I could not understand why Nichole was sent to London, of all places and at the height of the season, to hide from Roland, when that is where Roland lives and spends most of his time. Furthermore, Nichole agrees to a "come out" when she's supposed to be in hiding, increasing the chances of her whereabouts being discovered by Roland. Additionally, I did not like the fact that Nichole lied to Julian about her true identity. I could understand why she did it initially, after discovering that the previous Earl, Roger, had died. However, IMO, the story would have flowed better if Nichole had told the Julian the truth at an earlier point in book. But, other than these quibbles with the plot, I thought the rest of the story was quite solid, so I was willing to overlook them. *END OF SPOILER*
I found the book to be well written and the main characters quite well developed. Although, the book could do with some editing. Many times I was distracted by misused words that resulted in my having to re-read a sentence to determine its true meaning. Fortunately, this didn't happen too often. Another criticism I have is that I didn't think Julian and Nichole spent enough time together, which detracted from the romantic aspect of the plot. I didn't get to see their love for one another develop.
Nonetheless, despite these flaws, I thought this was a very enjoyable book. I developed a particular fondness for Edmund, and would like to see him get his own story (he is Nichole's cousin). Furthermore, it was nice that Roland got his just desserts in the end....it definitely satisfied my vengeful nature in which I can only indulge in through my reading. LOL
Overall, I'd say this book is somewhere between 3 1/2 to 4 stars. Can't give the 1/2 star ratings here on Amazon, hence I gave 4. It seems this book may be Ms. Kitchens' first romance novel, in which case I would have to say that it is an excellent first endeavor. This book is definitely a worthwhile read.
Nicole,our heroine, runs away from home after her brother tells her he is marrying her off to one of his lecherous friends. She finds her real father, and he goes off to find proof of his marriage to her mother, as well as proof he is legally responsible for her.
She has met our hero Lord Foxley while she was in disguise, and she eventually winds up in London and residing in his home. The couple fall in love -- and of course there are misunderstandings -- and of course her villainous brother shows up.
This was a nice story, though I honestly prefer a little heat in romances. I would recommend it overall.
The heroine, Nicole, was a real person, with strengths and weaknesses, her personality was very well developed by the author. I found myself rooting for her and was sad to see the end of the story. The hero, Julian, is also a genuine, likeable person, who is sometimes so kind and sometimes so clueless that you want to smack him in the head. He struggles with his grief and guilt at the loss of his brother and having to assume his brother's title, wealth, home, child and place in society none of which he ever wanted. There's another hero who I hope gets his own book, Nicole's cousin, Eddie, who really comes through for her and does his best to help.
There is some violence in this book, but no sexual scenes, just kissing. I recommend this title. 4 1/2 stars.
Heat factor mild.