- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 7, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X9BJGW6
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Writing a review for an uncorrected ARC is tricky - I have no idea if the issues I had with the book will be corrected or not before it is published. I am going to write this review with the assumption that the problems I encountered with incorrect formal address and dangling plotlines were corrected.
I really liked Griffin and Esmerelda, they are both stubborn people, but both extremely loyal and steadfast to the ones they love.
Griffin's twin sisters are ready to begin their first London season, however, some nasty rumors are going around that someone is going to ruin the girls season to payback Griffin for a stunt he and his cronies pulled years ago. To make matters worse, his aunt who is suppose to chaperone the girls is ill and will not be able to attend them. Griffin deeply regrets his childish prank and will do anything to keep his sisters debut from being ruined. Impulsively, he stops at an employment agency to hire a chaperone for the twins and this is were he meets Esmerelda.
Esmerelda is running the employment agency and caring for her younger half-sister. Esmerelda's mother was the disgraced daughter of a viscount, who was disowned when she married a poet after Esmerelda's father passed away. When her mother died, Esmerelda took a position as a governess to help support her step-family. When her stepfather passed, she made a deal with the owner of the agency to run the company in exchange for room and board for herself and Josephine (her sister). When Griffin approaches her about becoming a chaperone for the twins, she is tempted, but refuses. Griffin will not take no for an answer and the two haggle back and forth until Esmerelda finally agrees.
The story that follows is cute, it has some laugh out loud moments, a couple of heated kisses and a sweet HEA. I thought the book was well written, especially the authors representation of the relationship between the twins, in my opinion, it was probably the most accurately described depiction of siblings I have ever read! The book flowed well and was entertaining, but I never really bought the whole rumor of ruin plot - it just didn't pan out and the initial "prank" was not really that awful or revenge worthy in my opinion. I also had a bit of problem with Griffin's intentions towards Esmerelda and his complete change of intentions once he learned about her family.
All in all this was an enjoyable read and I will definitely be looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
We have a heroine with a big secret which we are reminded of ad nauseam, we have the little sister that could use a family, the handsome nobleman who stumbles into their lives almost by accident and then things go south.
Cue the insta-love and we begin a story that still has a ton of potential .... almost all of it never realized sadly.
The secret plot that never materializes.
The evil unforgiving family we are told about over and over but nothing is ever done with that bit of plotline.
Evil thieving lying landlord ......... nothing, this was almost phoned in it seems.
A ending that just falls flat that any writer could have made into a soaring ending and it was almost a footnote the way it was handled.
Bottom Line: I admit, as a reviewer one of the things I detest most in a book is a great premise especially with all the characters in place to make it great and the author does not have the skill to pull it together into the story it should have been and THAT is where this book took us, I read it in 1 day hoping for the great story I knew was in there to come out but when I turned the last page I was horribly unsatisfied. 3 Stars that is more for the pieces of that great story that I wanted that did manage to make it to the page. I want to send it back and scream "Make this into the story it deserves!!" but it is done sadly.
I really feel this could have been a really excellent novel but it seemed almost as if the author's heart and/or mind wasn't really in it. Also some modern words sneaked in that were out of sync with the time period.
I was getting tired of the heroine's constant fear that every little problem would men she'd be fired from her position when she was supposed to "trust" the hero and feel "safe" with him?? Trust is not what she felt but only lust!
ONE more problem NOT with the writer but with Amazon is that the KINDLE (format and no more cost) cost MORE than the book that takes paper and printing and distribution ?? I don't understand this and will not pay more for an e-print book than a print book!
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