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The story is based on the romance of Harry ("Bertie") Haversham and Mira Crenshaw. (If you have read previous works by Ashworth, it is fun to see these characters are the children of the couples married in "Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind" and "Miss Delacourt Has Her Day.") Harry is working undercover for the Queen and has put on a fake persona of a fopp (now going by the name of Bertie), much to the surprise of Mira and her family who have known him since childhood. Mira has loved Harry since her youth, but is confused by this change. And her parents question whether or not to allow Mira and Harry to Court.
One of my favorite parts of the book include Harry's mother's antics--her "understated" soiree made me laugh out loud. Ashworth's creativity here shines.
This is a fun, clean (although there are a few good kissing scenes) regency romance. I look forward to more of Ashworth's books in the future. She is a reliable favorite author!
No sexual situations to offend any readers
I have so enjoyed the other books in this four book (if you count the very short Christmas novella as a book) series, it hurts to have to say this but this book just does not stand up to most of this author's other stories. The main problem is the very important plot point of the hero trying to hide his true activities behind the facade of being a fop just doesn't ring true from the beginning; though it isn't obvious right away he is trying to hide the fact he is a member of the young Queen Victoria's Secret Service, even though it is hinted at that he has a secret. Since accepting the possibility that an intelligent man would base his safety and/or that of the people he loves on such a farce is so unlikely it makes the rest of the story ring untrue. Problem number two: in the previous books the character of the hero's mother has been used as a foil for the parent's of the heroine to demonstrate their intelligence and wisdom in contrast to her outlandishly stupid behavior. In this book there is a little too much of her stupidity to be able to see her as anything other than a dangerous pest; even her son can't stand her any longer. Someone should have shaken her until her brains fell out years ago. Instead those close to her have simply put up with her outlandish behavior even though it brought shame and dishonor on all around her. Now it may prevent her son from finding the love he deserves with the girl of his dreams. How can any intelligent person allow their daughter to marry a man from a family that may produce more like his mother and to a slightly lesser degree his father? Problem number three: the story ends rather abruptly. I would have liked an epilogue to explain how the relationship of the H and h impacted their families. Perhaps the author hopes to continue the story in another book. At this point I think I would skip any story that did not focus more on the more interesting Crenshaw family than continue on the painfully flawed members of the Haversham and Duke of Marcross relatives.
As I think about it, the problem seems to be flat characterization, i.e. they are either 90% bad or 100% saintly which demonstrates a lack of character development by the author. Maybe the "bad" characters could show a little more positive characteristics (intelligence and less self-centeredness) in any future stories and the saintly characters could continue to be saintly since I rather like them that way. :)
I actually liked the heroine quite a bit, and the couple's devotion to their childhood relationship blossoming into more mature love is appealing and touching. There were things about this book that I liked and disliked, it was an ok read.
** Clean romance with nothing beyond kissing.
Harry is on a special mission for the government. But, at times he shares information with people who do not seem very able to keep silent.
I am a huge fan of historical romance stories. For this one, I did not feel my normal enjoyment.
I felt there was too much confusion and too many events that did not receive satisfactory explanations.
I wanted to like this book very much. It just did not do it for me.
The writing was well done. The characters were interesting but at times too interesting for their own good. I will look for another story by Ms Ashworth and hope for a better outcome.
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Light hearted but worth the read