- File Size: 3517 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Someday Lady Publishing, LLC (February 25, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 25, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B31VYHN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Once Upon a Vow (Shadowing London Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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I've yet to read a Jessie Clever novel that wasn't delightful, but Once Upon a Vow probably takes the cake. It's just lovely, and occasionally flappy-hands breathtaking. There's a light joyfulness that never approaches silly, but even in the darkest parts while you hold your breath, you feel a small certainty that everything just *has* to turn out alright.
Jane is a wonderful heroine, introspective and wry. We feel genuine sympathy for her suffering yet another season, and long for her to run away and take us with her to the life she's imagined when it's over.
Austin's struggle with Jane, with not being the marrying sort while genuinely desiring Jane is a great conflict, and it's saved from the usual lascivious rake trope by the fact that Austin is a really decent, swoonworthy hero. He's just not that into rings and vows and such, and the why turns out to be heavyweight.
First impressions on Austin and Jane meeting again are a great start to their romance, and the author makes us feel that will they-won't they, this-is-a-bad-idea-but-I-have-no-will-power-around-you tension of an early courtship.
Great secondary characters abound. Samuel's reappearance is welcome, providing a great foil for his sister, and setting the example with his bride (book one is also a win, if you haven't picked it up). He has great banter with Austin that snaps off the page. Austin's servant Mrs. Rowling also steals the show on occasion, witty and acerbic. Again, the confidante-servant trope is enjoyable because the characters are unique and bring depth to the world.
Jane feels truly clever as she puzzles out the story's mystery, not like the author has simply given her all the answers. We get to see her reach logical conclusions and show off her smarts. Her partnership with Austin benefits from this and on occasion you feel like you're reading two seasoned detectives solve a case - great conversation, believable interplay, and wits - all of which builds a solid foundation for their heart-skipping romance. Moments like this just slay my romance-reading heart:
"What is it you're saying?"
"I'm saying you're trying to woo a wallflower, and you're absolute rubbish at it." She sat back in her seat with a huff. "Your'e really a terrible rogue."
"I've never been in love before."
I can't give enough stars to the happy feeling left by this book. Truly something special.