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The Story of a Baron (The Sisters of the Aristocracy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Jeffrey Althorpe has secretly written a book about his own imagined romance with a girl he has become infatuated with, yet doesn't really know. Because of this very book, he comes to know her and learns that he likes her very well indeed.
Evangeline is a sweet, lonely and lovely bluestocking who has unknowingly garnered the baron's attention. So much so that he has made her the heroine in his book. Over the course of a week's encounters they get to know one another and naturally sparks fly.
I find Linda Rae Sande's books to be just the right type of quirky for me. This story was no exception. Her characters are very likable and you just want them to succeed.
What I like most is that she has so many to explore and I have not even scratched the surface yet.
My first problem was what others also mentioned: that the main story and the embedded one (the book written anonymously by the hero) were so similar that I got confused all the time what happened really and what they only read about. Also, the scenes and the style was repetitive to the point of boring: the hero and heroine met at the bookshop, they both felt attraction/lust; soon they were reading about a heroine described by the very same words (willowy blonde) in the exact same situation and the couple having lustful thoughts. The real couple prepares for a ride to an acquaintance's outdoors party, and in the next chapter we read about the (doubly) fictional couple actually taking a ride to an outdoors party. The only clue is the names (Evangeline and Jeffrey vs Geraldine and Mathew - and even there, the female names are similar).
My next complaint was the total impossibility of several situations in Regency. A young lady was left to live alone without a female relative or chaperone because her brother (the head of the family) travelled on scientific expeditions. She had a godfather who secretly followed her to her outings "to protect her", and who spied on her through the butler, but did not think to take her around in society, although he was married. Several times it's remarked that she doesn't go to parties and balls because there is no one to take her (and yet, suddenly she is to go to the aforementioned morning outing). She was (although the butler was reluctant) allowed to entertain a male caller (the hero). After so many breaches of acceptable Regency conduct, the H is rigidly avoiding admitting his love to the h and proposing because he had not asked her brother's permission. As if in any Regency romances it would have been necessary!
Now for the H's inconsistent behavior. He writes a book (and hopes to gain substantial money from it - unlikely in itself) but he writes all his contemporary ton society members into it with minimal name changes, salacious gossip bits, openly described crude male talk in clubs or the lustful explicit thoughts of his character - and expect no one will call him out for slander? Or for writing scandalous material unfit for ladies? But the most improbable thing of all: does he not know that his heroine is modeled on the young lady he is reading the book with, and he desribes himself hving sexual fantasies about her, as well as her having sexual thoughts about him - for all society to see and for the lady to discover it sitting next to him? He is constantly suprised to see what he had written...
After that the sheer impossibility of a sex scene where they fall innocently asleep next to each other reading, then half awake, they start fondling each other until the h (an inexperienced sheltered virgin) makes the H spend himself inside his clothes, but she does not realize what happened, and he does not feel the least bit uncomfortable with the consequences when he walks out- while the butler snores in a chair a few feet from them? Oh no thanks. I had enough. I'm glad it was free or I'd be returning ot for refund.
And the book is peppered with names of aristocratic couples presumably from the author's previous books who we know nothing about and seem to play no further role than being mentioned as having their happily-ever-afters. This was subtitled to be Book 1 of a series!