Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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This one I just finished two days ago, or last night, I don't remember. Anyway, I had the same feeling with The Notorious Countess Confesses that I did with How the Marquess Was Won.
In this one we have out sexy preacher, Adam, and the new girl in town, the notorious countess and ex-courtesan, Eve. It took me way too fucking long to realize they were called Adam and Eve.
Anyway, we have one person misunderstood for the role she has had in life and the other misunderstood, or under appreciated more likely, for the role he currently has. And they sort of hit it off.
My first qualm with the book actually came in the beginning because Wow was there a lot of infodumps in the first few chapters. I swear in the first three chapters 2 things actually happen. Everything else is mused on when people are walking or sitting near a fire. Luckily once the plot showed up things evened out and were awesome.
The tension between these two is top notch, and I think they have some real concerns between the two of them that they would have to overcome for their HEA. So the middle part, the falling in love part, that's good. It's the freaking ending AGAIN that ruins it for me. Everything has to be neatly wrapped up in a nice little box with a bow on it. And of course it is all solved by stuff done off screen and too many coincidences or "We can just do this and everything works!"
Bah. That's why this is rated where it is. It's not bad. The majority is entertaining and fun in a heartbreaking way sometimes. But still, good romance. But the slow start and the rushed finished just left me with a sad face.
It's not the worst in the series, and it's not the best either. It didn't leave me wanting to shoot any characters so that's already a step up from Violet's book. I guess if they are consistently okay then that's better then me hating-loving them.
One more book and I am caught up! I thought this was the most recent. Ha. Of course not. But I may need a break before I read another.