Book: Let It Be Me by Kate Noble
Published April 2013 by Berkley Sensation|308 pages
Where I Got It: I own the paperback
Series: The Blue Raven #5
Genre: Adult Romance/Historical Romance
London weather is chilly—and the social scene even more so. Luckily, Bridget Forrester is just getting warmed up… Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn’t mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she’s lucky to even have a man come near her. It’s enough to make a lady flee the country…
So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she’s been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn’t even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.
Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester’s help—or that there’ll be far more at stake in this gamble than money…
I liked Let It Be Me! It did start off slow, I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first book in the series (which I did read ages and ages ago, though I don’t think there are a lot of connections between the two).
I did like Merrick and Bridget together, though there was a point when I thought that maybe she would end with Carpenini. I’m not sure why I thought that, since Merrick was why Bridget ended up in Italy in a musical wager in the first place. And while I liked them together, I didn’t love them together. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for romance when I read this book.
It started off slow, but it did pick up when Bridget started her lessons with Carpenini. I liked that she liked music, and the musical competition was interesting, but it felt like the romance between Bridget and Merrick took a backseat to the musical aspects of the book. At the same time, I liked that things did move slowly between them (a little bit more than what I would have thought). But…I also found myself wanting more moments between them. They felt few and far between in this book.
My Rating: 3 stars. I liked Let It Be Me, and I liked Merrick and Bridget together…I just wish their romance was as important as the music.
Book: Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase
Published March 2004 by Berkley Sensation|352 pages
Where I Got It: I own the paperback
Series: Carsington Brothers #1
Genre: Adult Romance/Adult Historical Romance
Due to his history of expensive romantic entanglements, Alistair Carsington now has six months to find either a useful occupation or a wealthy heiress to wed. To prove he is not an idle fop only concerned with sartorial pleasures, Alistair agrees to help his old friend, Lord Gordmor, by traveling to the wilds of Derbyshire to convince Gordmor’s neighbors to support the nobleman’s proposal to build a canal.
Upon arriving, Alistair, a famous war hero and eligible bachelor, finds everyone couldn’t be nicer, everyone except for respectable, practical, spinsterish Mirabel Oldridge. The last thing Mirabel wants is for her tranquil little corner of England to be destroyed by a noisy, nasty canal, and she is prepared to use every weapon at her disposal–including her disheveled coiffure and unstylish wardrobe–to stop Alistair.
I’ve read a few of Loretta Chase’s books, and really liked them, so I figured I’d read this one. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time, and it seemed like it was a good time to actually read it.
Maybe I wasn’t in the best mood for romance, because this one was just okay. I felt like there was some chemistry between Mirabel and Alistair, but not enough to care or feel fully invested in their relationship. They are definitely at odds in Miss Wonderful, but that clearly isn’t a barrier for them. They managed to work it out, but like I said, I had a hard time with completely caring about their romance.
Maybe it’s because I felt like the book was more about them fighting over the canal, and how he wants it built, while Mirabel doesn’t. I get why, for both of them, but I feel like it was more about their own histories then them. I did like Mirabel, though, and Alistair was just okay.
I did like that Mirabel was 31- for some reason, that seems old in the world of romance. It’s not (because then I’d be old, and I don’t feel old at all), but it worked really well, and she and Alistair, because of their different life experiences, do match up well. They seem to be on pretty even footing, which was nice to see, because that doesn’t always seem to be the case.
My Rating: 2 stars. It’s not my favorite Loretta Chase book, and I had a hard time getting into it, but it wasn’t horrible.