This book gave a different perspective on Ms. Quinn's typical "The London elite" -- parties, balls, dresses, gentlemen -- instead, the male lead is a spy working for the war office, and the female lead is mistaken for a spy.
The storyline is a little wanting -- I feel as though the male lead is a little dense, going along with assumptions when he should be looking at the facts -- but all in all, a refreshing change for Ms. Quinn. The follow-up, "How to Marry a Marquis," is better.
When her guardian, Oliver Prewitt, tries to force her into marrying his nitwit son to keep her fortune in his family, Caroline Trent knows it's time to disappear. With only six weeks until her 21st birthday, Caroline runs away from Prewitt's home and find herself captured by Blake Ravenscroft. Blake is a secret agent for the crown. He knows Prewitt is smuggling secrets to Napoleon and believes Caroline is a notorious spy named Carlotta De Leon. Caroline is just happy to get away from her guardian and hopes she can keep Blake busy for six weeks until her birthday.
This was a light historical romance. It has snappy dialogue and amusing situations. The plot if is very simple and moves along quickly. Quinn adds some very funny secondary characters. My favorite was Blake's outspoken Butler, Perriwick. If you like a quick amusing romance, this is the book for you. My rating: 4 Stars.
A little bit of sexual content but not graphic. It was a good story. I enjoyed the plot...very exciting. Mystery, romance, a shooting at the very beginning...what could anyone ask for more? It has an interesting plot twist for the ending. Not just they typical they fall in love and get married.
A light read with plenty of good humor. The plot is a forgone conclusion after the second chapter, but as I liked the characters so much, I didn't mind. And I was edified as I read the teaser line at the beginning of each chapter. (a good vocabulary builder ) A good book to pick up for a day at the beach.
I've read several Julia Quinn books now, and while the story lines are somewhat predictable, she manages to throw a twist in now & then. The best part about reading her books is the humor! The heroine in this book is creating her own personal dictionary, writing down unusual words & using them in a sentence that Quinn records at the beginning of each chapter. It's just hilarious! This was a very enjoyable read!
This book was hysterical. I snickered through the whole thing, although at times I really felt sad for the plight of the the characters. There were a few sexy scenes, but I was able to skip over them without losing any understqanding of the plot.
Caroline Trent is determined to avoid marriage to her fortune-hunting guardian's nitwit son, even if it means running off into the night-- and into the arms of the devastatingly handsome Blake Ravenscroft, the equally determined agent of the crown who mistakes her for a notorious traitor...
This book is terrible. I like J. Garwood, L.Spencer, K.Woodiwiss much better, but have read a few J. Quinn books. They never quite stack up to some of the greats, but for the most part haven't been too bad. I'm actually about half way through this book, and for the first time in my leisure reading history I'm debating on whether or not to finish it. The characters are a bit annoying and the plot could have been good, but was quickly botched up terribly. The main characters jump from tolerating each other to all of a sudden, out of nowhere, madly in love. (And, quite frankly, it's difficult to imagine ANYONE falling in love with either of them!!) Granted, several romance novels have characters falling madly in love right away, but this one is particularly bad. Gosh, even as I'm writing this review I keep thinking of example after example of scenes in this book that were just BAD!!! I like books with interesting and somewhat complex characters and situations. This book simply has bad characters, a bad storyline and poor choice of diction.
Caroline Trent is determined to avoid marriage to her fortune-hunting guardian's nitwit son, even if it means running off into the night-and into the arms of the devastatingly handsome Blake Ravenscroft, the equally determined agent of the crown who mistakes her for a notorious traitor...
When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn't even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. After al, she's been running from unwanted marriage proposals. Yes, Blake believes she's a notorious spy names Carlotta De Leon, but for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she'll gain control of her fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient - and maybe just a little romantic, too.
Blake Ravenscroft's mission is to bringe "Carlotta" to justice, not ot fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible - that this mismatched couple might be destined for love.