a mixed bag regency....
I have mixed feelings on this story. This is my first book by Anita Mills. While I did finish the book-the story was entertaining but had a lot of flaws pertaining to her characters out of place behavior. The hero was very good but the heroine was a bit of a nitwit although she's supposed to be a bluestocking.
This story falls into the theme of "commoner character (or "cit") marries a titled character (or "quality").
I think my main problem with this book is what starts as a romantic comedy quickly turns into non comedy with the H/H constantly fighting with each other. About the only saving grace of the story was the anti-hero Rotherfield-a brooding male secondary lead interesting enough to warrant his own story. Another surprising facet is the story was pretty racy for a regency but was tastefully written.
The book was interesting enough to stick it out but I'd recommend that a regency fan not go out of their way to search it out.
Wonderful, wonderful book. Anita Mills is an author up there with Mary Balogh in her ability to make lifelike characters whom you truly care about. The plot is actually NOT predictable as romances tend to be, and you are actually uncertain about what will happen up until the very end. Memorable quote of a lifetime on page 233. Surprisingly enjoyable and well-written book.
Anita Mills is a fabulous author from the Signet Regency Romance stable of authors -- others who wrote Signet Regencies and went on to larger fame include Mary Balogh, Joan Wolf, Jo Beverly, Dorothy Mack, Marion Chesney.
Miss Leah Coles father was a commoner but he was uncommonly rich. His vast wealth plus Leahs breathtaking beauty was the lure to tempt the highborn and handsome Anthony Barsett, the Viscount Lyndon. As a dutiful daughter, Leah was bound to accept the chance to gain a title that her father sought for her and Anthony offered. But as a woman, Leah vowed not to love, honor, or obey this man who was also known as Londons reigning rake. Anthony wanted Leahs heart as well as her hand. But if he had the skills of an ultimate seducer, Leah had the power of pride to prove to this lord of libertines that he had at last met his match.
Miss Leah Cole's father was a commoner but he was uncommonly rich. His vast wealth plus Leah's beauty was the lure to tempt Anthony Barsett, the Viscount Lyndon, into marriage.