She's a good writer, but this story lacked a center. I think I'm starting to hate Scottish heroes who are inevitably forced to go south to find a moneyed bride to support their crumbling castle and crabby retainers. Who feel like poncey lap-dogs in knee breeches, when they'd much rather be letting their tackle swing in the breeze under a manly kilt, etc., etc. Or maybe it's worse when they just pretend to be gold-digging, raunchy barbarians.
Kiss me; Annabel is the second book in Eloisa Jamess hot Essex sisters series. In addition, I can say without a doubt that it does not disappoint. I came upon this series accidentally and read the third book before I knew it was a series. However, finding out that it was I happily picked up the others. In addition, have yet to be disappointed.
Annabel is by far the most greedy of the Essex sisters, seeking to trade her good looks much like a courtesan does for a mans favor. Nevertheless, she is not content to be improper about it she will give her beauty only to a rich Englishman who will marry her. But she gets a shock when a handsome Scotsmen not only gets in her path but there is a scandal and she must marry him.
This book was so fun and so touching, I really enjoyed it and had a fun time reading it. The author even states that it is loosely based on Shakespeare taming of the shrew and I do not have a bit of trouble believing that. When you read it, you will know what I mean. However, in all honestly it is a very easy to follow read, in the historical romance genre Eloisa James stands out.
The writing has a fun flare to it, and you find some mysteries wrapped in. Nothing to deep but still a little something to make it fun. Moreover, the secondary characters of this story are just as fun to follow around as the main characters. If you are a fan of historical romance, and England and Scotland, you really do need to read this book. You follow the women around from country to country, and see just what Annabel ends up marrying for. Love? Money? Or both.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. As smooth, full-bodied and intoxicating as a fine wine, this Regency romance, the second in a series following the impoverished Essex sisters (after Much Ado About You) is vintage James. Every exchange showcases the author's subtle wit, and not one of the encounters between the book's well-matched protagonistsrefined beauty Annabel Essex and the simple but capable Ewan, earl of Ardmorelacks for passion. Annabel has practiced every smile and come-hither glance for one purpose: to snare a wealthy husband. The last person she wants to charm is a handsome Scottish earl who's rumored to be poor. Nevertheless, their attraction pulls them together, as does circumstance, and before long, they find themselves en route to Scotland and marriage. During this weeklong journey, the protagonists' passions and personalities blossom as they take part in a delicious game to elicit truths and kisses from one another. A full quiver of secondary charactersincluding Annabel's troublemaking sister, Imogen, and the tired rake Garret Maynecomplement the primary romance and provide tantalizing glimpses of relationships that will no doubt be developed in future books. (Dec.)
Excellent book. Great romance between the hero and heroine (as always with Eloisa James). Also very interesting secondary characters and parts of their own story lines as well. ie. Maine makes a typical appearance along with the other Essex sisters.
The story travels from London, to Scotland.
A slight "reverse" of the theme from Taming of the Shrew rears up in this book as well.
The first book was okay but I didn't love the characters. I'm having the same problem with this book. Both Ewan and Annabell was annoying and the storyline with all the problems just seemed really forced. It was ridculous for Annabel to fret over if Ewan truly loved her. The man just tell her a million times a day.
I also wished James did more with Ewan's extended family. They are a motley group and could have been really fun but after the introductions, it seemed James lost interest in them. Not sure why they were introduced in the first place.