This book had a major ick factor....she sleeps with the man who fathered her little sister. Ewwww. I couldn't get over the fact that she was wanting to have sex with a man that had sex with her own mother. Again, ewwwww. It was a good book, but that just ruined it for me.
Definitely not as good as some of her other books. The age of the heroine kept throwing me off. In some matters she was "worldly" but others she was immature and kept jumping to conclusions, which got old fast. Thankfully the author never let them get to the Big Misunderstanding stage but they were still annoying. The author repeatedly tells us that the hero is a rakehell, reprobate, etc and has had hundreds and hundreds of women. But she never really shows us why he wants this one.
"He was a scoundrel, a scamp and a hopeless skirtchaser. So it shouldnt have been surprising when Sir Alasdair awoke after a night of debauchery to see a young lass on his doorstep....with a baby in her arms.
She was beautiful, brazen and utterly bankrupt. So it shouldnt have been surprising when Miss Hamilton accepted the rogue's scandalouse proposal to move in with him.......and become the baby's governess.
One little sin brought them together."
At 355 pages, I found this book funny yet romantic. But not with the usual romance dribble, instead the ideas and perspectives were fresh and entertaining.
I now know why Liz Carlyle is a National Best Seller.
I really enjoyed Carlyle's other books to date because her characters are usually more interesting and their situations more unusual than the average romance novel fair - but this one was a disappointment as everything was so predictable.
Esmee is a wonderful heroine who is constatnly looking after the welfare of those around her. Her hero Alasdair is a devilishly handsome rake who doesn't know he's about to be reformed.
Esmee forces herself into Alasdair's life and home one stormy evening and she is about to change his life forever. She carries a bundle with her in a basket; the bundle is her dear baby sister Sorcha.
If Alasdair had know better, he would have locked her out that fateful night. Not only had baby Sorcha found herself in a notorious rake's home, but Esmee claims that Sorcha is his daughter.
What ensues is a wonderfully written historical romance full of all sorts of dramas. It is the first book that I have read by Liz Carlyle, but it most certainly won't be the last. I am glad that I have the remaining two books of the series in Mount Read Me!