The love story between Mayne and Josie was lovely, well written and enjoyable. Unfortunately, this book was two romance novels rolled into one, which resulted in a lot of confusing and mind numbing head hopping.
Also, whoever wrote the blurb on the back cover obviously did not read the book. It is very misleading.
I wasn't that impressed with the first two books of the series but I found myself really enjoying this one. I think I was more forgiving of Josie's antics because she was so young (18 I think). There were some fun moments and the addition of Griselda's affair was nice. I did wish James did more with the Thurman plot.
The back cover synopsis of the book was horrible. It's not this story at all. Obviously whoever wrote it never read the book. Also for a story about a lush women, the cover photo shows one as willowy as they come.
Loved this book. Loved the hero . . . loved the heroine. Did I mention I loved the hero . . . especially when he put on a dress . . . laughed right out loud. In fact, I laughed out loud a few times reading this story.
Tired of slender romance heroines who forget to eat-or maybe never knew how? Then you definitely need to meet the Scottish Sausage! A fun little read, perfect for when you need a piece of brain candy as a reward.
While not my favorite of the series, I did enjoy this book. I liked Josie and Mayne together but disliked his relationship with Sophie the first half of the book. I also found other parts of it annoying and some distracting, mostly the whole Hellgate scenario. But I like Josie and was happy to see a larger sized heroine.
The final chapter in the Essex sister story is a grand one. It has a little bit of everything you would expect to see in it. And I have to say that few books ever make me laugh out loud, and yet this book at several points made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to cry.
The beginning starts out a bit sad, poor Josie the youngest of the sisters hates her body, and has been dubbed the Scottish sausage which is a horrible nickname. And of course there for the Ton all avoid her, no young men her age will ask her to dance and only the older men her sisters or chaperone can rustle up will dance with her. The biggest crime is that she sees herself as fat. And Josie is anything but. Shes not fat; she is beautiful like a real woman.
Its a horrid corset she wears that makes her appear stuffed. Well, enter Garrett the Earl of Mayne. I loved him in the other books when he popped up. He is a rakehell who isnt feeling like much of a rakehell anymore. He is engaged but none the less he kisses Josie, and shows her what its like to be a real woman. She taking his teaching well gets rid of the corset and indeed becomes a woman who leaves young men slavering after her. She has the body of a Madonna, and she has just a fun personality.
Follow this story is a true romp of fun, and finding love where you would least expect it. Mayne has had a little dabble in with all of the Essexs sisters in one form or another. Who would have guessed that he would have one with Josie as well? There is a particularly funny scene in which Mayne believing Josie has been ravished picks her up while she is asleep. Josie wakes and proceeds to slug him, giving him a black eye. What a fine way to say hello to a gentleman.
But Mayne can have a good laugh too as Josies expense including a time in which he dumps a glass of water over his head and startles Josie into thinking he is a ghost. The romance is there as well, and there is love to be found for everyone. Even Griselda whom who have followed as a widow through it all does indeed find her own happy ending. If you have enjoyed the other books in this series, you must read this one. And if you havent read the others, I recommend you do so you can read this one as well. You will not be sorry in the least. You will laugh, cry and enjoy it.
Finally, Josie has her story! You get to see plenty of Annabel, Imogen,and Tessie, too. The notorious Earl of Mayne has a few suprises comming, as does his sister Griselda! Very nice completion to the Essex sisters series!
AS always, a great Eloisa James book- the story of Josie-
from the back cover..."fueled by knowledge that notoriety is better than failure, witty, unconventional Josie does what no proper young lady shoud- she challenges fate. She discards her corset and adn flirts outrageously. She attends horse races and allows an arrogant rakehell to whisk her behind the stable for a kiss... and is caught
Finding a suitable match is challenging enough, but doing so while known as the "Scottish Sausage" is simply impossible. Ever since she was burdened with that cruel sobriquet, Josie Essex's social life has been one of constant humiliation. No matter how she tries to play down her lush attributes--or reshape them with the help of a wonder corset--Josie still feels like a failure. So when Garret Langham, the Earl of Mayne, offers his help, Josie is just desperate enough to accept. No one could be better at teaching her the art of seduction than the ton's most notorious rake. Josie knows that Garret is hopelessly in love with his new fiancee, the chic Sylvie de la Broderie, but when she begins to attract her own circle of suitors, Josie discovers that she might be better at the game of love than she thought since Garret seems just the slightest bit jealous of her new success! With her usual stylish writing, exquisite sensuality, brilliant characterization, and sharp wit,
This was a delightful end to the Mayne Mania. Josie is wonderful and sexy and Mayne is Mayne. If you like Eloisa James other books, you'll like this one. If you are new to the author, start with Much Ado About You and settle in for some serious enjoyment.