Not as good as other Kleypas books. I haven't finished her Capital Theater series, but it seems it is the weakest series she's done. At least the romance in this book is slightly better that "Because You are Mine". I'm just not a fan of "love at first sight" stories, unless there's some actual development later as the couple gets to know each other, which does not happen in this case.
I have enjoyed this author's latest contemporary books and this is the first of hers that I have read in this victorian setting. Lisa is a good author and this was a good read but somewhat predictable without really grabbing your interest.
I've read 15 Lisa Kleypas books and she is one of my favorite authors. This book is not a keeper for me. I had a difficult time finishing the story. It wasn't that the characters were unlikeable or that the story wasn't well-told. I just didn't care. There wasn't enough on the line, it was too obvious how the story would end. And I don't mean that just from the "it's a romance novel" perspective. I mean I want there to be tension in the story and it just didn't work for me. I'm still a fan, just not a fan of this book.
This book only lacked one thing a logical story line. The very idea that a marriage between two young children could be valid is pretty wild. And, since I didnt buy that, the rest of the story seemed like an exercise in smoke-and-mirrors.
The book seemed overwrought; maybe Lisa Kleypas got caught up in the drama being staged at the Capital Theatre. I really didnt see love between the two main characters; however, the story abounded in lust and obsession.
The start of the book was very interesting and I settled in for a great story. However, as soon as I found that Julia was running away from a marriage that took place when she was 4, I knew we were in trouble. I gave the book 3 stars because the story was interesting enough to finish - barely.
All of London is at Julie Wentworth's feet. The beautiful, enchanting actress is the toast of the theater world - and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the incomparable leading lady guards a devastating secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention...and cannont love.
For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his unscrupulous parents wed him to without his consent. Wanting no more than to ve legally rid of the foolish chit, Damon is shocked to discover his "bride" is the exquisite stage performer whom he intended to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon's - until he conquers her fears, his formidable rivals...and the stellar lady's proud, independent heart.
FOR YEARS DAMON SAVAGE HAS BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE STRANGER HIS UNSCRUPULOUS PARENTS WED HIM TO WITHOUT HIS CONSENT. WANTING NO MORE THAN TO BE LEGALLY RID OF THE FOOLISH CHIT, DAMON IS SHOCKED TO DISCOVER HIS "BRIDE" IS THE EXQUISITE STAGE PERFORMER WHOM HE INTENDED TO MAKE HIS MISTRESS!
A classic tale of sensuous secrets and unanticipated passion, from the extraordinary New York Times bestselling author
The toast of the town ...
All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet -- and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention ... and cannot love.
For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony's invisible chains. And he is astonished to discover his "bride" is none other than the exquisite lady he'd hoped to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon's -- until he conquers her fears