A decent enough read, but not a keeper. It starts off with a lot of promise and steadily loses momentum - even becoming a bit cringeworthy - about halfway through. Simon is a dashing hero, if a bit dense at times, and Christine, a smart, sweet-natured heroine, inexplicably develops an extreme case of TSTL in the last few chapters. Toss in a cardboard cutout villain, and overall, this book is a bit of a disappointment.
Sensuality Rating: R
The head of her Majesty's Morality & Vice Commission falls for a nearly prostitute. Don't that make for a great plotline?
I got this off the quarter shelf at the library. It wasn't my favorite [otherwise I wouldn't be listing it] but it wasn't bad either.
Simon Belleville, head of Her Majesty's Morality and Vice Commission, is supposed to be taking prostitutes to prison, not to finishing school. Yet one look at Christine Tremayne and Simon's entire world tilts on its axis. Desperate to escape the brothel in which Simon finds her, Christine grabs at the chance to improve her station, thereby enabling her to support her family back home. But will Simon's feelings for Christine destroy his dream of holding a seat in Parliament? Will Christine's past ruin her one chance at true love?
Hope Tarr writes a Pygmalion tale layered with a fast plot, multi-faceted characters and charming wit. The full gamut of emotions-from guilt and rage, to joy and love-will be found between the pages of this book. Christine will surprise you, and Simon torment you. You'll laugh, you'll cheer, you'll cry. Truly an enjoyable read. -- Kris at Author, Author!