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Format: Kindle Edition
The premise of this book is ridiculous... and I just love it! Prim and proper English lady goes to Texas to dispose of her good image to escape being forcefully married to a creepy (he was SOOOOO disturbingly nasty) duke. What she finds is a town, Wynette, full of colorful and wacky inhabitants, but none as frustrating and irresistible as the lazy but sexy golfer (slash “freelance gigolo”) Kenny.
As with other SEP books, the humor took the number one spot on what made this story good. The hilarious banter, the spot-on one liners, the laugh out loud situations, ... I could go on an on. Here are some scenes that definitely go to my hall of fame: when Emma buys ridiculous things from the pharmacy because she thinks the duke’s lackey is watching and the subsequent conversation with Kenny regarding those items, Kenny explaining what his “fee” includes and what not, anytime Kenny mentions the Antichrist, Tories emus, etc.
The wide cast of characters is another thing I appreciate about SEP books and, again, we meet all sorts of colorful characters, from respectable citizens to total oddballs. The romance was also sweet and awkwardly cute, even tough the end result and the latter quarter of the book was a slight letdown. Still, Emma and Kenny were like a couple of kindergarten kids who didn’t know yet that you can actually like each other without any agenda or pulling the others braids.
The secondary romance was kind of halfway there, I didn’t completely feel it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Even tough, I would usually dislike a character such as Torie (spoiled, slightly vain, expert in cussing, too in-your-face), in this book I found her flawed and slightly messed up yet charming. Dexter was a stud in geek’s clothes. Was I the only one who notices that he was kind of kinky?
As much as I liked this book, I had a hard time warming up to Emma. I appreciated that she had quite a distinct personality with her own arsenal of quirks, but I couldn’t help thinking her extremely selfish. Yes, I did sympathies with her predicament and understood that she was tolerating everything for her beloved school, but the way she turned the already over the top lives of specific Wynette’s residents totally upside-down, causing mayhem and misunderstandings to everyone she saw as having a part in her escaping the clutches of the evil duke and her reputation, was too careless. It made for some hilarious situations and the cause was noble, but in most cases she didn’t really take into account what her victory might mean for the pawn in her plan. And a couple consequences weren’t really justifiable. Having said that, Emma was a refreshing heroine, no guesses, however, on who will wear the pants in her and Kenny’s relationship, Emma holds the reigns and I don’t think Kenny will mind being in the “service” of this composed and well-mannered English rose with an impeccable reputation (well not anymore when Wynette is through with her but it was dull reputation anyway) for the rest of his life.
Kenny was sexy talented, smart and full of potential, unfortunately, he didn’t like to show that part of himself outside of golf, instead he relished being this lazy and easygoing hunk. I adored Kenny, he was fun, wicked and misunderstood, but oh so swoony .
Another win for me from SEP, not that I was expecting anything less. I enjoyed it less than other books I’ve read from her, but this was a great romantic and hilarious read and I recommend it fully.