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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. But it still takes her ages to fall asleep.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 236 pages
- Publisher : Mills & Boon Historical (1 April 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B082MS7HQC
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Max is in no mood for company of any sort. Hiding out at his newly inherited country estate, he just wants to lick his wounds both physical and metaphorical. After suffering life-threatening burns which have left him severely scarred, losing his naval career and his fiancee all at once nearly destroyed him. He’d really like Effie to be gone, but she refuses to be intimidated and he can’t bring himself to physical action against her. Indeed, he finds himself reluctantly fascinated by a mind more brilliant than any he’s ever encountered, packaged in the body of an exceptionally pretty woman. He can’t understand how no man has snapped Effie up yet.
Max and Effie are fantastic in the way they play off and challenge each other. Max’s nicknames for Effie are both delightful and chart the progression of their relationship, as they go from insulting to affectionate. Her trust in him takes a long time to build, not always aided by his sister’s well-meaning meddling and definitely hindered by the aforementioned stuffy types, but eventually they find a place of mutual understanding.
This is a really great romance and, at the same time, a searing indictment of the way women were treated in the past. The flat refusal even to read Effie’s work, never mind consider the merits of it, was rage-inducing and the way Max reacted to it was just perfect. The tragedy is that you just KNOW there are male academics who still think this way - and behave this way, if they can get away with it. Overall I absolutely loved this and would highly recommend. Five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via Rachel’s Random Resources.
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I really found it amusing and endearing how he teased her with her surname and literally laughed out loud at some of the variations he came up with!
I enjoyed and admired the “feminist” aspect of the plot. It was focused and genuine, passionate and emotive. It was not vitriolic or offensive in any way.
The love scene was very well written; not clinical but not pornographic either - just right!
I loved the humour between them and the gentle sarcasm / irony.
This is a very modern approach to relationships that fitted surprisingly well into the historical romance genre.
I enjoyed the depth and truth of the relationship between Max and his sister, Eleanor. The way she supported him and spoke to him was very real and made me feel the love she had for him and how proud and protective she was of him. And he her, in turn.
I particularly relished the challenging aspect of the sibling relationship as Eleanor made Max face his demons and accept his new life.
The traditional “falling out” part of the story was also very well written. The cross purposes conversation between Max and Effie was actually hilarious! I wanted to step in and shake both of them, tell them to shut up and listen to one another!
Several moments in the book actually made me feel genuine empathy for the character.
The moment when Effie touches Max’s scars and kisses them gave me goosebumps.
The moment when she “asked” him to kiss her also made me mist up!
The description of Miranda made me want to find her and slap her!
My only slightly negative feedback would be that the book seemed to end too quickly. From the love scene to the closing of the story seemed to flash past. Maybe this was because I was enjoying the story so much and simply did not wish it to end? Possibly.
I found the book a comfortable, gripping and very pleasurable read and will most definitely be watching out for other titles from yourself.
The hero and the heroine both drew me into their story. But the heroine, Effie, is a woman I can resonate with.
Smart, funny and a little bit sassy, Effie had me cheering her on as I turned the pages eagerly soaking up their story.
Max, our hero, is a little harder to love at first in a general sense but I always find I'm more drawn to dark, brooding and mysterious heroes so for me he is just the perfect hero.
The way Max championed Effie's hopes and dreams, despite her being a woman in a man's world, absolutely melted my heart.
I read this book cover to cover in one sitting as I always do.
I can't wait to see what Virginia has to offer next.
I will always have a soft spot for Dr. Joe, but Max comes a close second - what an endearing hero.
Virginia's heroines are always well rounded believable characters, and Effie is no exception to this form.
The romance of Effie and Max is wonderful. I enjoyed their banter, and I especially loved all the names he called her by: Miss Nitwit, Miss Nocturnal - very innovative, and extremely amusing within the context of the discussions they were having.