Benedict Adolphus (Dolly) Grayson known by all but his little sister as Gray is a roguish charmer, seriously it seems to be an innate component of his character rather than something that feels forced, and it made me smile, at least after the first scene with him and Sophie, that first interaction he didn’t exactly endear him to me.
Sophia is an innocent lady desiring to leave the constraints of Polite Society, and so she does something which she is sure will bar her from the Ton, she runaways on her wedding from a very eligible bachelor/fiancé (Toby), and boards a ship leaving the shores of Britain, planning to return to London in 3 months so she can acquire her inheritance.
I very much liked the fact that despite being the typical virginal miss, Sophia stood toe to toe with Gray, he may have had her blushing at times but she was now cowering miss, and embraced the adventures that came her way. I did like some of the interaction between Sophia and the crew, but overall the sense of emotion and sweetness wasn’t there for me.
It wasn’t until the 11% or so mark that I really found myself smiling, somewhat, as I read. The romance between Gray and Sophia has moments that are endearing and cute as they circle each other and the sexual tension between them swells. That being said there were also instances in such moments where the spark and potent humour/charm I am coming to expect from Tessa Dare was not entirely there. The premise of this sounded fab, and the bones of the book could have led to something magical, but the execution wasn’t what I was hoping for. After my last few reads of Dare’s books my expectations were high, but this was just ok/tepid. It didn’t grip my attention and time was not forgotten as I lost myself in the characters and story.
One Tessa Dare book that won’t be on my re-read pile.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 631 KB
- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Digital (14 January 2012)
- Sold by: PRH UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006X2Q49A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 60 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)