Another gem from Lisa Kleypas. I love her books. Evie is a gorgeous women both in her heart and looks even though no one seems to see it due to her extreme shyness and stammer. She proves she is strong and a wonderful partner to a rake like Seabatian. Sebastian reveals himself to a a intelligent caring man who just needed a goal in life and to be told he is a loveable human being instead of just a gorgeous shell of a man.
This book has a common romance plot line...shy girl seeks helps from callous rake, eventually sparks fly etc... but it's told so well it doesn't feel like a standard romance. Evie's vile family is trying to force her into marriage with a cousin to get hold of her inheritance. In desperation she approaches an impoverished nobleman Sebastian to offer a marriage of convenience. He takes pride in being callous and says the 'f' word to her all the way to Gretna Green.
Everything about this book is above average, the characters, the plot and the steaminess. Unfortunately the price is also above average so sadly I won't be buying more from this author until I've finished the works of less costly but equally talented authors such as Christi Caldwell, Lynsay Sands, Jess Michaels and Amanda Quick.
This is the book I wanted to read based on the blurb originally. BUT I had to read the first two in the series before I could.... Well, I have to say I was disappointed by the first two and holding my breath that this one would be better... really likeable! Not just likeable. And THANK GOD! It was!!! I was not disappointed but personally, I could have skipped the first two and enjoyed this one just as much. I really liked Evie (I love a tragic heroine as much as I love a tortured hero) and Evie was a sweetie (mind you I could NOT for the life of me understand how she could have a "plump" bottom or thighs when her regular form of torture was bread and water treatment?????) I liked St Vincent too- probably because he was as gorgeous as an angel and wicked to boot. Kleypas does not write dark or evil and even her baddies are really quite adorable. I thoroughly enjoyed both the characters but I wanted a little more from their relationship. Mainly WHY St Vincent became so enamoured of Evie. I wish that Kleypas would write her characters experiences a bit more so that I could understand them better instead of vaguely brushing over their troubles in a few sentences. Especially when she can write three pages about what they were serving in the gambling hall for dinner! NOOOOO!! Tell me why these people are worth loving OK! Tell me WHY I should feel sorry for them! Help me understand a little better about their characters and why they are so suited to each other!! Anyhoo. I did enjoy this one. 4, thank God, stars.