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I enjoy the series and also this book was fun. But there was one thing that really put me off. In chapter 1 we meet Jo and Bran but a few chapters later they are referred to as Mrs Shaw and Lord Knightley. Why? Why wasn't there an editor who pointed that inconsistency. It really interrupted my reading flow.
The story was good and I was pulled in to the story immediately and really "felt" for the heroine and LOVED the hero--his tripping over his tongue and his adorable (but acted much older than a normal child of that age) daughter.
I felt sorry for Jo but felt I knew the story way before it happened and this whole story was laid out for you so you knew exactly what was going to happen but the people were so real and their longings so very human you cared and wanted them to win.
BUT the only thing I did not enjoy was the very explicit sex scenes with every little detail spelled out to the infinite degree and she included many details I did not want to know, never would want to know and didn't NEED to know! The most 'sensual" novel I ever read had not one explicit detail or scene in it. SO I you also don't need to know all the details---either skip the sections OR skip this novel. I thought I was buying a novel with 3 stories that 3 authors wrote since I bought it from one of my new favs. Ms. Elizabeth Johns who does not include all the details!
I love regency romances! I read the earlier books in this series and liked them, and this book was no exception. The premise was mildly intriguing - a widow lacking confidence and a new earl recently returned from the Caribbean come together. The heroine, Mrs Joanna Shaw, was compelling - pretty, mature, and kind, but needing to get her groove back. The hero, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton, was less compelling - handsome and aristocratic but mildly mentally ill and selfish. They had some chemistry but little sizzle. The storyline was predictable but sweet. Overall, a pretty good book.
From his earliest known recollections he was labeled defiant, non-conforming and abused by his brothers and mother, ignored by his father! He just wanted to do things his way! When he returned to England, after a sojourn in Barbados to take on the earldom after the death of his father and siblings, he met and married a girl who allowed him to do just that! Satisfying reading.
Interesting to read about the new earl and how he has to learn how to adjust to his new title. He had been living in Barbados for many years, and London is so different. As he hired a new governess for his young daughter, his life begins to improve.
This was a decent read. I really enjoy this author but this wasn't my fav book. I was excited to see Joanna since we got a glimpse of her from Nora's book. I really liked Bran too, he was a sweetheart.