3.5 out of 5 stars
This is one of those books that you really have to be in the mood for — not just that it’s romance, but that there are so many silly, inconceivably ridiculous twists and turns that fall flat (unless you’re perfectly in the mood for really over the top contrivances. The main characters are, themselves, interesting: the prototypical bookworm who runs into tree branches while reading and the charming rake with the tortured past.. They’ve always teased and fought with one another, but it’s during their week of traveling (and sleeping together, initially platonically!?!?) that they fall in love. While there are moments of sparkling dialog, for me, the crazy twists and turns were just too much, and I spent more time feeling exasperated than moved or involved.
3.5 out of 5 stars
This book has intense sexual chemistry, pretty decent character growth, some seriously interesting side characters, and a meh intrigue-danger side plot. Though I really enjoyed the book overall, it’s getting the slightly lower rating because I think there were some missed opportunities here. The difference in class (she’s the lady! he’s HER servant!) was super interesting, and could and (perhaps relative to the time period they’re living in) should have been explored more thoroughly. The emotional part of their relationship really felt contingent and dependent on some of the physical chemistry, and though it was enjoyable, it didn’t seem as good as it could have been.
3 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase:
This collection of regency-era romances isn’t really as strong as many of her other stories. While they’re both very readable, and each has its own moments, this is of the quickly read/quickly forgot variety. The Temporary Wife in particular feels like the more angsty-rewrite of her novel The Ideal Wife (which I found sweet and charming), and A Promise of Spring was too over-ridden by misunderstandings run amok. I felt that both had pacing issues, and while there were again, romantic moments in both, I don’t think either (separately or combined) justify the purchase price.