Series: Rhymes with Love #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon on 26 March 2013
Reading Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Lord Henry was horror struck when he started receiving a tsunami of letters from spinsters thanks to his nephew Preston advertising for a bride on his behalf. Henry had no intention of answering the letters but one particularly tart response from Daphne caught his eye and thus began a pen romance.
The path to love between the two was far from simple as both adopted pseudonyms but desperately want to know who the other person was. When our clueless pair meet in real life they are instantly attracted to each other but they fight it because of a long-standing feud between their families. Even if they could overcome that obstacle and the interference of their relatives, they risk losing the love of their pen pal.
The good bits
I enjoyed the set up of the romance and the last part of the novel way more than the middle which dragged a little. The unmasking of Miss Spooner and Mr Dishforth was a little odd but definitely unexpected.
The not so good bits
The feud between the Dales and the Seldons had the potential to really drive the plot along and ratchet up the tension but it sort of fizzled out instead. If the reason behind the feud had been less silly, I would have enjoyed the novel more.
Daphne and Henry could definitely have used some rounding out as they were fairly two dimensional. The fact that neither of them could identify the other despite a gazillion coincidences is definitely not to their credit. Both have changed from the way they were represented in the first novel of the series for no real reason and I think knowing more about their respective backgrounds would have made the transition to “not very bright but apparently highly desirable” characters less jarring. I also wanted to read more of the letters as the whole novel rested on the exchanges between the two. It would have given far more depth to the novel.
The repetition of stock descriptors really started to grate. Our protagonists were called a ‘minx’ or a ‘rake’ over 20 times (Daphne was the former and Henry was the latter in case you were wondering). These are the same phrases that were used to describe the hero and heroine in the last book and could easily have been avoided. I am also not sure how you can speak in a rakish voice so maybe I am missing something.
Reminds me of…
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – feuding houses, a forbidden love and a giant misunderstanding.
This book isn’t brain food but not every read has to be epic to be enjoyed. When I read it, I wanted something light and didn’t want to have to concentrate too hard. Thanks to the ending, it fit the bill despite its flaws and helped pass a few hours.