Series: Love By Numbers #2
Author: Sarah MacLean
Page Count: 357
Published: Avon Books, 2010
Perhaps it’s because of my Turkish blood, or the crowded cast, or the very likable way Sarah MacLean had written her characters, or all of the above but whatever the reason, I loved this book.
Having already been looking forward to this story, I’m glad to announce none of the characters has disappointed me, and by ‘none’ I mean Nick, since he was the only one I knew before the start.
After having been exposed to society ladies through a well known magazine’s list of most eligible men to land, Nick St. John takes the first opportunity to escape the ton’s excited mamas and their daring daughters, and takes the job of finding the missing sister of his friend, the high and mighty Duke of Leighton. Those who’ve read the first book will remember him as the polite and flirtatious young man that helped Juliana pick a present for her brother Ralston –I think- but here we meet the tiny little rank-obsessed monster that he hides within. It’s not pretty, so naturally I can’t wait for him to be tamed by the feisty Italian sister.
Back to the plot, Nick’s talent of finding just about anything, coupled with his good friend and companion the big Mr. Durukhan, leads him to our heroine and her house of mysterious affairs.
I loved the premise of the story from the start. From the way every new character was introduced, especially Mr. Durukhan, who by the way I developed quite a crush on, to the way the plot kept multiplying.
Nick St. John was a tiny bit unusual in his heroism compared to his brother. While his brother had sworn off serious relationships and the idea of marriage because of their parents’ example, Nick had sworn off such things for completely different reasons. He wasn’t the brooding cold hero that kept pushing away, but he was the vulnerable one who was attracted to women in need, or more precisely, women who he thought were in need of him. But of course there’s a difference between a woman in need and a woman who needs someone to make things happen for her, and that distinction was exactly the thing that made his love story. I loved that.
Isabel was a woman to admire. Just like most heroines, she was in dire straits but was facing life head-on. She was strong and smart and I respected her character for what she did, and how she did it. That fine line where a woman is meant to be strong but instead turns cocky? That was not crossed here which was a plus for me. I hate when such a detail ruins a potentially good story.
Needless to say I loved the supporting characters, again especially Durukhan. I loved the idea that he was this huge man who was most kind and polite. Uh-oh, Lara is giving me dirty looks, so I’ll cut my thoughts on Durukhan short. But really, how can one not like men like Nick or Durukhan? They’re kind and considerate, they’re polite and helpful, they have good looks and the money. It’s almost impossible not to love a historical hero, even a supporting one!
Hmm, now Lara has pulled Isabel to a corner where they’re whispering in a conspiring way and I don’t like the look of that.
There’s perhaps one tiny criticism I have and that is the back and forth approach the hero and heroine took about their feelings for each other, even after they admitted it to themselves. It felt like it dragged the story for a short while, but I was able to overlook it because theirs was a sweet story.
I know some of the people I’ve spoken to weren’t big fans of this one, but I really loved it. I loved the characters and their relationships, and I loved the setting and the plot in general.
Alright, now Lara and Isabel and the other girls are inching towards me while Nick and Durukhan are snickering in the far corner so let me quickly say I’m adding a total 5 big spoonfuls of this into my hodgepodge and run the other way, over to Juliana and the Ralston manor, perhaps she can help keep me safe from these women in love.
Leighton, hold the door you big oaf!
Meanwhile, I’m adding five big fat spoonfuls of this lovely and fun story into my hodgepodge.
Love by Numbers series by Sarah MacLean:
- Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
- Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
- Eleven Scandals to Start To Win a Duke’s Heart