Series: Love by Numbers #3
Author: Sarah MacLean
Page Count: 367
Published: Avon Books, 2011
This was every bit the book I expected, the high and mighty proud man who puts reputation and his station above all else finally being brought down to his knees -literally- by a woman with so much spirit and personality. This was a match that couldn’t go wrong and I’m happy to say it didn’t.
The plot had already written itself from previous books. The Duke of Leighton, Simon, already met his match in Juliana, the feisty and bold Italian half sister of the Marquess of Ralston and Nick St. John. From then on, theirs became the story of acceptance, of their worth, their love and the fact that there’s no escaping the scandal that their lives are going to cause.
I like scandal in a story, who doesn’t? I like to hear the latest gossip, to know who’s been up to what and with whom. In this sense, this book was more than satisfactory -sorry guys, I did spy on you, it’s the whole point of the book!
The characters were very much likable, I especially loved Juliana’s courageous spirit. She was the kind of woman the ladies of the ton would’ve wanted to be if they knew what they missed. She was brave and she knew what she wanted and she wasn’t afraid to get it no matter what it cost her. The only thing she perhaps missed was her own worth but without that flaw this story wouldn’t have been so I’ll forgive her that. Leighton is giving me a mean look so let me clarify that I was only joking, joking Leighton. Thankfully Juliana knows what I’m talking about so it’s all good. I hope.
The Mighty Duke of Leighton -another mean look here- was a great hero. He was arrogant to the core, he was cold and calculating, to the point where he pushed even his own sister aside because she dared sully their family reputation. Needless to say it was nigh time for him to be taught a lesson in life. It would’ve been a shame if his hidden passionate spirit went to waste because dear lord, he had such passion.
The plot consisted of the inner conflicts of both the hero and the heroine and that was more than enough to get the story going and keep the reader engaged, because even though I knew this was a happy ending, there was a point when I wondered about the how. The only criticism I could have was the lack of the rest of the characters, especially Leighton’s sister who I expected to have a bigger role in the course of the story. And the St. John brothers, of course, who would have a word or ten to say about this match, especially Nick, for his ties to Leighton’s family. I missed those characters, and if they perhaps traded places with a few last minute inner conflicts, then this would’ve been a perfect read for me.
Alright, now Leighton is giving me odd looks and I can hear him whispering under his breath that his wife is perfect, so I think it’s time I leave them, Leighton had tolerated me enough when he could do more fun things with his wife alone -his words, not mine.
I put four big spoonfuls of this lovely 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