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Series: London Explorers #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
A DARING EXPLORER
All of London is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. Another dangerous expedition awaits. Nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret—until Will meets Charlotte Baker.
IS NO MATCH FOR AN ADVENTUROUS HEART
Vivacious Charlotte Baker also has a mission—to find a man whose bold spirit matches her own. When she meets Will Repton, she immediately recognizes him as her soul mate, and she’s naively willing to turn her back on the rules of propriety to ensnare him. Will is torn between his fascination with Charlotte and his vow to finish his quest. He knows what it is to risk life and limb—but what if his most perilous adventure doesn’t lie across an ocean, but within his own lost heart?
Charlotte Baker knows that it is her duty to marry well and return her family to the status they once enjoyed amonst the ton. When she encounters William Repton, the famed botanist, she sees her chance. William is something of a celebrity and marrying him will surely push her family back into the limelight. Charlotte has built him up in her mind as the perfect man, but she is unprepared for what he truly is – a man broken and haunted by a horrendous expedition in Tibet and China and thoroughly repulsed by her obvious hero-worship.
A good effort for a debut novel, but a lot of the plot and characterization fell flat for me. I especially didn’t like the heroine’s single-minded determination to snare the hero. I had hoped we’d moved beyond the time when a woman’s sole life goal was to catch a husband. And yes, I realize that was likely in Victorian England, but this is romance – we read to escape reality and there are certain expectations that come with the genre nowadays; specifically that the heroine have a motivating goal beyond finding a husband! However, points regained for excellent writing craft and use of language. Susanne Lord is clearly a talented author that just needs to re-evaluate her chosen plot devices.