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Series: Book Club Belles Society #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 2, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
To Rebecca Sherringham, all men are open books-read quickly and forgotten. Perhaps she's just too practical for love. The last thing she needs is another bore around-especially one that's supposed to be dead.
Captain Lucius "Luke" Wainwright turns up a decade after disappearing without a trace. He's on a mission to claim his birthright and he's not going away again until he gets it. But Becky and the ladies of the village Book Club Belles Society won't let this rogue get away with his sins. He'll soon find that certain young ladies are accustomed to dealing with vil
I really liked the hero in this story! Luke is a great blend of mischievous scoundrel with a healthy dose of honor and a dash of gruff, but charming demeanor. Rebecca, the heroine, is quite headstrong and demanding, almost to the point of being a little too modern sometimes, but compliments Luke very well, even if she wasn’t exactly kind to him at the beginning. Watching these two battle it out was very entertaining. Rebecca’s insistence that she does not need a man, especially a man like Luke, and Luke’s determination to win her over created this great back-and-forth conflict that held my attention through most of the story. (Believe me, when you read as many historical romances as I do, it’s difficult to keep my attention since they can sometimes blend together.) I attribute much of that enjoyment to Ms. Fresina’s witty dialogue and refreshing ability to write a spirited heroine that can simultaneously be bold and progressive without coming across as a modern transplant in a historical setting.
It took a while for me to connect with these two because I felt their “romance” was a little off. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why I got this feeling – perhaps because I didn’t feel the characters changed all that much for one another? I didn’t see how Luke and Rebecca made each other better people just from knowing the other. I also felt there were times where the line between Regency and modern day idiosyncrasies blurred a bit too much
One thing I don’t see often, but really enjoyed seeing in this book was the age gap between Luke and Rebecca. I think it is fairly unique in this genre. Luke is almost 40 in this story and Rebecca is in her early 20s – a December/May romance. This is certainly an accurate reflection of marriages of the time period, but I also liked seeing this age gap because this still happens today. I have friends married to men and women over 10 years their senior and more than once have heard about their struggle to not get “those looks” when they are out in public or the lack of representation in the media. So to see this December/May romance play out in such a sweet, accepting way made me love this story all the more!