I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Katharine Ashe
Released: September 25, 2012
Series: Falcon Club #3
Published by Avon
Miss Diantha Lucas has set upon a quest to find the mother that abandoned her when she was a child, she has two weeks to get to France before her family realise she has gone and come after her. However, it soon becomes apparent on the road that she needs a hero, someone to protect her from untoward advances and to guide her safely on her journey and when she recognises Mr Wyn Yale, she knows she has found her hero. But Wyn is no ones hero, drowning his guilt over a past deed in drink, when he sees the much changed and beautiful Diantha, he has some rather ungentlemanly and unheroic feelings indeed…I admit after the rather lacklustre opinion I had of How to be a Proper Lady I wasn’t really that eager to start this book. Boy, was I wrong, if I had known how much I was going to enjoy this book I would have dived right in the second after I had finished the previous book!
The main this I loved about this book was the heroine, Diantha Lucas, there are two main reasons for this:
1. She was charming. Funny, spirited and very direct, I immediately fell under her spell. Ms Ashe seems to excel at writing really likable heroines, giving them great inner strength and vivacious personalities, it is hardly surprising the heroes fall in love with them.
2. She has been through an ugly duckling transformation, going from an over weight, spotty teen to a beautiful young lady BUT rather then her suddenly having a perfect body with nipple pointing to the ceiling and smooth unmarked skin, she instead still held a normal woman’s body, stretch marks and all. It may seem a little shallow to like her more for this reason but I did, it made her more relatable, and although she may have had a few faint scars from her spots and stretch marks like a normal woman, that don’t make her any less beautiful.
But what is a great heroine without her hero? I really liked Wyn, I wasn’t sure what I expected from him, as although he has popped up in previous books he still remains rather mysterious. He won me over though, beneath his dashing and gentlemanly exterior and underneath the constant alcohol he drowned himself with he had a tortured past and what girl can resist that?
The mixture of two fantastic characters, a bucketful of wit and humour as well as some self discovery and a little anguish created a fabulous read and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.
*ARC provided by publisher
Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?