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Isabella Bradford: A Wicked Pursuit

Like I said, time for romance. This time of the historical variety. And quite lovely too.

From my obviously feminist perspective a guy falling for a girl only after he got to know her so well wicked pursuit(before he thought he should marry her very much better looking but rather vapid sister) is a bit difficult to swallow but it worked in this novel.

In his defense, he is rather young and full of himself and didn’t know better but luckily for Gus (Augusta) he came to his senses. Well destiny interfered and his ego got the rather needed deflation.

But it’s actually such a cute love story to read full of funny and sometimes heart-wrenching twists. the best thing is that Gus is such a brave little thing, confronting all her problems, not running away from them, that is so rare and I loved her for it.

She is also a person who deals with her problems from a loving point of view and it works.

It was great fun seeing Gus and Harry fall in love.

Now there are two more free brothers left in the Breconridge family…


“As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.

Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.”

WoW: Shana Galen

I’m a bit late with this, I actually skipped last week (that’s because I didn’t want to talk about Kresley Cole again so soon). So, I finished When Dashing met Danger yesterday and it was good. It wasn’t bad and I can’t say it was terribly fascinating but there might be 2 reasons to that:

1) It’s that time of the month when nothing is good enough (except DSH’s Piment and Chocolat I tried today and it smells absolutely wonderful, like thick, dark, hot chocolate spiced with chili)

2) The heroine is only 20 and therefore from my perspective somewhat (ok, more than somewhat) naive and full of herself in a way I cannot understand, which does not make it bad, just not something I can relate with and hence, lost on me.

The story actually gets better the more it progresses towards the end, when I actually stopped being annoyed with the relationship between the male character and female. For a novel that didn’t really make it into a “read again” category, I seem to be thinking a lot about it. I’m actually wondering at the characterization of the two main characters. Since I cannot relate to her behaviour, I cannot actually tell if it is good or bad (in character with the heroine). I find that strange and any help on understanding it better will be appreciated. 🙂

I know I already talked about how I sometime skip books because I don’t like the blurbs and I need to point that out once more. I had my copy of this book for quite some time now (measurable in years) and I only started on it the other day because it was the only romance novel I had at hand. Sometimes I think that people who write that, write it for romance beginners and not for us who have been reading this for years and years.

Anyway, I wasn’t thrilled but I will definitely give Shana Galen another try, I think there might be some goodness in it for me in the future.

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