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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Historical Romance Review: Just One Season in London, by Leigh Michaels

Last week we had the fabulous Leigh Michaels, romance author, on History Undressed for an interview, and today I'd like to post my review of her wonderful latest Regency release, JUST ONE SEASON IN LONDON.

But first...

ABOUT THE BOOK...

A family that courts together…



Viscount Ryecroft has a beautiful sister he needs to marry off… if only he had the money for her Season in London.

His family is in financial ruins, and his mother is willing to do anything to help her children, including sell herself to the highest bidder…


Finds passion on their own…


Sophie Ryecroft will sacrifice love to marry for the good of her family… but instead finds passion and solace in an attractive alternative.

With so much riding on their one and only Season in London, Rye, Sophie, and Miranda can’t help but get hopelessly entangled with all the wrong people…


MY REVIEW...

I really enjoyed Leigh's first Regency, THE MISTRESS' HOUSE, which came out earlier this year, and I admit to being worried about whether or not her second release with Sourcebooks would be as good! I mean, how could she top it? Well, she did. I love how Ms. Michaels can take us into the heads of several different characters without losing us.  I like getting the perspective of so many, it really does show you how differently people can think and how differently one person might react to a situation, or how they may feel about it versus another.  This is one of the reasons I like Ms. Michaels work so much. Her books are truly character driven, and by characters who leap off the page. We want to be their friends. We want to join them at the ball, or for tea to talk about what fascinating things they are going to do that day. They are larger than life. We laugh with them, gasp with them, worry over them, cry with them.

So did she top THE MISTRESS' HOUSE with JUST ONE SEASON IN LONDON? I wouldn't say she topped it--I can't because I loved them both so much. Once again Ms. Michaels put out a fabulous book! A witty, tantalizing, addictive confection for the reader's mind, which I highly recommend!

AND I am super excited to have just received the ARC to her next Regency release, THE WEDDING AFFAIR.  Looks like another fabo book! Will let you know :)

Cheers,
Eliza

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