I picked up this novel on a whim. I didn't think about it too much, as it was a bag of books for a dollar at the local library. It was a romance novel and that was all that mattered to me at the time.
I was surprised by the language used, and pleasantly so. If you want your typical euphemisms and fluff language, this is not the romance novel for you. I wouldn't exactly call this an erotica or an erotic romance novel, but it certainly isn't quite as tame as other novels.
The characters were extremely likable. I legitimately liked the main female, Lucy. She was a strong woman who knew when she needed to cry. She wasn't stubborn, she was intelligent without being a know-it-all. She was kind without throwing out every detail of her charities into your face. Lucy was generous and an over all good person. Simon wasn't your typical brooding hero. Sure, he broods, but for good reason. He's a man on a mission. Not your typical jerk. He's light-hearted and funny and willing to smile and laugh.
And that's it. This isn't entirely your typical romance novel. The plot focused, mainly, on the relationship between Simon and Lucy, while still reminding you gently that there were other, bigger things going on. Everything tied in nicely without being overbearing.
This doesn't take place in the Victorian age, as many romance novels do. Instead this is an earlier novel. 1700's. So if you're unwilling to stray from your usual setting, then don't go after this one. If you're looking for a real plot with loveable characters, then go ahead and pick this one up. Even the minor characters had personality, real personality, and they weren't just tropes or cliches.
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