Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384 pages
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
I have a tendency to put off books that I know I am going to like. Usually, I am right and I love the book even though it took me forever to read it. But there are other rarer times where the book just doesn't live up to my lofty expectations. I did that with this book and this one kind of middled with me.
I don't know why but lately most of the heroines I have been coming across have annoyed me to no end. Sophie was so frustrating. She had all the wit and strength of a great heroine but, for the most part, she was led around by her idiotic family. She had no spark and I have come to expect at least a little with my heroines. Sophie just went along with her family and never really stood up for herself. I did love Lazarus. He was the perfect combination of sweet and rough around the edges. Sophie did treat him quite badly through most of the book which I found to be borderline exasperating. I kind of wanted him to tell her to take a hike but, of course this being a romance novel, he never did.
I did like this book. Quite a bit. Jayne Fresina's writing style was really engaging and love how the humor, romance and drama worked within the plot. I really liked Lazarus and I thought that the story was interesting. I do think I would have loved it if Sophie had been a bit more likable. There are just times when I have a complete disconnect with the heroine and this was one of them. That being said, the chemistry between Lazarus and Sophie was perfect. Really whenever they were together, I found myself liking the book ten times more. Aunt Finn was also a treasure of a character. I would read a book just about her.