Pages: 384 pages
Series: The Writing Girls-1,2,3,3.5
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Romance Reading Challenge 2012, E-book Reading Challenge 2012
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I am rushing to write my reviews for this week in a rush because, it turns out, I am in the path of the Frankenstorm and I don't know if it's going to be a complete travesty or not.
I know that a book has gone above and beyond "like" when I finish it in an hour. Not even an hour where I was not otherwise busy but an hour where I had other things to do. Many other things. Seducing Mr. Knightly could not be put down.
Annabelle was a very shy and timid heroine. It took much effort to coax her out of her corner. I would usually say a character like Annabelle is weak and wimpy and would be frustrated that so much effort was being made to put baby in her corner. But somehow with Annabelle it didn't. I loved her more and more with every passing page. I became quite protective of her to the point where I wanted to do physical harm to the hero. I also didn't like that she had to change herself to get Derek to notice her. But he was such a dolt that it was probably her only option aside from a 2x4 upside the head. Derek, our hero, was very business-like and stoic. Not exactly my type of hero but close enough to be comfortable. He was very willing to do anything to get what he felt he deserved and to protect his newspaper including almost getting engaged to another woman in spite of his feelings for Annabelle. He was so ruthlessly ambitious. Throughout the whole book, I vociferated between loving Derek for his Darcy-ness and wanting to take him out with a shovel. He brushed Annabelle aside so often. I felt like jumping into the book and telling Annabelle to move on from this dunderhead and find someone with braincells.
I love the word "nodcock." It's the best thing I've ever heard and is now my go-to word for "you stupid stupid man." Annabelle and Derek did frustrate me. I felt for Annabelle and wanted to beat some sense into Derek. But they really worked so well together. I also loved how the chapters started with a little tidbit from the various gossip sheets. I found them almost as entertaining as the book itself. This book was filled with angsty moments but it also had a nice dose of humor which worked well to break up the drama. I don't mind drama and angst in my romances but there should be some humor to balance it out. And, perhaps, the best part of this book is I have found a new (to me) author whose writing style I adore. Maya Rodale is going on my Auto-Buy list. I highly highly recommend this book.