Pages: 320 pages
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
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Mary Wine is one of my favorites. I love her Highlander romances and I adored her steampunk romance (A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious). She is very rarely a miss with me and, luckily, I loved this one as well.
Daphne was a likable heroine. She was headstrong and a bit foolhardy. She did have some moments of obnoxious but nothing too bad. She was brave, smart and hard working. I did wish that she would just let loose her rage on the people who treated her badly--especially that evil, mean cook. But I love that she never gave them the satisfaction of seeing her lose control. Norris was a bit of a conundrum for me. First of all, his name. Norris. When I hear that name, I think "Chuck Norris" and that was the image that entered my head every time I saw his name. Not a good image. Secondly, he was cocky and had more swagger than a rock star on stage. I don't exactly know if that makes him more appealing or less. I am still trying to figure that out.
I loved this book. The chemistry between Daphne and Norris was perfect. I love that they have a history together and that their history actually plays a part in the book. It wasn't mentioned once and forgotten about. I appreciated that. It also caused a bit of angst which is always good. I could not put this book down once I started. I read every chance I got. That's unusual for me. I usually either read in one huge uninterrupted block or I don't read at all. And I am usually pretty patient so I will wait for that uninterrupted block of time. But I simply couldn't with this one. It was like a compulsion. Every free minute/second was spend reading. That, my friends, is a sign of a good book.