Pages: 384 pages
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Krazy Kleypas Reading Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge 2012
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I have this huge backlog of Lisa Kleypas reviews. I read them all this summer but I haven't found time to review all of them. And I loved most of them. I was really excited for this one because, as with most Lisa Kleypas books, I had heard very good things but I found myself mildly disappointed.
Tasia was a bit of a challenge for me. She had all of the traits that I often love in heroines. She was strong, smart and level-headed but she irked me at times. Mostly stemming from her religious beliefs. Not that I am against having them but she was quite hypocritical about them. Apparently, her faith was okay with sexing up a man before marriage but drew the line at sleeping in the same bed as him when married. Maybe I am wrong and that is normal behavior but the girl just confused me. Luke was awesome. He had a bit of the Beast or Mr. Rochester going. He is a good guy but he is scarred both physically and emotionally and becomes bitter. I loved him. I love the nasty and broken heroes. I also loved how he put up with Tasia's crazy--for the most part---with patience and tolerance.
I think this may have been my first ever romance about a Russian hero or heroine. I could be wrong but I think it is. I find that I quite like it. It's a nice break from the typical. I loved both Tasia and Luke even though, on her own, Tasia befuddled me. This is definitely not my favorite of Lisa Kleypas' books or even of this series but in a pinch, it'll do. I do think if I was less annoyed with Tasia, I would have a much higher opinion of this book.