Pages: 416 pages
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
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Beginning Babble: I have to admit that I have read this book once already without reviewing it. The second time is the charm, I guess. I didn't really enjoy it the first time around. And to be honest, I don't even know why because this time I ended up loving it. In a big way. In a this is one of my reading highlights of the year way. In a Anne Barton is a new favorite author of mine and I will devour her books in a voracious kind of way.
Heroine: Annabelle- She was one of my problems the first time around—based solely on margin notes. I couldn't make a connection to her and couldn't figure her out for the life of me. But, and I will be saying this a lot, it was completely different the second time around. She seemed a bit cold and withdrawn last time but now, I understood the reasons for her aloofness and empathized with her.
Hero: Owen-The one thing that did not change from my first reading to my last is my love for Owen. He was a pretty great hero. He was a bit stodgy—which I really like. But he did have a softer side even if it took a bit for it to be obvious. He is extremely protective of his sisters which just served to endear him to me more.
Chemistry: At first, I was kind of on the fence about the whole blackmail issue and how it would be used but I really love how Barton worked it in but didn't make it at all seedy or unsavory. It definitely added an extra dimension to Owen and Annabelle's relationship. I also loved how Owen's slight stodgy nature played against Annabelle's.
Ending Babble: I really did enjoy this one. I mean, it's nothing I haven't read before but it's done so well that I really don't care. The writing is excellent and the characters are so well-drawn. There is just enough angst to be interesting but not so much that it becomes exhausting. I also adore Anne Barton's writing style. It reminds me a lot of Lisa Kleypas' for some reason. Barton is definitely going on my auto-buy list...in a big way.