Pages: 312 pages
Series: Shakespeare in Love-1,2
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My Review:Intro Babble: I always feel awkward reading a book when I’ve missed a previous book in the series. This is one of those cases. The heroine in this one was the mistress in the first book of the series. I found this out before I started the book—because I am weird and I like spoilers—and I kind of regret it because I walked into this book with a negative impression of Angelique. It was a completely wrong impression because she was amazing and I loved her.
CharactersHeroine-Angelique-As I said, I walked into this book with a bad impression of Angelique. One that turned out to be completely wrong. And kind of judgy. I feel terrible about that. It took about a chapter for my opinion of Angelique to do a complete 180. She is one of the best heroines I have ever come across. She is mature, intelligent and possesses an inner strength rarely met in a heroine. She has her issues but she is rarely weakened by them and I absolutely loved her for that. I identified with her in a way that completely shocked me.
Hero: Jack-I was quite surprised by how much I liked Jack. Not in the same way that I was surprised by how much I liked Angelique but more in the “I didn’t like you at first” way. He seemed sort of boring at first. I couldn’t make a connection to him and he seemed a bit stale. But I eventually started to like him. He had a nice depth to his character but it took me a bit to get there.
Chemistry-I’m not sure how I thought this was going to work out but I thought this one would be angsty and one of those painful reads—not that I don’t love books like that. But I loved Jack and Angelique together. They just worked well together. I was actually a bit surprised at how well because I was expecting more conflict. They were the perfect mix of angst and sweet.
Ending Babble: As I said in my review of Love on a Midsummer Night, I am not the biggest Shakespeare fans on the planet. I know. I know. It makes me a bad person. A bad reader. A bit of a dolt. But I have come to accept it. But I loved this book even with the Shakespeare connection. Just on the basis of Angelique alone. I have never made a connection to a heroine in a romance novel in that way before. Add to that the fact that the hero was also great, the story was well written and engaging---and there we have it, the first reading highlight of the year.