3/5, Holiday Romance, review copy

Review: And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle

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About the book:

Sensible gentleman of means seeks a sensible lady of good breeding for correspondence, and in due consideration, matrimony.

Which is exactly the sort of advertisement that makes practical to-a-fault Daphne Dale’s heart flutter. A sensible gentleman  in her estimation, is the perfect match,and she’s even more convinced once she’s exchanging sensibly romantic letters with her very appropriate suitor. That is,until Lord Henry Seldon strays into her path. He’s everything she’s vowed to avoid—a rakish charmer whose very touch seduces her practical sensibilities and her resolve.

Lord Henry Seldon was not amused when his nephew placed an advertisement to find him a wife. Yet he couldn’t resist replying to the note from “Miss Spooner.” And once he discovers he’s corresponding with none other than the disarming Daphne Dale, he finds it’s too late to disavow his heart. Now it is up to Henry to prove to Daphne just how insensible—and powerfully passionate—true love can be . . .

There were parts to this book that I loved (the sexual tension between Henry and Daphne) and parts that I couldn’t stand (the blasted feud between the Dales and the Seldons). I really liked the premise of the hero and heroine communicating by letter and not being quite sure when they met this person that they are so attracted to if they are the one who wrote the letters. Since neither Henry nor Daphne used their true name in the communications they aren’t sure if they are Miss Spooner and Mr. Dishworth. Once they find out that the other is a member of their families sworn enemy because of a (stupid) feud they both hope that the other isn’t who they have been writing to and falling in love with via post. The first half of this book is fantastic. There is such a pull between Henry and Daphne – a forbidden attraction. However, once they move on that attraction someone happens to the story and it starts to fall flat. The last part of the book is drawn out and boring. Henry and Daphne refuse to give up all of their secrets and it gets tiring. I will say that I loved the ending though. It has to be one of my favorite “wedding” scenes ever.

the book girl gives AND THE MISS RAN AWAY WITH THE RAKE a 3/5

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