Season for Surrender
October 2, 2012
Honor Among Rogues
Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation–for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party–and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible–he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector.
Mischief Among Misses
Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring.
Short Review: I liked it.
Extended review: I really liked it. No, really. The only thing I didn’t like was the petulant villain and duh, that’s what you’re supposed to feel about the villain. There were a couple of times I had to go back and read again because no way did that just happen only to find out that it did. The only suspension of disbelief I had was Xavier and Louisa being left alone for so long so often. I also wondered more than once why Xavier didn’t pound his cousin Lockwood into itsy bitsy bits, but the book would have been over pretty quickly if he’d listened to me when I yelled out “hit him already.” Seriously, I talked to a book. That doesn’t happen often.
The characters (even the villain) were intelligent and believable. The verbal sparring was sharp. All the words meant what the author meant them to mean. It was a hardship to put it down and go back to work after lunch. I know, when isn’t it a hardship to go back to work, but it was the book this time. It was a nice escape.
If you like Julia Quinn, you will love this book. I’m definitely going to look for more from this author! A+
Legal stuff: I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from NetGalley and Kensington. I am not being paid for this review.