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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Undoing of a Lady by Nicola Cornick

Genre: Historical Romance

Published: 2009

Pages: 384pp

Rating: 2.5 Crowns

Synopsis: (From the Publisher) Courting scandal since girlhood, free-spirited Lady Elizabeth Scarlet vows there is just one way to save her childhood friend from a loveless marriage: to kidnap him! But Nathaniel is furious. So angry that he challenges her to take their assignation to its natural conclusion and seduce him.

When her inexperienced attempt flares into intense passion, Lizzie is ruined…and hopelessly, unexpectedly, in love with Nathaniel, the Earl of Waterhouse. Now the wild and willful Lizzie must convince Nat that they are a perfect match—in every way.

My Review:Lizzie Scarlet, orphaned at a young age and at the mercy of her two devilish half-brothers, has always been one to divulge in daring activities without a thought about their consequences. In the beginning of this book, we find Lizzie up to one of her most outlandish schemes; she is determined to save her friend from marrying a rich but boring lady. Acting on impulse, Lizzie manages to capture Nat and hold him hostage but unwittingly sets herself in a very compromising position...

Running away is always how Lizzie handles a horrible situation, but when murder and blackmail occur, Lizzie finds she can run no longer. Forced to make life changing decisions, Lizzie sets out on a course that will either leave her blissfully happy or terribly heart broken...

This book was a light and fast paced read that can easily be finished in a couple days. The author definitely has a talent for keeping the ending a surprise. Once the murderer was finally revealed, I was completely shocked. Having really enjoyed the previous two books in the series, I was a bit disappointed with this one. There was little suspense, and when a revelation did occur, it seemed to be glossed over with little reaction from the characters. Also, although Lizzie's eccentric pranks were amusing and well appreciated, some of them were a bit far stretched...not wanting to give away the details, lets just say she acted out the part of "Lady Godiva" in public. Overall I had no trouble finishing the book, but if I had to do it over, I just might pass. If you wish to read this book, I would definitely recommend reading the first two in the series first.


Blodeuedd said...

Even if you were a bit disappointed, I still like the sound if it, it is the kidnapping thing

Muse in the Fog said...

LOL, yes kidnapping always adds a good amount of fun in the story :)

Mystica said...

The kidnapping will add the spice to the story!