Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review: Destined to Last by Alissa Johnson (4.5 stars, historical)

"...what is it about me that ruffles your feathers so?" You're too large. You're too charming. You make my heart race. I'd wager a year's allowance you were, at some point, a pirate. She couldn't tell him any of those things. Particularily the last, which she knew to be the influence of a long-standing weakness for torrid novels. So she said instead, "You loom, Mr. Hunter."

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Thoughts After Reading:
It's a great thing when an author is able to produce quality work consistently in a series. Thankfully, Johnson continues to deliver in the fourth (and last?) of her "Providence" series, Destined to Last.

The hero is one of those men who has grown up on the streets of the London and only succeeded at becoming a wealthy gentleman through perseverance, intelligence, hard-work, and probably a bit of luck. As a result, he is fond of conducting strategies and being in control. He greatly admires the heroine, and wants her as his wife. The heroine is a beautiful and talented young woman, who can also be easily distracted and therefore tends to be clumsy. Most relevant to the story, however, is that she is a hopeless romantic. As one could expect, there is some clashing as these characters fall in love. The hero tries to stage a logical seduction, while the heroine just wants to get her man.

It wasn't my favorite of the series, but it contained everything I would expect of a good, lighthearted read (and what I'm beginning to expect from Johnson): witty dialogue, fun characters, consistent humor, a realistic deepening of emotions to love, and a solid conclusion. I thought the heroine's assumptions about the hero were a bit naive, but it was good she fell in love with a man who subconsciously loved her back. Who would have guessed? ;)

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