Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Review: Tempting Fate by Alissa Johnson (5 stars, historical)

Full Description: Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5

Thoughts After Reading:
I'm happy to report that that I absolutely loved the second book in Johnson's "Providence" series, much more so than the first. Apparently the whole set will have a backstory where a man in the foreign  office is matchmaking couples to fulfill a friend's last wish. As with the first novel, Johnson's writing reminded me of a good Julia Quinn novel (and that's a high compliment): charm, wit, great comedy throughout, and lighthearted but with some serious tones. It was basically a "big brother" storyline, where the heroine has been living with the family of a neighboring estate. The hero (now the head of that family) and heroine blow off steam over the years by bickering, but find when they take a break that they are really quite fond of each other (and are mutually attracted). The more serious topics (the horrible uncle, the heroine's hidden worries finally being put to rest, etc) were handled artfully. I also liked that the only love scene was in the latter half of the book, and that the hero was already planning marriage by the time it took place. Overall, there were many positives and nothing really to dislike. An excellent read!

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