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Just One Season in London by Leigh Michaels

July 24th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: July 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com:

A family that courts together…

Viscount Ryecroft has a beautiful sister he needs to marry off… if only he had the money for her Season in London.

His family is in financial ruins, and his mother is willing to do anything to help her children, including sell herself to the highest bidder…

Finds passion on their own…

Sophie Ryecroft will sacrifice love to marry for the good of her family… but instead finds passion and solace in an attractive alternative.

With so much riding on their one and only Season in London, Rye, Sophie, and Miranda can’t help but get hopelessly entangled with all the wrong people…

I love historical romances and whenever someone asks for suggestions or who my favorite authors are I always mention Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn or Johanna Lindsey.  If all of Leigh Michaels’ books are as good as this one then I have a feeling her name will quickly join my list of favorite authors.  She captures the perfect balance between humor, romance and sexiness in this story.

The Characters

I can’t think of a single character I disliked in this story.  I really enjoyed Ryecroft and the fact that physically he wasn’t an Adonis but he still had London’s ladies flocking around him due to his humor, kindness and ok I’m sure his title had a little to do with it.  Sophie was spunky, kind and naive and you can’t help but love her.  Unlike many heroines who do stupid things despite being made out to be strong, smart women she isn’t painted to be the perfect woman.  Yes she makes some bad decisions due to naiveness but they aren’t out of character with your typical young woman who has never been to London.  Everything she does is so realistic that you can’t help but put yourself in her shoes and relate to her situation and feelings.  Miranda, the man Sophie falls for and the woman Rye falls for were all wonderful characters as well.  They were all perfectly flawed and perfectly endearing.  I did find it funny that Miranda appears to be around her late 30s and there are constant references to her being past her prime and with the way her son refers to her you would think she was an old woman.  I know people didn’t have as long of life span as we do now but it still made me laugh on how the young view their parents sometimes.  For those of you who are fans of Lady Danbury in Julia Quinn’s books you will meet her equivalent, Lady Stone, who is just as crochety, plain speaking and soft hearted.

The Story

I’m always a little leery about books that centralize around several romances instead of focusing on just one couple with maybe a minor couple thrown into the mix.  Leigh Michaels wove all three love stories in so well together that it never felt disjointed to me and all the couples wormed their way into my heart.  It was hilarious watching the characters interact with each other and there was never a dull moment in the book for me.  I stayed up way too late reading this book because I couldn’t stop until I got to the end.  Even though with most romances you know there will be a happy ending it was one of those stories you get immersed in and the journey to the end is just as satisfying as the happily ever after.

I find it hard to be coherent as I just want to gush about this book.  If you are a fan of Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn or Johanna Lindsey and are looking for a new book I highly suggest picking this one up.  I know I will be adding the rest of Leigh Michaels books to my to be read list.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Romance

3 Responses

  1. Pam (@iwritienbooks)

    Oooh, this is just NOT my bag, usually, but with all of your (yes, coherent) gushing, I might have to reconsider. ;O)

  2. The_Book_Queen

    Thought I’d pop over and see your review 🙂 I am glad that you enjoyed it so much. I wish I could have said the same. I mean, I didn’t hate it, by any means, but it was… different, and perhaps it is the 3 stories in one that helped to put me off the story? It’s hard to pin point.

    However, to each his own, right? 😀 And who knows; with covers like this one, I might still pick up future books by her and find that I enjoy them!

    Enjoy,
    TBQ

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