Publication Date: 12/03/2013
Genre: Historical Romance
(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)
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Books in the series:
A Little Night Mischief (2013), Gentlemen Prefer Mischief (2013)
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Excerpt from Gentlemen Prefer Mischief, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.
When Adversaries Clash, Mischief Ignites Passion...
If it hadn't been for the crazy rumors, Lily Teagarden would never have approached her neighbor, Hal, Viscount Roxham—the careless rogue who broke her fledgling heart. But strange noises and lights on his property are causing serious problems for her, and she needs his help.
Trouble is oh-so-diverting for Viscount Roxham, and what could be more amusing than investigating what's plaguing his prim, beautiful neighbor—haunted sheep, of all things. Every time he seems to make progress, though, she throws mischief in his path, and his attraction to her is becoming extremely distracting...too bad Lily's the only woman in England who doesn't think he's Lord Perfect.
Emily Greenwood's second book in the Regency Mischief series, Gentlemen Prefer Mischief, is out of the ordinary for Regency romances. With a plot device like haunted sheep, how could it be otherwise? This novel also features a prim and proper heroine who could use a little mischief of her own in her life. Greenwood's knack for character development is showcased here, when Lily is forced to acknowledge that she may have feelings for the Viscount next door. A good sophomore effort by an up and coming author!
What I liked:
Contrary to what some readers enjoy. I liked Lily and her closed up, buttoned up ways. Part of the charm of this book, was Hal's teasing and bantering with her, to get her to come out of that proper lady shell. Greenwood let's Lily's character simmer under the surface, behind a lot of no-nonsense behavior and duty driven attitudes. But I had a feeling there was more to her than met the eye and Hal eventually finds it. Lily is a woman of contradictions and I enjoyed her a lot.
Hal, the Viscount Roxham was a true hero in my opinion. He may be a rake, but he's a rake with a conscience. He is a kind man, who understands his duty to his position and family, but he doesn't turn it inward like Lily has done. He is outspoken and boisterous and I understood how he was so enchanted with Lily, she was completely opposite of what the reader thought this kind of man would want. It was a great idea and for me it worked.
Who doesn't love some outrageousness, especially in a Regency romance? The ton is so full of rules and regulations and this must be that way and that must be this way's. I thought the haunted sheep and the reason behind them was a great idea. It brought the hero and the heroine together and it provided a back drop to their growing affection for each other. The fiend was certainly a very fun element to this story.
What I didn't like:
Having read Greenwood's first book, I was excited to read this one. There were definitely some things I liked, but there were a few things that bothered me with this one as well. The pacing was off a bit. I couldn't put my finger on what the issue was for awhile but then I realized that there was just too much going on. I loved the story surrounding Hal and Lily, but the diversion into the the romance of Hal's sister was a merely a distraction that wasn't needed. Perhaps this was set up for the next book, but it took away some of the originality from this novel.
Gentlemen Prefer Mischief is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Emily Greenwood worked for a number of years as a writer, crafting newsletters and fundraising brochures, but she far prefers writing playful love stories set in Regency England, and she thinks romance is the chocolate-and in some exquisite cases, the wine-of literature. A Golden Heart finalist, she lives with her husband and their two daughters in Kensington, Maryland.