This traditional regency, set 1815 is basically about two people discovering each other, their similar interests, and the peeling back of layers of personality imposed by society and family obligations. The old saying "opposites attract" is apt here. The hero is called "Sir Boring" by his classmates when growing up. As an adult, he is happiest immersed in his estate and his library. He doesn't feel the need to marry.
The awakening to what he is missing in companionship and love is what one remembers from this book.
The scenes leading up to the first kiss were well thought out.
William overprotected by an ailing mother, never had a childhood and is a reserved, withdrawn 32 year old.
William's grandmother Lady Margaret, is determined to break him out of his shell. Thus, she helps her goddaughter Adriana Addington to leave Italy and come to London. Her plan is to throw the two together on the trip to her Scottish castle for the Christmas holidays. She tricks William into escort Adriana on the trip.
Both hero and heroine are prickly to each other upon meeting; he knows his grandmother is pushing "wife material" at him and she thinks he is stuffy and arrogant with his nose stuck in a book.
The chemistry that occurs between two reluctant people keeps the story moving along. Different happenings along the route to Lady Margaret's bring out the best qualities in William.
Adriana isn't a simpering miss but courageous to a fault. The robbery scene adds to the plotline. More I can't tell, for fear of giving away the ending.
Blossoming love, jealously, fear for loved ones and battling an evil man are like spices in a cake - keeps you wanting to see what's happening next.
Lynn has done a good job of characterization; even the secondary characters are well drawn and essential to the plot. Each secondary character haws a part of the bringing together of the hero and heroine. They just don't fill the scene. Two in particular - Sir Perrick Kingston and Miss Naomi Lowe struck me as viable enough to have stories of their own!
This report prepared by Marilyn Malone