- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (May 31 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006178351X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061783517
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #994,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lord Langley Is Back in Town Mass Market Paperback – May 31 2011
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“With its irresistible combination of clever plotting and captivating characters (including a quarreling quintet of ‘Nannies’ who threaten to steal the whole show), Lord Langley Is Back in Town is dazzling.” (Booklist (starred review))
From the Back Cover
Lord Langley and Minerva, Lady Standon, began their faux engagement with three simple rules set down by the baron's all-too-proper (and utterly unlikely) bride-to-be.
1. No more kissing. The intoxicating kiss Langley stole from her lips still has Minerva aflutter.
2. She will not share his bed. (For if his kiss is that tempting, Minerva doesn't dare imagine what a night in Langley's embrace will do to her already addled senses.)
3. No scandals during their engagement. With the infamous Langley back in Town, there is no lack of trouble he can bring to Minerva's unblemished reputation.
Oh, the wily Lord Langley will keep his word—but that doesn't mean he won't use every rakish trick he knows to get Minerva to break her own proper rules, especially once he realizes that this convenient arrangement has led him to the only woman he's ever loved . . .See all Product description
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I don't think Elizabeth Boyle has it in her to write a bad romance. Her characters are sympathetic, and not too stereotypical. She gives them motivations for their actions making us buy into why they act a certain way that would not make sense otherwise. When Minerva's secret is made known the reader, we understand her better, and it is this inner logic that keeps me reading. In any case, it was nice for a change to have characters to have had experience of life and a little more wise than usual. Some of the emotional conflict gained a stronger depth because of it.
In previous books Minerva played a secondary role, and while she might not then have seemed the most sympathetic character, the author's narration makes her motivations and behaviour more understandble, and that makes her a more rootable character. Lord Langley, as far as I can tell, has not made much of an appearance before, so he was only confined to what we'd heard about him. Secondary characters in the form of Lord Langley's former mistresses added a wacky sense of humour throughout and were quite useful to the end of the book. It might be wishful thinking as they do not appear the right kind of romance heroines, but at least some of them they might make interesting books of their own.
The plot followed a strange pattern, we know the main villain from the beginning, and a secondary villain is revealed also pretty quickly, and yet the suspense is maintained throughout. The plot was adequate to maintain the two protagonists together, so it served its role. The intrigue does peak at the end which is as it should be, and it is interesting that while the plot is well handled, it doesn't take precedence over the more important element of the book, the emotional conflict.
All in all, another worthy book from Boyle. Fans will like it, and certainly it would not be a bad book to give Boyle a try.
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This book is such a snooze. Give it a pass. I hate I wasted my time on it.