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A cute, spicy, yet v. formulaic romance novel
on December 2, 2002
I am probably going to say what most everyone said about Tarquin: he was very, very hot--sexy, handsome, amazing lover, close to a genius, a good guy underneath it all (of course). Juliana was cute and likable, particularly her clumsiness--I mean, having worn a full-skirt dress once in my life, I can say that it's no mean feat--and I can definitely relate to the poor clutz. Her strange drive "to help the girls of Russell street" seemed a bit fake, though--as did her instant to-die-for friendship with them. In that respect, her relationship with Tarquin is worked out much better.
The plot was formulaic--Juliana gets into all kinds of trouble; Tarquin comes to her rescue, time after time (three times in all, I think, throuhgout the book). (I mean, the book could've been called "Tarquin saves the day"). I would have liked to know more about him--his parents, his childhood, his relationship with his brother Quentin, Lydia, and that woman who broke his heart--all of this is just hinted on. His relationship with Juliana is endearing--as is the fact that he calls her "mignonne," literally "cutie"--particularly from Quentin's eyes.
All that said, the book would have been bad had it purported to be anything but the most blatant romance novel, the "guilty pleasure" kind. Because it does not, it is quite good... Also, lots of curious details about the life in London at the time, etc.
All in all, if you like spicy romance with fairly captivating characters and not-to-bland a plot, you will probably like this.