I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for a fair and honest review.
So basically the book is about a girl and her twin neighbors. Olivia is the daughter of a Baron and Thorn is an Earl while is Brother Gideon is the second son. Thorn gets it in his head that Olivia is in love with Gideon and decides to put a stop to it by playing what the twins consider “their favorite game.” which at first I liked the idea of the twins switching places or at least Thorn pretending to be Gideon. Because it’s hot. but the way they acted at times made it seem wrong and made them both look like jerks.
So as the story progresses Thorn starts to fall in love with Olivia. to the point he compromises her in her carriage and they end up “engaged” I am using that term loosely because He father, who must the most liberal father in all of England at this time is all like “you’ve compromise my daughter? well a fake engagement for you until the end of the season then you can cry off” I’m paraphrasing but that is seriously how it comes it off. I had to read it twice to make sure I understood him. Thorn agrees but he decides that the engagement will not end when the time comes, Olivia on the hand…..
Okay let me pause here to say Olivia was the worst heroine she was whiny and air headed and reminded me Scarlet O’Hara the way she threw her fits.
Now back to what I was saying, Olivia on the the other hand is all for ending the engagement when the time comes, so much so she has sex with Thorn during a midnight picnic…..
Now for a confusing part ( are you ready?) Olivia’s father is courting a countess who dislikes Olivia’s which is important because in the end Olivia’s friend Mr. Chauncey . Who turns out to be world class psycho is in reality The countesses stepson/lover who was supposed to marry Olivia because his stepmother/lover thought this was a good idea. So she could basically steal from the baron. The countess has Chauncey kidnap Olivia and hold her hostage in what is basically a sex club ( oh yes, I perked up at that ) However there are things that could be triggers for some at this point. Chauncey drugged Olivia when he kidnapped and basically bragged that it’s hobby to mix up stuff to drug people ( I got mainly women from that) and he basically tries to rape her, tells her he going to sell her to club members to use in any way they want so he could recoup the dowry that he would have gotten if had married her.
The lesser characters where too much apart of the story for my liking and distracted at times from what I felt should be more important things Like Thorn being naughty!
I will however give the book this The love scenes were good, there could have been more. Thorn when given free rein was just the right bit of naughty and dirty that made me want to stay with book. However like I said I could have used more of that.
The ending was sweet, and of course ended in a happily ever after for both characters who realized they loved each other all along
Over all this book reminded me of an old school romance novel. ( I forgot to mention how annoying it was that Olivia was almost constantly referred to her by her last name) that I started out reading long ago. and that in itself made me like it, but I feel like the if the mischief of switch places between the twins would have been focused on more than drifting off to the secondary characters I would have given it a higher review . But if you love twins (yes, please! ) and ones who like to swtich places (yes!) and that old school feel then this book is for you.
And lets not forget this cover! If you are interested in giving it a read you can pre-order it from Amazon Because what better way to kick off the new year than waking up to new books?