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Posted October 11, 2014
Reviewed by Allison
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Lady Eliza has received a letter informing her she has inherited an Italian castle and lands from someone she’s never heard of. Journeying from England to her new home in Italy, she finds someone else has also been informed he’s inherited the same property, a commoner named Leonardo. The will stipulates that Eliza inherits the castle itself, and Leonardo has inherited the land. In order for them to fulfill the stipulations of the will and keep their inheritance, they must marry and stay married for a year and a day. While neither one wants to marry, Leonardo is fascinated by the headstrong, stubborn Eliza. Eliza, while fearing for her virtue, finds him devilishly attractive. What they don’t know is that someone does not want them to marry and succeed.
I liked the mystery surrounding the inheritance in a far-off Italian town, which is why I chose to read this book. Leonardo is a good hero – handsome, strong, confident, and he’s been forced to pull himself up by his bootstraps. While he’s been known to go after what he wants, he doesn’t force himself on anyone.
Eliza as a character has a lot of potential, but it took me awhile to like her. While I can understand she’s been thrown into a place and circumstances that are completely foreign to her (no pun intended), she comes across as haughty and shrewish. Her first night in the castle, her servants are set to guard her door so Leonardo does not force his way in and essentially rape her. In my opinion, the author could have stated her fears once, but instead Eliza dwells on this far too long and comes across as a coward. I want my heroines to be strong, capable, and willing to defend themselves when necessary. Seeing Leonardo through her eyes does not make him hero-worthy.
I would have liked a much deeper point of view from the characters. There were a few instances of “head-hopping” – jumping from one character to another. Few authors can pull this off successfully, and it takes the reader out of the story when not handled right.
One of the best characters was the broom-wielding servant Leticia. She comes to Eliza’s aid several times with her broom, fending off Leonardo, and then the evil villain.
The author did a nice job with the setting, and I could easily picture the castle that Eliza and Leonardo have inherited.
Posted September 24, 2012
This is a fun, hilarious historical romance. Forced to marry and remain so for a year and a day, Leo becomes a new husband. Pure sexual frustration makes him demanding of his hot-headed, spoiled wife, Eliza. Her own frustrations cause her to deny him. It’s very well-written. The characters and their situation are delightful and fresh, and I loved every word! I highly recommend this book, it is so entertaining!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.