How to Beguile a Duke

How to Beguile a Duke

by Ally Broadfield


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ISBN-13: 9781505440683
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Series: Ally Broadfield's How To Series , #1
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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How to Beguile a Duke (Entangled Scandalous) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Catherine Malboeuf is on a mission to get her ancestral home back and to find a diamond tiara that belonged to her grandmother. Unfortunately, Nicholas Adair, Duke of Boulstridge stands in her way. Having been denied an audience with the Duke, Catherine breaks into his home to search for a diary she hope will lead her to the tiara only to be caught by the Duke himself. During down Catherine when asked about purchasing his home he decides to make a bet with her. If she can get a proposal from a titled member of the peerage, he will sell her the house. Nicholas doesn't think he can lose. Catherine has been raised out of England, carries a knife and is the daughter of a rumoured pirate. There is no chance that he will have to give up the home that he saved from destruction. What happens when he himself might be the cause him losing the wager? As he spends more time with Catherine, he can't help but be intrigued. I loved this story. I tend to gravitate to the heroines that are not typical and Catherine definitely fits the bill. She was raised where the rules were much more relaxed and it shows in her personality. I loved that she was able to turn the stuffy ol' Nick into a person that everyone would fall in love with. This is my first novel by Broadfield and it definitely won't be my last. Thanks go to Entangled Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I love to read books that start with the gentleman saying  "I will never marry!" I likeAlly' s choice of characters. Catherine is on her own to try to solve a family mystery and for a Season in London. Nicholas, Duke of Boulstridge, has purchased her mother's family seat until a cousin inherited. It is great to see the two of them go against each other. Spoiler here. But then she is having men court her and Nicholas gets jealous. Somewhere in this chaos is someone willing to kill her for the prize she is hunting. I would recommend this story to anyone. Give this book a chance. It is fun.  I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.y'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad this only cost .99 for 179 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some dreams can come true,If you love and try to solve a mystery. Enjoyable twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romance and mystery make for a fun read!
Jamers8x2 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read, I loved it. I wasn't ready for it to end where it did, I could've read a few more chapters about the couple, but it ended in a cute spot. This book has everything I love in a good book. Drama, Mystery, and my favorite, historical romance! Can't go wrong with that! I was a little disappointed that the biggest mystery of the book was not resolved, but with the way it ended, it's kind of open for a sequel, if that's what the author wants to do. The chemistry between the characters is great. This book was pretty fast paced and really hard to put down. I did fall asleep reading at one point, but that was just me needing a power nap. As soon as I woke up, I started reading again right away.
Nelles_Nightstand More than 1 year ago
What does a feisty, breeches wearing, American heiress have in common with a stuffy, hermit, English Duke?! He's living in her ancestral home! And she wants it back, including a mysterious tiara rumored to have belonged to  Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Nicholas "Nick" Adair, Duke of Bolstridge, has holed up in a an estate, Walsley Hall, that he has spent the past year refurbishing. He is essentially in hiding after spending most of his life involved in a scandal not of his making. He is shocked when a "thief" slips into his library window! It's a female, bearing a cutlass, and wearing breeches under her skirt!  Miss Catherine Malboeut is an American heiress, of mixed decent, her father rumored to be a French pirate who captured her mother at sea! She's determined to buy back her ancestral home for her mother at whatever cost!  Nick refuses to sell the Hall and dismisses Catherine and sends her off with a flea in her ear! He later rethinks it and goes to the Inn the next day and proceeds to make a wager that if Catherine can obtain a proposal by the end of the season he will sell it to her. They team up to find the "missing tiara", not knowing that someone else is after it as well and Catherine is in danger! As the search progresses so the the antics between Catherine and Nick! They fight their instant attraction but the more time they spend together they determine to get along. And boy do they!! Laugh out loud funny, adventure, mystery and steamy romance all rolled into one! Watch how the rigid Duke falls in love with the spirited heroine and comes out of his shell! The book does start of slow but give it a chance and it will become a favorite!
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A breeches wearing American heiress, an ANAL & ARROGANT Duke, a missing Russian tiara, mysterious mayhem & PULL THE FIRE ALARM NAUGHTINESS! What more do y'all need! Miss Catherine Malboeut is an American heiress, her dad is known as a Pirate (really a shipping magnate) who supposedly kidnapped & then married her mom, as she & her dying mom fled England. Catherine was raised by 2 loving & caring parents & she grow up in the Bahamas & New Orleans. She is more at home & comfy in breeches, without shoes & always has her cutlass and/or a handy knife strapped to her leg, so she was scared, embarrassed & worried that she won't fit in in London's society. Catherine crossed the sea with just her companion, Diana, & her FURRY BF, Cay, & family groom man, Thomas, because her mom was having her 5 kid, but she is on a mission to go to her mom's childhood home, Walsley Hall, locate her great-grandma's journey, find the famous tiara that was rumored to belong to Empress Elizabeth of Russia & hopefully buy the Hall for her mom. Nicholas "Nick" Adair, Duke of Bolstridge, puts the ARROGANT in DUKE & he grew up under a scandalous shadow of his father, who was 24/7, 365 with his mistress. She even lived in the family's homes with his mom & him. After his father death, he completely distance himself from all things Duke, no estates & money, but the Dukehood will always be the noose around his neck. He named his Cousin Justice his heir & planned to let his Father's blood die with him. Now he lives full town, when not in Parliament, at Walsley Hall, a estate he rebuild from top to bottom, follows his anal schedule life & wants to make his mom feel treasured! Catherine tricked her companion after they got off her dad's ship, told Thomas to make the 3 day trip to Walsley Hall & will break the news after her companion's nap. When they finally arrive in town, they checked in at the local inn & she conned Thomas to take her & Cay, via horseback "with breeches under her dress" to the Hall. When she arrives a uppity butler says the Duke "isn't in at home" & totally doesn't understand that means the Duke doesn't want to see her, so she finds herself pulling a B&E! Nick take believe this woman with "breeches" under her dress is attempting to burglarizing his library & what is with taking off her shoes, but she does have nice ankles! Catherine is searching the shelves, when Nick asks what she is doing, she screams, introductions are made & their battle began! Nick soon learns of her wish to find the journal, says "what tiara" & wanting to buy the Hall, so Nick isn't impressed, will never sale, dismisses her & as she leaves, he pulls out the SCANDALOUS journal from his locked drawer & think a trip to the local inn is needed! At the inn, Nick told her to come to his home "with her companion" this time & she can search for only 1 day, but never mentioned he had the journal. The next day she pushes all his buttons & he just has a ball yanking her chain & soon he tells her he has the journal, will loan it to her, they will team up to follow the clues for the tiara & if she "the uncivilized one" can get just 1 honorable marriage proposal, then he will sale her the Hall & so began their WAR in London. Catherine is staying with her mom's BF, Lady Hartley, & her family, is welcomed with open arms & befriended by her daughter Jane. When she is "formally" introduced to Nick, they work together while reading the NAUGHTY journal & soon their temperatures bubble over! Soon they find themselves following a mysterious path thru Society as her bedroom has a smash & grab, is surrounded by male suitors (Catherine is a heiress), gossip about her daddy the pirate, kisses that make her girlie parts singing Hallelujah, jealous hussies, a helpful & cool Dowager Duchess, Russian diplomats, many knives from under her skirts moments, many tantalizing lap cuddles, a talkative Russian Countess, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS worthy moves & unknown baddies causes all kinds of mayhem. Who will win the bet? Will Nick ever walk out of his Father's SCANDALOUS SHADOW? Can Catherine get her life long dream of finding the tiara? Buy her mom's childhood home? Can these to stop fighting their fates? Will the Dowager Duchess need to start knocking heads? This is my 2nd book by Ms. Broadfield & she makes me ROFLing with unladylike SNORTS with her "tears rolling down my face" hilariousness & makes my Kindle spark, so in other words, better that her début novel! I am still baffled that this is only her 2nd novel because it is that FABULOUSLY FANTASTIC! I love me some yummy Dukes who get served by a feisty American female & Catherine is completely unconventional with her bare feet, breeches & her whipping out her knives! She has to try to control her wild ways, but Catherine will always allow her FREAK FLAG to fly! Poor Nick has a "major Ahole" for a father & he swore he would never be him, reinvent the Dukehood & tried & did control his world with all his ANAL ways! The poor guy didn't have a chance when Catherine literally B&Es into his life! Ms. Broadfield made her h/h completely opposites, had chemistry that went NUCLEAR & made this tale a CLASH OF THE TITANS romance! The Dowager Duchess was loveable (which is rare of all Dowagers) & a iron-strong female with all the scandals she weathered & Ms. Broadfield made her formable with a strong shell, but it covered her gooey heart. Now all romances need the steam & sparks & Ms. Broadfield didn't disappoint, but she didn't put them in the "naughty & alone" trap. She use yummy lap cuddles, kisses that would make a granny's undies wet & many LOUD orgasms to heat this tale up! Now I LOVE to laugh & it should be a LAW to have at least 2 full belly laughs daily & Ms. Broadfield has such a true GIFT for out-of-the-known-universe situations, great 1 liners & fast paced & smart back & forth dialogue that made me think of my fav TV show, The Gilmore Girls! Now I can't wait to read Mr. Broadfield next romance because I need more SNAUGHS (snorts + laughs) in my life & she totally EARNED my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes with her ROFLimg ridiculousNESS, crafty characters that you could NOT love & NO AA BATTERIES REQUIRED YUMMINESS! P.S. Also I have to mention that my FURRY reading buddy/blankie gives this hilariousness aplenty 10 sharps claws & I do have the blood to prove it! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Another delight by this author! Fast paced and delightfully wicked! Has just the right mixture of romance, seduction, passion, mystery, with a bit of of suspense. The plot, setting and characters are well written, intriguing, and a compelling. Well worth your time to read. Well done. An enjoyable and satisfying read. *Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley* Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: April R, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager… Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season. You know when you’ve finished a good romance book, but you can’t quite figure out a way to distinguish it from all of the others you’ve read? That is how I feel about How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield. It was a good story but it lacked that spark for me in books that are generally published by Entangled Publishing. I was so excited to read this story based on the enticing book summary, but that exciting tension of two people (Catherine and Nick) both fighting to win a wager while struggling to fight their growing attraction..well, that just fell flat for me. It was quite obvious early on in the story how the plot would progress. I also believe the author tried to make the story different from other regency romances by having the two main characters hunt for a missing tiara by reading a journal, yet they never actually did any serious hunting in the manor house in which it was supposedly located. I felt like the sole purpose of the journal was really to make Catherine blush in front of the duke (Nick) for reading salacious entries rather than to honestly offer clues that would allow the missing diamond tiara to be discovered. Compared to some other Entangled Select novels I’ve read as an advanced reader, I feel like there wasn’t quite as much character development that would have helped me connect to the characters as strongly as I would have liked. At one point, Nick actually ticked me off when he called Catherine “my little impatient one” right when they were about to make love for the first time. That line just struck me wrong–like the two characters weren’t two equal adults consummating their relationship. I know that unmarried women were shielded from knowing about sexual relationships as much as possible in that time period, but I just couldn’t buy that Catherine was THAT innocent when she was reading out loud some juicy sexual exploits written by her great-grandmother. True, she blushed some, but still.. Basically, I’m being tough on this novel, but I would still recommend this novel if you want a quick read, say at the beach or when traveling. It won’t knock your socks off, but it will still help you pass the time in an enjoyable way. For $.99, it is an affordable source of entertainment for a few hours!
RhondaRFK More than 1 year ago
The Spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager... Nick will sell Walsley Manor if--and only if--Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season. And he thinks no one will offer for a lady who conceals weapons underneath her skirts. What an exciting read! This is the first I have read by this author but will definitely look for more releases by Ally Broadfield. I like feisty heroines who are not afraid to stand up to strong heros and can hold their own. Once I started reading I did not want to lay this book down. Plenty of mystery, suspense, fun, and romance within this cover. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical romance or for those who are trying the genre for the first time!
rabidreaderSR More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. A sweet, quick read with enjoyable banter between hero and heroine. When I started to read it I was not sure what to make of Catherine. She was so unconventional to the women of her time. Now, I love strong, sassy heroines, and she presented as one. But a few times I wondered … errmm, is she too unconventional? I mean she broke into a duke’s home … and when she was discovered, she acted as if she had the right to be there. At first I was like what? Then I thumbed a few more pages, and then I just fell in love with her. Throughout the book we saw that she had this amazing, sweet, and vulnerable side, but was also a stand-up-for-herself type of heroine, one that you can totally root for.  I have never subscribed to the notion that all women in the regency era was sweet, demure, have only a bit of spit fire, and followed the rules of society to perfection. I really believe you had the type that bucked against the rules, and turned their noses at the rules. And Ally managed to capture that, while making the heroine endearing, kudos. I mean, I completely cheered when she defended herself against being kidnapped, instead of swooning. LOL.  I liked our hero. I have a thing for dukes! He was a fine one. Charming, sweet, not as alpha as how I love my dukes, but he worked for me. I enjoyed how just being around Catherine thawed him, and revealed the warm and passionate man beneath the aloof exterior he presented from time to time. Their attraction and coming together was more sweet and sensual, than hawt, but I still enjoyed it.  I liked the fast pace nature of the plot, the conflicts, and overall the entire story. I will be reading more work from this Author, and I recommend How to Beguile a Duke to all historical romance lovers.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored Catherine.  She was an incredible woman full of bravery and sass.  She understand most social etiquette, but would just rather speak her mind and do things her own way.  As she makes her way through the ton, she attracts much attention, but not the kind she really wants.  But the isn't her primary agenda.  She's out to solve a mystery - she needs to find a lost heirloom and the man with the key to finding it doesn't seem to interested in helping her out. This man is the Duke of Boulstridge.  He starts off a quite a pretentious jerk, but you can see in his eyes and in the slight smirk that there just might be more to him.  He turns into quite a hero as the story goes on.  They make a very great pair, but it does take them awhile to realize it.  They are both so stubborn and set in their ways that they almost miss their chance. There is a very exciting mystery that runs throughout the whole story.  The heirloom that Catherine is looking for is also sought by some very dangerous people.  When they think she is getting close her life is put in danger.  This kept the story moving very quickly and excitement could be found on every page. The ending was actually a bit of a surprise.  Yes, our couple gets together, but other things didn't end quite the way I expected them to.  When this happens I love it - always good to have a bit of a surprise at the end. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
PansyPetal More than 1 year ago
Historical romances are so much fun.  That proper and inflexible London society that makes it such a challenge for everyone to try and break the rules – without getting caught.  So much fun. So when Catherine Malbeouf comes to town from the “New World” it is little wonder that society looks at her with their noses in the air.  Especially since they are all sure her father was a pirate and refused to believe otherwise.  Someone said, so it must be true.  Even when Catherine does everything right, as society dictates. Of course, Nicholas Adair, Duke of Boulstridge leads the pack in that misguided belief.  It is beside the point that he is living down ugly gossip about his own family.  He is a Duke!  He knows!  Pompous – um – well I think you get the idea.   But then, considering the way they met, Nick could have some grounds to believe Catherine is uncivilized.  After all, she did climb in the window of his library and paw through his books wearing pants and a cutlass *gasp* under her dress.  She did feel justified though.  The place had belonged to her mother’s family once upon a time, and a family heirloom was still being held hostage there.   Boy did the spark fly between these two in some form or another.  Thank goodness they fell in love before they killed each other.   This was such a fun, rollicking romp.  Both Catherine and Nick learned much about themselves and each other.  The characters were fun and interesting with well-developed back-stories.  The story was nicely paced with plenty of action and excitement.  Things were, mostly, tied up nicely for a hea ending.   I liked how the story ended much how it began with a bedtime story.  Sweet. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
artfullee More than 1 year ago
I love a historical novel that can take me back to a bygone era where everything was so proper, where a lady could not be alone with a man without a chaperone, where there was a strict code of conduct, of manners and ways a lady should behave, where your heritage and standing in society meant everything. I also love a story with mystery and a few twists and turns and How the Beguile a Duke really fit the bill for me. Nick was an intriguing character who, at every turn, tried to be far removed from the memory of his father and his philandering ways. He had shut himself off from the prospect of marriage, deeming himself unsuitable husband material, fearing that his fathers legacy meant that he would end up betraying his future wife. Of course, when Catherine comes on the scene, he gradually finds himself rethinking his ideas of marriage. As the title of the book says, she beguiles him and I was totally charmed by the transition in his character. When reading a romance novel from this era, one of the aspects that I love about this time period is how the restrictions on the contact that the courting couples had, would build the sexual tension between the two, through stolen kisses and glances, hidden touches and embraces. Of course it also meant that you could end up marrying a boring dead fish for a husband, but that was definitely not the case with Nick, and Catherine was a perfect match for him. Catherine was just the person to bring Nick out of his shell and I loved how she gave him the belief in himself to commit to a relationship. She really charmed her way into my heart and i loved her independent streak and her fearless nature. At times she put herself in danger, not thinking before she acted, but it all added to the drama which kept me entertained till the end. Catherine told it like it was. She was unconventional and a breath of fresh air in the stuffy and staid world that was London society at that time. She held true to her belief that you should marry for love, and would accept nothing less after seeing the loving example that her parents had set for her. This story really drew me in and I loved the mystery and intrigue surrounding the diary and tiara. Added to that was the humor that these two characters brought to the story and I was totally entranced and entertained by them. Their witty and funny banter was effortless and comfortable, the sexual chemistry was obvious and they really did bring out the best in each other. I loved the development of their relationship, seeing Catherine totally entrance Nick and how Nick supports Catherine in her independence and unconventional ways was so heartwarming. He needed a strong woman like her to support him and he found that in Catherine. I thought the supporting cast of characters added to the storyline and I particularly loved Nicks mother and how she saw Catherine for who she really was, and how good she was for Nick. The ending was perfect for me and I loved the epilogue. I could happily read more about this couple or other members of the ton.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
*I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* When I first discovered romance novels, it was through historicals, so they have a special place in my heart. This book had a strong Mr. Darcy clashing with Miss Bennet feel to it. While I enjoyed the way the relationship between Nick aka the Duke of pompousness, and Cat, the alleged daughter of a pirate, developed; I had to struggle to keep reading for the first 30% of the book. To me it felt the story was quite slow to start, and once the main characters started their association it picked up a bit. I have to admit I skimmed a bit a jumped to their interactions. There’s a bet involved, which is always fun to see backfire. We have an unconventional woman for that time, and a rigid Duke who we see melt before our eyes. I was hoping for a bit of ravishing (no historical is worth it without some ravishing) but thought that Nick was just too… stiff and set on propriety to deliver… so happy I was wrong! That was a pleasant surprise. It had some funny moments, a bit of steam and its fair share of mystery. I had a good time reading How to Beguile a Duke, but I can’t say it’ll make it into my favorite reads list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How to Beguile a Duke by Ally Broadfield Description The spirited Catherine Malboeuf has just arrived in England to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, and a valuable missing heirloom. Nicholas Adair, the attractive and frustratingly inflexible Duke of Boulstridge, however, is quite unwilling to sell the estate back to Catherine. Unless, of course, she accepts a small wager... Nick will sell Walsley Manor if—and only if—Catherine secures an offer of marriage from an eligible member of the ton before the end of the London season. Of course, Nick is certain he'll win. After all, no proper gentleman would ever marry a woman who conceals a cutlass in her skirts. Yet something about Catherine's unconventional disposition seems to ignite a need deep inside him. A need that won't just cost him the wager, but the very heart he swore to never give away... My review; I always write down five words that pertain to my understanding and thoughts about the novel I am reading. Words that best describe to me what the story is about, the emotions evoked by the author's storytelling...Dreamy, Intrigue, Fairytale, Descriptive and Fluid/To A Degree. From the start of my reading, I had the sense that this novel had a dreamy-like quality to it, a pleasantly, yet real and delightful telling from the author, her words were an appealing and amusing way of storytelling. Grateful, for the intrigue and danger, the suspense kept me reading and not wanting to put my novel down, I finally, with need, did indeed stop to rest my eyes although, reluctantly. I was reading this story as if it was a fairytale, passed down from generation to generation. Pirates, New Orleans, Russians, ships, ballrooms and a tiara, all of these and more emcompassas a world that was refreshing to read. The author chose words to describe and illustrate details without indulging or at length, they were expressive and vivid to my imagination. And as the author weaved her words fluidly/smoothly throughtout this novel including giving life to the main characters...for Catherine was indeed charming, clever and her spirit free for adventure and Nick, well, what can I say, He is a Duke! Both raised by nuture and nature, so, understandability their stance, their interacting with each other and society of the Ton...I was left wanting more from the other secondary characters, there was a lacking of history for me, a connection or a lacking of doing, mayhap more could have been written in the journal or a scene, for I had pondered on what had happen to the captain of her father's ship, if they could trace where her grandmother's portrait went. The epilogue surprised me, I was STUNNED,, I am hoping for a sequel about discovering lost family treasures! Jane Silhouette
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catherine Malboeuf travels to England hoping to find a tiara that is a family heirloom & to regain Walsley Manor the ancestral home of her mother. She also hopes to find someone to fall in love with & is excited at the prospect of a season in London, sponsored by a friend of her mother's. However she finds that Nicholas Adair (Nick), the Duke of Boulstridge has purchased Walsley Manor, is firmly in residence & has no intention of selling it. When Catherine keeps after him, in hopes to persuade him to sell the Manor to her, he proposes a wager; that he will sell the manor if she is able to garner an offer of marriage thinking she will never fit into society with her background & rather rakehell behaviour Catherine is a lovely character. She's rather unconventional - her father was after all a pirate before becoming a shipping magnate. She carries a cutlass under her skirts & always has a blade hidden on her. Nick finds himself unwilling charmed by her lack of artifice & her refusal to be in awe of his title. An interesting story with likable characters. The only flaw I felt was that some parts in the relationship between Catherine & Nick were very abrupt.   Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
mandy30 More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read historical novels but thought this one sounded really interesting. It did not disappoint. This was so much more than just a historical romance. There were interesting, well thought out characters, mystery and suspense. Also, I really enjoyed the romance - I felt it was a slow build up and really developed the connection between these characters. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more by this author!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
How to Beguile a Duke by: Ally Broadfield What a surprise. Although a little slow in some areas and not enough detail in others--VERY ENJOYABLE. I love to read books where the main characters are slightly unconventional. Makes the story more believable. Catherine may be unique and Nick may be arrogant but love happens when least expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was like a sherlock holmes book....also lacked passion.