Source of my copy: Romcon
Cover Image from the author's website
To Miss Evie Cole, ignorance was never bliss. That principle had driven her to become quite adept at a most unladylike pursuit—eavesdropping. And it was while honing this skill that she heard her guardians’ elaborate scheme to find her a husband. Too bad she’d vowed never to marry. At least she knew the peril they were planning to help entrap her was only pretend.
What she didn’t hear would change everything. James McAlistair wasn’t supposed to be part of the bargain. Not only was the retired assassin dark, silent and intimidating, but Evie also happened to know from an accidental encounter on a warm, moon-drenched night that the man was an exceptional kisser. Now the danger was real. Because now Evie might fall in love.
My initial reaction to this book wasn't great. I saw the book cover and read the blurb in the back of the book and I was less than excited. But I had to read it because it was my panel book for Romcon so I took a deep breath and began... I ended up really, really liking it!
The writing is wonderful, really witty, lots of humor and just a really fun lighthearted romance. I loved both of the leads-- I thought them both refreshingly lovely characters. McAlistair, is your quintessential hero with a very dark past but he is not a lord of the realm and is comfortable financially. Instead he is a hermit living in the woods behind the heroine's home for the past eight years and in love with her for just as long. Evie Cole is 26 years old and described as having a "curvy" figure. She also has a long scar on the side of her face and have an unnoticeable limp due to a carriage accident when she was younger. I thought them both refreshingly lovely characters. I like books where for a number of days the hero and heroine are left to themselves because it makes me believe in their relationship more and that ultimate HEA, especially when there wasn't much interaction between the two before the story began. Well, that happened in this book and McAlistair and Evie got into some chuckle-out-loud antics.
There's is a little mystery in the book but I thought there was really no need for it and the book would have been fine without it. Know though that this book is the third in Ms. Johnson's Providence series but it's a standalone book (though I do want to read the first two books after reading this one). I don't know if you share my opinion of the cover but don't let it fool you or the blurb (which paints Evie to be sort of silly with the eavesdropping bit). If you're looking for a fun, lighthearted historical romance, you can't go wrong with this book. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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