After her mother's death, Miss Zoe Chase returns to England to find an ideal husband. Practical considerations include: Must be responsible. Must have adequate connections. All teeth would be a plus. A secret part of Zoe yearns for love, but she can't afford to let her heart decide. With the help of an old friend, Zoe should have the business done, post haste. If not for Winn... No plan included a devilishly handsome earl cursed to die. A family curse left Lord Winthrop Burton fatherless at age five. Now condemned to die by age thirty, Winn is determined to do it on his own terms. Practical considerations include: No marriage. No children. No falling in love. Winn will leave no one behind to mourn him. If not for Miss Zoe Chase... When plans fight passion, everything falls. As desire flares, both careen towards the curse's end. Because the accidents that once plagued Winn are now happening to Zoe. To save Zoe, Winn must push her away. Except Zoe has fallen in love with him. And love does not yield to practical considerations. Can Winn discover the truth of his curse before it ends them both?
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I really liked the story and would recommend reading it, however, this book needs an editor. The typos drove me crazy and really took away from the story. I should have given the book 3 stars because of all of the obvious typos.
Good story but needs editing
I really enjoyed the story and characters although it’s very predictable. There was a nice extended foreplay with multiple good scenes. I liked the characters enough to be curious to read the next book. What’s distracting is there are a LOT of typos and eerie and the story drags at the end. It needed an editor to fix all that.
Interesting characters and plot, but—
Ms Brett has flawed understanding of period language and conventions—at least a dozen anachronisms and problems with incorrect phrasing for the period—and in general, spelling (especially of iconic names) grammar, and punctuation. My internal editor came into play over a dozen times each chapter. This doesn’t allow me to think well of any author.
It is clear the author is an American, and possibly near or from Virginia: persimmon and chokecherry trees, both found there in that era, were not yet found in England, and since their arrival in England, don’t set fruit well.
The following is the case with many American writers of Regency-set stories:
I don’t think I’ve caught this in a British author’s novel, but lay off with the whisky or “Scotch” at a Great House or at a gentleman’s club. No. Just no. In ‘our era’, you won’t find gin, either, in homes or clubs of the upper classes.
While I think in Ireland it’s ’whiskey’, in Scotland it’s spelt ‘whisky’. Only a Yank would bring American whiskies to Britain, if even then.
Before 1823, when the tax laws on distilleries changed, whisky from Scotland (not called just Scotch then, and not by me ever) was not found in the homes of the gentry, nobility, and possibly some of the more independent merchant class—Unless.
•IF you were Scottish by blood or marriage
•IF you had close Scottish friends who were Really Nice to you
•IF you had been given a dram by a Scot, in your business dealings, and enjoyed it, by someone who had access to a distiller willing to take the risk to bring untaxed whisky (like smuggling French brandy) into England.
If this were a first novel, I could pardon the anachronisms and lack of knowledge of the period, but it seems that it is not her first Regency-set novel.
I cannot recommend it: I finished it because the story was good and the primary characters interesting.