Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (The Duke's Daughters, #3)(Windham, #6)
No one would ever guess that Lady Louisa, the most reserved of the Duke of Moreland's daughters, had published a book of racy poems under a pseydonym on a dare. Before she can buy and destroy all of the copies, a dastardly fortune hunter seeks to compromise her reputation by revealing her secret identity at a holiday ball.

Before she can be publicly ruined, close family friend Sir Joseph Carrington saves the day by offering to marry Louisa. As he recites poetry to her, waltzes with her by starlight, and showers her with lovely kisses, they both begin to discover that their match may be the best Christmas gift either has ever received...

I'm a little conflicted about this book. I liked it. I definitely liked it. But I didn't love it. It was good, great even, but not amazing.

I liked the main characters. Louisa was a heroine who refused to change in order to please Society. She does things her own way, much like her sisters. She's very smart, which is partly why she hasn't yet been married. She can do all kinds of math in her head, memorize anything, and understand the most complicated sciences. It made her different than most heroines you encounter. And she was accepting of Joseph, even with the secret she finds out later. She was just an all-around lovely character.

Joseph was also a lovely character. He's very...restful, peaceful, calm. It's not something that is applied to romance heroes very often, but I think it was just what was needed in this case. Louisa needed that kind of man, so Joseph was absolutely perfect for her. He was very sweet and very accepting of Louisa's eccentricities. Even when he finds out about the racy books she wrote, he still stood by her and loved her. Their relationship wasn't explosively passionate. It was soft, sweet, the kind of love that is peaceful. It was very nice to see, a change from what you usually see in romances.

The one problem of this book was that is was rather slow. The story was great, but it moved too slowly. It wasn't boring, but it did detract from my enjoyment. If the plot had just been a little faster paced, I would have adored this book. But the pace kept me from becoming completely riveted. Now, I still liked the book and would recommend it to all romance lovers. But I would have loved it if the plot has moved faster.

Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was sweet and lovely. It was very good. Not amazing, but worth a read.


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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