Friday, June 15, 2012

e-Book Review: Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure

Print // Kindle // Sophie Barnes

It's going to be a wild ride . . .

Lady Alexandra Summersby is not your average society miss. Not only is she more likely to climb a tree than she is to wear a dress, but she has also sworn off marriage. Alex loves taking chances, which is how she finds herself embroiled in a secret mission as she races across the country with the Earl of Trenton. But Alexandra is about to discover that the real danger lies not in duels, but in her completely unexpected reaction to Lord Trenton's company.

Michael Ashford, Earl of Trenton, is a man of duty. Honorable, charming, and a hit with the ladies, he's never had trouble staying focused-until now. Lady Alexandra is like no other woman he's ever met, and suddenly the prospect of marriage seems far more appealing. Now, to convince Alexandra that a life together could be an adventure like no other . . .

Yes part of the reason I wanted to read this book was because the heroine's name is Alexandra.  I don't find that many in genres I like so I tend to leap on them.  It helps that this is a historical romance and I have read Sophie Barnes before (Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back). 

This was disappointing on a lot of levels.  Here's what I liked though: the heroine and hero had a bantering relationship that had me cracking up, her brothers Ryan and William were just as insane as she was, Michael (Ashford) tried really hard to do right by her and not let her idiocy deter his good intentions.

Now everything I didn't like--I felt like Barnes told us entirely too much about why Alexandra was this unique refreshing woman.  A lot of what she did in this book wasn't just 'headstrong' it was downright suicidally reckless.  Most of her plans were actually.  I couldn't for the life of me see where this 'intelligent' 'clever' woman was that everyone kept talking about.  Intelligent women don't march around in a foreign port of call in breeches talking to lecherous men.  Clever women don't let a guy feel them up while asking suspicious questions.

The story also seemed to go from manic comedy of errors to deadly serious hunt for a spy to lustful illicit romp back to comedy of errors with very little transition.  Much like Ashford I was dizzy in parts because Barnes would trip back and forth with very little thought to story progression at times.  In fact even though I loved the bantering chemistry all the characters shared with each other, it became grating when they should be focusing on the larger picture.  Someone chasing you with a gun, stow the banter and high tail it as far away as possible as quickly as possible.

In the end this book made me question everyone's sanity more often then anything else.  While I appreciated the fact the guy had to work for it, I felt Barnes told us more about him being this rakehell then actually showing us.  As for Alexandra, well...god help me if I'm ever that much of a ninny.