Wednesday, January 22, 2014

eBook Review: The Fireside Inn

Leo, Zane, and Cooper made a pact to stay bachelors and enjoy the single life forever, and when they receive an invitation to their friend Miles’ wedding, they head down to Sanctuary Island determined to talk some sense into the errant groom before he makes a life-changing mistake. But Miles knows his own mind, and he makes a vow of his own: before he walks down the aisle, he’ll have Leo, Zane, and Cooper changing their tune about matrimony. Because Miles knows, better than anyone, that all it takes is a little Sanctuary Island magic to turn romantic cynics into true believers.

The Honorable Lord Leo Strathairn inherited his family’s money, his title, and his position in London society. When he meets Sanctuary Island’s funky young librarian, Serena Lightfoot, he’s determined to get a lot closer. Despite the simmering attraction between them, Serena isn’t at all interested in putting up with a pampered playboy. But as Leo ramps up his seduction attempts, Serena sees that he’s nothing like the empty-headed aristocrat she’d assumed.

I've sat down to write this review several times.  On the one hand I wanted to really enjoy this book.  A librarian! A librarian getting to have lots of romantic fun with a British Lord!  Come on this sounds great right?  Except I didn't buy into the premise.  Leo is, as far as I can tell, in his third decade.  How exactly did he get that far in life without it (his secret) being an actual problem?  I mean it.  I could understand if this was a hundred years ago, but so much of our lives involve what he was hiding that I did not believe it.  Not for a single second.

Not even if he was an uber-rich British Lord who everyone believed was an airhead.  There is literally some things you can't avoid that would make it difficult with his secret.

So when the plot involved his secret I rolled my eyes and skimmed past his explanations and moved on.  I greatly enjoyed the romance between the two, the bantering and the flirting sparkled.  I liked that Mia initiated the seducing with Leo as often as Leo did.  I liked that she wasn't intimidated by his rank or his posturing and pushed him to actually try do his best.  She didn't let him slack off or pawn it off on her.

I did feel as if the story was rushed at times.  The two needed more time overall and the ending didn't leave me thinking 'Yep they'll make it', it felt more like 'They'll have a nice holiday romance to think about'.

In the end this book had me smiling at some of the sweet moments, but afterwards left me with way too much questions (and not of the good kind).