Title: Mad About the Major (Bachelor Chronicles #8.5)
The pampered daughter of a duke…
Lady Arabella Tremont has spent her entire life protected and overshadowed by her restrictive father. But she is a Tremont, after all, and the morning after she is nearly ruined at a ball by a handsome stranger, Arabella's father demands she make an arranged match with the heir to a dukedom. In desperation, Arabella takes matters into her own hands.
Takes a London holiday with the most unsuitable of chaperones…
Major Kingsley is in London to avoid his parents' dreadful house party. To his surprise he runs into the enticing—and unforgettable—minx he met at a ball the previous night. Arabella, or Birdie, as he knows her, insists he owes her three favors—for he's put her in a terrible pinch. Kingsley agrees, if only to delay his trip home and because the notion of spending the day with this enchanting bit of muslin is too tempting to resist. But all too quickly he discovers Arabella's requests are hardly what he expected…
Author: Elizabeth Boyle
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: If Wishes Were Earls, The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane, Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology
Narrator: Susan Duerden
Length: 5 hours 11 minutes
Published by Avon Source: Purchased for Self
Published: June 2, 2015
Genres: Regency Romance
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So, I’ll be honest here. I read this book in one sitting, found it enjoyable…then simply forgot about it. I couldn’t remember the names of our hero or heroine. I couldn’t even remember the plot line! That being said, a quick thumb-through and I remembered immediately: the heroine (Arabella Tremont) is a spoiled daughter of a duke. She’s actually rather annoying, and so naive that it’s painful at times. Our hero, Kingsley, is a very respectable sort, recently back from Waterloo and all the trappings that go along with the returned-from-war heroes.
The author did a fabulous job of painting a spoiled child in Arabella. The fact that she can’t see past the end of her pert nose is one of the things that I loathed about her, but then again, she is the protected daughter of a duke. She’s supposed to be this way – thinking that she can handle whatever life throws her way because she’s never tried anything on her own before. With the naiveté of a child, she runs away from home, only to demand that a gentleman in a carriage take her on a day out in London, doing scandalous things.
She’s really quite preposterous.
The hero is what redeems the story for me. Kingsley is a wonderful sort, a gentleman who doesn’t really want to face the firing squad of his marriage-minded parents, so he agrees to take Arabella (whom he knows as Birdie) on her escapades. I enjoyed his wit and restraint in eye-rolling (I couldn’t stop myself on many occasions, that’s for sure).
The major problem with this book is that they sleep together without knowing each other. That was too hard to swallow, as that went against everything Birdie had been raised to do and against the gentlemanly nature of Kingsley. So in that respect, I was not impressed at all.
This is a cute novella that passed the time, but in the end, it was wholly forgettable and not worth the $4.99 asking price (paperback). Skip this and go for Boyle’s other full-length novels; they’re much better and more enjoyable.