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Her Cinderella Season by Deb Marlowe


Cover art: Her Cinderella Season Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Her Cinderella Season
Author: Deb Marlowe
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-29565-4
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency London
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None (Period slang)
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Deb's Website: debmarlowe.com

Jack Alden is a scholar, he prefers logic over emotion; he prefers his old scrolls and tomes over the ton’s frivolous ways. But recently he’s discovered another side, one that not many have seen, including Jack. He’s become fairly obsessed with bringing down Captain Batiste, a villain of the worst sort. It seems, however, that the Captain has disappeared. The only link Jack can find is that of an American shipbuilder, though it seems Matthew Beecham is nowhere to be found. One way or another, Jack will find both of these men and upon meeting the lovely Miss Lily Beecham he may have discovered the key.

Assisting her mother in a variety of charitable works, the Beecham ladies are in London for a short time. Lily would love more time to attend musicales and social functions to make friends, yet it’s something her mother is most firmly against.

Soon the answers to Lily and Jack’s problems present themselves. The solution seems as if it would benefit both of them. Unfortunately they don’t anticipate the draw they feel to each other.

Sadly, Jack isn’t getting the information on Matthew quickly enough and he can’t seem to get enough of Lily’s company. She’s an enigma, she’s refreshing and maddening. Lily on the other hand runs feverish and chilled around Jack. She doesn’t know why, but she loves to goad him, and at the same time he has the power to hurt her with his comebacks.

Walls and barriers and outside forces often keep Lily and Jack at odds and many times apart…how does this figure into a HEA for them? Perhaps the answer lies in facing demons, both old and new, and in opening the heart to love and trust and deciding what the heart wants. Easier said than done.

I had mixed feelings about Lily (which is unusual for me with one of Ms. Marlowe‘s novels). She was a bit hard to connect with as she played her game of cat and mouse with Jack. While she was genuine and generous in her charitable acts she was confusing at times to understand. Jack was the strong silent type. You knew there was more to him if you waited long enough for him to reveal himself.

The dramatic turns of the story really draws the reader in as they lead Jack and Lily into potential danger and closer to each other. You can’t help but sit back and wait and hope they find their HEA.


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