Monday, 29 April 2013

Review: To Catch an Heiress (ex-spies 1) - Julia Quinn

When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn't even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. After all, she's been running from unwanted marriage proposals. Yes, Blake believes she's a notorious spy named Carlotta De Leon, but for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she'll gain control of her fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient - and maybe just a little romantic, too. 
Blake Ravenscroft's mission is to bring 'Carlotta' to justice, not to fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible - and this mismatched couple might be destined for love

Having read a fair few (and by that I mean most) of Julia Quinn's books, I know what to expect. Her female characters are all startlingly similar with a fast mind and quick wit, each with enough individual character to keep you interested. Peppered with historical detail in order to give the book that realistic Regency feel they are romantic and light hearted. The occasional inaccuracy easy to over look as Quinn is probably not striving for complete precision but rather a good story with an emphasis placed on characterisation. To Catch an Heiress , in this regard, is no different. 

However, perhaps it was the idea that the male lead was an early nineteenth-century Bond figure or the appalling effort to laugh off attempted rape, but Quinn's first in her "ex-spies" series falls woefully short of her other attempts.

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