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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 3, 2013
Leah still believes in ‘happily ever after’ and wonders if there is no such thing as a real gentleman so she is ripe for an adventure into the past to find true love. Once she steps through the magic mirror, she is distracted from her goal to snag a duke by the duke’s valet. Avery thinks his origins are too lowly and that his profession makes him far below the woman who has touched his heart. An unsavory past connection for Avery puts Leah in danger and influences Avery’s actions. In the meantime, Leah is on the cusp of snagging the duke and making her dreams come true, but now her dreams have changed to include someone new and unlikely.
This was one of those reads that was enjoyable and entertaining when I accepted the fairy-tale quality to it. Even beyond the time travel element, there were lots of unlikely things going on. Normally a heroine like Leah- naive and a dreamer- is not a hit with me, but I really admired her spunk when she was working as the housemaid and everyone was giving her a hard time. The biggest draw was Avery. He was real hero material with his rough past, tenderness toward Leah and his aunt and his determination to keep Leah safe and let her go to a more worthy man if that’s what she wanted. The romance between Leah and Avery is spicy and passionate. I loved their scenes together.
I should take a moment to share that this is book two in the Geek Girls series. I hadn’t read the first one, but it wasn’t really necessary to enjoy this book. Other than a few slight references to the first book’s characters, the plot was not tied to the other book.
I do love fairy-tale like romances so this was a delightful surprise beyond the expected time-travel romance. This book will appeal to lovers of light yet spicy historical romance, time travel romances and fairy-tale romances.
My thanks to Net Galley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read and review this book.