Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Dell
Released on July 25, 2006
After enjoying the Bedwyn series and being a little sad to see it over, I was not ready to let go of the Bedwyn world. While the Simply Quarter, is focused on four women teaching at a school for girls in Bath and all having their own reasons for choosing a career, it does possess some loose connections to the Bedwyn series so I was gung ho to press forward with this next series.
Simply Unforgettable introduces quite the contrary pair who had a long road of misadventures to happiness. Lucius needed to grow up and grown into his responsibility as an Earl’s heir to family and the duty that comes with it and Frances needed to start living after racing into the nearest safe rabbit hole she could find because of her big secret.
They meet in a snowstorm and are snowed in together. They were both detestable to each other as they had been in terrible moods separately before they had their fateful encounter and subsequent night to remember. But, Frances is determined to return to her job teaching music and French and Lucius has a bride picked out by his family to work himself up to accepting.
Subsequent meet ups are still full of the acrimony because Frances keeps refusing Lucius with various reasons or non-reasons tripping off her lips, but none are the real reason. She clutches her secret tightly to her bosom. But, Lucius’ high-handedness flushes her and her secret out into the open and while he has ruined her contented life, he has made her unable to deny that he truly feels love to match her own. But, it can’t be… because… reasons.
So, this pair. This annoying pair. Yeesh, they were a mess. Lucius sees ‘no’ as just a fun challenge to circumvent and Frances’ secret had me so impatient to know what the dickens had her so worked up that she was sending mixed signals with her firm nos, but emotions and attraction that is obvious.
I’m not a huge fan of the ‘big secret’ device in romance conflicts and this story drove home why. It made sense when it first all went down- when age, experience, and no guidance available were tossed in, but that isn’t the case now since she’s twenty-six, has close friends and family, and a man who wants to be with her. Just tell him already and see what he says since you’re already planning to say ‘no’ to him. Yeesh.
And, Lucian needed slapping at times for pushing through her ‘no’ answers when she didn’t want to do something and using trickery ‘for her own good’. Not that her ‘protect him from my secret’ wasn’t a variation of the same song.
But, as much as they were little annoyances, I did want them together. And, the school friends and Lucius’ family were the best. Oh, and I just could not wait to see the icy, pretentious Portia knocked down a peg or two.
So, interesting start to the series and I can’t wait to get our other three ladies’ stories. Historical Romance fans should definitely reach for a Mary Balogh book full of well-developed sensual romance, fabulous historical setting, and a well-orchestrated plot.
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