Compared to the last novel that I had read from Knightley, the author, this story was a large improvement and yet I still feel like the romance was not as sturdy as I was hoping for. The romance itself seems to be a common missed trait among historical-romances this year and Knightley is not an exception to the lacking of the romance. However I do want to point that I love the plots that the authors selects for her stories. The plots themselves are always enriched with vibrate details and I usually find quite the adventured buried within the stories.
To focus more on the positives of the book the writing was very good. It was entertaining, flowed easy and maintained my interest. I usually enjoy old friends reuniting from the past and then falling in love with one another. I hadn't witnessed this plot in a historical-romance before now and it was quite refreshing.
As I previously, but briefly mentioned about the romance this story was not as fairy tale-like that I expected it to be. Instead the romance was a little dry. I felt like the romance was pushed onto the reader rather than allowing the chemistry between the characters to flow. So the romance did not work at all for me in this story.
Overall I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked some of the aspects of the story and others I did not like as well. At this point I wouldn't recommend this book for the romance, but I would do so in terms of the plot.
From the bestselling author of The Duke Can Go to the Devil, comes a new novel about destiny, and taking a risk on a second chance at love…
Gavin Stark, Viscount Derington, learned his lesson when his childhood love was swept off her feet by another man before Dering could declare himself. Ever since, he has lived a life of no regrets—reaching for what he wants while never again allowing himself to lose his heart. If the experience taught him anything, it was never to risk what he wasn’t willing to lose.
Lady Felicity Danby had everything she ever wanted in life until the moment her husband died, turning her world upside down. A year and a half later, she is finally ready to return to Bath to spend the summer visiting family. She finds comfort in her old childhood friend, but is taken off guard when passion begins to simmer between them. She’s already lost everything once—can she possibly risk her heart a second time?