Thursday, November 10, 2011

[NOR Review]: "Just One Season In London"

Just One Season in London by Leigh Michaels
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 1, 2011)
GENRE: Historical Romance
Summary (
A family that courts together...

Viscount Ryecroft has a beautiful sister he needs to marry off... if only he had the money for her Season in London.

His family is in financial ruins, and his mother is willing to do anything to help her children, including sell herself to the highe st bidder...

Finds passion on their own...
Sophie Ryecroft will sacrifice love to marry for the good of her family... but instead finds passion and solace in an attracti ve alternative.
With so much riding on their one and only Season in London, Rye, Sophie, and Miranda can't help but get hopelessly entangled with all the wrong people...

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My Review:

Just One Season in London held so much promise—promise of romance and second chances, of happily ever afters and all the twists in the road while trying to get there. But upon reading the novel, I found much of it to be, unfortunately, lacking in most of these areas, along with a few other important ones as well.

I believe my biggest disappointment was the characters; from Miranda and Sophie to Rye and Robert, to name a few, they all seemed a bit flat, two-dimensional, rather than fully developed like good heroes and heroines should be. This was, after all, a story that covered not one couple's story but three couples; yet I couldn't even find just one character that truly stuck out. Some were too flighty, too easily turned by the whims of Society, others we were simply not told enough about to get a good feel for who they actually are.

If the characters had been different, if they had been more, well, just “more” in general, I believe that the storyline may have been enough to hold the story together better, and perhaps bring about a higher rating. The romance wasn't too bad; despite there being three couples in the novel, there wasn't a lot of it, in comparison to other ones in this genre, but nonetheless what was there was good. I do wish that there had been more, for all of the couples, but I can't say whether the additional romance, with no other additions or improvements, would have been enough to make me love this book.

3.5 STARS! For a pleasant, quick read, Just One Season in London is a good choice. If one enjoys having a fairly tepid romance story, than this one fits the bill, and leaves the reader satisfied at the end. I may not have loved it, but I didn't hate the book either—far from it! I do, however, enjoy my romance novels a bit more spicy, a bit more complex. But that wouldn't stop me from picking up one of Michaels' books in the future, or recommending them to those that I think will enjoy it!

Thanks to Night Owl Reviews, where I received this book for free in exchange for reviewing the book. (Free book does not equal biased review, however!) This review is the property of NOR.

Note: This is a book I read earlier this year, but never posted the review here on the blog after it went up on NOR.



Until Next Time,

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Blodeuedd said...

I have read 2 books by her, so that makes it 6 stories in total ;)

I quite liked a few of them, but then of course this one I had missed

Debbie's World of Books said...

Awww, sad you didn't enjoy this one more. It was my first Leigh Michaels book and I loved it! In fact, it was one of the few five star books I've posted on my blog. If you are interested here is my review. I've also read the next one in the series and enjoyed that one as well. She's definitely moved up there with my other favorite authors like Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn and Stephanie Laurens.

The_Book_Queen said...

Thank you both for stopping b!

I do find it interesting that she can weave 3 people's story into one book. Its not an easy thing to do. I'm happy that you enjoyed the books though; who knows, maybe I'll love her other ones.

I am glad that you loved it--I think this is one of those books that, for certain readers, is a great one, and for others, maybe it's just an 'okay' read. I'm sorry to say I fell under the 'okay' category, but that could change when I read more by her. Sometimes it takes more than one book to appreciate and enjoy an author's work.