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Monday, January 6, 2014

Review - The Greatest Lover Ever

The Greatest Lover Ever
By Christina Brooke
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Release Date:  December 31, 2013





Six years ago, she was too young and he was too inflexible.  Something was bound to come between them. In their case, the something was another man and his insinuations were ugly.  Pride and honor demanded the two men meet on the field of honor.  Young and frightened, Georgie gave Beckenham an ultimatum:  call off the duel or she'd call off the engagement.  She expected him to fight for her, not lecture her then walk away without a backward glance but pride was a wall he wasn't willing to climb - not even for the girl who was to be his wife.

Georgie Black has done a lot of maturing in six years.  She leads a much more circumspect life and even though her looks still draw men to her like bees to honey, she's grown into her power and doesn't abuse it as a young girl would.  She's managed to successfully avoid her former bethrothed...until she goes looking for her younger sister at a party thrown by Beckenham's notorious cousin and finds herself locked into a room with the only man to ever own her heart.

Marcus, the Earl of Beckenham has managed to avoid Georgiana Black, the woman who jilted him, for six years.  But now, just as he makes the decision to seek a wife - a quiet, biddable wife - fate sees fit to bring Georgie back into his life.  Beautiful, lush, stubborn, intelligent Georgie, who is about as far from biddable as possible.  The attraction is still there.  The desire is still there.  So is the stubbornness.  And the pride.  But Beckenham is older.  Wiser.  As is Georgie.  Will the second time around bring them the happiness for which they both yearn or will an enemy from their past come between them once again?

I love second-chance stories, especially the ones where characters are too young the first time around and re-connect years later after life's experiences have 'seasoned' them.  I love this couple. They were made for one another and I was in their corner from beginning to end. That doesn't mean that I didn't become frustrated with both Georgie and Marcus at times but that's what makes them so real.  They have flaws and lessons yet to learn before the author is finished with them.  Their journey to a happy ending is realistic for them, even when Georgie, who believes Marcus will never love her, encourages him to look in a different direction.  It breaks her heart to do so but she feels she's doing the right thing for him and for someone else who means the world to her.  It's a rocky road to love for these two but that makes the arrival at their final destination all the sweeter.

I've really enjoyed the books in Brooke's Ministry of Marriage series and connected Westruther series. The writing is fresh and well-paced, with witty dialog, chemistry that sizzles and characters so real they fairly leap from the page.  I've grown to care about these people and am fully invested in what happens to them.  As soon as I finish one book in the series, I find myself counting the days/weeks/months until the next.  While I enjoy reading a series in order, Brooke has written the books to be read either as part of the series or as a stand-alone so I don't think it will have a negative impact on your enjoyment if you begin with The Greatest Lover Ever.  However, if you're like me, as soon as you finish this book you'll be off to buy the ones that preceded it!

~PJ

14 comments:

  1. I can't wait this one! I've read an excerpt that Christina had out and ohhhh, it's sooo good! I also like second chance stories about characters reconnecting when they're older and more experienced in life. It makes their love story all the more interesting to watch them deal with each other. Definitely looking forward to this one!

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  2. It's really good, Ada. I've read it twice now and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time than I did the first and that's saying something. Also, in the epilogue we're given one doozie of a spoiler about Xavier!

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  3. I've not read her as yet but after reading your review, this sounds like something I would really enjoy! Nice cover too!!

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    1. Oh, catslady, you have some wonderful stories ahead of you!

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  4. Wonderful review, PJ! I have read excerpts, too, and they have all been good. I have not read the previous books in the series, but this one appeals to me. Not so much because it is a second chance story, but what grabbed my interest was the fact that the H has matured and may have realized that perhaps he was too quick to judge. Then, also, the h has matured, but not lost any of her feistiness. So, it will be interesting to read about their interactions to each other after such a long time apart.

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    1. what grabbed my interest was the fact that the H has matured and may have realized that perhaps he was too quick to judge. Then, also, the h has matured, but not lost any of her feistiness.

      A big part of why I liked it so much, Deb!

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  5. PJ what are you doing to me???? LOL..this sounds awesome and I will heed your advice and look for this book. And more than likely, I will be looking at her back list....sigh.
    Thanks for the heads up, it really does look like my cup of tea!

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  6. I actually picked up London's Last True Scoundrel because of the cover! LOL! I still have it on my TBR stack & plan to read it back to back with The Greatest Lover Ever. Glad you like this so much! I look forward to reading it.

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    1. I hope you enjoy them, Sharlene. I thought they were both terrific books!

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  7. I am SO looking forward to this one!!!!

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  8. I am SO looking forward to this one!!!!

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  9. PJ, what a gorgeous review. Like you, I've loved all the Westruther books. I think my favorite so far is Mad About the Earl although last year's London's Last Scoundrel gave that a run for its money - laughed out loud at that one and loved the characters. I'm going away this weekend and taking The Greatest Lover Ever with me. Hmm, that didn't read quite right!

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    1. LOL! I don't know, Anna. I think that read exactly right! *grin*

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