(A Daring Hearts novel)
by Nina Rowan
A HEART DIVIDED
The lovely Lydia Kellaway can solve the most complex puzzles. The one challenge she can't top? Managing the most infuriating man she's ever encountered.
Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, has purchased a one-of-a-kind locket from a pawnshop, unaware of the priceless sentiment it holds for Lydia. The gentlemanly thing to do would be to simply return it. But Alexander is curious to see just how bold this brilliant beauty will be...
A LOVE UNEQUALED
What begins as a playful wager quickly escalates. As their sizzling attraction grows, even Lydia can't account for the feelings Alexander arouses with his smile, or the fire he ignites with his touch. But when a dark family secret is suddenly thrown into the equation, it just might divide them forever . . .
This was my first time reading a book that was romance/erotica (Amazon has this listed as erotica?) that was NOT contemporary. I really enjoyed it! I think the reason why I enjoyed it so much despite it not being contemporary is because the heroine is a mega math genius and I love intelligent characters. I especially love characters that feel comfort from their interests. There is also a part of me that has always been fascinated with mathematics even though I pretty much....well, let's just say I don't do well in the math department. Nevertheless, I have been infatuated with the idea of mathematics and people who wield it like the language it is. It's just sexy.
Okay - so the characters: I enjoyed Alexander's loyalty, though I feel that the reader is not given enough information about who he was before he met Lydia. I don't mean information about his family or his prior engagement - I wanted more information about what kind of man he was before Lydia. BUT - maybe that's the whole point, that he was always that man and it took someone like Lydia to bring it out? Let me know what you think when/if you read it.
Lydia was awesome because she's so damn smart. An intelligent woman in the mathematical world of men is just HOT. Sorry sorry - I digress. Her caring nature comes out through and through and it made me wish she had a female friend to confide in. I cared for both of these characters.
The story itself unfolded well - it made me happy and sad, and there is even some action in there. I enjoyed it so much that I already ordered the second novel of this series which I think is about Alexander's brother whom I found quite interesting in his "cameos" in this book. I recommend this book for individuals who may not know if they like romance stories set in another time period. It's a good one to ease into :)
I don't know how to classify this book. I feel it wrong to consider it a historical romance when there isn't much history. I don't think it's a regency romance because it doesn't just deal with the rich. If you know how to classify this book, please let me know!