So much of this book was wildly improbable, but somehow this didn’t bother me, because I was having so much fun with it. It was a tremendous adventure, with kidnapping, rescue, running, escaping, and long, lonely nights in hiding.
Summary via Goodreads.com:
The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of Miss Eliza Cynster . . . but not until she’s rescued from a daring abduction by the most unexpected of heroes!
Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather’s engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh. Desperate and deter-mined to escape, she seizes upon the first possible champion who happens along— gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling.
Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy’s expertise, yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But danger lurks and hurdles abound in their race to escape the mysterious laird, until a final confrontation on a windswept cliff reveals what their future life could hold—if both are bold enough to seize and own the unexpected love they now share.
I loved the two main characters and their journeys (physical and personal).
Eliza was a somewhat reserved young lady, and the only way in which she doesn’t appear to be the paragon of what a young woman in society should be is her failure to be married at age 24. She’s decided she won’t marry until she finds her hero, and her hero is nowhere to be found in her usual circles.
Jeremy is a quiet scholar (and I’m a sucker for a brainy guy) who has recently realized he’d like more than intellectual conversation in his life.
Both of them get to discover that they are capable of more than they imagined.
As much as I liked the heroes, I also enjoyed the villains– two of them. One is a basically nice guy, if you can overlook his habit of kidnapping young women. The other is a pushed over the edge psychopath. Both do a good job with the chasing and pursuing side of the adventure.
The romance was pleasantly steamy (very steamy), and the couple was all around well suited. I really enjoyed reading this book, my first with this author.
(One last comment– I did indeed come in mid-series here. Certainly the outcome of at least one previous book was fairly thoroughly spoiled for me, but I rarely enter a romance novel without complete certainty as to how it will end, even if I’ve never heard of the book or author before. I’m not sure if certain villainous motives would have been clearer if I’d read some of the earlier books, but I am sure that any confusion there didn’t keep me from enjoying the book.)
Narrator:I enjoyed the narration by Matthew Brenher. I’m used to listening to romance novels with female narrators, so I was mildly apprehensive when I first heard the male voice. It wasn’t a problem, and since there were more male viewpoints than female ones in this book, the choice made sense.
Production: No issues, no extras. A solid production.
Audio vs. Print: Whichever is more convenient is probably fine. I suspect I would have enjoyed the print version just as much, but the audio is truly delightful.
I received my copy of In Pursuit of Miss Eliza Cynster from the publisher for review. Thank you, Harper Audio!