Which is such a shame as I really enjoyed book 4 and was looking forward to the rest of the series, I thought "finally I am looking forward to what comes next" and then I read this. Alathea is a lovely character, she had so much potential but as the story went on I just thought how silly she was? I was so put off by the first half of this book the ending could not even revive the story.
Gabriel's sexy widow has him all hot and bothered!! He admits to himself that he is a coward for demanding that Alathea tell him she loves him, yet he's afraid to confess his feelings for her.
:) In the meantime, I recommend the first 3/4 of this book to romance readers, especially Stephanie Laurens fans.
When she finds them in financial ruin, she decides to pretend to be a widow countess and take help from her childhood friend turned nemesis, Gabriel under a disguise, and what follows is a beautiful love story.
She's the only one who can save her family, like always, but she knows she need help from her friend, Gabriel Cynster. He doesn't know who she is, doesn't even think she's the same boring Alathea, but between kisses and an special perfume, he's going to get the surprise of his life. I'm new to the Cynster series, but I'd like to read all the books.
I liked how Gabriel and Alathea's relationship blossomed not just because of a certain circumstance; both are headstrong and they're only a year apart in age and that gives them the understanding of each one's thoughts. Cynsters really show their love, rather than say it and I find that endearing.
I was again hoping to be impressed, but Gabriel was really just another Cynster like the others before him. But Alathea was a good person, and she was nice. I did really like the mystery bit, trying to figure out what the truth was behind this bogus investing in fake gold mines in Africa, and get the proof to bring them down before they could ruin Alathea's family. But only a very, very little, like when Alathea was speaking to Captain Struthers and researching in the library. But there was some of stuff that was unbelievable too, like the fact that Alathea's father would just hand over the family's financial reins to his 18 year-old daughter, and that she'd run the books ever after that, and that the other men, the steward/solicitor/agent type people that she had to deal with in that course would just all be ok with it too. Another thing that bugged me (and this is probably just something that maybe missed the editor's attention or something) but all throughout the book, Alathea's siblings are referred to as her step-siblings, even though in more than one place in the book, the children are described as having inherited looks and personality traits of both Alathea's father, and her step-mother. The fact that Alathea was older was all right though, it was nice that she didn't have to be kept all watched over like a young miss, she had a little more freedom. I was a little shocked when they made love the first time without him knowing or finding out who she was. First, with her flowers, when he simply said 'You have my heart, don't break it.' And then the note he sent her on the day of her wedding that simply said 'I love you.' (After the time he said it in bed lol). geez, just when I was thinking she was the smart one), they saved the fortune, her two sisters got married to two nice guys who were best friends, and other people who would've been hurt by the villains were saved too. He thinks he's gonna escape his destiny to be the next wedded Cynster, but he's foolish, he should know running away isn't going to save him.
After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London. Once in London, Stephanie and her husband both began work as research scientists in Kent.