Saturday, September 28, 2013

{Heather #Review} Historical Romance: It Takes Two To Tangle by Theresa Romain

IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE by Theresa Romain
Genre: Historical
Series: Matchmaker Trilogy #1
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 3, 2013)

Henry Middlebrook is back from fighting Napoleon, ready to re-enter London society where he left it. Wounded and battle weary, he decides that the right wife is all he needs. Selecting the most desirable lady in the ton, Henry turns to her best friend and companion to help him with his suit…

Young and beautiful, war widow Frances Whittier is no stranger to social intrigue. She finds Henry Middlebrook courageous and manly, unlike the foppish aristocrats she is used to, and is inspired to exercise her considerable wit on his behalf. But she may be too clever for her own good, and Frances discovers that she has set in motion a complicated train of events that’s only going to break her own heart…

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Henry Middlebrook is recently returned from fighting Napoleon’s troops and is trying to make his way back to polite society.  He has lost the use of the arm but is determined that winning the hand of the most eligible lady of the Ton will bring him back to where he deserves to be.  In order to win the enchanting Lady Stratton’s heart, Henry enlists the assistance of her companion, Mrs. Frances Whittier.  Frances’ life has been monotonous since her husband died several years before, and so she agrees to help the entertaining Mr. Middlebrook as he, at least, sees her for who she is.  As time passes Frances and Henry are drawn inexorably closer together, and soon find that what they think they need and what they actually need are two different things.

I’ve read hundreds of Regency romances - this book stands out from the rest as being a singular joy to read.  Too often Regency heroines are inexperienced girls and the heroes are dashing rakes.  In It Takes Two to Tangle, neither character fits this stereotype; as a result the characters are able to behave outside the strict behavioral rules of the Ton and still be plausible.  The book has the common Regency themes of disparate social classes causing problems and with scandals arising from perceived impropriety, but Henry and Frances are so refreshing to read, the book never feels trite or boring.  I rooted for these two to get together nearly from page one.  The plot moved quickly enough to keep me reading but never felt rushed.  In short, it was a beautifully written story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Favorite Quote:
He could have kissed her for hours, sinking into the wonder of it.  The magic of human hands, of mouth on mouth.  The way lips fit together, nipped and pulled.  Such small gestures that could wake such tremendous needs.  This time, his need came not from starvation buy from fullness.  He was brimming with awe, sipping gingerly at the pleasure of her touch, then drinking it in greedily.

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