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~Miss Carlyle's Curricle~

by Karen Harbaugh

Heroine: tall, voluptuous

 

          Diana Carlyle is shocked and dismayed to discover that her beloved late uncle's will demands that she marry his heir, or else she and her mother will have to try and get by on a pittance of a stipend.  Her sense of independence makes her dig her heels in against the union, but she soon finds herself relenting when she discovers that life with Gavin would not be as unpleasant as she'd thought.  And when her uncle's death seems less like an accident than previously thought the security of marrying Gavin is too much for Diana to pass up, so she accepts his proposal and settles in for a lifelong marriage of convenience.

 

           But Gavin has other ideas about what their marriage ought to be like and sets out to make his wife love him.  But first he must capture the fiend who caused her uncle's demise--a killer who will surely strike again.     

 

What worked for me:

 

           Gavin was an intriguing hero who appears to be very laid back and jaded yet far more with it than he lets on.

 

            The mystery intertwined with the love story was a good one, and even though I thought I had a handle on what was happening with it, the solution ultimately surprised me.

 

            Size-wise Diana was tall and thought she was too large, but Gavin thought she was lush and luscious.

 

What didn't work for me:

 

            Diana didn't come off as strong as I felt she was touted as being.  In fact she was a bit missish in spots, though there was a satisfactory explanation for that given later on in the story.         

      

Overall:

 

              "Miss Carlyle's Curricle" is a pleasant diversion for a rainy afternoon.

Warning: There's a steamy scene in this book. 

If you liked "Miss Carlyle's Curricle" you might also enjoy "Somebody to Love", "Slightly Wicked", "Into Temptation", "Suddenly You", "The Accidental Bride", "The Bride and the Beast", "The Fire-Flower", "The Last Days of a Rake", "Cat and the Countess", "The Courtship", or "Enchanting Pleasures".

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