Title: Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night
Author: Kate Noble
Series: Winner Takes All #2.5
Genre: Regency Romance
Available: 19th Sept
Next in the witty, sexy Winner Takes All Regency series from Emmy winner Kate Noble, author of The Game and the Governessand writer of the wildly popular web series, The Lizzie Bennett Diaries.
Cecilia Goodhue is a schoolteacher with a past, living with her sister and her husband in a tiny English village. Resigned to a quiet life, Cecilia is surprised when she finds out that her young cousin has run off with a man of no means.
Cecilia had once been a teenaged girl who also fell for a young man’s charms—only to be devastated by his betrayal. Determined to not let her cousin meet the same fate, she heads off to London to but is shocked when her investigation leads her right to the front door of the very man who broke her heart: Theo Hudson.
Together, they reluctantly embark on finding her cousin and returning her to her family. During their searching in London, it soon becomes clear that they both remember their short-lived romance differently and perhaps now, years later, they have a fresh chance at love.
Source: ARC from Pocket Star via NetGalley
On the whole this is an easy to read, light Regency romance, although I’m slightly confused as to why Cecilia and Theo weren’t forced to marry since her reputation was ruined anyway, regardless of what happened when they eloped. That did rather undermine my enjoyment, but beyond that it’s an okay read about a fairly modern-minded woman and her attempt to rescue her cousin from making the same mistake that she did.
It all takes place over a very short space of time, which does leave everything feeling pretty rushed. The beginning is quite good fun, as various villagers make full use of the fact that Cecilia is heading to London, but that same humour was lost as the book progressed. It’s still mostly light and easy, but the tension between Cecilia and Theo, and the underlying bitterness of what happened (or what they each believe happened) adds a layer of angst.
The problem was that I didn’t particularly care. I felt for Cecilia’s plight, but the fact that she has enough money to have set herself up somewhere in comfort lessened my sympathy a little. I didn’t care for Theo, since we learn basically nothing about him, and I guessed what would happen with the cousin pretty early on.
Overall, it’s okay. The characters didn’t draw me in as much as I’d hoped, and the action was a little too swift to make me care about any of those involved. Still, if you’re looking for a second chance Regency romance that’s light and quick to read, you may enjoy giving this a go.
Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night is out September 19th.
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