- Unsealed Room Press
- Release Date
- September 2014
- Book 1 of Must Love
Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Time Travel
"A fresh, charming new voice" – New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare
HOW FAR WOULD YOU TRAVEL FOR LOVE?
Isabelle Rochon, a thoroughly modern American working at the British Museum, has finally met the man of her dreams. There's one problem: he lives in another century.
When a mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle to pre-Victorian London, a thief steals it, stranding her in a place where nobody's heard of toilet paper or women's lib. Now she must find the artifact, navigate the pitfalls of a stiffly polite London, keep her origins a secret, and, oh, resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount so hot, he curls her toes. But when he asks her to pose as his fiancée for his scheme of revenge, his now constant presence overthrows her equilibrium and kicks in her old insecurities. Why does he have to be so damn hunky, compelling and, well, Drool-Worthy? This is not what she needs. She'd carved off part of herself for another man before and is determined never to make that same mistake again. Staying would be the ultimate follow-the-boyfriend move. In the end, she must decide when her true home lies.
Jul 06, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
112 people found the following review helpful
I am always so excited when I come across a well written romantic historical time travel--from serious Outlander by Diana Gabaldon to my favorite humorous time travel romance, A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. If you agree, add Angela Quarles' MUST LOVE BREECHES to your list!
Isabelle Rochon has moved to London from Atlanta to work as an intern at the British Museum and is trying to get her life back on track after a failed relationship and the loss of her family. Dressed for a costume ball, she carries with her a silver calling card case from pre-Victorian times which sends her back to 1834. Her case is stolen and as she tries to retrieve it and navigate her new historical social situation she meets the "Vicious Viscount", Lord Phineas Montagu.
Lord Montagu is pretending a changed personality to seek revenge for his sister and all the ton now call him "Vicious Viscount", but Isabelle sees through this persona and is drawn to him. Phineas can't help but be intrigued by the "Original" from the Colonies. To further his plan, he wants Isabelle to be his pretend fiancée in exchange for his protection and help retrieving her card case. He knows Isabelle is keeping something from him, but he can't stop his growing attraction and begins to want Isabelle forever. The attraction is strong in both, but Isabelle feels she must return to the present.
The romance builds in intensity and heat throughout even as both characters try to fight it. The mystery and revenge subplots are intertwined and resolved to satisfaction. Ms. Quarles has included other true-to-life secondary characters. Ada Byron, not yet Ada Byron Lovelace, the legitimate daughter of the infamous Lord Byron befriends Isabelle and is the first she confides in about her time travel situation and Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Difference Engine. Although some fictional license was taken, it was interesting to read about these characters.
I am really excited to read more of Ms. Quarles books in her Must Love Time Travel series!
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