- Harlequin Historical
- Release Date
- October 2015
She's always been different…
Amaryllis Gibson is an unlikely debutante. She favors fact over fashion, cares not for "proper" conversation and is haunted by ghostly visions which could land her in the madhouse! Marriage is definitely the last thing on Rilla's mind…
But when she's caught in a compromising position with Viscount Wyburn, suddenly she finds herself betrothed! And worse, his powerful presence only increases her visions. By shedding light on the viscount's past, can Rilla gain his trust and win him round to her more…unconventional traits?
Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 09, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
75 people found the following review helpful
I can see how getting visited by your fiance's deceased mother might be a bit unnerving.
Miss Amaryllis Gibson was only 9 when "it" happened, her first feeling. Tingles and darkness and fear making room for visions of dead people. But she couldn't have predicted that she'd be taken under the wing of Lady Wyburn, the stepmother of Paul Lindsey, Viscount Wyburn. Nor could she predict that a stolen kiss would end up with the two of them betrothed. Which is a problem, since she most definitely is being contacted by Paul's dead mother.
Paul decided long ago that it's dangerous to fall in love, that it can only lead to heartache, but he finds himself strangely enchanted by the sensible and curious Rilla. There's something about her fiery hair and intelligence that calls to him. Can Paul continue to hold Rilla at arms' length, or will her unconventional ways drive him to commit her to Bedlam?
NO CONVENTIONAL MISS was a different historical romance than I'm used to, combining a bit of the paranormal with the usual propriety of the early 1800's English ton. I enjoyed the change of pace, the element of dark suspense next to the sensual developments of Paul and Rilla's relationship. Rilla's visions and second sight were a fun addition, however Paul's hesitance to marry was typical of most historical romance books I've read. The pair had decent chemistry, nothing out of this world, but still a simmering attraction nonetheless. I was disappointed in the non-existent sex scenes. Just as Ms. Webster started to heat things up, she fast forwarded to the awkward morning after, even skipping the requisite post-coital glow. That was a real bummer, since NO CONVENTIONAL MISS didn't have that excitement factor that some sweet sweet lovin' would've given it. Though it wasn't a bad read, and in fact was well written and edited, I don't think another book in this series would be my personal spot o' tea.
Bottom Line: This is a great book for those who like a chaste romance with a light paranormal element.
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