First Lines: Reptile or human, you were guaranteed to make a cake out of yourself when mating season arrived. No, that wasn’t fair–to reptiles.
An author I never got around to talking about during Romance Month was Eva Leigh–and kind of for good reason. While she’s been writing for quite some time, I find her books are hit and miss with me. Some I like a lot, some I don’t. But I keep wanting to try them to see if maybe this is one I like. And considering there is literally a library on the cover of this one, I had a good feeling about it.
Lady Grace Wyatt is happy being a wallflower. It means she’s left along to focus on her scientific pursuits (especially studying reptiles) than trying to maneuver through society. But when a celebrated, handsome naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. So she comes up with the perfect plan: build her own “perfect” man to court her publicly and get the naturalist to see her as a woman instead of a colleague. Her friend (and fellow scientist) Sebastian Holloway is perfect for the job. In exchange for funding his upcoming expedition, Sebastian allows Grace to transform him from a bookish, bespectacled academic into a dashing rake. Between all the secret lessons and public flirtations, though, Grace finds her feelings changing. Sebastian, already in love with Grace, finds that when he might lose her forever, he’ll do whatever he needs to for a fair shot at her heart.
With this story, I was really hoping to get into it because we have two intelligent leads. Grace and Sebastian are people of science–Grace is a herpetologist and Sebastian is an anthropologist. I really enjoy intelligent, bluestocking characters. I think they’re interesting.
Unfortunately, because it was all so scientific, it felt pretty emotionless to me. They kept just seeming to be so focused on other things that anything emotional was ignored or catalogued before moving on. I didn’t care for that.
I also had a problem with the plot. It seemed to be just one big misunderstanding and I just kept getting so mad at the characters for not just saying what they were thinking. It was annoying. I kept finding myself wanted to read more and more just to hopefully get past all the annoying stuff. (It didn’t work.)
I don’t know if I’ll continue in this series or not, but it’s becoming clearer to me that Eva Leigh’s writing style just doesn’t seem to work for me more often than not. I don’t feel like I get a good story and I don’t tend to care about the characters.