July 12, 2015 Swan Creates 0 Comments

This was a nice book, but it did not live up to my expectations.  The last two books in the series that I read which are The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride (which was my first book ever by Victoria Alexander) and The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding.  Those two books were amazing and this one left me wanting.

Lucy Merryweather engagement has finally broken from her fiance of many years. They both knew, deep down, that they did not wish to marry each other and that they were just following their parents wishes. While her ex-fiance celebrates his freedom by going off on his own adventure, Lucy decides to go on one of her own.

Armed with a list od adventures she inherited from her great-aunt as well as her fortune, Lucy has set out to finish what her great-aunt did not even got a chance to start.  She was able to accomplish a few things on the list until her guard dog was discovered.

Thinking that her fun was about to be spoilt, Lucy makes a deal with her guard dog. She will allow him to tag along with her on her exploits if he agrees not to interfere with them.

Surprisingly, her guard dog agrees but as Lucy gets to observe her guard, the more she notices that he does not appear to be what he claims to be.  Soon Lucy has another reason for keeping him close and that is to figure out just what her guard really wants from her.

Cameron Effington has been given an ultimatum. It's either he uses his talent and write an entire book or he must give up his job working for a paper that is considered to publish nothing but gossip.  Cameron rises to the challenge, but the only problem is, he has no idea what he is going to write his book about.

Inspiration comes when a friend of his tells him of an American who has decided to complete a list that her great-aunt has left in her care.  Ironically, Cameron and his friend came up with an interesting title for the book "The Daring Exploits of  a Runaway Heiress". Isn't that a coincidence?

In order to get the material needed to write his book, Cameron has taken to following the American around.  His plan ceased to work when he was forced to reveal himself to his muse.  Looking at her from far away and seeing her up close was shocking for Cameron that he had momentarily turned mute in the face of Miss Merryweather's beauty.

Beautiful or not, Cameron is saddened that he would not be able to observe Miss Merryweather anymore until a case of mistaken identity gives him the perfect excuse to see all her exploits up close and in person.

Now Cameron has all the materials he needs in order to complete his book, but something stops him from telling Lucy the truth of who he really is.  Maybe he was enjoying her company or he was developing feelings for her but whatever it was, Cameron knew that he did not want the adventure to end.

Would Lucy ever find out Cameron's real identity?  Would Cameron confess all he has done?  Or would the secret find another way of coming out?  Find out in the fifth installment of the Millworth Manor Series, The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress.

(Sigh)  I have no idea what to say about this book except that I was not as entertained as I would have liked to be.  The title had so much promise as well as the description, but the book was found to be a bit lacking in the romance department as well as a lack of adventure.

Lucy, I am sorry to say, I did not like her.  She claimed that she hid her intelligence by acting nieve, but it seemed to me that she was not acting at being nieve at all.  Lucy kept saying she wanted to do these "adventures" because it was finally time that she did something by herself without someone else telling her what to do. If did not seem that way since she was technically taking advice from her grand-aunt through her list.

Lucy also has a bad habit of repeating herself over and over again. She kept repeating why she was doing what she was doing, how clever she was and how she was a grown woman and she did not need anyone to look after her; when clearly she did. I skipped quite a bit of dialog since I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again.

Cameron, on the other hand, was much worse.  He sounded like a broken record and for once I did not like the hero in the book very much.  His motivation was nothing but for selfish reasons and he knew that. Worse yet, everyone was telling him that he had to tell Lucy of his deception, but he kept putting it off until it was too late.

I was really looking forward to enjoying this book, but the book was not believable for me. Lucy became good friends with her companion on the first day they met by babbling on and hardly making any sense.  Then she easily accomplished a bunch of things on the list without breaking a sweat and she realized that Cameron was not who he say is was but yet she kept him around.

This book gave me a headache and I was so hoping for the book to pick up at the end, but it did not.  I was confused at the end since I do not speak Shakespeare, so I ended the book confused on how they got back together. (I still am).

Also the book could have finished much sooner but it seemed as if it was dragged on to create some drama, and there was some, just not good enough drama.  I just did not enjoy this book as much as I would have liked too.

All author have books that are not up-to-par with all of their other books and this was one of them for Victoria Alexander and I hope she recovers and comes back with a bang.


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