Lady Amelia's Secret Lover (Last Man Standing #0) by Victoria Alexander
Series: Last Man Standing #0
Published by Harper Collins, Avon
Publication Date: September 25, 2007
Genres: Historical Romance
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Lady Amelia's Secret Love is a historical romance novel with a decidedly modern bent: Lady Amelia Hathaway's marriage has gotten stale over the past six years, so she decides to take a lover. She makes no secret of her intent - but what her husband doesn't know is that Amelia's real scheme is to win him back.Will the plan work well enough to earn Amelia the passion she deserves from her husband? Or will it backfire drastically, sending him into the arms of a flesh-and-blood lover of his own? Click here for the video ebook -- featuring pop-up video commentary from the author!
Last week, Holly and I posted about the new video eBook that Avon is releasing, one of the firsts of its kind was this book, Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover. I read the book last week and am just now getting around to my review of the new, eBook.
It was a short and cute read. Very quick. There wasn’t much to the story, no real dramatic storyline where we had to find out who was trying to kill who, steal what from who and all that…it was a straight up romance novel about the problems couples face, AFTER the honeymoon period ends. In Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover, we have a Lord and Lady Robert Hathaway who have been married for 6 years and are in a “content” phase, a phse where they are taking the other for granted and the passion they once shared seems to have fizzled out of their relationship.
Lady Amelia swears that her husband is being unfaithful to her and has taken up with a mistress behind her back. Not one to go for something like that, she decides that if Robert can take a mistress, well then so can she. Well, she doesn’t want a mistress, just a lover…someone aside from her husband to seek “passion” from, I guess. The thing I thought was funny was Amelia brings this Robert’s attention over breakfast one morning and the way she brought it up was so nonchallant, she could have been talking about the weather or the garden or whatever….she was that sneaky and I laughed..a lot. She told Robert of her plans to seek out a lover since he had a mistress with such ease, I read the scene twice before moving on. Robert’s reaction was so funny, in that scene you could totally see what Amelia was talking about, how distant their relationship had gotten..and you could see the work that needed to be done in order to bring the passion back to their marriage.
I really enjoyed the characters in this short story, we didn’t have this big ol’ book to sift through in order to get a real feel of these characters but I enjoyed the characters anyway. I think Victoria Alexander did a great job of making me love the characters in this story…I loved Robert’s twin brother, Harry and thought his part in the whole game was hysterical. I loved the bond between Robert and Harry, I loved that Amelia knew all along that it was Harry who was trying to get in good with her on Robert’s behalf. I loved how Robert and Harry thought they were so slick and fooled Amelia and were totally wrong.
I loved Amelia’s sisters and cannot wait to meet and get to know Cordelia in the next book, which is her book entitled, Secrets of a Proper Lady. Amelia’s bond with her sisters was a treat and I loved how her sisters remind me of my own sisters…women who have an opinion and aren’t afraid to voice them, no matter how scandalous they are. These women were a delight to read about and they were easy to relate to and just all around fantabulous characters.
If you’re looking for a story that has deep dialogue and an intense storyline then this isn’t the book for you, but it’s perfect for those times when you need a light and fun read that will make your heart sigh and your soul sing…haha, I’m serious, this book was a cute read and I totally recommend it for those nights when you want something quick and cute to read.
Grade: 4 out of 5