The Major Meets His Match by Annie Burrows
What a delightful read this was! We had a heroine who was spirited, but refreshingly so, not just irritatingly stubborn, plus a hero infuriating in his constant need to tease her. Their encounters were fun, and filled with a chemistry that had me wanting more.
And yet, underneath the teasing, behind the clowning, we readers could see all was not right. Both suffered from tremendous lack of self esteem, which kept them apart far better than any chaperone ever could have done. Before they could find one another, they had to find the treasures within themselves. To say nothing of the treasures that had gone missing from Ant Susan’s jewellery collection…
Harriet and Jack were real people, complex and flawed, and wonderful. They and their predicaments stayed with me after I put down the book.
Just three things detracted from the enjoyment.
- I had to stop and check whether Jack was a Viscount because his father was dead, or whether it was because he was heir to an earl. Early in the book, a character referred to one of Jack’s deceased elder brothers as having been Viscount Becconsall, although we know both older brothers predeceased their father, indicating it was a courtesy title. But then, we’re led to believe Jack’s father has died, so it’s an hereditary one. A small point, perhaps, but to pedants like me, it matters.
- The word oh! So many of Harriet’s speeches, especially towards the end, contain that word. It’s like well and er and um. They get used frequently in real life speech, but in the dialogue in a book, they can be wearing.
- Finally, I am absolutely devastated to learn I must wait till January to read Book Two in this series. I hate when that happens. By January, I will have read so many more books, lived so much more life, that I will need a refresher course to remember Book 1 clearly.
(Although it won’t be so bad as long as book two is by the same author as book one. Mills and Boon don’t make reference to which books by different authors are linked, and the readers can miss an episode completely.)
So come on, Mills and Boon. Release the sequels sooner, please. And list the titles in a series, so we know which go together and what to look for.