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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Review: An Offer From A Gentleman

An Offer From A Gentleman
by Julia Quinn

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball-or that ‘Prince Charming’ would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other - except, perhaps this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid’s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?

I loved this book. Yes, it is like the fairytale Cinderella but is far more detailed and has a great plot. The characters are also so real. I loved the way Benedict would chase after and tease Sophie. It reminded me of the typical flirtations that go on in the beginning of every real life relationship. Benedict and Sophie are such dynamic characters, that the reader knows it will only be a matter of time before the sparks fly.

Sophie is a wonderful heroine. The reader will enjoy her true Cinderella spirit and sense of humor. Yet, Ms. Quinn does a wonderful job side stepping the ‘normal’ Cinderella pitfalls. Sophie will quickly warm the readers heart.

Who doesn’t want a Prince Charming? Make mine Benedict Bridgerton. He’s charming, witty, and handsome. So many historical hero’s are cardboard figures, not so with Benedict. He’s multi-dimensional and readers should truly enjoy him.

The scenes involving Sophie and Benedict were steamy yet sweet and heartwarming. Ms. Quinn’s development of both characters felt "real" and made me believe they were in love with one another deeply.

The secondary characters are also multi-dimensional and so enjoyable, I'm going to try out some more of The Bridgerton series books. I love it when an author develops re-occurring characters.

If you long to be swept into the lives of two enchanting people, I highly recommend this one this book. It has everything you need to create a good romance: a dashing hero, a beautiful heroine, a person who always seems to interfere with the hero and heroine, and most of all...PASSION!

Reviewer: Magnolia