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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Nothing To Commend Her by Jo Barrett

Nothing To Commend Her by Jo Barrett
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (248 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

The Earl of Pensby lost his wife in a fire, one that left him scarred in more ways than one. He’s surly, brooding, and according to half the ton, a monster. Except to Agatha Trumwell, she sees so much more than his scars. But with a pitiful dowry, unfavorable looks, and a tendency to speak her mind, she has nothing to commend her, or so she believes. Can these two lonely souls find love amid the gossiping beau monde while someone plots to tear their fragile world apart?

Nothing To Commend Her is an exhilarating and unforgettable tale about second chances, finding love, and seeing the beauty that radiates from within. Author Jo Barrett has written a story that readers will adore, with characters that are impossible to forget.

Magnus and Agatha, quite literally, stole my heart. They are similar in many ways, and it’s due to this that they can see one another on a deeper level. From the moment they meet, shunned by those around them, you get a sense of the camaraderie brought on by standing on the fringe of judgmental social circles. His proposal is intended to combat an existence of loneliness and isolation, while her acceptance arises from her attraction to the scarred, yet kind, gentleman who gazed upon her in a way that no man ever has before.

A series of misunderstandings following their wedding create a dizzying, yet thrilling, amount of sexual tension as they try to deny their growing desires. It’s quite literally one of those situations in which the hero and heroine are experiencing the same fevered attachment but refuse to act upon it out of fear of rejection. As they become comfortable with one another, and allow their hearts to come into play, uncertainty is replaced by trust. The journey that occurs is one every fan of romance should be sure to take. The mystery of who is trying to reap harm upon Agatha and Magnus is intriguing, but make no mistake; the true story is of the love that occurs between a man who views himself as a beast and the woman who believes she can never be the beauty he deserves.

The material itself is beautifully written, with attention to detail and prose. Ms. Barrett has an absolutely breathtaking voice, and engages the attention of the reader while drawing them deeply into the story and the mind of the characters. There is so much emotion packed within the pages, and the further you venture into the lives of Magnus and Agatha, the harder you fall for them.

Nothing To Commend Her is an absolute must read that fans of historical romance do not want to miss.