Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean

Beware silly titles! They can be misleading!

I thought when I purchased Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord, that it would be a light-heartened romp. I was led to believe this by the title, which is one of those cutesy titles that the publishing world is so fond of at the moment. Also, I liked Ms. MacLean's last book Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake. That was a fun read.

This story had a promising start and I thought I was in for a some laughs. The whole plot-line of Nicholas (the hero) being bombarded by marriage minded women was amusing. And, then he escapes into the country to find a missing girl and the momentum slowed down. Even then there were some funny scenes or shall I say scenes that could be funny, however, I found Isabel's unwillingness to trust Nicholas grating. And let me say this about the heroine: a-n-n-o-y-i-n-g. She was stubborn, she didn't trust Nicholas, she didn't ask for help (and believe me she needed help,), she couldn't admit she loved Nicholas. Annoying. When Isabel was first introduced I thought I was going to like her, I was ready to be entertained by her...but once she was introduced to Nicholas, I just wanted to punch her in the face. And, I really didn't like the Nicholas' disappearing act toward the end of the book. What was the purpose of that?

Except for a very interesting plot-line involving Georgina and her brother the duke, the secondary characters were mostly cardboard characters. I'm assuming there is a story in the works involving Georgina and her brother, because those loose ends need to be tied.

This wasn't a bad story and I really like this author, it was just a slow story which had the misfortune to have a really annoying heroine in it.

Time/Place: 1820's England
Sensuality Rating: Hot


Tracy said...

After Nine Rules I expected to really love this book. While it was good I was definitely disappointed. The story didn't have the umpf I expected, that's for sure.

SidneyKay said...

I feel the same way

Melissa said...

There was something missing in this book. I loved Nine Rules, but forced my way through this story. I enjoyed Lara and Rock though. Shouldn't I have also liked the hero and heroine?