Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Truth about Leo by Katie MacAlister

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If this hadn't been an ARC from NetGalley, there is no way I would have made it past the first chapter. I just plain do not like Dagmar (Dagmar?). She is headstrong as well as ignorant and just something of a spoiled child. Yes, I get that is supposed to be her character, but we don't really see any evolution. She just magically becomes a good person... or maybe her negatives were just over-emphasized and then suddenly de-emphasized. It was odd. Anyway, she needs to escape her current situation so when she finds a near-dead English soldier in her garden, she marries him.
Only it turns out he's not just any soldier, he's an earl. The seventh earl of March, Leopold Ernst George Mortimer doesn't know what's going on. He's not in heaven because it seems he's surrounded by harpies. Luckily, those harpies save him. And one is even his wife! That's a surprise.
While there were a lot of issues with this book (a LOT of issues), Katie MacAlister overall weaves a wonderful story as long as you can really, really suspend your disbelief (e.g. use of the word recap which didn't come into the current use until the 1920s. Even the first use wasn't until the 1850s).
Overall, an enjoyable story. Not as good as the first book in the series but definitely better than the third.
It's coming out on August 5.

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