Friday, December 30, 2016


A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong: A Blackshear Family novella (Blackshear Family series Book 0) by [Grant, Cecilia]
With one more errand to go--the purchase of a hunting falcon--Andrew Blackshear has Christmas completely under control. As his sister's impending marriage signals the inevitable drifting-apart of the Blackshear family, it's his last chance to give his siblings the sort of memorable, well-planned holiday their parents could never seem to provide.
He has no time to dawdle, no time for nonsense, and certainly no time to drive the falconer's vexing, impulsive, lush-lipped, midnight-haired daughter to a house party before heading home. So why the devil did he agree to do just that?
Lucy Sharp has been waiting all her too-quiet life for an adventure, and she means to make the most of this one. She's going to enjoy the house party as no one has ever enjoyed a house party before, and in the meanwhile she's going to enjoy every minute in the company of amusingly stern, formidably proper, outrageously handsome Mr. Blackshear. Let him disapprove of her all he likes--it's not as though they'll see each other again after today.
..or will they? When a carriage mishap and a snowstorm strand the pair miles short of their destination, threatening them with scandal and jeopardizing all their Christmas plans, they'll have to work together to save the holiday from disaster. And along the way they just might learn that the best adventures are the ones you never would have thought to plan.   AMAZON 3 STARS

I tried to like this story, I really did.  But it was so stiff and highbrow.  Yes, I know that one of the main characters was exactly like that, so that did come through.  Mr. Blackshear was luridly proper.
But so was some of the writing, to my way of looking at it.   Words like, "elegiac" and " perspicacity" was just a start.  Come on, that just seemed to hinder the flow of the story and I didn't enjoy that much.  So was a sentence like, "Is it something in particular that's precipitated her interest?" See, what I mean?  It does soften somewhat as time went on but connecting with the main characters was hard.  Although charming and unusual at times, Lucy was also high-handed in getting her own way.  Yes, she also cared about other people and seeing them happy but it was her scheming that I didn't find all that cute most of the time.   I didn't hate this book but it wasn't my favorite either, so that is why I gave it the 3 Star rating on Amazon.  It just wasn't my cup of tea.
It did have a generous excerpt of another book at the end.  It is called, " A Lady Awakened."

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