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well on the shelf and while most men consider her plain on the eyes to Mick on the shelf and while most men consider her plain on the eyes to Mick is beautiful in ways he can t explain He is obsessed with her long legs which is just a delicious part of the story The chemistry between Mick and Winnie is so thick you could cut it with a knife Their budding relationship is tending volatile and passionateWhe This book is unusual to say the least but not in a bad wayWhen I "Read The Scene At "the scene at tearoom where Mick and Winnie first met each other I thought I was in the middle of a slapstick or a cartoon ish farce and braced myself to read that kind of comedy Then Mick and Winnie started singing their lines in the arden and I thought okay it was a musical Finally when Mick showed Winnie how he caught rats it was like watching an Animal Planet show At that point I decided to relax and simply enjoy the book with all its uirky anticsThis book is full of overlong descriptions and insights into Mick s and Winnie s minds and that was distracting At times I had to o back a few pages to remember how the scene started and what they were talking about BUT strangely enough that didn t bothered much because I was in the right mood for
a slower paced readI really liked Mick one of the most unusual hero I ve ever met He slower paced readI really liked Mick one of the most unusual hero I ve ever met He full of life funny loving and not one bit tortured I thought Winnie was kind of snotty and cold at first but she rew on me and I ended up liking her too And when they finally made love wow it was so The Price Of Blood (Phil Broker, good to see them having fun with it Winnie wasn t overly sensitive about it which I found totally believable considering how old she was and what her role in society was I mean she was a Lady by birth but she wasn t living like one and she didn t have any false hopes about itThe HEA was a bit over the top everything was tidily wrapped with a pink bow but I liked it It was in tune with the overall feeling of the book a happy fairy tale with likeable charactersThis was my first book by Judith Ivory but I can already agree with readers that say she s an acuired taste Her writing isn t like any other author I ve read It worked for me in this book and I hope it works in her other books too Oh I looved this book so much A very original premise and a refreshing break from the traditional spinsterrake Lots of love and romance too and one of the best heroes ever At first I was like thisuy Mick is a dirty rat catcher I hate rats and mice than anything I can handle spiders and snakes but freak out over rodents and this is never oing to work for me why am I reading this book And Winnie is another tall almost 30 spinster who is also a linguist and teaches people how to present better in society She was originally very wealthy but after her father died her second cousin once removed Xavier inherited her father s title as Duke and all his wealthlands She s not living in fashionable society or associated with former friends because of embarrassment over her changed lifestyle since Xavier took everything But she enjoys her teaching and is ood at what she doesIMO Mick had the bigger role in this story and I felt like I really Meg and the Mystery in Williamsburg (Meg Duncan, got to know and understand him He was the mos. Nguist is sure she can rise to the task she isn't at all certain she won't swoon under his frankly sensuousaze before her job is doneMick has lived outside of London society long enough to know that appearances can be deceiving Edwina might look all butt. .
Pygmalion film or play My Fair Lady She s All That If you ve seen any of these pieces you ll know the eneral premise of this book All are based on the Pygmalion myth of Greek origin in which a sculptor falls in love with his work of art This book makes a slight alteration by switching the roles of the male and femalethat is the woman is the teacher and the man is the ruffian in need of improvement I found that to be a fun little twist and it worked out to wonderful effect here in this book that takes place in late Victorian England where accepted ender roles make such a dynamic importantI just devoured this book The two lead characters were simply delightful and I found their budding connection to be mesmerizing and charming Scene after scene with the two
of them first struggling to tolerate each otherthem first struggling to tolerate each other later struggling with their attachmentit was always engaging It was sweet and slightly tragic that each felt themselves not ood enough for the other But I ot my HEA so I m not complaining Edwina s naivete provided some very humorous moments and were perhaps my favorite bits in the book In one scene she ruminates on the word widge a collouial term for a man s privatesHis word seemed friendlier A fond
name Were men fond of that part of themselves It was certainly not the best part of statues sheWere men fond of that part of themselves It was certainly not the best part of statues she a point not to look there And it changed it Kawaii Manga grew She d read that astounding piece of information in a book That was the worst part the horror or it had been the worst until this very moment when it occurred to her thatoodness a man might have hair there too She did Oh something that The House Girl grew larger up and out of a tangle of hair How disgustingoh myosh I was The Accursed giggling so hard at that That she is a linguist and learned woman a successful professionalwho is so sueamish about intimate topicswell I found it supremely amusing And endearing Edwina was supremely endearingIt is really too bad that the part I was sort of underwhelmed with was the very endbecause I finished the book with so much less enthusiasm than I had throughout most of the book The word that keeps coming up in my head is discordantthe last 15% of the book felt so much different than what preceded it The tone the voices of the characters primary and secondary and most obviously the plot It s not that it was bad so much that I didn t feel it fit with the absolute excellence of the rest of the story But I won to into further detail so as to avoid spoilersOverall this was an easy and enjoyable read 45 stars for this Victorian Era romance superbly narrated by Steven Crossley Loved it even though the story is a bit slow it s not action pack This is a book I could just re read over and over I ve now read it three times and I think I enjoy it each time It s hard to imagine that a rat catcher could be one of the Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! greatest fictional heroes in romance land but that is what Judith Ivory has created with the lovable and cantankerous Mick This is a wonderful variation on the My Fair Lady theme but with a twist In this version it is the hero not the heroine in need of a make over to present them self to proper society Edwina Winnie is not the typical romance heroine No manentleman or otherwise has ever looked at Lady Edwina Bollash the way the brash handsome man standing before her is doing now Edwina has accepted the challenge to transform incorrigible Mick Tre into a entleman in just six weeks And although the li. ,
T likeable hero with no hangups or issues so refreshing not tortured holding onto rudges or behaving ruthlessly or aggressively toward heroine or others He was just a happy person working hard with his job in order to send money home to his siblings in Cornwall story takes place in London and has a reat outlook on life Here s a peek into his thinking Sometimes Mick dreamed of a fancy life Money
and legs He would have been embarrassed to tell anyone how common minded his ambitions were He always felt uiltylegs He would have been embarrassed to tell anyone how common minded his ambitions were He always felt The Secret of the Great Pyramid guilty it Disloyal or something He was a workingman Aood solid man of the working class He didn t think fancy fellows were happier than him Didn t think they were nicer to their families or that God Dancing with Mr. Darcy gave them an easier time of it They stillet sick or lame or died just like everyone else Winnie on the other hand has been through some tough times and is trying to Lesca get by the best she can Her parents didn t think well of her and she doesn t think much of herself as a result Mick compliments her to which she replies Mr Tre I am aangly plain woman with speckled skin who wears lasses on a nose that looks like an eagles I m taller than any man I knowExcept you But little does she know Mick really likes her and has the hots for her legs yes her legs he s a major leg man and she has really looong legs So how did this unlikely couple wind up together It starts out as part of a wager can she change Mick into a viscount in six weeks He speaks with a very heavy accent and she has to work with him hours and hours every day to improve
his pronunciation In this time of course there s a rowing attraction between them And therepronunciation In this time of course there s a Punished growing attraction between them And there several hysterically funny scenes Mick s first bath their first kiss their first fight singing in thearden I did drills today la la that was too hard and my tongue wouldn t do rightI hope tomorrow is easier and I et something right I was laughing so hard I was scared I d wake everyone up in my house And their first deal where Mick set the terms for his mustache to be shaved was one of the "Best Scenes In The Book This Author "scenes in the book This author in such a way that it s not sexually raphic but very hot can t explain it but it s true I think my favorite part was when Mick bought Winnie a birthday present this was so beautifully described and showed how much Mick loved her which he had shown in many other ways but his ift was perfect After he ives it to her he says It s really beautiful I ve outdone myself I ll never pick anything beautiful than thisExcept you Mick found Winnie beautiful and did everything to try to assure her of his love for her even though they both thought the relationship was doomed due to their class differences I loved the way they resolved their problems and how open their communication was Honestly this may be the best matched couple I ve ever had the pleasure to read about While they both had their faults for the most part they dealt with things very maturely Even though the ending was not exactly what I would have wanted view spoiler I would have been just as happy if they went to the country and Mick Babys First Christmas (Christmas Is For Kids) (Christmas Is For Kids) (Harlequin American Romances, 754) got employment there and they lived happily ever after not as nobility hide spoiler. Oned up the perfect English lady but there is unleashed passion existing just below her placid facade not to mention areat pair of legs And as she prepares him to take his place in society Mick prepares Edwina to take her place in his heartand in his bed.