Seducing Mr. Knightly
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012
Retail Price: 7.99
Heat Level: Hot
He's the only man she's ever loved . . .
For ages, it seems, advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor- owner of The London Weekly, from a distance. Determined to finally attract her boss's attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions . . . from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!).
She's the only woman he's never noticed . . .
Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she's exquisite . . . and he can't get Annabelle out of his mind! She must be pursuing someone, but who? For some inexplicable reason, the thought of her with another man makes Knightly insanely jealous.
Dear Annabelle, I’m in love with a man who doesn’t notice me. How do I get his attention?
That’s the gist of the game, except it’s not a random reader looking to attract the man of her dreams; it’s the writer of the column Annabelle. She’s adorable, naïve and sweet. The hijinks and antics Annabelle employs to win over the object of her desires, Mr. Knightly, are the stuff of bravery and courage. Annabelle is definitely no simpering miss after lowering bodices and practicing the fine art of swooning. I love her realization to be a bit more selfish and not so selfless, especially when it comes to future happiness.
Knightly is definitely a nodcock! He doesn’t have a clue that Annabelle is in love with him, in fact he never notices her. The sudden attention he sees in her thanks to a little lower bodice cracked me up. I thought it was hilarious, but as Knightly comes around he starts to realize that Annabelle is a person with dreams and aspirations just like anyone else. Some of my favorite moments are when Knightly becomes defensive of Annabelle and he doesn’t mean too. Like in this one scene where Knightly is interacting with his friends in the coffee house:
“You’re right. ‘Nodcock’ is not a strong enough word. You know, I wish I knew who he was only so I could plant a facer on him,” Drummond practically growled.
Some of the underlying internal conflict themes revolve around familial love and whether there is an importance to have love in one’s life versus security and stability. In addition, Rodale offers some amazing external conflict, which I love, based around the censorship of newspapers and the information they offered. I found this part of the story interesting and timely with all the publishing craziness and SOPA stuff from earlier this year.
The dialogue and interactions are fun and light; with the other girls from Rodale’s series stopping in throughout out the book to help Annabelle along. Plenty of conflict, romantic tension, and my only caveat was I didn’t enjoy the ending. This was a personal thing, and I feel that many will like it. To me Annabelle was the sweetest Cinderella who deserved her happily ever after, and if you like stories that have a hero who’s not a lord then this one should be on your purchase list.
Reviewed by Landra
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