I received an. E-Arc from the publisher and Netgalley for an honest review.
Author: Delphine Ross
Date:July 25, 2023
In 1870 London, a scandalous love poetess and a passionate children’s book illustrator are set at odds in this sparkling enemies-to-lovers debut historical romance.
A secret identity means secret desires—and not-so-secret scandals . . .
Musa Bartham has a secret. To support her destitute family after her father’s disappearance, she’s been publishing steamy poetry under the pen name of Felicity Vita. As Felicity Vita, Musa’s scandalous books have won legions of devoted fans—including an anonymous gentleman pen pal whose letters spark unruly desires she would never ever succumb to in her orderly daily life. But when Musa’s cherished younger sister, Angela, is offered sponsorship by their aristocratic great-aunt for an advantageous marriage, Musa realizes her dangerous double life as Felicity must come to an end. Instead, she’ll write books for children.
Sebastian Atkinson is a passionate artist reduced to working nights as a printer. Though Seb is infuriated by the prim yet alluring young woman who corners him into illustrating her insipid children’s book, he can’t turn Musa away: he suspects she may be Felicity Vita, the seductive poetess with whom he’s been exchanging love letters for the past year. Egged on by his best friend, an ambitious journalist desperate for a break, Seb seeks to unmask Musa’s secret identity. But the closer Seb comes to the truth, the more Musa entices him—and the more Musa finds Seb curiously attractive and even more curiously familiar. Could he have anything to do with her anonymous gentleman pen pal?
Unable to resist each other, the two shift from enemies to lovers just as their love letters are stolen, setting Angela’s future at risk. As Seb and Musa frantically come together to contain the damage before it’s too late, it’s uncertain whose hearts and lives will be broken amid the most sensational scandal of all.
Writing and Art go hand in hand…I blame my inner geek librarian/creative side!
Oh my gosh. The summary up above tells you what the book is about, I”m going to retell what it is. Let me tell you that I loved this story because it was charming, cute, made me laugh and yelled no “it cannot be!” and even made me gasp a few times. I read this story in about a day. I had to know what was going to happen with Musa and Seb. I love their names.
I enjoyed the realness in this story along with the romance and drama. It was really fun to read cause it had me smiling too! As I mentioned up above that I yelled at the story a few times because it made me gasp and had me yelling at “no this can’t happen!” Isn’t that a great feeling? I get that like with rom com movies too. When the characters do make poor decisions due to real life issues or their feelings or the demands of society and they are conflict with it. This shows us the characters are human. We make bad decisions and then learn how to cope or change it. That’s what I got from this. I also could feel for Seb and Musa to make ends meet for their families. That was something they had in common along with the world being creative!
Since it’s a historical romance drama/rom com, the time period was where you had to worry about your reputation. I thought the author did a great job covering this. It wasn’t exact historical romance to the T but it had some great aspects to it like the carriage, balls, coming out, tea/cake and having a chaperone.
The steamy bits were nice. I thought that Seb was thoughtful! I liked that. Kindness and romance go hand in hand, right? I will say that Musa does have her moments of boldness. I”m not giving away all the details. Go get the book if you want to know more.
I loved the exchanged of letters in this story too. I just realized this is the second book I’ve read lately that had exchanging of letters. Old ways of “You got Mail” type of feel is awesome.
The ball part I will say was different because I think it also had a modern twist to it with books being there at the dance party. Hey it was different and it was fun! I wished the ball had more dancing and more playful banter between the two characters. I will say there was two parts during this time that was fun to read.
I look forward to reading more from this author. You should give this book a shot when it comes out. It might feel a little rushed but to me it felt just right.
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