by Joy Reed

December 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7459-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lord Yates and the Yankee is a book that starts off ploddingly slow. However, though the pace doesn’t pick up much, any reader who sticks with it long enough to get to know the characters will find the bright silver lining in this dark cloud.

Constance Locke and Lord Vincent Yates are two insecure people whose interaction with each other brings out the best in both. When we meet Vincent initially he is utterly uninteresting, at least for readers who normally like their heroes rife with intelligence and self-awareness. However, that is exactly who Vincent is. He and his existence are uninteresting, and he knows it. And then, surprisingly, he meets Constance, a woman he’d have normally overlooked. And she brings to his life thoughts and ideas he’d have never encountered on his own. And before the reader’s eyes Vincent becomes this great character with amazing potential and an endearing dose of insecurity that made me what to give him a big hug. Before our eyes the author created an interesting character from dregs.

Constance is a heroine unused to the way of the ton. The daughter of a highly regard author, her interests range from literature to ancient civilizations. When she meets Vincent she’s sure nothing could ever develop between them as he epitomizes all that is fashionable and beautiful, and she does not. Not to mention that he is an Earl and her opinion of the aristocracy is less than flattering. But Constance, too, learns something about not taking things at face value and evolves into a better character because of it.

Lord Yates and The Yankee is not a quick read. It’s a slow moving tale that on occasion got on my nerves. But eventually, if you let them, the characters will touch you, and you’ll find yourself smiling.

Reviewed in April 2003 by JaToya.

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