At the beginning of 2001 when I heard this book being discussed on a mailing list, it intrigued me. And when I found a copy for myself and read it, I was hooked! This book has got to be one of my all-time favorites. The characters are well written, with flaws that make them totally human. Candice Hearn's writing moves well, and the pace of the book is as lively as the heroine, Rosalind Lacey.
In this book, Ms. Hearn seems to slyly poke fun at "traditional" Regency romance standards: from Almacks to the promenade in the park; from the clubs of St. James street to the obligatory foray into the gardens at the ball.
The difference is in the attitude of her heroine - a heroine who is glad to be banned from Almacks and who methodically makes a list of everything that she wants to do in London. And it is this list that is one of the most amusing parts of the book. In fact, her father best sums up the list: "That's my Rosie. Efficient and organised to a fault".
Efficient and organized she may be, Rosalind does not anticipate her reasons for her actions to be mistaken - and she definitely does not anticipate Max falling deeply in love with her (after all - he's a rake!). And Rosie finds Rosalind frightening - and cannot believe that they are the same person.
How Max, Fanny and Rosie's father connive to bring them back together - and how Rosie reconciles that she is Rosalind - not to mention Rosalind's adventures in London - make this book a definite must for all Regency fans - and all those who want a romance with a difference.