by Victoria Hinshaw

April 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7840-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Mr. Cedric Williamson, Corinthian of the highest caliber and sophisticated man about town, was the victim of a very clever con-man. The horse he bought turned out to be more of a plodder than a racer and Cedric lost everything. He is forced to sneak out of town under cover of darkness, with just the clothes on his back and his loser horse. The only person he can turn to for help is his wealthy aunt who puts him in a most uncomfortable position; endeavor to become a useful member of society or he is on his own. To do so, he turns to his auntís companion Miss Jane Gabriel who always has her nose in a book.

The pretty scholarly Miss Jane, has other plans for her time than trying to educate a renowned rake to the where's and what-fors of animal husbandry. She cannot imagine why he pays her so many compliments, bringing her flowers and flirting with her. Thoughts of his possible interest bring up intriguing questions that only Cedric can answer.

While Ask Jane began with great promise, the general lack of any strong emotion conveyed by the characters; until the every end, out weighed most of the good aspects of this book. Although the characters were dynamic, the dialogue could have been sharper between the hero and heroine. All in all, this was not the best I have read from a usually excellent author.

Reviewed in October 2005 by Cynthia.

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