My Pleasant Surprise
Each scene sent me into a realm of imagination where there were chaperones, debutants and halls filled with ballroom dancing. I pictured Antonia as Keira Knightly with her beautifully decorated flowing gown and Nicolas to be Hugh Jackman with the gentleman attire. It was a marvel to watch how these two characters met and how their inner feelings stirred at the sight of one another.
Author Anna Campbell has done a splendid job of crafting Nicolas Challoner’s character in shades of grey. It was interesting to see how a man whose priority in life was to take revenge by ruining an innocent debutant evolved into a person who would do anything for the woman he fell unconditionally in love with.
Antonia Hilliard, a fierce chaperone, seemed to come alive as soon as Nicolas walked into her life. Her heart began to desire something which she had thought was buried too deep to be brought back. Although Antonia was mildly aware of Nicolas’s evil intentions towards her cousin, Cassie, she couldn’t stop the inevitable, that is, fall in love with the rake.
The passion amid them sizzled, and the love which grew between them had melted both of their hearts. No one would have imaged a dragon of a chaperone to fall in love with London’s notorious rake. Even Nicolas couldn’t stop the way Antonia made him feel.
Thank You Anna Campbell for this wonderful romance! And making me escape into Historical times!