To Catch An Heiress : Number 1 in series Paperback
by Julia Quinn
Part of the Agents for the Crown series
When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn't even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown.
After all, she's been running from unwanted marriage proposals.
Yes, Blake believes she's a notorious spy named Carlotta De Leon, but for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she'll gain control of her fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient - and maybe just a little romantic, too.Blake Ravenscroft's mission is to bring 'Carlotta' to justice, not to fall in love.
His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible - and this mismatched couple might be destined for love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/09/2008
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780749908829
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Review by Lauren2013
The sparks of Quinn's future brilliance are evident in this cute and funny read. Nevertheless, it tends toward the farcical at times and the humor often feels forced.
Caroline's sarcastic wit and her banter with Blake are very entertaining at first. However, as their relationship progresses, their squabbling becomes tedious and it is unclear what they see in each other.
The espionage plot lacks substance - there is no tension or suspense and the villains seem like an afterthought.
All in all, not bad considering this is one of Quinn's earlier books but her writing definitely improves over time.