Published by HarperCollins on 07/28/2006
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Humor, Romance
THERE'S MANY A SLIP...
He'd been warned that Lady Clarissa Crambray was dangerous. Stomping on toes and burning piffles, the chestnut haired beauty was clearly a force with which to be reckoned. But for Adrian Montfort, Earl of Mowbray, veteran of the Napoleonic wars, this was just the challenge he needed. He could handle one woman and her "unfortunate past." Could any woman handle him?
'TWIXT THE CHIT & HIS LIPS
Lady Clarissa Crambray wanted a husband, but maybe not as much as her mother wanted one for her. Really! Doffing her spectacles might make a girl prettier, but how would she see? She'd already caused enough mayhem to earn a rather horrible nickname. Yet, as all other suitors seemed to shy away in terror, there came a man to lead her to the dance floor. A dark, handsome blur of a man.
Clumsy Clarissa was about to stumble onto true love.
My favorite kind of historical romances are the ones that are lighter, with lots of humor. So when Jennifer noted that Love is Blind as an “hilarious romp with a heroine desperately in need of glasses” I knew I needed to read it straight away. And that’s exactly what I did.
Poor Lady Clarissa, the heroine of Love is Blind, is not having the best time in London for the season because she can’t see anything without her spectacles, and her stepmother has refused to allow Clarissa to wear them (even going so far as to break them). Because Clarissa can’t see well without her glasses, she’s causes quite a few blunders, and now people are avoiding her. When Adrian Montfort arrives for the season, after ten years spent in the country after a war injury scarred his face, Adrian can’t help but be relieved that Clarissa can’t see his scarred appearance. And then, romance.
Love is Blind most definitely falls into the lighthearted category, and I loved that so much. This book is not serious at all. The situations Clarissa gets herself into because she can’t see are often so funny, and I just loved the lightness of the story. I also really liked Clarissa and Adrian and enjoyed seeing them get together. Both Adrian and Clarissa have some insecurities, both involving Clarissa’s spectacles, and these insecurities were something that anyone could relate to. That said, I will admit to getting a little impatient towards the end, and I wanted Adrian and Clarissa to just have a little talk with each other.
The story, while lighthearted, can get a little silly at times, but that’s not really a terrible thing. There is also a mystery thrown in, but I didn’t find that aspect of the story that interesting. It was pretty easy to figure out what was going on, and I had a hard time believing Adrian and Clarissa didn’t figure it out sooner. The secondary characters added a nice touch to the story. I loved seeing Clarissa’s relationship with her stepmother develop. It was definitely a very antagonist relationship at the beginning, and I loved that Sands didn’t keep it that way.
If you want a lighthearted, easy-going historical romance, check into Love is Blind. It sort of reminded me of Julie Garwood, although it didn’t quite match the amazingness of Garwood’s stories.