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Saturday, June 18, 2016

ARC Review: The Fairest of Them All by Cathy Maxwell

Lady Charlene Blanchard finds herself lucky enough to have a Cinderella experience. For one ball, she is able to wear a lovely dress, dance with the elite, and maybe she can win the heart of a duke! Sadly, her night is cut short because barely minutes after she enters and is introduced to Gavin, the Duke of Baynton, a group of Americans make a stirring entrance.

The leader of the Americans is none other than Jack Whitredge, the duke's younger twin brother. He hasn't been seen or heard from in years and had honestly been thought dead. After a somewhat awkward family reunion, Jack learns that his brother has his sights set on Charlene, who has met Jack before, when he caught her picking the pocket of one of his comrades.

Jack and Charlene are drawn to each other, but they both have goals that seem impossible to pursuit if they were together. I loved Jack's way of honor, and I loved that Charlene learns her lessons from her mistakes. They are perfectly suited for each other. It could end in complete heartbreak or happily ever after...

I loved all of the characters. They really breathe life into the story especially Charlene. There are definitely some plot holes, though. For example, if Jack was in London for two weeks trying to get the ear of a gentleman in Parliament, how did Gavin not know he was in town? Wouldn't other aristocrats have told him? The end was also done oddly. I felt the climax of the book should have come a little closer to the end. The tying things up part took too long.

I did really like this read. It leaves me impatient for the sequel just like I felt after reading The Match of the Century (this book's prequel). I do suggest reading the novella A Little Thing Called Love and The Match of the Century before this one. It could be read as a stand alone, but all the best parts would be missed in my opinion. Can't wait to get my hands on the final book!

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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