Nicola always gets what she wants.
Nicola Sparks, sixteen and an orphan, is ready to dive headlong into her first glittering London society season. She’s also ready to dive headlong into the arms of handsome and debonair Lord Sebastian Bartholomew. Nicola’s dream is a proposal from the viscount—a dream she’s about to realize at last! So naturally, Nathaniel Sheridan’s insinuations about her fiancé’s flawed character annoy her mightily.
But when Nicola’s natural curiosity gets the best of her, she begins to piece together a few things for herself. To her great surprise, Nicola realizes she’s had the wrong viscount all along . . . but is it too late to make things right?
Meg Cabot has always been one of my top YA and Chick Lit authors. And yes, I love The Princess Diaries series. I’ve also read one Historical Romance from her a long time ago but this is the first time I will read a YA Historical Romance. I haven’t read HR in ages and I’m not really sure if I’ll enjoy a teen as a protagonist. But it’s Meg Cabot and the cover is cute, so I went ahead and dig in not expecting anything at all. And it turned out to be a nice and quick read. Something light and fun.
It is about the 16-year-old orphan Nicola Sparks, who just finished her school and ready to take on the world of London society. She can’t wait to get to know Lord Sebastian Bartholomew, the man of every girl’s dream in the London society. And Nicola is one of those hopeful girls. She’s dreaming for the handsome viscount to notice her and possibly offer a marriage proposal. Imagine her delight when Lord Sebastian shows interest to her. What more, he proposed to her! Her dream is slowly coming true and she couldn’t be any happier. If only Nathaniel Sheridan will stop his nonsense talk that Sebastian is not the perfect guy he pretends to be. What if Nathaniel is right, though? What if her fiancé is not what he seems to be?
It is a cute and amusing teen historical romance with a mix of a little adventure and mystery. It may be a short one and quite predictable plot but it still took me halfway to warm to the story. Maybe because it’s been a long time since I read a book with the same genre. Good thing the Meg Cabot humor is present despite the time period. I’d still say it is a fun read. You’d have to take into consideration that it was set in the 1800 period and the main character may seem like a bit shallow compared to the teens of today. But still, I don’t like her referring to her dream guy as “the God”. That is just too much fawning. It reflects though, how girls her age set highly unrealistic expectations for having a romantic relationship. I sure did.
If you’re a fan of Miss Cabot, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Nicola and the Viscount. It is a different take on historical romance that might endear YA fans to the genre. So, if you haven’t read any historical romance yet and want to try it out, this one will be a good start.
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