Saturday, April 13, 2013

Follow My Lead by Kate Noble

For sometime I've had this on my kindle sitting unfinished for almost two years. I know, but I finally finished Follow My Lead by Kate Noble. First off, I really wanted to love this book. Instead going in my normal synopsis of the book here is what you find when you read the back of the book:

Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne is feeling the weight of his responsibilities - one of which is to get married. Being the most sought after bachelor in London can be trying, so who can blame him if he seeks refuge from the voracious hordes of young debutantes at the decidedly female-free Historical Society? Female-free, that is, until Winnifred Crane marches up to the door, demanding entrance.

Despite her prowess as a historian, Winn is denied membership the Society. So she daringly offers an unusual bargain: if she can prove the authenticity of a certain painting, she'll be granted recognition, fame, and respect. But to do that, she must go abroad. And to go abroad, she must have an escort, even a stubbornly unwilling one...

Jason has no desire to accompany Winn on her adventure across Europe, but even he is not immune to Winn's passion for her profession. As the journey proves more difficult than planned, they must work together to stay one step ahead of their rivals.... and the closer they get to the proof Winn seeks, the closer she and Jason become. But as their adventure turns dangerous, can Jason keep this headstrong bluestocking safe? And what will become of their growing bond when the adventure ends?

By the back of the cover, Follow My Lead sounded like a lot fun. I was really hoping for that, but as I started the story, I felt that it dragged most of the book. I got to a point that I just didn't want to continue reading. I figure I could put the book down for a while come back to it. Well, it has been two years, but I finished the story. I only had about 50 pages left of the book, silly me. However, it was like pulling teeth two years ago. 

I did like Winnifred Crane. I tend to like intelligent heroines that are willing to go against convention. Then you have Jason, whose not my favorite hero. Even being a Duke didn't help his cause. I really don't mind arrogant Dukes, but he was just really rude and condescending. When it boil down he wasn't willing to fight for what he wanted. ACK! Really, your not going to get the girl, because she told you no. Now you can understand the teeth pulling. 

Overall, it was an ok read. Now that I have finished it and realize I stopped when it got to the exciting part. I just couldn't do it, but I had to finished the book. Honestly, I was seduced by the cover. I loved the cover, but not the story. I was kind of disappointed in the ending and felt the story could have really used an epilogue. I think I would have felt better with more closure. So, Follow My Lead didn't work for me, but it might work you. I do plan to read another Kate Noble book to see if another book will work for me. We will see.


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  1. Well hey - at least you can say you've finally finished it :). If you ever do try another book by Kate Noble, you might want to consider If I Fall. It's the story where the woman the hero almost married finds a HEA. According to my review, I was much happier with this sequel ^^.

    1. LOL! You're right. I do have that book. I got it when it went on sale for dirt cheap. Oh good. I saw your review this morning I thought I should finish the book. :D Thanks for inspiring me to finish the book.

  2. Well dang that's a bummer Melody. I was pretty seduced by that cover too when I just saw it on my feed. Pulled me right in. Real glad for the warning though. I've had books like that where it's just painful to get through them.

    Glad you got it done finally and can move on :)

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    1. I know Anna. I'm hoping the next book I read by her will be better. I have another book in my kindle like that. Funny how books work or don't work for people.