Irresistible by Mary Balogh

I have a new favorite historical romance. Holy Moses! I didn’t want this book to end. Each page closer to finishing hurt my heart just a little more.
Basic plot – widow Sophie runs into four old friends. She has a crush on one – Nathaniel. Sophie has some other life issues, and Nathaniel is adorably obtuse. Let the relationship hijinks commence.

I very quickly fell a little in love with Sophie. MB is known for her imperfect characters. Never has a historical romance heroine felt so near and dear to my heart – clever, strong, giving, independent, a pistol, and with some serious emotional baggage that never weighed down the book. And Nathaniel was a bit clueless – but that was part of his charm. He was, overall, an incredibly nice guy. And those are my favorite kind.

If you’ve avoided historical romance bc you of the “bodice-ripper” reputation this is the book for you. A smart, sweet, lovely story that avoids all of those tacky cliches.

I don’t think this book was perfect. I read where 2 other reviewers commented that even while seeing the flaws they couldn’t put it down. But I enjoyed the heroine and the storyline and the additional characters so much that I’m declaring this book “perfect for me.”

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