When Ella Briley asked her lucky-in-love friends to set her up for an office party, she was expecting a blind date. Instead, she’s pulled through a magic mirror and into the past…straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.
Patrick Meadowfair, earl of Fairhaven, is too noble for his own good. To save a female friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he’s agreed to whisk her off to wed the man she truly wants. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride and kidnaps her instead.
Centuries away from everything she knows, Ella’s finally found a man who heats her blood and leaves her breathless. Too bad he’s such a perfect gentleman. Yet the reluctant rake may just find this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist…
I saw this book on Netgalley and wanted it SO BADLY! However I was denied, so I had to wait until the book was published. It was worth the wait! I have fallen in love with the time travel trope and this book was another great book to add to my roster of favourites!
Ella was hilarious! I totally adored her geeky, comic book loving and quirky sense of humour. She was so realistic and just what I would imagine a modern day woman would say and do if sent back in time. Time travel is not foreign to her, as in the past books she has travelled before, but this time is different. She is totally not prepared to be sent back in time. She’s wearing a bandage dress, stilettos and purple streaks in her hair.
How hot is the cover of this book? I adored the model on the front cover and I have to be honest it unleashed a lot of Mr. Darcy fantasies – albeit a blond version. Patrick was a great character. He wants to walk the straight and narrow and be a gentleman, but through his interactions with Ella, his true character was slowly revealed. He was an amazing man, full of passionate ideas and character. I adored that he came into his own thanks to Ella’s arrival into his life.
For an uptight gentleman, Patrick certainly knows how to let loose in the bedroom. Ella recalls her previous romantic adventures and what disappointments they were. It seems she was just lacking the right chemistry and partner. They make a great pair and their chemistry sparks up the pages.
The main plot is Ella’s transportation to the past and her relationship with Patrick. However, she arrives in the midst of a scheme that Patrick has a part in. The situation causes Patrick, Ella and his cousin Ian to hie all over England. This brings an element of danger and adventure to the story. It allows Patrick and Ella to see each other’s reactions to dangerous and difficult decisions.
What I loved about this book was that sometimes you just feel that you are born in the wrong generation or lifetime. Sometimes I wonder if I had been alive in a different era would my life be better? As a young woman, I used to wonder how realistic it was that my life long partner would just happen to reside in the same city I lived in. I watched all these people around me marry and I would always wonder if I lived in a different time or city, would I meet someone that was the best fit for me? This book explores some of those wonderings I had as a teen. Ella goes back in time and finds the perfect man for her. The present wasn’t her place to find her match.