Series: Capital Theatre #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 8th 2005
FINAL DECISION: The strength of this story is the compelling Logan Scott — a self made man with deep conflicts and desires. The sweet but strong Madeline is a match for him. I loved their story.
THE STORY: Lady Madeline Matthews is on the verge of being married off to a lecherous old peer by her father. Determined to avoid that fate, Madeline runs away to London intending to meet with the famous actor Logan Scott and become his lover. In that way, Madeline intends to make herself marriageable and thwart her parents ambitions.
OPINION: Kleypas has a wonderful way in depicting men who are self-made. While Logan Scott isn’t up the standards of the marvelous Derek Craven, I found Logan a compelling character. I was fascinated by his rise from a farmer’s son to the most celebrated actor and theatre owner in London. Such a journey has taken ambition, talent drive, discipline, determination, dedication, desire and will. Logan’s hard focused exterior hides a man who has been deeply hurt in his life. Abused by his parents, betrayed by the woman he loved, Logan has opened himself up only on stage in his characters.
Things begin to change, however, when he meets the sweet and innocent Madeline who appears honest and open with nothing to hide. But, of course, Madeline has much to hide. As she begins to discover the real Logan, she feels guilty about her deception. Madeline is a bright and generous woman who faced her own emotional abuse at the hands of her parents who are cold and do not understand their lively daughter.
This book is divided into two parts which makes a nice narrative break because there are truly two relationships between Madeline and Logan — before and after the revelation of Madeline’s secrets. I loved how each of the parts worked as its own story and yet they are part of a whole journey for these characters.
Some books just hit the right spot and for me I loved the setting of the story (regency theatre), the character of Logan (and this book is really his story) — a good, forward thinking, damaged, self-made, brilliant man — and the love story between Madeline and Logan which is filled with sweetness, angst and drama. When you fall in love with the hero, it is often easy to really like the book.
WORTH MENTIONING: For readers of the first book in the series SOMEWHERE I’LL FIND YOU, there is a nice update on the couple.
CONNECTED BOOKS: BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE is the second book in the Capital Theatre series. Although there are overlapping characters, this book can be read as a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.