Review: Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels

Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels
Series: Tricks of the Ton (# 2)
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

Her Cinderella Moment

Sue Green just wanted one night to be the pretty one. But a few glasses of champagne and one wild disguise later, she’s in some serious trouble. Who knew the devastatingly handsome face of Lord Holden Ellis would get in the way of her foot? And how exactly did all that high-kick dancing start in the first place? At least she blamed it on her new persona—Suzanna—so Society’s most eligible bachelor will never find out the truth.

All Holden wants is the truth. Who was that vixen who seduced him so thoroughly, then disappeared? The only one who seems to have any answers about Suzanna is Miss Sue Green. She’s promised to help him find his mystery woman, but she’s not being all that helpful. And the more time Holden spends with Sue—witty, pretty, and disarmingly honest—the more he realizes he may have found exactly what he’s been looking for all along…

 

Review: I was instantly captivated with this book. You know you’re in for a really good story when it only takes a few paragraphs to get hooked.

Sue Green, with her sisters help, decides to do something daring. She wears a red dress, drinks champagne, and dances with known rake Holden. She knows who he is, but he has no idea who she is, though he’s a bit convinced she must be some sort of kept woman considering her dress and the fact that he’s never seen her before.

Naturally, she falls instantly, but only because he’s more charming than she could have possibly imagined. The only issue is that she’s the less desirable girl in the family, her mother has machinations on bringing Holden up to scratch–for Sue’s sister.

What happens next is a charming beginning where Holden is constantly searching for Suzanna and the only person who will give him information as to who the mystery woman is–is the woman herself, Sue.

My heart clenched at a few of these moments because all her life she’s wanted to be desired. Her mother is HORRIBLE to her and Holden seems to see right through her, constantly looking for a girl who doesn’t actually exist except for in her own fantasies. Luckily we have Holden’s perspective so we know that he slowly begins to fall for Sue, and finally realizes that she is the very woman he’s been searching for all along.

The banter in this book is delightful and hilarious. With the perfect mix of drama, angst, and humor, I found it to be one of the best regency’s I’ve read in a really long time. It puts a new twist on the Cinderella story and also held my attention the entire way through.

I loved Holden’s rakish charm and fell for him just as hard as Sue did–I also loved that Sue was willing to do anything for her sisters first, herself second, it showed her selfless attitude towards life.

All in all a wonderfully delightful book!