There are a few things I need to say right off the bat:
- Read this book.
- Read ALL of The Macalister books.
- Read them in order -- chronologically by story, not by date published. (The Perfect Duchess comes first even though it came out second.)
- Read them in private if at all possible. (You know, because of feels.)
- Simultaneously thank me and curse me for getting you hooked on an absolutely captithrallious series. Thank me for the joy and tears. Curse me that you fly through them too quickly and will have to wait until the next installment.
We're going on close to two years now since I read my first Erica Taylor book and was blown away to the point of having to make up words to describe how I felt about the story. I didn't think that it would be possible to top it. And then she did. And then she did again. And then? Oh, gosh. Then came Norah and Trevor and An Enchanting Madness and I honestly don't know if I've ever loved a fictional couple quite so much. No, not even Emma and Knightley. Maybe Catherine and Tilney ... though more because of him than her. Trevor and Norah, though? They both break my heart and then turn around and make my laugh until coffee spurts out my nose and then things get all gushy and they give me .... you know .... The Feels.
Now, I have to warn you. This book needs to come with a trigger warning over some instances of sexual assault. It's not terribly graphic, but it can be intense and I was literally walking down the sidewalk with tears streaming down my face. That actually happened with his flashbacks, too. PTSD is a powerful thing and Erica Taylor wrote it amazingly well for both. Maybe that's really why they're my favorite fictional couple. Maybe it's because they're both so broken in so many ways and yet so much stronger than they believe ... and even stronger together.
Of course ... there are more Macalister siblings to go ... so there's a chance that Norah and Trevor will be bumped from my top spot. A very slim chance, but a chance. (Yes, I thought that about every other couple in the series as well. Shut up.)
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