A back-to-back book review of the Switching Places series by Christina Dodd. Two books. Two stories. Two loves. Two ladies. Two men out for vengeance but finds true love instead.
This is a story based on pretentious situation out of necessity with two ladies who are complete opposites of each other find true love in two
of the most excruciating unbelievable respectable men.
In this story by New York Times historical bestseller Christina Dodd, two exquisite cousins must exchange identities in a scandalous deception.
Madeline de Lacy, the duchess of Magnus, prides herself on being one of the most sensible young women in England, which is why she can’t believe that, in a turn of the cards, her noble father has lost his entire estate — and her! — to a stranger.
On a mission to salvage her family fortune, she changes places with her cousin and companion, sending the meeker Eleanor to confront the man who had won Madeline’s hand. Now, Madeline is free to enter the home of a notorious gambler, and pretends to be meek, humble, and competent with an iron. Just when she thinks matters can’t get worse, she meets Gabriel Ansell, the earl of Campion…
Four years ago, Madeline was engaged to Gabriel, and worshipped his arrogant kisses. Now, being forced to marry a man she doesn’t know pales in comparison to the ordeal of facing Gabriel again, the man who betrayed her — Gabriel, the only man she ever loved.
Book 1: Scandalous Again (
in my opinion)
This is the story of Madeline, future Duchess of Magnus, and Gabriel, Earl of Campion. Madeline is a
control freak very reliable and managing lady because she got used to an unreliable father. Gabriel is a fortune hunter who is unlike any fortune hunter, because he fell in love and would rather gamble to earn the fortune than have a sugar mommy. They met, fell in love, bethrothed, had a smexy love scene, and broke up. (Sounds fun!)
Four years later, (here comes the plot!) Madeline was wagered by her father to Mr. Knight, and lost. And from what Madeline heard while she was on her way to her
owner bethrothed, her father will put their family heirloom, The Queen’s Tiara, as an ante to win one hundred thousand pounds from Mr. Rumbelow, to buy her back. (Did I tell you he’s an unreliable father? Oh, yes, I did.) So, now our headstrong duchess decided a grand plan. She will switch places with her cousin and confidante, Lady Eleonor de Lacy, stop her father from wagering her family heirloom in Mr. Rumbelow. While Eleonor’s going to be the one to show up as the duchess and distract Mr. Knight. (Sounds like a solid plan… or is it?)
To make the long story short, our duchess (the real one) met her former fiancee, Gabriel, when she was disguising as a companion for Lady Thomasin. After all the ruckus, they got back together with a smoking hot love scene in the dowager’s house while searching for the tiara. (O-okay) Anyways, everything is going according to plan. (Both sides: good and evil). And in the end, the good side won! (Yehey!)
(Smirk) So, as you can see this isn’t a summary but a review, I was just giving you a minor basis of what it is about. Don’t get mad, here goes my review.
The plot I would say is unique in it’s own way though as with other historical romances, there is always the cliche part. I would say the heartbreak, reunion, and blind trust scenes would probably be the cliche part. Moreover, if you know the Prince and the Peasant story, sounds familiar doesn’t it? Though, from what the author wrote on her opening letter, there is a deeper symbolism on this switch than a familiar story.
Madeline is a future duchess and she knows it. Gabriel is a fortune hunter but wants to win Madeline as his own man. The fault for all the trouble is obvious: MADELINE. Nevertheless, you can not help but fall in love
or be jealous with her character. She is smart, resourceful, not very companionshiplike, and easy on the eyes. Gabriel is as usual you’re standard male protagonist, so yeah you’ll love him just like you fell in love with all other male lead. But the winning point in this subject is the character development. We find out how much both characters matured from four years ago up until the very last page (not sure that’s included but hey!). BTW, the MVP for me is McAllister, he put both characters to their senses more often than not. (^_^)v
I would say that this ending is the reason why this is a back-to-back review. It was amazing how the cliffhanger was put there so you need to read the next book. Don’t get me wrong but you can probably read the second book without getting confused, but reading the first one makes you want to jump and read the next. Good job!
What I like is probably how fast phased the story gets (I couldn’t possibly put it down). It has the amazing flashback in which you would know that
Madeline is to be blamed both had a fault in it. And how they accepted their misgivings and their real feelings. What I don’t like, uh, I think I would rather change how Gabriel wagered Madeline and for his own selfish purpose. Why? BECAUSE even if Madeline agrees to it, HE KNOWS how the useless father did just that. Of course, he is also guilt ridden and fearful after that, and he also said sorry but for me it hurts. I commend Madeline for her blind faith on Gabriel and being understanding. Nevertheless, the whole book is a treasure. I recommend you try and read it, and tell me your opinions (whether you agree with me or not).
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