on April 25th 2017
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In the sixth novel of the enchanting Rhymes With Love series from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle, a nobleman falls in love with a beautiful spy he must protect…
Lord Rimswell is a man of honor and absolutes. If he says something is impossible, it is. Yet his life of right and wrong is turned upside down when he finds himself in a compromising situation with the most unyielding, yet maddeningly beautiful, woman in London. If only he had not given in to the irresistible temptation to kiss her. Now he must marry her.
Miss Roselie Stratton is the very definition of impossible—headstrong, outspoken, and carrying a reticule of secrets that could ruin more than her reputation. Kissing Brody is hardly the most ruinous thing Roselie has ever done as a secret agent for the Home Office…nor will she let a marriage of convenience stop her from continuing her work. Little does Roselie realize that she has underestimated Brody's resolve to keep her safe—for he has hopelessly fallen in love with her and is determined to do the impossible by stealing her heart in return.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Look at her now: Roselie is now a Home Office agent, even though she had been told that it was not a job for a woman. Even her childhood friend Brody insisted that only men ought to be spies, and so he now is. Although he doesn’t have any idea that Roselie is also a covert agent and working on the same case as he is: unmasking Lord Ilford as a traitor. Roselie and Brody had not been around each other for some years, and for the past two years since she has been a spy, Roselie has managed to elude Brody’s detection; it was not to last. When he learns that she is an agent, he becomes a man possessed: he must get her out of harm’s way, a woman must not put herself in danger, and he concentrates on basically sabotaging what she is valiantly trying to do by being a stubborn, unprofessional fool.
I wanted to like SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS. I have read other books in this series, which I liked a lot, but honestly, I have never seen a spy story take so long to get off the ground. Had Brody been a real professional and done his job instead of obsessing over not having a woman spying, the story would have moved along much, much quicker. Instead of forever following Roselie and trying to stop her, he could have looked into this “danger” that we are ceaselessly told about, which I certainly couldn’t sense except being told there was something going on, somewhere. The charming Lord Rimswell of the beginning quickly became exasperating and aggravating, especially since Roselie was far more perceptive and competent than he was, which added to my annoyance. I know very well that it was a common way of thinking for Regency era man, but the fact remains that Brody was just not acting professionally. Lord Ilford, I felt, was a bit wasted as a character; he sparkled in his villainy for the time we saw him, and he could have livened things up had he been used more efficiently. The same goes for the wonderful Honorable Hero Worth, Roselie’s “uncle”. Apart from the story moving at a snail’s pace, there is an excruciating amount of verbiage and endless precisions on matters of little import.
Roselie and Brody have obvious sexual chemistry, but I would gladly have relegated him to the background and let the superb female characters shine and do the spying. If you don’t have a problem with leisurely-paced spy stories, then SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS might be up your alley, because Elizabeth Boyle is a terrific writer.