Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels

March 3rd, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 68 Comments

3rd Mar
Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels
Desperately Seeking Suzanna
by Elizabeth Michels
Series: Tricks of the Ton #2
Published by: Sourcebooks
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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 all 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 in truth she’s not being all that helpful. And in truth, 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…

Desperately Seeking Suzanna is the second book in the Tricks of the Ton by Elizabeth Michels. If you will remember I adored Must Love Dukes her debut novel and the first in this series. Guess What? I have a new favorite author to add to the historical romance genre. Michels not only delivered a romantic tale that held me spellbound she did something quite clever. Mini review: Fun, romantic, hot, and sweet. Humor made this tale delightful.

For one night at a masquerade party, Sue Green feels pretty and bold as she takes on the persona of Suzanne. A mishap and some champagne have her sharing a kiss with Lord Holden Ellis before getting caught and sent home. Lord Holden is determined to find the little masked vixen who invades his waking thoughts and dreams. The only one who seems to have answers is Sue Green and the tale that unfolds was delightful entertaining.

Michels uses a few tropes with her character Sue Green. She is both the Ugly Duckling and Cinderella. I adored Sue from the beginning. She is entering her fifth season and is constantly reminded by her mother of her short comings. Yet, Sue remains sweet, kind and generous. She is an artist, a dreamer and her thoughts, comments and actions were pure, humorous and made me laugh. We see her transform throughout the novel from shy and unsure to strong and confident. Lord Holden Ellis is dealing with a slew of issues, but he is completely swoon-worthy and despite some blunders I fell for him. As Michels peeled back his layers, we saw the damage inflicted on him, and I wanted to hold him. The interaction between Holden and Suzanna was heated and at times hilarious. The dialogue between Holden and Sue was equally funny, and I laughed aloud at their banter. Sue’s mother is dreadful and how she bore someone as sweet as Sue is beyond me. Many times I wanted to climb in a carriage and run the woman over, and then navigate the horses around and do it again! A woman from Holden’s childhood returns and eek gads this was interesting storyline froth with danger.

Desperately Seeking Suzanna was such a fun romp from the tropes at play to the mischief and mayhem. It was such a delight to watch Holden stumble and see Sue grow. I was desperate for my happily ever after, and the twists and turns to get there were suspenseful and entertaining. Michels delivered just enough tension to make it exciting without overdoing it. Sue’s mannerism and directness with Holden were charming and humorous, and it was such fun seeing Holden taken aback by it all. Now the clever part. Do you remember in my review of Must Love Dukes when I mentioned Sue and Holden. I said something curious was going on with them? It was..THEIR story, THIS story is/was simultaneously happening. So we see a few of the same scenes where they interacted and it was so cool. The pacing was well done as it built towards the climax and ending. Once again, Michels left me spent and satisfied.

Delicious banter and strong characters make Desperately Seeking Suzanna a joy to read. I look forward to How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less the third book in the Tricks of the Ton series scheduled to release July 1, 2014.

Four and half cups of coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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68 Responses to “Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels”

  1. Melliane

    oh really? A fave one? Wow, I’ll add right now book 1 in my wishlist. I love books like that so much and I’m really intrigued now! Thanks for this beautiful review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Melliane these are fun romps that make me laugh. I simply lose myself in them

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Isn’t that funny how certain names just evoke feelings..there are a few I do not like and yes I have skipped a book because of the name *hangs head in shame*

  2. Kristin

    When I read the synopsis, I first thought, “Ugh, not another predictable Cinderella story and tale of goofs and blunders.” But the way you talk about it, it sounds like Michels can do new things with old ideas and spin them very well!! If you, my historical romance expert, loved this one, then I know it’s GOOD!! Great review, girlie!!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do too Mary and I love how Michels mixed them.

  3. Nick

    Aww! This sounds adorable, Kim! I already love the sound of Sue and Holden. I can’t imagine what they are like together. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this author before, so thanks for sharing. I’ll be adding this series to the books I must read over summer!
    Lovely review! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am, and I have had a chance to interact with her a few times..she is not only talented but a delightful person. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Jenea, her books are fun and I can easily get lost in them 🙂

  4. Jenny

    This sounds AWESOME Kim! I love Cinderella stories, especially ones that make me laugh along the way. I haven’t read anything by this author, but she’s on my list for sure now. I can’t wait to meet Sue/Suzanne and Holden!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you enjoy her series as much as I do 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Michelle, I have truly enjoyed this series and look forward to the third book 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love mixing them in, well lets be honest I love mixing many genres into my monthly reads 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Sherry, it is always fun finding new authors and seeing familiar tropes through a fresh set of eyes.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Aurian this is a series I think you would enjoy..such fun!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Michele, this series is fun and makes me smile 🙂

  5. Dre

    I’m not one to read historical romance, but I am not saying I won’t. Every time I see the name “Sue”, it reminds of Curly Sue! In this book, she sounds like a well-developed character. I like it when female MCs become better versions of themselves. Great review, Kimba 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Lots of peeps not fond of the name Sue..hmm think Suzanne 🙂

  6. Heidi

    Another favorite author? Argh… I should check this out. My pile is growing today thanks to all the brilly reviews I am reading!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo a box of books..what fun! Michels is a new author, this is her second book but I am loving her style!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      this is turning out to be a delightfully fun series, thanks Lauren!

  7. Wendy Darling

    Uh oh, WordPress ate my first comment, so let’s see if this works!

    I’m not sure how I haven’t heard of this series before now, but it sounds great. “Tricks of the Ton” is a funny (and terrific) name for a series, hah. I don’t always mind tropes when they’re done well either, and I kind of expect them in this genre anyway.

    Thanks for the review!

    Wendy Darling recently posted: Murder of Crows: review
    • kimbacaffeinate

      bad WordPress! This series is delightful and yes I expect and enjoy the tropes of HR. Thanks Wendy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      that was quite mean of me, but ooooh she made me mad!

  8. Sharlene Wegner

    OK, you sold me! I need to read this series! I see that I should read the first book, as that is the start of this couple. Thanks for the review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sharlene I am sure you will find them delightful!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hmmm…MacLean, Jeffries, Quick, Dare are ones that come to less then a dozen…

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was really clever and I adored all the characters in both novels Pamela 🙂

  9. Jess

    This sounds like such a fun book! I love that the banter is so entertaining. 🙂 Have to add this one to my list now, too!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love these tropes too Lily and this series has been fun from the characters to the plot 🙂