A Beautiful Treat Just in Time for Valentine's Day ~ Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan
A romantic waltz through a city filled with music, passion and coffee.
Evelyn Watt fell in love with Austrian marketing director Rudy Moser the moment he stepped into their Boston firm. With his ice blue eyes and chocolate-melting accent, he is as refined as she imagines his home country to be. When Evelyn finds herself unexpectedly unemployed right before Christmas, she is left with an unknown future until Rudy steps in with a job appraising, assessing and cataloging heirlooms, lending her American vernacular to the translated descriptions to give each item international appeal. Evelyn will live in Vienna for the months leading up to a grand auction at a party held in conjunction with the Opera Ball—on Valentine’s Day.
Vienna is a magical blend of waltzing, antiques, and bottomless cups of Einspanner coffee at the Café Mozart. When a secret from Rudy's family's past blows in with the winter chill, Evelyn is forced to confront how well she knows the object of her affection. Her café tablemate, the gruff and enigmatic Klaus Bauner might be the only person who holds the key to Rudy’s past. But could that key also unlock her future? In the days leading up to the Opera Ball, Evelyn finds herself in the middle of the greatest romance of her life…as long as she doesn’t trip over her two left feet.
Love in Three Quarter Time
I generally dislike novellas. I rarely read them because I love details and complex characters and I love a slow burn romance and that’s not something one usually gets with a smaller word count. However, I make exceptions to my No Novella Rule when they’re written by my favorite authors. It’s unusual for me to enjoy a short romance much less a contemporary romance with a love triangle, but daaaannnng, Rachel McMillan is winning me over to the world of novellas.
Holy. Freaking. Cow. First off, McMillan gave the hero crinkles at the corners of his eyes, his hair peppered with the teeniest bit of grey, AND he’s a flipping history professor. I hope he has a secret dog somewhere, because that is the ONLY thing that could possibly make him more perfect. Sigh. Whatever. I can’t remember the last time I swooned so hard over a not-handsome-but-sexy-as-heck dude. #GivesMeLife Evelyn is divine. A bit shy, of average looks, and an above average romantic. If ever I could relate to a character, it’s her. She’s passionate about old things, too. I like that she never looses her romantic notions, but they change and evolve as she grows.
Love in Three Quarter Time is a story I wish could go on forever, but unlike with most novellas, there’s a connection to the characters. In the space of a few chapters, I formed opinions (and attachments!) for each and also felt Vienna and Prague come to life. I’ve never had the yen for Vienna, but suddenly I feel like I should pack a bag and look for my own Professor Bhaer *cough cough* I mean Professor Bauner. Rachel McMillian’s latest series is one that I’ll be tripping over my two left feet to buy as soon as each installment becomes available! ;)
~My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~
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