This audiobook seemed to cater to teenagers. The heroine is a brainy wallflower, while the hero is brawny, easy on the eyes, and not so smart. She’s unpopular while he’s a jock. And Claire views the ton as shallow and boring. Because she’s a woman, she’s supposed to be seen and not heard. This is nothing new in modern Regencies but it also takes away from the magic of the era. For instance, the fairy tale waltzes that Claire at first spurns until she meets Fox who shows her another way of looking at the world around her. They find out they have unbelievable chemistry, can relate to each other, and bring out the best in each other.
The problem is hero has an ex-fiancée and a jealous best friend, who complicate matters in a most annoying plot line. As a result, heroine Claire makes hero Fox work too hard to win her, instead of being honest with her feelings. Neither characters are “all that” IMO, but are flawed, lack self-awareness, and are rather poor communicators. I though the episode was unnecessary and didn’t feel like I missed much when I fell asleep during it. I enjoyed the witty banter especially at the beginning, as well as the narration. I liked how it was performed with an American accent, except for the English speaking parts.