Let’s Misbehave by Rae Summers
In the 1920s in Europe you have jazz, dancing and booze everywhere sweeping the country into a frenzy. Gabrielle is a part of this sinful adventure and fun. As a nightclub singer, she enjoys all the freedoms the world has to offer. If only Sebastian were so lucky. He faces a life constantly trying to conform to the demands of polite society and the expected high morals of a future politician. Sebastian finds himself arranging his life’s choices based on family duties and obligation, which means he certainly cannot marry for love. Gabrielle and Sebastian couldn’t be any more different with their lives going in two different directions, yet a chance meeting and a brief love affair makes them question every aspect of their lives.
Let’s Misbehave displays the excellence every novella should aspire to. The writing is clear, sharp, and precise with wonderful description. This includes the description and dialogue of the characters which were a delight to read about. Especially since the hero and the heroine are such complete opposite in lifestyles and personalities. Summers has a true talent of making two people who could not be more wrong for each other from outside appearances, appear absolutely perfect for each other underneath. This story will take you through a whirlwind of emotions and leave you very pleased that you read it.
The brevity was the only downfall of the novella, which really is an acceptable problem. The time period is amazing, and is not commonly used, so to see this developed into a full length novel would have been a great treat. It seems this novella was enough to give you a taste of an excellent story, but not quite enough to get you fully emotionally involved with these characters. Less than one hundred pages made it difficult to accurately describe these characters falling in love so it’s really somewhat forced upon you more than anything else. You have a brief glimpse into their time together, so it the character says he or she is in love after such a short period of time, you just accept it in order to be fully mesmerized with the beauty of the tale. Just the brief flash of Summer’s talent in this short story was enough to let you know with certainty that should this story have another 200 pages or so you could have felt like these characters were a part of your family.
The story may be short, but it’s sexy, fun and entertaining. If you are looking for a quick read that will sweep you away into a dramatic yet amazingly sweet love story, Let’s Misbehave is the story you need to read. The jazzy world Rae Summers creates will please you immensely and it is hard not to love this story about two complete opposites finding love.