Hello, sunshines, thank you for stopping by! Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of; A Forbidden Liaison With Miss Grant by Marguerite Kaye. Firstly, I wish to say thank you to Marguerite for my advanced reader’s copy.

A Forbidden Liaison with Mis Grant by Marguerite Kaye

Genre: Historical Romance / Publisher: Mills and Boon, Harlequin / Release Date: 20 August 2020

An unexpected encounter…

Will change everything!

Self-made gentleman and widower Grayson Maddox has devoted himself to his children and business, leaving no time for pleasure. Until he has an impulsive, thrillingly sensual encounter with lady’s companion Miss Constance Grant! Their passion gives Grayson hope of a happiness he never thought he’d feel again. But there’s still much in both their pasts to confront before they can turn their forbidden liaison into a new beginning…

I cannot begin to say how much I loved this book, I have read a fair few of Marguerite Kaye’s books over the last few years and I have loved each one, but this is easily the best yet, it has so much in it I love and there is so much I could say, but I really don’t want to give away any spoilers so, this will most likely end up being a long-winded babble-fest.

I loved the instant attraction, the chemistry between Constance and Grayson is heated, sexual, sizzling and so captivating and yet after their first illicit tryst they can’t seem to see that they are meant to be together – I felt like climbing into the book and banging their heads together.

I loved the plot, I really won’t say too much about that, other then the back blurb really doesn’t do it justice, there is so much more going on then a little romping in inns, but I will say that it’s not all that it seems with Royal visits and the awful Scottish clearances – which was very shocking to read, this is far from the stereotypical historical romance, it will keep you turning the pages with lightning speed that’s for sure.

The cover, just how amazing is that cover? Neither look like Constance and Grayson, well not to me, but each reader to their own right? But I love it! It’s eye-catching, it’s got a real simple elegance and relevant to the characters, that they are a little older and it’s just so darn pretty. A massive thumbs up for the art department, is it just me or are the M&B/Harlequin covers getting prettier with every new book?

The hero, I am never shy in proclaiming my love of hard-working ordinary folk and Grayson is exactly that! Some people go google-eyed for cravats, aristocratic titles and royal’s, for me it will always be a working man, a man who isn’t ashamed of getting his hand dirty. A man who has done and is used to hard graft and never shies away from it and isn’t ashamed that he has scars and calloused hands. A man who is morally good with his workers and those around him. A man who has worked his socks off to be in the position he is in and this is Grayson, he is every bit the decent human being we all need in our lives and I absolutely adore him. He is a good man, a good boss, and a good father….plus he is a sexy as hell man in his prime, who know exactly what he wants. 😉

It is so nice to have a more mature couple in the centre of a romance, both think that they are way past their prime and heading at full pelt speed for their dotage, and both think that they will never find love at their time of life and that one thought comes across with both of them so beautifully and when they do find someone who loves them for exactly who they are, its a beautiful and enlightening moment. When they realise that just because they aren’t in their twenties and have pasts and responsibilities that they can find love, have fun, they can have a great time between the sheets and they can act compulsively is like a light switching on and they really shine. For, me that realisation is such an integral part of the entire book, and as always Marguerite Kaye has done the astounding job at really grabbing your heart and emotions.

I absolutely love how this starts, the first meeting between Constance and Grayson is full of absolute lust and a yearning to cast off their wears, throw caution to the wind and do something that would in today’s standards seem a little risqué – jumping into bed with a stranger you met on the docks literally within minutes. But, my, oh my it works, it really works. From that moment on these two are cemented into your mind, who would have thought we would be in store for some bedroom action from the get-go, there is no mulling about for these two, straight to the action no hanging around and I really love it!

Constance is such a wonderful character, she has seen some pretty awful things and she has big opinions on a variety of subjects – I can’t say too much as it would give away too much about the plot, but those thoughts and opinion’s play a major role in the story. She thinks she is very much on the shelf, she can’t imagine that a man like Grason would look twice at her. But, he sees her for who she is, yes there may have conflicting views at times but they really work brilliantly together.

Overall a wonderful and immersive read, which hold the reader’s attention and ignites the imagination from page one. The writing is as ever flawless, fabulously constructed characters and a fresh and original plot. A great read, one which I cannot recommend more!

Oh, one more thing; do read the historical note at the back, Marguerite always pulls all she has discovered about the subject’s covered in her books into a fascinating quick read which is always very insightful. One thing I did notice about this book is that Marguerite has really pushed the boat out with her historic detail and fact, her knowledge of the era is beyond compare, she has so deftly entwined real historical events with an authentic fictional love story, which makes for compelling reading.

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