Hello, Sunshines, I am super excited to be sharing my review of another book which has been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long, plus another book by one of my favourite authors; A Lady For Lord Randall by Sarah Mallory. I adored this book as soon as I set eyes on the cover, I can’t wait to share this gorgeous book with you all.
Plus, do visit the blog over the weekend as I have two more Sarah Mallory books to share with you before that take a look at this beauty!
A Lady For Lord Randall by Sarah Mallory
Series: Brides of Waterloo
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Mills & Boon, Harlequin Books
Format: ebook, paperback
In a time of war…
Mary Endacott has no intention of ever surrendering to a man, especially when she meets stubborn yet infuriatingly handsome Lord Randall! But with a major battle fast approaching, normal rules dissolve, and Mary gives herself to him.
…can true love survive?
Justin is renowned for his authority on the battlefield, but Mary is a challenge of a whole new kind! He’s determined to seize every moment of happiness while he can, but when the fighting commences, will the promise of Mary’s kiss be enough to keep him safe?
Firstly, Look at that cover!!! #TripleSigh
Isn’t it wonderful? And to be perfectly honest it was that cover which caught my attention, I fell in love with it and it is what made me pick up the book in the first place, closely followed by the fact that it is written by one of my all-time favourite authors.
Seriously though, if you read my reviews, then you will have a fair idea about why I was so taken with this book. For those who have just joined my ramblings (hello, and welcome) then; Its the handsome, grizzled chap in uniform….honestly, gets me every time. I blame a childhood of watching far too much Sharpe…other kids had posters of 90’s pop stars on their bedroom wall, I had Sean Bean in THAT uniform side by side with Jon Bon Jovi 😉
I think, I may have trailed a little off course there, honestly, you don’t want to hear about my childhood bedroom walls life’s story, you want to hear about this gorgeous, gorgeous book…and another thing, why is it I have only just discovered the Brides of Waterloo series?
Where has this book been hiding?
It’s true I walk around with my eyes closed, no wonder I walk into things…LOL!
So this is apart of a trilogy which was written to commemorate the 200th year anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, I’ve not read the other books in this series, but that didn’t impede in my enjoyment of the book, I would say you can read these easily as a stand-alone. I will definitely be reading the other two books as soon as I am able to.
During the Battle of Waterloo, we have a couple who are made for each other and yet have been pulled apart and not just by the war, Mary isn’t your stereotypical little miss, she isn’t a wilting wallflower by any means. She is strong-willed, free-thinking and like her parents goes against all conventions of society. She is determined not to follow the other ladies of the ton and find a husband, she has other more important things on her mind, most importantly her school for young ladies, but then into her life struts the peacocking, handsome, seductive, dashing, charming, arrogant, rich and rascally Lord Randall and no matter what her mind tells her rapidly beating heart is saying something completely different, but which will win?
Well, if it were me I would throwing myself at the feet of the handsome soldier, waiting to be ravished 😉
There’s aren’t enough words for just how wonderful Justin is, and easily one of my favourite heroes to date; handsome, proud, intelligent, caring, loyal and yet there is a certain vulnerability hidden beneath that oh, so sexy titled confident exterior….Gawd, he is just fabulous!! Is it wrong to say I hated Mary just a little? Because once he set eyes on that free-thinking young miss he was lost to all, he is intrigued by her, he wants her deep down in his soul but she doesn’t make life easy for him…poor Justin, even if at times he did act like an arse, but still he wanted her and only her.
Yup, I will admit of being jealous of a character 😉
I really like how Justin’s little command is called; Randall’s Rogues, which is basically what it says on the tin, here we have a battalion of Rogues, of ruff and ready men who make the enemy shiver in fear, and women….well, they shiver too but in an entirely different way. Again, Randall’s Rogues reminds me of Sharpe’s Chosen Men; a group of misfits, of rebels who are damn fine soldier’s. Such a shame our Randall’s Rogues aren’t in green 😉
Honestly, I do have an obsession with a certain green uniform!!
Sarah Mallory is easily one of the finest historical romance authors around, time and time again she creates beauty with her words, but personally speaking I think she outdid herself with this one (even though there have been many books after this, many of which I have loved) but this one is easily my favourite to date. I love the story, the setting, the chemistry between Mary and Justin, the exquisite attention to detail and I especially love rascally, ravishing, rugged Randall…my goodness, how much do I love him?
A Lady for Lord Randall is an exceptionally great historical romance, it’s beautifully written from start to finish. It’s meticulously researched which makes the entirety of the story realistic and engaging, it pulls the reader right into the centre of each scene. You can almost smell the gunpowder, you feel the urgency of the moment, the drama, the tension, the love and lust.