#Review The Earls Countess Of Convenience (Penniless Brides Of Convenience #1) by @MargueriteKaye #TheEarlsCountessOfConvenience #PennilessBridesOfConvenience @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovelies, I have the great pleasure to be sharing with you all my review of this amazing book; The Earls Countess of Convenience by Marguerite Kaye which is the first book in the whole new Penniless Brides of Convenience – to say I have been excited about this new series is an understatement and I am so pleased to say that this book does not disappoint. But, don’t take my word for it grab yourself a cuppa an a piece of cake and have a read.
A countess in name only…
…tempted by a night with her husband!
Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Eloise Brannagh has witnessed first-hand the damage unruly passion can cause. Yet she craves freedom, so a convenient marriage to the Earl of Fearnoch seems the perfect solution! Except Alexander Sinclair is more handsome, more intriguing, more everything, than Eloise anticipated. Having set her own rules for their marriage, her irresistible husband might just tempt Eloise to break them!
Well, this is fabulous! What a great introduction to this whole new series, I was instantly interested in the Penniless Brides of Convenience just going by the title of the series alone I knew that this was going to right up my street. I was fascinated by the sound of it, I do love stories where the lead character is a little down on their luck and we see them really come into their own throughout the book and this is exactly what happens here.
Judging by this one, I know that the rest of this series is going to be great. I am really looking forward to see what Ms Kaye has got in store for us next and where these Penniless Brides takes us. Alexander, the new Earl of Fearnoch needs a wife! Because of a clause when he inherited the title, if he is to keep his estates he must marry before he turns 30 otherwise everything would revert to his already married cousin and the next in line. Alexander because of reasons you will find when you read the book he doesn’t want this cousin anywhere near the title, so when his friend Daniel says his niece Eloise would be perfect for him he knows that this could be his chance to fulfill the clause. Alexander doesn’t want a marriage in the regular sense, if it was up to him he wouldn’t marry at all due to his choice of career. All he wants is a wife in name only, and Eloise who is as reluctant for an intimate marriage as he is perfect.
After the death of their parents; Eloise and her two sisters are currently living with their aunt Kate, when she receives a letter from her uncle Daniel who says that his friend the Earl of Fearnoch is in search of a wife and dear uncle Daniel has put her name forward as the perfect candidate.
Eloise and her sister’s have a ball guessing what Alexander will be like, it is a very funny scene where the twins are coming out with these hilarious descriptions about the as yet unknown Earl. But, Eloise being the practical older sister she can see ahead that this marriage could be very beneficial for everyone – that is as long as she likes him.
The deal is made, they understand each other and marry but can their marriage really be just in name only? Let me tell you with the seductive looks that pass between them, I think not. There is an energy in the air whenever they are in the same room, they have real chemistry. Eloise and Alexander are a great couple, they both have issues, there is a vulnerability about both of them that is heart-breaking they have both suffered which has ingrained itself on both of them, turning them both cynical towards happily ever after’s. Which is why they work together so well, they can see themselves in the other and it is this part of their relationship that really speaks to the reader and where Ms Kaye comes into her own as a writer.
What I really loved about this one is that the first half of the book is basically Eloise and Alexander getting to know each other, it is them negotiating their marriage deal and finding their feet as a married couple and learning each other’s little tells and quirks. I really love that, and it’s so new for a couple to sit down and actually talk about themselves. True, Alexander doesn’t reveal all, there is more to this man then meets the eye and Eloise senses that too, she knows that Alexander isn’t exactly what he proclaimed himself to be.
I am a huge fan of Marguerite Kaye’s work, I love how descriptive her books are, you can really visualise every scene with such clarity it is as though you have been transported into the book. As always you become utterly submerged into her writing, but I do particularly like this one – I would even go as far as saying that this is one of the best I’ve read – I love the progression of the story and watching Eloise and Alexander find their way is utterly charming. Yet there is far more to this then a marriage of convenience, something which I won’t go into as it would give away the whole story and I can’t have that, you need to read this and find out what the sub plot is for yourself.
The Earls Countess of Convenience is a captivating and tender romance that will make you feel utterly besotted with the story and the character’s; are perfectly written they have real depth and energy. The story is flows gracefully from page one and takes the reader on a wonderfully journey right to the last.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book enough, this really is a heavenly read.
This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Marguerite!
The Earls Countess of Convenience is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.
#Review Unlaced By The Duke (The Lockmore Legacy #2) by Lare Temple @laratemple1 #TheLockmoreLegacy #UnlacedByTheDuke #Regency #HistoricalRomance @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely day! Today, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of Unlaced By The Highland Duke and do have to warn you I may babble on a bit, but seriously this book is stunning! It has taken me a long time to write this review, mainly because I couldn’t seem to find the words to completely express my thoughts. So, without further ado grab yourself a cuppa and let me tell you a wee bit about this book
A plain Regency governess
In bed with the Duke!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Unceremoniously packed off to Scotland to care for the Duke of Lochmore’s young son, practical widow Joane Langdale fears she will be ignored—as always. But the deep connection and heated passion that develops between her and Benneit is far more dangerous! When Benneit is expected to propose to another, how can Jo dream of becoming his duchess?
Firstly, before I waffle on about men in kilts – you know it’s going to happen 😉 let me say Lara Temple you have seriously outdone yourself with this beautiful, beautiful book! I found writing this review so hard, not that it isn’t good the complete opposite that this book is way too good to be true, I couldn’t find the right words. This book is testament to the fact that Lara Temple is a master in writing Regency Romance and I am in absolute awe of this fine ladies work.
This is book two in The Lochmore Legacy series, even though you can very easily read them as stand-alone’s I highly recommend that you do read all the series (once all four are released, of course) as there is links that are starting to emerge from the previous book; His Convenient Highland Wedding and I would hate for you to miss out on the mystery that is slowly being unravelled.
Widowed Joane a poor relation of the Duke of Lochmore’s late wife; Bella. Being from a poorer branch of the great Uxmore’s she is used to being basically ignored and treated as nothing more than a servant. She is then unceremoniously passed to the Duke of Lochmore as a governess for his young son Jamie; who is such an adorable and entertaining young lad. Benneit is in the middle of securing a marriage deal between him and Lady Tessa McCrieff, he is hoping that the marriage will not only help him with his plans for a new distillery plus finally put an end to a centuries long rift between the two mighty clans. But, as we know not everything goes to plan in historical romance and with the arrival of prickly Jo.
Jo is an amazing women she takes everything in her stride, she never complains and yet she isn’t a meek little mouse she has a lot of inner strength she has a stubborn, argumentative, witty and sarcastic streak in her that she keeps very well hidden beneath her staid grey gowns. But, be warned, if you ever find yourself on the wrong side of her, take shelter! She is also so caring and loving, she has a real passionate nature all of which Benniet finds so enticing – even if he won’t admit it.
Benniet is, well what a man! He is a brilliant father, when he allows himself to just have fun with his son and the way young Jamie looks up to his mighty father is heart-warming. He does feel a lot of guilt that he doesn’t spend as much time with his son as he would like to, and there is a little bit of jealously at how much Jamie has taken to Jo, and how they seem to be as thick as thieves. He is a good man, a man who is trying to do what is right and he genuinely cares deeply for his estate and those who live on it. As soon as I laid eyes on Benneit I felt that there was a fragility about him, there is something that he keeps locked a way, a pain lurking behind those green eyes that instantly made me love him. Not, to mention how good he looks in a kilt and those eyes…sigh, I have always gone weak at the knees for green-eyed men 😉
Stunningly beautiful, that is the first thing that popped into my mind whilst reading. This is regency writing at it’s very best, with enchanting and beautifully created character’s who are as mesmerizing, as they are realistic. Jo and Benniet are the perfect couple, there is a spark between them that shimmer’s below the surface. They are incredibly passionate even though they do start off rubbing each up the wrong way, the bantering between them is a lot of fun to watch, the frustration and tension that circulates around them is palpable and draws you fully into their personal story. You are willing them on, you know instantly that these two are going to be a sensual and very relatable couple and to me it is their journey to their happily ever after that is truly breath-taking, their relationship develops in a very natural way. It is like watching your two best friends finally realise that they love each other. Oh, and then there is Aunt Morag who lives in her own tower, she is such a weirdly compelling and very entertaining creature.
I have to comment on the scenery, I was utterly blown away with it. The attention to detail captures your attention from the moment Jo, Benniet and Jamie set off on their journey to Lochmore the whole scene is played out in your mind, you see the sweeping landscapes, the rolling seas the wind blowing through the trees. While they are on the boat sailing north, you can almost taste the sea salt in the air, and once in Lochmore you can hear and feel the eerie silence – if you’ve ever been in the middle of an empty wood or in the middle of nowhere whilst walking the dog, you will understand that last sentence. There were moments where I felt goose-bumps while reading, this book is stunning, in every way you can imagine!
Overall, this is exquisite! Beautiful, full of grace and passion, wonderfully atmospheric, a true love story with a hint of a Gothic-ish mystery. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough, I am completely lost for words at just how amazing this book is.
This was an Arc copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much Lara!
Unlaced By The Highland Duke is to be released on 18 April and can be pre-ordered at Amazon, and yes do pre-order it!!
The Lochmore Legacy
The series is linked by setting – a castle in the Highlands of Scotland – and by a feud between two clans that spans the centuries. It is different in that book 1 (His Convenient Highland Wedding) is set in the Victorian era. The heroine makes a shocking discovery, and clues to the mystery are gradually uncovered as we go back in time through the Regency era (Lara Temple), Tudor (Elisabeth Hobbes) and finally Medieval (Nicole Locke), when the truth about that mysterious discovery is finally revealed.
#1 His Convenient Highland Wedding (Victorian) Janice Preston – Available now!
#2 Unlaced by the Highland Duke (Regency) Lara Temple – 18 April 2019
#3 A Runaway Bride for the Highlander (Tudor) Elisabeth Hobbes – 30 May2019
#4 Secrets of a Highland Warrior (Medieval) Nicole Locke – 27 June 2019
If you want to find out more about The Lochmore Legacy, then check out their Goodreads page and the new The Lochmore Legacy Facebook page.
#Review The Disgraceful Lord Gray (The Kings Elite #3) by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ #TheDisgracefulLordGray #TheKingsElite @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovelies, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of The Disgraceful Lord Gray with you all today and I hope you will all bare with me as I may ramble on and on and on about how amazing this is. So, grab a cuppa settle down and let me tell you all about this gorgeous book.
A spy on a mission…
Until he meets this heiress!
Part of The King’s Elite.
Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye…
But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!
Oh, my goodness me! What a book, with romance, mystery, crime, secret agents, a-way-too-sexy-to-be-real; stud of a hero, a wonderful heroine and a naughty dog, all entwined with a page-turning exciting plot this is the makings of a classic.
Just when I thought that Virginia Heath had reached her pinnacle with sexy and swoon-worthy heroes she pulls a stunner like Graham Chadwick out of her head and makes me melt all over again but this time with pure lust. My goodness, what a book! What a man, what a story and what an adorable side-kick….really I wonder where the idea for him came from 😉 I have been so loving this series, each one is as devastatingly romantic and thrilling as the next.
So, for those who have been living in a bubble for the past year and don’t know what The King’s Elite series is all about, let me fill you in a wee bit. The King’s Elite is actually what it says on the tin, it is a super secret spy section of the government headed up by the gloriously growly Lord Fennimore – who doesn’t love a hard-shelled, growling old lion as a spy? He is fabulous and to be honest I would love a story with him taking centre stage. The King’s Elite from the start have been hunting for the notorious ‘The Boss’ the leader of one of the most ruthless smuggling gangs and off course as these are romances each of our spies tend to fall in love a long the way, usually when our men least expect it.
Lord Gray a disgraced aristocrat who has found he has a gift for the spy life, his latest mission is to try to finally unmask and bring to justice the elusive and notorious smuggling leader ‘The Boss’ he must infiltrate himself into the circle of his suspect to find the truth, along with the help of his superior agent; Lord Fennimore and Grays faithful dog Trefor. But, as we all know plans never go to plan especially when one morning while trying to retrieve Lord Fennimore’s slipper from mischievous Trefor – who thinks it hilarious to go running around with said chewed slipper in his mouth – he unexpectedly meets the one thing that could ruin his well laid out plan.
Theadora (Thea) Cranford the niece of the very man Gray has been sent to investigate is a weary of all men, being a hugely wealthy heiress she knows that most who pay an interest are only after her wealth. She has learned to hide her impetuous side from other’s, and to guard her heart. She has resigned herself to this quiet, calm and rather dull life where she can’t get herself into to trouble. That is until she meets a naked man in a stream – a man might I say who has a pert and delectable rear end 😉 and soon her life turns upside down.
With the stunning fiery-haired and entirely too evocative heiress constantly on his mind, his dog getting into some of the most hilarious scrapes causing way too much trouble then a dog of a spy should and his mission to catch ‘The Boss’ weighing him down as the days goes by poor Gray has a lot to contend with. Can he finish his mission and get the girl?
My goodness, Gray!! I have such huge heart eyes for this man – didn’t I say the same about the previous two agents? He is delectable! Handsome as hell, sexy, proud, intelligent, he has a real soft centre, he really is such a charming sweetheart. But in all honestly I really admire Gray, he hasn’t had the best of times with various scandals within his past but he has battled and worked hard to get to his position in The Kings Elite. He is also very determined and has his sights set on great things, one in particular is to become the commander of the Invisibles.
This is a fabulously engrossing and a utterly romantic story that will have you laughing out loud, falling head over heels in love with the character’s and sitting at the edge of your seat with it’s thrilling twists. I have said it before, but I am going to say it again; that Ms Heath really does have a gift with writing. She has the best sense of humour which really comes through her writing with the witty dialogue, but I think that Ms Heath has really out done herself with this – especially with the likes of Harriet, my goodness she is a real hoot!
The story is fun, romantic and exciting. But the thing for me that really makes this going from a five-star to a ten is the relationship between all the character’s, there is a real buzz between Gray and Thea, the atmosphere crackles with mutual attraction and lust and the addition of Trefor the dog is a stroke of genius.
Overall, an exceptionally gorgeous love story with an amazing twisty plot.
This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Virginia.
The Disgraceful Lord Gray is to be released on 21 March and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
#Review Courting The Forbidden Debutant (Scandalous Australian Bachelors #1) by Laura Martin @lauramartin2788 #CourtingTheForbiddenDebutant #ScandalousAustralianBachelors #Regency #Romance @MillsandBoon #@HarlequinBooks
Court a beautiful debutante…
Or fulfill his quest for vengeance?
Part of Scandalous Australian Bachelors.
When Sam Robertson returns to London after making his fortune in Australia, he has one mission—revenge on the earl who’d had him wrongly convicted and sent away years before.
But upon meeting Lady Georgina, the earl’s daughter, Sam’s plan is thrown into disarray. Their admiration is mutual, but is his hunger for her stronger than his thirst for retribution?
Oooh, I loved this!! There is nothing about this book that I didn’t like, from the original plot to the fascinating, multi layered character’s who are in equal amounts intriguing as well as enchanting. This is the first I have read by Laura Martin, have I been living under a rock, or something? I have certainly been missing out on a treat with this fine author, but that will soon be remedied as I will definitely be reading more. This is book one in the new – and may I say it, wonderful Scandalous Australian Bachelors and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment, because I can see that this is going to be a great series.
Sam Robertson returns to England after spending most of his life in Australia, due to being transported their as a child after a wrongful conviction. Now a grown man and a wealthy one, he is back with one thing on his mind; revenge! He has vowed that he will get back at the aristocrat who put him on that transporter ship, he will get back at the man who stole his life from him and to do that he has come up with a cunning plan, which involves the earls precious daughter.
Georgina is beautiful and wealthy and as such she attracts a lot of unwanted attention, she has suitors lining up wanting not her, but her considerable dowry and to be connected to such wealth and prestige. Now at the grand old age of twenty-one Georgina knows that knows that he time is running out, she will have to get married sooner of later. After turning down numerous proposals, she now knows that if she doesn’t accept one she will end up marrying someone of her father chooses for her. The only problem she sees is that she can’t just marry anyone, with her adventurous spirit those who her father would deem worthy of her would bore the life out of her. When just when she think she is destined to be the little bored wife along comes golden, charming and devilishly handsome Sam, who literally sweeps her off her feet and make her envision another life.
Sam was wrongly accused of theft which led to him being sent as a convict to hard labour in Australia, he lost not just his life and freedom but also his family, who all perished soon after he was transported. I completely feel for Sam, because of one high and mighty man who thinks himself god over the poor, Sam lost everything. Anyone who knows me will know how much I love the under dog, the character’s who according to ‘society’ isn’t worth cleaning their shoes just because they are as the ton calls it ‘new money’. I was instantly taken with Sam, he is such a captivating man. He is a wonderfully complex man, he oozes mystery. Because of his time in Australia he has become strong, not just in body but he has a strength of mind that is very rare, you’d think after all he’d been through he would be troubled, but I didn’t get that at all. He came to terms with his new life on the over side of the world and soon became to see Australia as his home. The way he describes his home, the land and even the simple things as day to life, there is really sense of contentment about him. Yet, when he’s focused on his plan to destroy the Earl of Westchester’s daughter and their life there is a real darkness about him that is so in contrast to his golden, cheerful, cheeky and charming persona. It is that different side to him that I really like, he is so fascinating.
I love Sam and Georgina, the chemistry between them is instant. The atmosphere just sizzles between them, they are perfect for one and other. To the ton they are anything but perfect, which yet again shows just how ignorant and prejudiced society was during the Regency era. They are two lonely, adventurous and immediately likeable people who are searching for that piece that is missing, that one special person – even if Sam doesn’t realise it. Sam brings the adventure, sensuality and independence which Georgina craves, and she gives Sam genuine love and companionship which he has been missing out on. He knows that this is the woman who he can finally have that one thing he has always wanted – other than revenge; family.
I love everything about this! Its fun, original, captivating and utterly romantic. The character’s are just brilliantly written, everyone from the two wonderful leads to the secondary character – Sam’s two friends are fun, rakish and charming. The writing takes the reader on a mesmerizing journey, I love how vivid the descriptions of Sam’s life in Australia its a piece brilliant, captivating writing. There is not doubt that Ms Martin is a highly gifted author who I am very excited to read more of and I cannot wait for the next book in the Scandalous Australian Bachelors series, I have a feeling we are going to have a lot of fun with these fascinating men.
This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Laura.
Courting The Forbidden Debutante is to be released on 24 January and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
#Review His Three Day Duchess (The Sommersby Bride Series #3) by Laurie Benson (@LaurieBwrites) #HisThreeDayDuchess #SommersbyBride #Regency #Romance @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
He’s claimed his title
Could he inherit a bride, too?
The Duchess of Skeffington retreats to the estate that was her refuge during her cruel marriage. She’s shocked to come face-to-face with the distant heir, now newly inherited duke, adventurous Simon Alexander. When Elizabeth is robbed, it’s up to them both to find the thief. But traveling together would attract too much gossip… Unless they pose as husband and wife!
This is the third and final book in The Sommersby Brides mini series and I will admit that I was in mixed thoughts about this. I loved a good 99% of it; the plot is fantastic a blossoming romance between two people who I honestly would never have put together, with the hint of a mystery as they try to catch a thief, it literally takes the reader on a wonderful journey. The hero is amazing, really I have fallen head over heels for this brilliant man, especially as he does remind me of Indiana Jones minus the great hat 😉 no idea where that came from. Maybe because I was watching Indi at the same as reading this over Christmas. And off course the amazing Aunt Clara is back on brilliant form, she really is a hoot.
I do hate to say it – only because I never like saying anything negative about an author’s hard work, but I have vowed to be honest and as great as this book is; really the story itself has everything that we have come to expect from Ms Benson; fascinating character’s, thrilling side story involving stolen jewels and a bit of a game of cat and mouse between two highly opinionated and strong people who ultimately leads to romance. But to me this final book in The Sommersby Brides series didn’t have that same magic which the previous books did. I can’t put my finger on it, it felt as though there was something missing for me the heroine was lacking something which surprised me. I don’t know why but for some reason I couldn’t warm to Lizzie as I did her sisters; Juliet and Charlotte. To me on first meeting her at the start of the book she appeared; cold, bossy, a bit demanding and may I say it a tad on the selfish side – Sorry! She did mellow and become more human as the story unfolded we found out more about her as a person instead of as just a duchess. I did love the ‘will-they-won’t-they’ spark between her and Simon, the dialogue between them is fast and fiery, plus very romantic but I am a fickle reader and first impressions really do count for me.
Lizzie; Duchess of Skeffington is finally free from her cruel husband to be able to go about her life as she wants. She has resigned herself to never finding love like her sister’s have, she is feeling alone and depressed she hasn’t had the best start always being passed over for her much more vivacious sisters and then ending up in a terrible marriage. She sees now as being the chance she has for the happiness she deserves, she fully plan’s on retiring to her secluded little idle of Stonehaven and being able to breathe again. That is until her late husbands will is read and she meets the new Duke of Skeffington, she feels like her life has just fallen around her again.
Simon Alexander, the new Duke of Skeffington which really is something that he never wanted. He can’t think of anything worse than having this title and responsibility that comes with the title land in his lap, he is far happier in his old life as an adventurer and searching out his much-loved treasures and is love of antiques – you see now why I think of him as Indiana Jones! And if you think that he isn’t overly excited about his new life then wait until you see his reaction to Lizzie. To say that he initially dislikes the dowager duchess is an understatement, but he soon comes to know her as Lizzie and not just the money grabbing duchess he initially thinks her to be. Especially when one thing leads to another and they end up on the hunt for a thief that takes them on an eye-opening journey.
I love Simon, what a wonderful, sexy, intelligent, honest, warm and sensual man he is. He is everything I love about a hero; charming, a bit broody, hard-working, not too keen on aristocrat’s – basically he thinks most of them too be demanding lay-abouts ) my words, not his!) He has a good head on those wide shoulders and a sympathetic, kind heart. Plus, he is very easy on the eye…..he really does need an Indiana Jones hat to go with those boots….sigh!!
Over all this is a wonderfully romantic story all about second chances and finding true love, the beautiful story and charismatic Simon did out way my own personal initial thoughts of Lizzie. It’s charming and heart-warming, the writing is as perfect as ever and I absolutely love the epilogue which is such a lovely ending to the series and it is so good to see how all the couples fair. It is a little sad that the series is over, it seems to have finished way too quickly one minute we are just getting to the sisters and then poof, we are at the end….but heard rumours that aunt Clara may get a story – that should be fantastic!
This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
His Three Day Duchess is to be released on 24 January and can be pre-ordered at amazon.
#Review To Win A Wallflower by Liz Tyner (@LizTyner1) #ToWinAWallflower #Regency #Romance @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
From a marriage masquerade…
…to his bride for real!
Viscount’s son Barrett prefers building his empire to securing a bride—and a wager to spend a week in sheltered Annie Carson’s family home won’t change that! But Barrett doesn’t expect Annie to be so captivating, and when she runs away to find her scandalous sister he must bring her home. To protect innocent Annie’s reputation they pretend to be married! Will Barrett lose the wager…and win his wallflower?
This is an interesting story that is far more complex than you initially think, which is what I love about Ms Tyner’s work, she takes what is a very basic trope and storyline and gives it a twist and it ends up being fresh and new. To Win A Wallflower is no different, at first glance it does appear to be a basic marriage of convenience story; rake meets wallflower they find themselves in questionable circumstances only to end up married. Yes, this does go along those lines but this is something else, when I first started reading I did think that I had read the back blurb of a different book and I did become slightly perplex as to where the story was going. But that is only because the story starts off in such a different way to what we have come to expect from this trope and I am very happy to say once I got to know the character’s and why the story started as it did, it all fell into place nicely as we got into the story. And that story ended up being playful, heart-warming, emotional and witty.
The story opens where Viscount’s Barrett is staying with the Carson family for the week under the illusion of forging an alliance in business. But his real motives for being there is because he has been told that the daughter is one of the most beautiful women that society has ever seen – or in her case, not seen. But his actual motives for being there is to win a wager he has with his brother, a wager if won will give him some rest from his drunk, bullying father. But in order to win he must spend the full week under the same roof as Annie Carson and more than that not touch her, and prove he is more interested in building his business empire than gaining a wife. All goes well, that is until he finally sets eyes upon the illusive Annie, one glimpse of a bracelet clad wrist and the sound of a tinkling laugh makes the cold and focused Barrett feel thing’s he never thought he could, she makes him want to care for someone deserving.
He becomes captivated by her, she is the most innocent and pure thing he has ever laid eyes upon and when he comes to terms with his unrelenting attraction her, Annie decides to break away from her suffocating life and flee to her scandalous sister. He may act uncaring and a little rakish but he is a gentleman which is why as soon as he hears Annie has fled he is the first to go after her. It is here when the real fun starts and the story grabs you, as to not cause scandal they must put on a charade of them being married.
Annie is treated like a little show doll, only to be allowed out to show her off, only allowed to go out with her controlling parent’s and never on her own, only allowed to meet and socialize strictly approved person’s. She misses her sisters, she is lonely and wants more than what she has. Which is why she decides to run away, only problem with that is she is so naive and innocent she has no idea of the way of the world and the dangers everywhere. Even though the most dangerous thing is the devilishly attractive man who has turned up to take her back to her parents. Who she knows as soon as they get their hands on her she will be back in the attic never to see daylight again.
I love Barrett, he is so different to how we see aristocrat’s, he is a man who is trying to distance himself from his cruel up-bringing, trying to make something of himself that doesn’t involve being who he is supposed to be in the eyes of the ton – and in the eyes of his manipulative, drunk of a father. Really that man is vile, the way he treats everyone around him and especially his son is terrible and yet he is one of those kind of men who think that just because they have a title they think that they can do and act however they like. Grrr I do hate those people! Barrett may act the ultimate rake but there is a real vulnerability beneath that cold mask, he is a man who doesn’t allow any to get too close to him and yet when he does lower his defences he is utterly charming.
I felt so much sympathy for Annie she is well and truly a porcelain doll who is cloistered away never to be seen by anyone other than family. They lean on her way too much and have taken full control of her life. Every aspect of her life is controlled from who she sees, where she goes, what she wears, what she eats when to go to bed and so on, in a way it’s a form of abuse and personally the faster she gets away from these people the better. I have never met such an innocent woman before, you can feel her frustration at her life she wants to do what is right but she also wants to live she is confused by her mixed emotions and suddenly there is this big, handsome, irritating man who wants to take her back to the very place she is fleeing from. And yet this man is kind and caring, if a bit of the abrupt side and at times he doesn’t act like a gentleman but she likes how he makes her feel something other than a little girl, how he treats her like a lady other than a doll. It is that which really makes me love Barrett, the moment he meets her he sees that she is so innocent and he tries to teach her how to be more human, more self-reliant and I really like that.
Over all this is a lovely and original romance, it did start off a bit on the slow side and I was a bit confused as to what was going on in the chapter, but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Once the story got going it was surprisingly imaginative and complex, for me the moment where Barrett rescues after she flees is the turning point. I loved the scene where they are walking back, his anger and frustration at her is so palpable. He is broody, grumpy, monosyllabic and utterly fascinating.
Don’t let the initial bumpy start put you off from finishing this book, as it is well worth persevering with as once our couple are alone together there is a lot of great moments between them.
This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
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#Review – Lady Joy And the Earl : A Christmas Novella by Regina Jeffers (@reginajeffers) #Christmas #Regency #Romance
They have loved each other since childhood, but life has not been kind to either of them. James Highcliffe’s arranged marriage had been everything but loving, and Lady Joy’s late husband believed a woman’s spirit was meant to be broken. Therefore, convincing Lady Jocelyn Lathrop to abandon her freedom and consider marriage to him after twenty plus years apart may be more than the Earl of Hough can manage. Only the spirit of Christmas can bring these two together when secrets mean to keep them apart.
Well this is a wonderfully heart-warming and emotional seasonal story. I am a big fan of Regina Jeffers work, she has a real gift at story telling, she magically captures the readers attention with her charming stories which have some of the most wondrous characters who the reader can really get behind and cheer on. Lady Joy and The Earl is no different, I found this to be a magical story full of raw emotion and a delightful cast of character’s.
Jocelyn (or Joy) and James have been in love with each other since they were children, as their family’s estates are right next door to one and other, they often used to spend many hours and days together. They both new where they wanted their lives to go and that was to be together, unfortunately James’ father had already arranged a marriage for James ever since he was still in the cradle and it wouldn’t be with the neighbouring Marquess’ daughter. Joy was obviously devastated when hearing of James’ marriage, because she didn’t know the details of the arrangement she felt both cheated and disappointed that James would do such a thing to her after she had loved him all her life. Which into the an arranged marriage of her own, never to see each other for another twenty two years.
Both had very unhappy marriages, in different ways so twenty-two years later once widowed and past their moaning period they can both be and do what they want to be. For Joy that means she finally has her freedom, even if that freedom does come at a cost due to what happened when her husband died. She wants nothing more than to go about her life with her children and finally be able to live. For James there is only one thing that he wants, the one thing that was stolen from him; Joy! He is set on finally claiming his Joy for his own, just as he wanted in the first place. But first he must make it past her high defences, for she is far from the spirited woman he knew she has become a shell of her self and he knows that gentleness and a little Christmas magic is the only way forward for both of them to be happy.
Joy hasn’t had the best of luck, first the one man she loved with all her heart suddenly ups and marries someone else, true that it was all arranged when he was a baby, but she doesn’t know that. Her confusion and hurt is always there, even after twenty years apart her heart may do a jolt and speed up at the mere sight of this distinguished, handsome man but also present is her devastation. She was then married off to a horrible man and his treatment of her has left an imprint on her, she is such a wonderfully kind and loving woman but that sparkle tat James loved about er has been put out. But James, being the wonderfully self assure and slightly arrogant man – but in a very good way he can see that there is a flicker of the woman beneath the hurt, I love this man he really is wonderful and oh, so handsome he isn’t cruel or nasty he is utterly charming and he oozes sex appeal. Joy is an amazing woman, she is strong when it comes to her children and she is fierce yet she is vulnerable and fragile. I love the gentleness James shows her and how with his careful wooing she becomes her real self, I particular love the way he subtly flirts and cajoles her into bantering with him. So sweet and funny!
I love this book! The story is very well developed and refreshingly new for the genre, it moves from scene to scene flawlessly. But the thing that I do love about this sweet short story is the chemistry between the leads, James and Joy are a match made in heaven they have both been scarred – if emotionally scarred by the turn of the events when they were young. The feelings for each other is constant, you can feel the emotion on every page, from the rapidly beating hearts to the fact that they can’t stop gazing at one an other. It’s beautiful written, but I expected no less from talented Ms Jefffers .
Gorgeous story, just perfect!!
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Lady Joy and The Earl can be purchased from Amazon.