The Sommersby Brides Series

#Review His Three Day Duchess (The Sommersby Bride Series #3) by Laurie Benson (@LaurieBwrites) #HisThreeDayDuchess #SommersbyBride #Regency #Romance @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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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.

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Review : One Night Under The Mistletoe (Convenient Christmas Brides Anthology) by Laurie Benson.

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A convenient arrangement
Three festive Regency romances…

In The Captain’s Christmas Journey, by Carla Kelly, Captain Everard is escorting Verity to her governess job—and for propriety’s sake that means a convenient engagement!

In Louise Allen’s The Viscount’s Yuletide Betrothal Eleanor advertises for a ‘suitable’ gentleman to pose as her betrothed over Christmas.

And in Laurie Benson’s novella, Juliet’s One Night Under the Mistletoe leads to a marriage of convenience with handsome former love Lord Montague…

My View

One Night Under The Mistletoe is book two in The Sommersby Brides series, which for those who haven’t read the first one yet (I highly recommend that you do) is a mini series which follows three sister’s in their pursuit of finding their happily ever after, even if they don’t realise they are looking for it, and that is exactly what you can expect with this one. Ms Benson really has become my go-to author for tender and sensual romances that take, not just the character’s on a journey of discovery to find their happy ever after but also the reader.

When I heard that Laurie Benson was writing a story in a Christmas anthology, I was very excited to see what would come out of it and I was not disappointed with this. I particularly like the fact that instead of writing a stand-a-lone to go in this anthology – which a lot of other authors would have done – Ms Benson chose to carry on the Sommersby Bride series.

Montague is in search of the perfect kiss, a kiss that will blow his mind. He has kissed a lot of women in his life, but he has only ever had a mind blowing, great kiss just once, and since that day he has tried to find a woman who can match and then hopefully he will find the wife that he knows deep down he needs. He doesn’t find anything like the kiss he wants, but what he does find in a secluded library at a ball changes his life forever.

Juliet is quietly reading in the library when she is come upon by the deadly handsome Monty. She remembers when they shared a secret kiss and like Monty she has never really been able to move on from it, only that the man himself broke her heart so terribly she can’t allow herself to love him again.

An innocent and unexpected encounter, forces them to do exactly what neither of them want; to find themselves in Marriage of Convenience. Juliet thinks that this is it, she is stuck in a loveless marriage. Without giving too much away, I love how they begin to reconnect with each other and it is very lovely seeing how they begin to see one an other as more than just a ball and chain. Their road to happily ever after isn’t an easy one as at first their relationship is strained, but the magic of Christmas allows them to finally find what they are both so desperately wanting.

This ticks all boxes for me wonderfully, romantically challenged character’s, beautiful story that enchants and entertains, plus a flawless Christmassy setting that is magical and season wrapped up with that Benson gift to make the reader fall in love. The only downside is that I would have liked it to go on a little longer, which is always the case with novella’s, but this really set’s us up for the next sister’s story. I am really looking forward to seeing where Ms Benson will take Lizzie, she was the sister that I was intrigued by from day one.

A wonderfully seasonal, ever so romantic and magical story that will leave you feeling all warm and ready to put up your own Mistletoe.

This was an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

One Night Under The Mistletoe (The Convenient Christmas Brides Anthology) is to be released on 1st November and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Review – One Week To Wed (The Sommersby Brides Series #1) by Laurie Benson

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One stolen night…
…leads to unexpected wedding vows!

Part of The Sommersby Brides: widowed Lady Charlotte Gregory believes she’ll never marry again after losing her husband—until meeting dashing Lord Andrew Pearce brings her respectable lonely world back to vibrant life! Left alone one night, they give in to their desires—only to find their secret passion leads to shock, scandal…and a sudden marriage of convenience!

My View

Well, what an amazing start to this new series by the very talented Ms Benson. This is one of those books that is way too good to be true, it is fabulous. It is in essence a ‘Marriage of Convenience’ but I also see it as a moving on and second chances romance, as both of our lead’s have in their own way suffered in one way or another and finding each other is their chance to finally be happy.

While attending the funeral of her sister’s late husband, Lady Charlotte Gregory literally bumps into a man who spark’s something in her that she never thought to feel again. After the death of her husband fours years ago, Charlotte thoroughly believes that she will never re-marry she will never find a man who steals her heart as much as her later husband did. Hers was a genuine love match, she cared deeply for him and was broken hearted when he died in battle. Meeting Lord Andrew Pearce shook her world, retreating home to Cheshire where she unexpectedly meets the dashing rogue again and those feelings soon re-appear.

Andrew has a secret and because of what he does for a living he is worn out not just physically but physiologically. He isn’t interested in settling down, or in anything really. To me he is burnt out, too many thing’s have happened to him, he has been through so much he has lost focus, which is why his logical big brother; Gabriel makes him take a breather and sends him off to friends in Cheshire, where something thing happens to him that he never thought or wanted it to.

Meeting Charlotte really is the making of him, she is the calming light that his troubled soul needs, and they really are such a sizzling and cute couple. There are some hugely magical moments between them, really who knew that watching a firework display and practicing archery could be so sexy!

It is so good seeing the Pearce brothers again, I was intrigued with Andrew when we first meet him in the previous series, so I am so happy that Ms Benson decided to start a whole new series with Andrew as the leading man. I will admit that he is actually so different to how I first saw him to be. At first, he appears to be the fun, easy going and a somewhat cheeky chappie who is trying to avoid attachment’s like he is avoiding the plague. But beneath that gusty roguish twinkle there is serious and troubled young man. He is traumatised by past event’s and by what he does, he is vulnerable and brooding and if not for the support from his big brother Gabriel, Andrew would have gone completely off the rails.

Andrew makes your heart hurt for him, his journey in particular is a masterpiece of writing. Benson has gone above and beyond with this one. The chemistry between all the sibling’s, Charlotte and her sisters are loving and funny – I particulay like Elizabeth, she is a hoot as is their aunt Clara. Andrew and his brothers are wonderfully fun, engaging and supportive of each other.

I have loved all of Benson’s books to date, but this is in a league of its own. It is a stylishly written, heart-breaking, emotional and vividly accurate. One Week to Wed is a perfect, roller coaster ride of emotional angst. The actual story line is a very simple one, but Ms Benson has added her unique magic to it and woven a beautiful, engrossing and thoughtful story full of love. The characters are highly believable and likable, the story flows seamlessly taking you from one scene to another without blinking and it really is an absolute joy to read. I am so looking forward to the next in the series.

Stunningly beautiful.

This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review

One Week to Wed is to be released on 28th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.