#Review : The Determined Lord Hadleigh (Kings Elite #4) by @VirginiaHeath_ #TheDeterminedLordHadleigh #KingsElite @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovely readers! Well this was a hard review to write, I couldn’t find the words to full express what I wanted to say, even after reading my review back I know that I babble a fair amount, so apologies for that. Another reason is that this will be the last time I get to write a Kings Elite review……sobs, uncontrollably for ten minutes….I can’t believe it! But, I have to say that this series goes out in smashing style 😉
He’s got iron control…
But she might be his undoing!
Part of The King’s Elite. Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?
Well this was a sad day coming where I would be writing my review for the last Kings Elite book, I need tissues, I want to weep. Do I really need to write this review? Can’t I just skip it, bury my head in the sand so that I don’t have to face the fact that this is it for the glorious Kings Elite?
OK, well if I must break my heart, I will do it with aplomb – don’t you just love that word? By Jove, has this been an incredible series or what? From those first few pages of book one, I have been avidly turning the pages, becoming more and more absorbed into the Kings Elite world that they are now more known to me than family – Hmmm, Not sure that if that is a good thing or not!
So this is book four in the sensational Kings Elite, we have come face to face – figuratively speaking – with the most charming, shy, courageous, loyal, lovable, passionate and gorgeous characters, they have taken us on a whirlwind journey across four books. A journey full of intrigue, smuggling, spies, danger, romance and adventure and now we are here at the finale…..someone hand me the tissues, please! As with each of the previous books; The Determined Lord Hadleigh, can be read as a stand-a-lone very easily, my personal recommendation would be that you do at least read the previous one first; The Disgraceful Lord Gray before this, if you haven’t read the others, there are particular moments in this one that will give away a few spoilers in regards to the sub plot that has been running throughout the series.
After testifying against her husband, a man linked with the Smuggling ring – that as been one of the best subplots that has ever come out of a Mills and Boon book – Penny is shocked to find that after his sentence she loses everything, she and her young son are left destitute. Poor Penny, she does the right thing, she stands up for the first time in her life against the man who has made hasn’t just made her life unbearable, but also who has scared the living daylights out of her and now she has nothing. The man who was prosecuting her vile husband, the honourable if a wee bit pompous Lord Hadleigh feels a sense of injustice over what happened to the young woman, so much so he tries to help her. She is a proud, determined woman who after being on the wrong side of a manipulative and controlling man she is very uncomfortable about the charming, golden eyed barristers help. She sees it as being no better off then where she was, she is an amazing woman she may be fragile but I got a sense of real inner strength, like a lioness when times get tough she will do anything in her power to protect her child and I completely admire her for that.
To say he is an educated man he really doesn’t have a clue when it comes to women, as he goes about things all wrong. He has good heart, he is noble and honourable and loyal, he does try to help her, even if at first he doesn’t go down the proper avenue. Bless him, he gets it all wrong – thank goodness that Seb ……swoon! Has word with the young barrister. I really, really like Hadleigh, he isn’t at all how I thought he would be from those previous appearances, you are first introduced to a calm, intelligent and caring man but you soon realise that there is more to this man then meets the eye. There is another man beneath the cavernous barristers cloak.
So, we finally have Hadleigh’s story, after much waiting and wondering he is here and he does not disappoint. I saw this very much as a second chances story, Tristan Hadleigh and Penny Penhurst, what a remarkable couple they are. Both have complexities, both have vulnerabilities and both learning to love and trust. It is beautiful to watch their blossoming romance throughout the story, the journey they go on as individuals is one of the greatest pieces of writing I have read. It is powerful and gorgeous, it makes you shiver with anticipation about what will happen next and make you sigh with pure elated joy when they get there.
This book is packed with deep emotion, which the reader can feel right within them which for me is a testament to how brilliant this author is. Her grasp of language is as ever astonishing, the way this book can take hold of the readers emotions with a few words is perfect writing.
This book is absolutely delightful, what a joy it is to read.
Before I finish, one last note….Love, Love, Love the epilogue! Its gorgeous and fun, it is the perfect ending for all our heroes and heroines and Trefor 😉 brilliantly written, it brings all what you know and love about the Kings Elite together as a, shall we say; goodbye? Perfect, thank you Virginia for an astounding series, this is why we readers love you! X
This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Virginia!
The Determined Lord Hadleigh is to be released 27th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon and do go an pre-order it.
#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 The Uncompromising Lord Flint (Kings Elite Series #2) by Virginia Heath (@VirginiaHeath_) #KingsElite #Regency #Romance #TheUncompromisingLordFlint @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Imprisoned by her past
Set free by her enemy!
Part of The King’s Elite. Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?
Well, what can I say about this, but absolutely, bloody brilliant? Just when I thought that Virginia Heath couldn’t get any better, she stuns us all with this beauty. When I say beauty, I mean it!! I know that I am – and always will be – a huge fan of a certain Warriner brother, but this book inches past and has now become my favourite of all Ms Heath books.
This is the perfect ‘enemies to lovers’ story, another reason to fall in love with it. Enemies to Lovers has to be my whole time favourite trope, there is something about the heated bantering that goes on between the couple that really gets me. Jess and Peter are not just literal enemies but their personalities are so different, you do wonder if they are even going to be able to have that HEA which we all want. Peter is a patriotic, loyal and brilliant agent of the crown who has been tasked with bringing down a smuggling ring. He is escorting a known traitor back to England; Lady Jessamine who has been charged with high treason, there really is no other man capable of such an important mission, just as there is no doubt that this alluring, infuriating woman is guilty of the very crimes she is charged with and being such a head strong young woman, she tries at every opportunity to escape.
I have found my whole time favourite character, ever in the form of fiery, hot-headed and obscenity throwing Jessamine – Jess. My goodness, this young lady is a real blast, when we first meet her she is throwing missiles of food at Flint from her cell as well as throwing a very wide range of abuse and insults at him; this girl has quite the acid tongue and I absolutely love the bantering – or maybe that should abuse hurling? that goes on between her and Flint.
Flint is so different to the previous agent we met; Seb, who was agonisingly shy and quiet, whereas Flint is the complete opposite, he is cool, controlled, regimented, confident, he’s not one to allow his personal thoughts and emotions to deter him from his mission. He may sound a bit cold and unfeeling, but that is far from the truth, when he allows himself to show a more human side he is captivating and adorable.
Fabulous, witty, imaginative, sexy, thrilling, alluring, basically mind-blowingly good, I should stop there as just spouting out various words isn’t really a review, is it? But when you read something of this fine quality, then you just want to gush about it as much as humanly possible – even if that does mean your putting people to sleep with the babbling. But, I don’t care, this book is just wonderful. The story is a master piece of writing, it’s has two of the best lead characters and secondary characters I’ve met in a while, a plot that has the reader hooked from the bread flinging first scene and will keep you turning the pages at lightning speed wanting to find out what happens and then you cry on the last page that it’s finished – which just gives you the excuse to re-read it. A romantic, engaging, exhilarating, compelling, one of the best I’ve read.
Brilliant book that I cannot recommend enough and I cannot wait for book three.
This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Virginia.
The Uncompromising Lord Flint is to be released on 27 December and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
Life as a duchess…
Or something more dangerous?
Part of The Kings Elite: constantly told her beauty and charm are all she has to offer; Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastion Leatham will help her! Only, first she’ll assist him with his new assignment – playing the part of a confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft.
Sebastion awakens a burning desire within Clarissa that leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…
Oh, my! Oh, my! Virginia Heath, what are you doing to me? There was me thinking that this author could never create a character who will send me into a swooning, dithering mess like I was, when I first met lovely, damaged Jamie Warriner. But she has gone and done it again with this magnificence specimen of a man, who I have fallen completely and utterly in love with. Oh, Seb! Be still my beating heart!
After being shot and nearly killed while on his last mission, spy Sebastion Leatham is recuperating at the home of a fellow agent’s brother; Dr Joe Warriner. He finds himself sharing the house with the spellbindingly beautiful and too perfect to be true, sister of Bella Warriner. Seb is instantly tongue-tied and shy around this gleaming goddess, but his well-honed spy intuition tells him that there is more to this beautiful woman then meets the eye, surely someone cannot be that perfect!
Clarissa is harbouring a secret which is the reason why she has ventured to her sister’s in the first place, she has been wanting to marry the Duke of Westbridge since the first moment she met him. She knows he is dazzled by her, what man isn’t? and yet he hasn’t made a moved unless you count the roses he sends.
It is not long before Clarissa and Seb realise that they need each other’s help, Clarissa needs Seb to catch her Duke and Seb needs her in the next part of his mission with those pesky smugglers. I would never have thought that two completely different character, characters who are as far removed from the others world as you can get would work so beautifully together. Their individual personalities as different as they may be, seem to blend with each other so perfectly. They really are a couple I never expected to work, but they do!
I truly believe that Seb Leatham could be the best character that has sprung from this author’s fabulous mind – except maybe delicious Jamie, but I may be a tad biased where that chap is concerned 😉 Really, this is what I look for in a hero. Not only is he brilliantly gruff and brave but I love how painfully shy around women he is, such a refreshing change from the usual overly confident heroes that are so popular, I would much rather have a quiet, genuine and kind hero than one who talk’s more than me.
Those of you who have read the Warriner series (really is there anyone out there who hasn’t?) then you will remember Clarissa, the sparkling and perfect sister of Bella. When I first met Lady Clarissa, I will be honest and say that I wasn’t a fan of her, she could be the only character of Ms Heath’s that I didn’t take to. Clarissa perceived herself as way too good for the hard-done by, brilliant Warriner’s and as I am terribly attached to those four brothers’, her attitude really put me off her. Sorry, I do hate to say that, but she did get on my nerves a little when we first met her. So, I was in two frames of mind about her having her own story, but I was interested to see where Ms Heath would take this character and wondering if the little strumpet would redeem herself to me. And I can gladly say that Ms Heath has pulled it off, I will put my hands up and say to the author; “You were right, to give Clarissa her own story.” Clarissa is so much more than the woman I originally thought her to be, her transition from spoilt little madam, to the complex social butterfly is quite an eye-opener and I have now grown to love her as much as I do her sister; Bella.
As beautifully perfect as Clarissa is, there is a fragility about her that quite catches not just Seb off guard but also the reader. My heart bled for her when she think’s herself as good for nothing more than looking beautiful, she is a multi-layered, deeply delightful young lady who at times I wanted to shake and tell her that she is far more than she perceives herself to be.
As well as the captivating blossoming romance between Seb and Clarissa, I have to mention the spine-tingling and gripping smuggling and spying branch of the story. As soon as I heard that Virginia Heath was going to be writing a series based on the spy ring that popped up in the Warriner’s I was so excited about it, and this first instalment of the King’s Elite is so damn good! I cannot wait to properly meet the rest of the spy’s, I just know that this is going to be an invigorating and breath-taking series. The King’s Elite spying world is dark and perilous, you can literally feel the danger, Ms Heath has created a marvellously real and all-consuming deadly world of spies that could be right out of an Ian Fleming novel.
This is an exhilarating, edge of your seat, thrilling and beautifully sensual romance, one that I guarantee with keep you engaged right from page one and never want it to end. I love the sweet and tender romance that between Seb and Clarissa, their relationship blooms from mutual trust to friends to something more. This is a masterpiece of character development each scene is beautifully written to portray each moment of our character’s role in the story. I cannot wait to read the rest of The King’s Elite, thoroughly satisfying and highly recommended.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Mysterious Lord Millcroft is to be released on 23rd August and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
I’ve always adored romance books. Right from the moment I picked up my first one at twelve I’ve been hooked. Fabulous Harlequin Mills & Boon authors like Nora Roberts and Penny Jordan took me to imaginary places and made me best friends with the characters they created. By the time I left school, I had a secret dream to write them one day. I never dared tell anyone because I’d have been laughed at. Girls like me didn’t become authors.
However, as time went on and I read more books than I dare count, that dream became more insistent. After years working in the media I switched careers and became a history teacher. A little while later, I picked up my first regency romance and it was magical. Dashing men in boots and breaches, feisty heroines who gave them a run for their money, rich period detail- what wasn’t to love? There and then I decided if I ever wrote a book, it would be a historical romance.
Three years ago, I finally plucked up enough courage to quit my job and follow my dream, then spent the next year writing three books. Not one was good enough to be published but those stories allowed me to teach myself how to write well. My fourth attempt felt different from the outset. Special. The characters spoke to me and the story flowed. I never plotted a single paragraph, instead I listened to their voices and wrote what they wanted me to write. I finished it in just five weeks and plucked up the courage to send it to Harlequin Mills & Boon. In May 2016, That Despicable Rogue became my debut novel.
It soon became apparent that not only could I not plot to save my life, but that I am prolific. All those years of daydreaming meant my odd mind has no trouble concocting characters, and once I introduce the characters to each other, they decide the direction of each book. I am currently writing my eighth Regency for Harlequin, something which I know is mad seeing as my first book only came out eight months ago, and each has been completely different. The only similarities have been my feisty heroes, even feistier heroines and the bursts of humour which spill naturally out of my pen. I call them Regency Romantic Comedies. So far, I’ve written about kidnapping, war, family feuds, a pair of talking horses, a foolhardy wager, four gorgeous brothers and the murky world of smugglers. I’ve been inspired by Shakespeare, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Hollywood musicals, a history documentary and a door knob. Yes, you did read that right! It was hanging by a thread on my daughter’s bedroom door because she has a tendency to flounce and slam said door. In my odd mind, in walked a tall, feisty yet sensitive heroine and Her Enemy at the Altar was born.
There’s another sibling series lurking in the queue behind the smugglers. Alongside Oscar Wilde. I’m thinking I might write that series as an homage to his genius. The first book will be my twist on The Importance of Being Earnest…
About the Author
As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down.
Fortunately, Harlequin Mills and Boon saw some potential in her stories and decided they would publish them. So far, she has been commissioned to write ten books for their Harlequin Historical series. Her first Regency Romance, That Despicable Rogue, was published in May 2016, and since then she hasn’t stopped writing. Her 3rd book, The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide was shortlisted for a RONA (Romantic Novel of the Year Award).
After the success of her Wild Warriners quartet, she is currently working on her second series for Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical- The Kings Elite- which should hit the shelves in the Summer of 2018.
She would love to hear from you on either Facebook or Twitter, especially if you love history as much as she does, and promises to try to remember to Blog about something interesting every month.
A former history teacher and enthusiastic tea drinker, Virginia lives near London with her wonderful husband and two teenagers. When she is not making up stories of her own, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things she doesn’t need, walk her beloved Labrador Trevor and read other peoples’ stories.
Despite all of that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
A sensible schoolmistress…
Awakened by the notorious rake!
In this The Wild Warriners story, schoolmistress Felicity Blunt feels old beyond her years—and desperately dull. Meeting confirmed rake Jacob Warriner brings her gloriously to life, yet no matter his allure, she must remain immune to his obvious charms and unashamed flirtation. But is Jacob merely a mischievous scoundrel, or is there much more to this Warriner than meets the eye?
Firstly, I want to say that this review will be a lot shorter then I usually have written them for this series, because I really don’t want to give too much away. I want to say so much about this book! It has been a pure privilege getting to know the Warriner’s, and this is a perfect end to a wonderful series. I am very sad to see it finished, but Virginia Heath has finished in a good place.
Oh my! What an ending, it is beautiful and a bit tearful, I love how Heath has ended this she has tied up all those loose questions what I had about the brothers from the previous books, I wanted to know how they would come on in the future. It’s a satisfying end and so good to see all four brothers happy, there is a real beautiful moment where all four are together sharing a very special moment. It’s one of those ‘awww..’ moments, where you wipe away a happy tear. A bit like the feeling when your, at a wedding!
Jake Warriner or as those in society call him “Jake the Rake” is a scoundrel of the highest order, to all accounts he likes nothing better then lounging his days away while bed hopping his nights away. But he has a secret, one that if ever revealed could be an almighty scandal. He is all set to leave London and head home to the comforting busom of his family, when for reasons that will be revealed in the story he has to stay and seduce school mistress Felicity Blunt.
Ouh La La, Jake!!! I thought Jamie was a masculine tortured man, but Jake really is something else. He is a real stud! But, he has demons of his own that he must battle, as has been hinted in the previous books about their mother’s death, this one we find out everything and why Jake has issues.
Fliss isn’t about to be another of the scoundrel’s conquest’s – or so she tells herself! She is quite content in her life and after her stint in London she fully intends to settle into her role as schoolmistress. But, the seductive scoundrel is harder to ignore than she thought. She knows that her only chance is to harden her heart towards him, but she can’t get past the thought that there is so much more to this particular rake then meets the eye. Soon they find themselves thrown together and their mutual scorching, hot desire for each other, could be the very thing that will be their down fall.
Jake is a real shock, I have been looking forward to reading younger brother; rakish Jake’s story and Heath has not disappointed. He isn’t at all how I expected him to be, and his story is so different to the others, but I am really pleased it is as this young man is a very different breed of man and he needed a story as enterprising and intriguing as this. I was blown away by him, there has been hints of him through the other books, but this really shows us just what a complex, sexy and at times vulnerable man he is.
Jake and Fliss are so charged, they sizzle. The bantering between is just so funny to read, she really has the measure of what kind a man he is, and it has all the fun to-ing and fro-ing that we have come to love and expect from Ms Heath’s, as always this has her signature wit. Scrumptious Jake has definitely met his match in the blunt speaking, smart and no-nonsense Fliss. She is savvy and instantly sees through Jake’s mask and knows exactly what he is.
Oh, I do have to say I found Fliss’ aunts hilarious! Yes, they maybe gin-soaked old coots, but they are as funny as hell and I do love their addition to the story. There is some really dark moment’s, but these two really lighten the plot. Every Historical Romance should have a pair of alcoholic aunts!
I really like the way that each chapter starts with a simple sentence, that reads like a diary. It’s like the characters are telling you something, every time a new chapter open’s. I really do like that, it’s so original.
This is superb! It is so, so much more than your average Historical Romance. It is fresh, witty and intelligent. The crowing glory of this book is the plot, it is fast, thrilling and so unexpected. Smugglers, secret agents, scoundrelly rakes and fiery heroines, plus an amazing love story. What’s not to love? This, is one of those books that you know just needs to be made into a film.
This series has been a pure joy to read, getting to know each brother as they take you on a journey into their darkened and dazzling world. I have said it before that Jamie was my favourite and that is still true, I really felt attached to him and Cassie. But, Jake he is not far behind! Heath has really out done herself with these four brothers, she has proved again that she really is the go to woman for angsty, sexy as hell heroes.
This is just fabulous!
A Warriner to Seduce Her is to be released on 3rd May and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
A shy innocent… wary of all men…
Part of The Wild Warriners
After a shocking incident, shy Lady Isabella Beaumont is perfectly happy to stay in the background and let her sister get all the attention from handsome suitors! However, working with Dr. Joseph Warriner to help the sick and needy pushes her closer to a man than she’s ever been before. Is this man worth trusting with her deepest of desires…?
Firstly, I do need to warn you, I am going to do a lot of gushing about this book – so much you’ll probably get bored. This is book three in the “Wild Warriners” series, where we get to know four devilishly handsome and so-called wild brothers and I can say that this next foray into their glittery and sometimes dark world is just as heart-warming, tantalizing and as pure as the others. In fact, I would say that this could be the most anguished book I have read by Heath and I love the dynamics of the whole story from the relationship between Joe and Bella to the history and intrigue of what is going surrounding them and their little community.
It is a wonderful addition to this series!
Lady Isabella Beaumont – or Bella, to try to get on with her life after a barbaric attack on her a year ago she is volunteering at Dr Warriner’s infirmary and foundling home – that has been set up by none other that Letty Warriner. She hopes that if she gets herself out of the confines of the house and actually do something useful she will get better or as her family say, get over it. Bella is happy doing her jobs within the infirmary, once she was the life and soul of a party but now she is a shell of herself and she just wants to fade into the background and let her more exuberant and beautiful sister; Clarissa take centre stage.
Bella really got to me, there was something about her fragility that really touched me. She is a scared and broken young woman who experienced something that no-one should ever have to experience, and because of that brutality she is now a shell of her former exuberant self. But it wasn’t just the attack that has caused such fear and skittish-ness in Bella, it was how people – especially doctors – tried to “treat” her, poor Bella the quacks scared the living daylights out of her.
Joe Warriner is the brainy brother all he wants to do is help the people, but due to his families tarnished name that is a lot easier said then done, but due to his two older brothers marrying and they are all working tirelessly to bring a little respectability to their blackened name. With his two older brother’s Jack and Jamie doing all manner of good things for the community; Jack and Letty founding the Infirmary and foundling house while Jamie and Cassie are bringing joy to the town with their wonderful Orange Blossom books and Joe is striving to be a good doctor. He is also obsessed with Lady Clarissa Beaumont, he is dazzled by her beauty, but being a stroppy little madam, she doesn’t see Joe – but her sister does!
She turned and his heart soared— then promptly plummeted to his toes . She was quite the wrong sister. Not Lady Clarissa Beaumont at all, charming, blonde and effervescent. But Lady Isabella Beaumont. Pretty, yes, and clearly in possession of a damn fine pair of legs , but rather a serious, unsociable individual…
As Bella and Joe work together at the infirmary and foundling house, their friendship blossoms into something more tender. Joe at first sees her as nothing but a bit of a cold fish, she is serious and irritating and nothing at all like her ethereal sister, but that view of her soon becomes replaced with awe and wonder and more importantly love. Bella begins to feel thing’s for the handsome doctor that she had never thought to feel, he is like a soothing balm to her fractured soul and I do have to say that those moments when he is gaining her trust, those little touches that she allows him are so heart-warming.
I think in some ways Bella envies just how close all the Warriner’s are, her family as much as they try, they are just the same as so many other stuffy aristocratic families. They are proud people and I found that at times they were very cold. Her mother, I think is a lot more like her daughter, she has a bit more fire. Bella wants what Joe has with his family, absolute love and devotion to one another – which as we know the Warriner’s are something very special indeed.
‘She was?’ Joe had enjoyed the flirting immensely but had no intention of letting on. ‘I thought she had a touch of conjunctivitis.’
Out of all the brothers he is the one that is a bit of an enigma, he is ridiculously intelligent – there is no doubting that and what I really like about him is how excepting he is of modern idea’s, how he experiments with new age ways and medicines, he really is a man who is at least a hundred years ahead of his time. Behind those steely blue eyes is a determined man, but even though he seems so much more level-headed than his brothers there is something lurking within our doctor that you really would never have expected. When truly cares about a person like he does Bella then again you see a completely different side of this quiet man emerge, a man who is fire and brimstone and who will do anything to protect her.
If you think Jack and Jamie are hot-blooded and testosterone fuelled men, then just wait until you see Joe lose his temper.
This is very romantic there is no question about that in any way and yet, it is very different to the previous Warriner’s. Instead of wham-bam straight into bed, this is a lot more restrained because of Bella’s past experiences she has a lot of issues that she needs to overcome before she can really let herself be easy in a man’s company and Bella’s trust is hard-won by Joe. Their relationship smoulders below the surface and you wait with bated breath for that moment when he has win’s her trust, which is a really lovely moment. You feel your eyes filling up with tears of pure undiluted happiness and you think; Yes, at bloody last!
‘Where do I touch you?’ ‘Wherever you want. There are no rules. Let your hands wander where they will. In the interests of science, of course.’ She giggled at his wink and relaxed a little more…
Let me just say that younger brother Jake is a hoot. I didn’t really appreciate his tenacious, fun-loving personality in the previous Warriner books – I suppose because he as younger, and I had my eyes on fixed firmly on Jamie. But, Jake is a real rake, he is as law upon himself with the best on liners. The chemistry between the two younger Warriner’s is especially fun and you can really see Heath’s legendary humour and wit coming through with Jake – and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with this rake.
That vile and sadistic reverend Reeves is back again causing more trouble, shooting more poison from his vile and acidic tongue. I tell you now, I have never hated a character as much as I do the revolting reverend and, yet his presence give an already wonderful story an unsettling and thrilling twist – and there are twists!
What I particularly like about this one is Heath’s attention to detail each little twig of the story is fabulously entwined with fact’s, all the medical facts from the era is sharp and clearly focused. The hours of research, blood sweat and tears that Heath would have gone through to create this beauty really shows in her excellent writing. This is generous with historic detail and facts that pull you into the story and keeps you transfixed, right to the last page and then you’re in some sort of limbo wanting it to keep going.
This is unbelievably good, I can definitely say that Joe rivals my favourite brother; Jamie for attention. I cannot recommend this enough, it is a must read!
This was an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Warriner to Tempt her is release on 24th January and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.