I have rated this book 5 stars. This is my first time ever reading a book that was written by Lisa Jewell. I loved it. I’m definitely going to explore her back list of books. The story starts off introducing us to Kim, we learn that Kim who is in her 40’s is already a grandmother, and her daughter (Tallulah) who is the mother of Kim’s grandson (Noah). Is living with her along with her boyfriend and the father of Noah (Zach) who is also 19. We also learn that Kim has agreed to watch Noah while Tallulah and Zach go to dinner. The couple never return leaving Kim both worried and frantic as to their whereabouts. The story takes place in three time frames, the present which is 2018, then we go back to 2016, and 2017. And the story is told from three different perspectives, Kim, Tallulah, and Sophie. At first I was not sure if I was going to like the story told from three different time periods. But in the end I thought that it worked out. There were things that were mentioned or events that happened which either cleared up in the present or past, which I liked. I liked how the characters were written as well. Not every character was totally innocent, in a way they played a part in what happened that night. Though I really didn’t need to see a need for Sophie, by the end of the story I was really liking her. Plus, the twist at the end was very satisfying. I highly recommend this.
Katherine, Lady Meriwether Vareck, dreads attending the reading of her husband’s will, but she’s hoping she’ll at least have her dowry returned. And meet her departed husband’s half brother, the popular war hero duke, who seems to be everywhere, including her daydreams. Though the errant duke has never bothered to write or see her, Katherine decides to go to his house and introduce herself. Their first meeting shouldn’t be at a solicitor’s office, after all.
Even though he’s just returned home from the war, Christian Vareck, the Duke of Randford, is quite tired of all the ladies vying for his attention by throwing handkerchiefs his way. That is…until he catches a glimpse of her, the woman with a handkerchief in hand, walking to his front door. When she suddenly turns and leaves without introducing herself, Christian is surprisingly devasted. Determined to discover her identity, he plans to scour the streets of London until he finds her. But first, he must locate his late half brother’s missing will, then meet his late brother’s widow, too…
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Review: While the Duke was sleeping by Sophie Jordan
I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while now. I just recently picked this because I wanted to read this for my triple R C challenge. In which I have to read sixteen books that were published in 2016-2020. I’m currently working on the books that were published in 2016. I absolutely loved this book! Though I never watched “ while you were sleeping” I thought that this was a fun twist off the movie.
This is the first book in Sophie Jordans “The Rogue Files” series. The main character Poppy Fairchurch works at a flower shop. She is smitten by one of the customers that come in on a regular basis and that is the Duke of Autenberry. During one of his visits to the flower shop, he ends up getting into an altercation with his half-brother ( Straun Mackenzie). Autenberry ends up in a coma.
Poppy who interferes ends up saving Autenberry from getting hit by a carriage is credited for saving his life. She later on gets in a bind of her own when she is assumed to be his fiance. If this was not bad enough she is trying to fight her growing attraction to Straun Mackenzie. A man she swears that she hates, but her reaction to his kisses tells another story.
I especially loved the pairing of Straun/Poppy. The chemistry between them was off the charts. I could tell that from the moment they met. The love scenes later in this story were very steamy. I liked the other characters in this as well, though I did think that Poppy Younger sister was a brat. I was kind of hoping that this would be addressed but it never did. For the most part I thought the pacing of this story was very good. The only problem I had with the story is that I felt that the ending was too quick to quickly put together. I felt there were things that needed to be addressed in more detail.
Other than that, the book was Amazing. I highly recommend this.
The Business of Blood. Cover Reveal!!
Here is the cover for Kerrigan Byrne new book! The Business of Blood. I’m so honored that she letting me on the promotion and reviewing of this book. I love her romance, but I’m pretty positive that her mystery books are going to be just as good.
The Business of Blood, an all-new intriguing historical mystery from USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne, is coming November 7th and we have the gorgeous cover!
London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming.
Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’s blood from the floorboards, and London is no longer buzzing about the Ripper, but Fiona hasn’t forgotten. She hasn’t stopped searching for Jack.
When she’s called to a murder in the middle of the night, Fiona finds a victim mutilated in an eerily similar fashion to those of the Ripper, and only a few doors down from Mary’s old home. The relentless and irritatingly handsome Inspector Grayson Croft warns her away from the case. She might have listened, if she hadn’t found a clue in the blood. A clue that will lead her down a path from which there is no return.
As a killer cuts a devastating swath through London, a letter written in blood arrives at her door, and it is only then that Fiona realizes just how perilous her endeavor is. For she has drawn the attention of an obsessive evil, and is no longer the hunter, but the prey.
Fiona Mahoney is in the business of blood. But she’s not the only one.
With intriguing twists, blood-chilling discoveries, and dazzling prose, USA Today Bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne shows that a woman’s work is never done, even when is sleuthing out a serial killer.
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Kerrigan has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she’s finally able to have the career she’d decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to “grow up to be a romance novelist.” Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.
She lives in a little Victorian coast town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with her wonderful husband. When she’s not writing you can find her sailing, beach
Book Review: The Princess Theory By Alyssa Cole
A Princess Theory
The Princess Theory is the first book in Alyssa Coles “Reluctant Royals” series. Naledi or Ledi as she is called is getting these strange emails telling her that she is betrothed to the Prince of Thesolo. There is also a suggestion that her parents ( who died when she was a baby in a car accident) are in the hot seat with the King and Queen of this African country. But the royal family are willing to put there feelings aside and continue with the betrothal.
At first Ledi finds the emails amusing, but as time goes by and continue to harass her with emails she starts getting annoyed and thinks its some scammer that is harassing her. After a particularly bad night she finally responds, she hasn’t been replying back to them previously. She basically tells the person to bleep off.
I think you can use your imagination on what she might have said. Her responding to the email ironically leads Prince Thabiso to finding her. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. But in order to get to know Naledi better, Thabiso decides to hide his own identity for a minute and uses the alias of Jamal. This both brings them closer and tears them apart at the same time.
I really loved this story. By the time I was finished with this story I was questioning myself, why I had not picked this up sooner? I thought that the writing in this story was very good. I liked how Thabiso in the guise of Jamal was able to experience her world (Which was different from his – due to him being a Prince) and she later on when she goes to Thesolo.
I also liked how realistic this book was. I admit had some reservations about the whole “Princess” off the street plot. Plus, I like how Alyssa Cole portrays the duties of the Prince in this. He is not just being served by servants, but actual duties that will help him later on when he becomes King. Like him meeting with energy executives who are willing to give him a lot of money so they can frack on the land in Thesolo. Thabiso is against this of course, but I like how Alyssa Cole is bringing an awareness of this in her book.
I love the pairing of Ledi and Thabiso. I thought they had chem from the first moment they met. One of my favorite scenes was when Ledi had showed “Jamal” how to ride the subway. The sex scenes in this story was very steamy. I thought I was going to drop the book because of how hot it was.
Aside from the main characters, this book showcased a variety of characters. I like the drama going on between Ledi and her best friend Portia, who has problems of her own, which are not reveal yet ( Portia has her own story coming out in this series and that is the reason why). Portia has drinking problem in this story, and she often take advantage of Ledi friendship. I love how towards the end that Ledi set boundaries and starts to see her own self- worth.
Overall, loved this book. I highly recommend it if your looking to start a new series. I am currently reading one of the books in the series, its not the second book, but a novella one of the minor characters in this series. I will be reviewing that as well.
Happy reading everyone !
Book Review: Project Duchess By Sabrina Jeffries
Title: Project Duchess ~ Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Kensington Books ~ Format : Kindle
Project Duchess is the first book in Sabrina Jeffries Duke’s Dynasty series. Fletcher Pryde, Duke of Greycourt, gets an urgent message from his mother informing him of his stepfather’s death. Grey was sent away to live with his Aunt and Uncle when he was younger. Ever since then he has a tense relationship with his parents. So tense that Grey has started calling his stepfather by his given name. There is more to it, but I don’t want to give the whole book away.
This is not my first Sabrina Jeffries, and once again she has yet to disappoint me. I love this story. I liked how the murder mystery was written in this story. At the end of the story we don’t find out who the murderer is. Which is fine with me, I hate when authors write a murder mystery. Because usually two things happen.
Book Review: The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey
Title: The Earl Next Door ~~ Author: Amelia Grey ~ Format: Kindle
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
ABOUT THE EARL NEXT DOOR:
What does a fiercely independent young widow really want? One determined suitor is about to find out…
When Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, learns of her husband’s sudden death, she realizes she’s free. At last, she can do, go, and be as she pleases. Finally, she can have the life she has always dreamed of. She doesn’t need, or want, to remarry. Especially not the supremely dashing future Marquis of Marksworth, who makes Adeline yearn for his desire…
Lord Lyonwood, son of a philandering marquis, will not be like his father. He wants to run his estates and watch them flourish—and find a wife who brings love to his life. When he meets spirited and self-reliant Adeline in a case of near-scandalous mistaken identity, Lyon feels he’s met his match. But Adeline isn’t interested in a marriage proposal. She will only accept becoming his lover—and Lyon finds it hard to refuse. Unless the fire of his passion can melt Adeline’s resolve…
First I would like to thank St. Martin’s paperbacks and Net galley for giving me an Arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
The Earl Next door is the first book in Amelia Grey’s First comes love series. I really enjoyed in this book. One of things I most enjoyed about this story was the chemistry between Adeline and Lyon. You can practically feel the attraction between these two characters off the pages.
One of the my favorites moments between them was their first meeting. Lyon barges into Adeline and accuses her of being madam and trying to open a brothel in the neighborhood. Despite his callous remarks we learn that Lyon on a mission from his Aunt and one of the neighborhood gossips Mrs. Feversham. Not only that he cares about the neighborhood and doesn’t want to see any unsavory element moving in there.
The thing I liked most about this scene was not so much the scene itself, though I was highly amused by it, but what the characters were feeling. I thought that Amelia Grey did an Amazing job in creating the hidden spark between these two characters.
Another thing that stood out to me about this story and found really refreshing was kind of the reversal between Adeline and Lyon. Usually it’s the woman that wants marriage and the man hesitating about if he wants that kind of commitment.
In story we learn that Adeline marriage was not a fairy tale for sure. He led her to believe when he married her that he loved her. In reality, the only reason he married her was because he thought that she would provide him with children. He became abusive both verbally and physically when Adeline didn’t get pregnant. He threw the fact that his mistress was pregnant in Adeline face. Adeline understandably doesn’t want to get back in that type of situation.
Lyon on the other hand has always been pressured by his father to marry so he can have a male heir to pass down the family name. Lyon has always resisted this because when he wants to marry he wants it to be for love. And he won’t settled for nothing less. Even when Adeline turned down his proposal and suggested they be lovers. Even though they had been intimate previously, Lyon thought that keeping her as lover would not only disrespect her, but disrespect their relationship as a whole and diminish it . In order to grow as a couple they needed to be in truly committed relationship that marriage would provide.
Some of the criticism i had towards the story really came at the end of the story. After understanding some of the character motivations for both Adeline and Lyon I was kind perplexed by the way they ended up together. Adeline has been having these fears that since she can’t get pregnant she will never make Lyon truly happy. So instead of disproving these theories and having Lyon marry her despite the fact that she won’t be able to give him children. Adeline miraculously ends up pregnant. So they would have to marry regardless. So that for me made the plot kind of self-defeating.
Then there was the introduction of Wade’s illegitimate daughter into the story. I guess I’m trying to figure out what she brought to the story? She was introduced at the end and Adeline’s view of her didn’t shed a good light on Adeline. She was all but forgotten when Adeline gave birth to her own child. I was kind of hoping that Adeline would take her guardianship of the little girl a little bit more seriously then just allowing her to attend the school.
Aside from these minor bumps in the road I really did enjoy the story and would recommend reading this book. I look forward to reading the next series in this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author AMELIA GREY read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and most recently to Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of over twenty-five books. She’s been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.
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Excerpt from The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey
Perhaps he should have stated who he was when he first entered the drawing room, but he’d thought it wasn’t necessary. He was only too well aware of how many private pleasure houses were hidden among the cozy streets of respectable London and how easily and quietly they were established. He’d certainly availed himself of more than a few over the years, which was why he’d promised his aunt he’d deal with the one she believed was moving in next door to him and down the street from her.
Lyon could now see that Lady Wake’s earlier perplexed expressions and her sense of outrage had flashed warning after warning, which he’d ignored. That the countess didn’t immediately engage him with welcoming smiles should have been a swift indication all wasn’t as it seemed, but he was already in an irritable state of mind when he arrived at her house and unwavering in his thoughts not to be persuaded from his mission by a tempting woman.
He’d returned home from a laborious meeting with his unprepared solicitor, wanting only to get ready for an evening at White’s so he could get caught up on the latest news and indulge in a game or two of billiards, a few hands of cards, and an expensive bottle of brandy. Instead, he’d come home to find his aunt in his drawing room wringing her hands in misery over the possibility of unmentionable women setting up a forbidden business in their quiet neighborhood. And insisting he must do something about it at once.
Given all that was put before him, including the countess’s attire, what else could he have possibly done other than assume she was a paid woman preparing to fulfill some lucky man’s fantasy for the evening?
“The mistake was mine. I thought this was the kind of house where a man is always free and welcome to come and go as he pleases without hindrance, and not have to reveal his name or wait around to be announced. If I had known you were a lady and not an angel of the evening, I wouldn’t have acted so freely.”
“An angel of the evening?” She puffed out a breath of exasperation. “What rubbish. Clever words or phrases won’t hide what you thought when you entered or how you spoke to me. Now that you know who I am, you are still free to speak to me as before.”
That she would suggest he continue to speak so openly with her surprised him and was downright refreshing. Most of the ladies he knew would have fainted when he made the remark about paying her fee for the evening and pray to never hear such a vile comment again.
“Nevertheless, I will give you the respect you deserve and watch my language now that I do know, my lady.”
He watched her breathing ease and calmness settle over her as they each assessed the situation. That her recovery was quick and solid was a testament to her strength.
“I heard you were out of Town when I moved into the neighborhood a few days ago,” she continued in a calm and confident voice.
“I returned last evening.”
“That doesn’t absolve your actions tonight. You should have checked with someone before you came charging over with uncivil actions, assumptions and untrue allegations.”
Lyon’s jaw clenched tighter. No doubt about that. He should have questioned his aunt more about her suspicions, but he wasn’t about to explain that to the countess and implicate his aunt and her friend. “I was reasonably certain I had good cause to act as I did.”
“But you didn’t.”
“No.” What else could he say?
“And earl or not, sir,” she added valiantly, “you are an ogre as I’ve found most of your ilk are.”
He couldn’t argue with that either.
“Before you go, I’d like to know what made you think this was a house of pleasure for men.”
Lyon shook his head slowly. She was unbelievable. Asking him to explain what she’d just slapped him for. He wasn’t going to get caught in that snare again. “I’d rather not say, my lady.”
“Of course you don’t want to, but you must. I need to know what caused you to act as you did. Others could make the same mistake.”
Something settled in Lyon’s chest. A feeling that he’d never had before. Lady Wake was no shy or simpering female. She was courageous, impassioned beyond belief, and probably too strong-willed for her own good.
That intrigued him. It made him want to answer her with candid freedom, but every fiber of his being as a gentleman warned against such talk with a proper lady.
Yet, after only a brief hesitation, he responded, “If you insist.”
“It was brought to my attention that there have been some peculiar things going on over here while I’ve been out of Town.”
“Peculiar?” Concern resurfaced in her expression. “What do you mean? There is no reason for us to stand on ceremony, my lord. We are quite familiar with each other now. Speak to me as you would a madam and tell me what made you think my home was a house of ill repute.”
“Very well. An abundance of deliveries of bed-chamber furniture going into the building behind this house.”
“Why would that be strange, sir?” she asked him crisply. “Beds are necessary for everyone.”
“And women coming and going at all hours of the day and night.”
“Ah, yes,” she said on a breathy sigh as the meaning of his words became clear to her and she relaxed once again. “Now I understand. Beds and women. What else is a man to think of other than pleasure?”
Lyon felt the only thing he could reasonably do at this point was lift his brows, and say, “For that I can offer no apology.”
“It’s true, there have been many beds delivered. The building behind this house is being furnished as a boarding school for girls, my lord. The women who have been seen coming and going will be their tutors. Currently, some of the women have different jobs they must return to each day. They are free to leave at whatever time they deem necessary to make their other duties and commitments.”
“A boarding school?” he repeated, wondering why the hell his aunt didn’t know that. She was usually one of the first to hear the latest gossip.
“Yes. So whatever tawdry vision you’d imagined would be taking place between these walls tonight or any other won’t be happening. My home is not what you thought it was, and anyone else who assumed the same will have to look elsewhere for his decadences.”
The countess opened the door for him.
Lyon felt his expression softening, his admiration growing. For a number of reasons, including the truth of her words, there was no repairing their inauspicious meeting.
He nodded without further words, turned, and walked out of her house.
his story centers around Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, who has been a widow for tears now. She lost her husband in a tragic ship wreck. Upon seeing the
who has been widowed for two years now. She along with two other widows decide to open up a boarding school rls.
Book Review: Cherokee America by Margaret Verble
I first like to thank Historical fiction Virtual book tours and Netgalley for giving me a Kindle copy of this book to review on my blog.
Cherokee America by Margaret Verble is set in the late 1800’s. The setting of this story is Cherokee Nation West.
Several different characters are introduced in the first part of this story and they have their own story. But all the characters are tied to the singer family.
The matriarch of the family is Check. Who is half-blood, she is part Cherokee and part white. Just like her mother she married a white man, she is now raising five sons. Her husband is sick and eventually dies towards the end of the story.
Through Check we are introduced to Puney and Ezell. Former slaves who now work for Check. Puney “woman trouble” causes a whole lot of mess throughout the story. Then we are introduced to Sanders, who has a habit of getting people out of messes. Then we have Check’s eldest sons Hugh and Calum who are coming into manhood. Who are at period in their life that one wrong move can affect the rest of their lives. The two main plots in this story were a hidden gold stash and murder.
The story for me started off slowly, I think that introduction of so many characters and different plotlines slowed down the book somewhat. But eventually the book picks up and you can see how everyone ties into the story. I found myself really enjoying this book.
I would caution readers to be patient with this book. If you’re looking to read something that instantly gratifies you then this not the book for you. I would say that this more a slow burn.
I thought all the characters were very well written. I like that some of the characters were inspired by real life figures.
I kind of wished that this story was a sequel. I think it cut off too soon, and even though she gave an epilogue and told us what happened to them. I kind of wanted more.
Overall, I really liked this book. If your looking to read historical fiction on Native Americans. I would highly recommend picking this up.
Title: Cherokee America
Author: Margaret Verble
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Book Blast: CHEROKEE AMERICA
CHEROKEE AMERICA BY MARGARET VERBLE
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover & eBook; 400 Pages
Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction/Native American
From the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Maud’s Line, an epic novel that follows a web of complex family alliances and culture clashes in the Cherokee Nation during the aftermath of the Civil War, and the unforgettable woman at its center.
It’s the early spring of 1875 in the Cherokee Nation West. A baby, a black hired hand, a bay horse, a gun, a gold stash, and a preacher have all gone missing. Cherokee America Singer, known as “Check,” a wealthy farmer, mother of five boys, and soon-to-be widow, is not amused.
In this epic of the American frontier, several plots intertwine around the heroic and resolute Check: her son is caught in a compromising position that results in murder; a neighbor disappears; another man is killed. The tension mounts and the violence escalates as Check’s mixed race family, friends, and neighbors come together to protect their community—and painfully expel one of their own.
Cherokee America vividly, and often with humor, explores the bonds—of blood and place, of buried histories and half-told tales, of past grief and present injury—that connect a colorful, eclectic cast of characters, anchored by the clever, determined, and unforgettable Check.
Praise for Cherokee America
“Highly recommended for readers of literary historical fiction in the vein of Lalita Tademy’s Citizen’s Creek and Paulette Jiles’s News of the World.”–Library Journal, STARRED review
“In Verble’s hands, this tale of a mother’s love and her gritty resolve in a shameful era of false promises and broken treaties makes for a rich, propulsive novel.”–Publishers Weekly
“An impressive, historical saga of Native American life in the mid-19th century.”–BookPage
“Cherokee America does what all the best historical fiction does—it vividly captures its particular time and place, yet simultaneously offers valuable insights about our own era. Margaret Verble is an exceptional storyteller, and this novel will enhance her already considerable literary reputation.”—Ron Rash, author of Serena
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About the Author
Margaret Verble is an enrolled and voting citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a member of a large Cherokee family that has, through generations, made many contributions to the tribe’s history and survival. Although many of her family have remained in Oklahoma to this day, and some still own and farm the land on which the book is set, Margaret was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Many of the characters of Maud’s Line are based on people Margaret knew as a child and the setting is land she roamed for many years of her life. In part, Margaret wrote this book to keep those people and that land alive in her heart.
Margaret’s new novel, Cherokee America, will be released by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt on Feb. 19, 2019. A prequel to Maud’s Line, it is set in 1875 in the Arkansas River bottoms of the old Cherokee Nation West.
Margaret is a member of the Authors Guild and Western Writers of America.
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Book Review: Ten Kisses to Scandal by Vivienne Lorret
Title: Ten Kisses to Scandal ~~Author: Vivienne Lorret
Publisher: Avon Books ~~ Format: Kindle~ Genre: Romance
I would first off like to say thanks to Vivienne Lorret for letting me be apart of her review team and for Avon Book for sending me this wonderful book.
Ten Kisses To Scandal is the second book in Vivienne Lorret Misadventures in matchmaking series. The story centers around Briar Bourne who is an inspiring matchmaker. Her family runs a match making service and Briar has aspirations of becoming a match maker herself, she wants to prove to her sister that she is good for more then just pouring tea.
So she decides to sneak out of the house in hopes of getting one of the town’s most eligible bachelor’s as a client. While trying to hail a carriage she comes upon a scandalous scene of man and woman in the midst of passion. Instead of running away, she watches which catches the attention of the rake Nicholas Blacklowe, Earl of Edgemont.
Edgemont is both amused and intrigued by Briar. He doesn’t expect to see her again after their first encounter, but is surprised to learn that she is friends with his cousin Temperance. He then hires her to help both his cousins, Temperance and Daniel, to find suitable matches.
Not only that he agrees to give her “lessons” in match making.
The payment ?
She has to kiss him with each lesson.
Things get more intriguing when a woman from Nicholas past hires Briar to match Nicholas. At first she all up for the task but as the attraction grows between her and Nicholas the thought of him marrying another woman doesn’t sound so appealing anymore.
I really loved this story, once I got started reading this I couldn’t put it down. I love the Jane Austin quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I thought that the story was written very well written and the pacing of the story was just right.
I think that the pairing of Nicholas and Briar was Amazing! I fell in love with this couple from the beginning. You could definitely see the sparks between them. I love the banter between these two, I found myself laughing out loud. I also love the slow burn, even though in one scene they could be kissing you still had that element of surprise wondering if they were going to get together or not .
I had several favorite scenes in this book, but I have to admit the carriage scene at the beginning of the story when Briar first meets Nicolas is my favorite. Vivienne Lorret has a way of pulling you into the scene. Its almost as though you are there yourself.
Overall, great book. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. If your looking to read a great romance for Valentines day then look no further.
About the Author:
USA TODAY bestselling author Vivienne Lorret transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of The Wallflower Wedding series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall series, The Season’s Original series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more on her upcoming novels, sign up for her newsletter at http://www.vivlorret.net