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Leorah Langdon has no patience for Regency society’s shallow hypocrisy and unnecessary rules, especially for women. She’s determined to defy convention by marrying for grand passion instead of settling for a loveless union like her parents—or wedding a stuffy, pompous gentleman like Edward, the Viscount Withinghall. But when a chance meeting in the countryside leads to Leorah and Withinghall being discovered in his overturned carriage—alone and after dark—the ensuing gossip may force them together.
Withinghall has his reasons for clinging to propriety; his father perished in a duel with his mistress’s husband, and Edward must avoid scandal himself if he wants to become prime minister. He certainly has no time for a reckless hoyden like Miss Langdon. But soon the two discover that Withinghall’s coach “accident” was no such thing: the vehicle was sabotaged.
Can the culprit be brought to justice? Strong-willed Leorah and duty-driven Withinghall will have to work together if they have any hope of saving her reputation, his political career—and his life.
I have to say, I enjoyed book one of this series a lot more than this one. It was a sweet story, and quite clean, I just couldn’t quite connect as well as I did with the first.
I did like Leorah. She was a strong willed girl who fought hard to never let society’s conventions dictate how she lived her life – or who she would marry. Scandal? Ha! She could hardly care less.
Edward, on the other hand is a completely different story. He’s as stiff and stuffy a fellow as you could hope to find, all in an effort to bury the sins of his past – the father who destroyed himself and nearly Edward with him.
When these two meet, they’re like oil and water. Tempers fly as they battle it out in a war of words and beliefs. As they are forced to spend time with each other, they slowly begin to see through their preconceived notions of each other. Edward may be stiff, but he has a very caring heart and will go out of his way to help others when he feels an injustice has been done, and Leorah may be a bit wild, but she’s pure gold.
The subplot of the story involves digging into the mystery of who wants Edward dead. Though suspects are easy to come by, motives are not. Not everyone who seems good is, nor are all villains pure evil. Melanie has beautiful description and the characters come alive on the page. Since I love regency and Dickerson’s books, i’m not completely certain why I didn’t connect well with the story, but it is a sweet read that any historical lover should totally try out.
My Rating: Four Flames
Romance: clean, a kiss or two only. A mistress with a child and affairs are mentioned in background, but no real details.
Drinking/Drugs: One character was mentioned to have been drunk when he committed a crime, but we readers see nothing.
Blood/violence: one death. several injuries, a fight and an attempted murder. No details are given, very little blood.
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Eighteen-year-old Joshua Miller is great at being invisible, despite the four, large, insect-like wings protruding from his back and his knack for high-rise robberies. He can remember almost nothing of his life before Nik found him and taught him his trade. Now he’s alone, and he likes it that way. When Joshua unexpectedly meets Lexi on a job, his simple, uncomplicated existence shifts. Although he intends to remain uninvolved, something about her captivates him and he begins to let her in. As he navigates the strange nuances of a relationship with a girl as desperate to be different as he is to be ordinary, he becomes increasingly aware that he is not who he wants to be for her. Confronted by the past he’d forgotten and a family he didn’t know existed, Joshua must decide for himself where he belongs and who holds the key to his future.
I stumbled on this one by accident, and was completely intrigued by the premise. Joshua is a great character, troubled, but with a good heart beneath it all. He just needs a reason for his existence. He doesn’t know who he is or where he belongs. Trapped in a lonely limbo, he becomes enamored of a girl who lives in a home he had initially planned to rob.
Lexi is a solid character as well, but I had to dock a star simply because their meeting was a little far fetched. What girl would trust the guy who came to rob her house, no matter how intriguing he is? And seriously, not only was he was dumb enough to take off his mask – but then he comes back to visit! if it wasn’t for that part, I would have easily given this book five stars.
It’s a very short book, but surprisingly well fleshed out. I didn’t feel as though the story was cut short or crammed too tightly. The pacing was perfect. But it needs a sequel, like yesterday! The end was slightly bittersweet, and while it was a complete story, the author left it wide open for sequels. I do hope to see some soon! So if you love spec-fic, go ahead and give this one a try. You won’t regret it.
My Rating: Four Flames
Romance: pretty clean. There is some kissing, and two characters did spend a night in the same bed – They didn’t do anything! – But someone really should have slept on the floor instead.
Blood/violence: some fighting. A stabbing. Blood and some old murders mentioned. Skeleton found.
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Wishing y’all a very Happy Valentines Day!
Okay, everyone. First I need to apologize for having been so lax in my posting of late. Right now things have been running a bit roughly. Health challenges and changes in my full time job are making things a bit more difficult right now. So I haven’t often had the time or energy to focus on this blog along with everything else. I’ll continue to post as often as possible, but I likely won’t be doing nearly as much as I did last year.
Now on to the reviews. Don’t let my slightly critical reviewing deter you. Hawthorne House by Kristi Ann Hunter is my latest Regency novel addiction. It’s clean and a lot of fun. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves romance or historicals. You can read my thoughts on book 1 in the series here: A Noble Masquerade: a book review.
An Elegant Facade
This was probably my least favorite of the Hawthorne books. Mostly because much of this is scenes from A Noble Masquerade, only from Lady Georgina’s point of view. It was very interesting to see her take on things, and learn why she acts the way she does, but at times it can be slightly tedious.
All characters and descriptions in the story are well detailed and easy to picture in mind’s eye. Georgina goes from being a complete brat in the first two stories, to being a much more sympathetic and relateable character, though her ongoing obsession with title and status could get a bit grating. It was nice to finally see some growth from her. I just wish that growth would have taken a bit less time to come about, because it started to get a bit silly near the end.
Now please don’t let this slightly negative sounding review deter you from checking this book out. It is good and I did enjoy it, the author just spent way too much time rehashing book one from a different point of view, which made me want to skip forward a lot sometimes. If I had not read book 1 I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more.
My Rating: Four Flames
An Uncommon Courtship
Finally, we get Lord Trent’s story! As the quirkiest of the family, Trent was my favorite of the Hawthorne siblings since the beginning.
Trent always planned to marry for love, but an accident and a scheming mother leave him wed to a virtual stranger: Adelaide Bell.
Both are frustrated and uncomfortable in this situation, having no idea what to do with each other, so Trent comes up with the idea to ‘court’ his wife. But his plan is fraught with problems that will either bring them together, or tear them apart.
This is a good tale about finding love even in the most difficult of situations. It’s a bit different from the previous two books as the main characters are already married, but it held my interest a lot better than the last book in the series.
Aside from getting to know Trent’s character a lot better, Adelaide herself was a great new addition that I hope to see more of in book 4. Her mother was unbelievably rotten, and I think that Adelaide handled things with a lot more aplomb than most of us. Her father though, was painfully underdeveloped. I really wish he had been better fleshed out. It could have made for a much more interesting dynamic.
My Rating: Five Flames