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Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal Paperback – February 22, 2018
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From the very first pages, I adored the strong, formidable, independent, wilful Lily, until she slowly melted into a shivering puddle of lust. I liked Alan well enough at first; he’s your typical charming rake, until he presented Lily with his condition to their marriage, which I found appalling. I didn’t find his explanation justified his reasoning for his outrageous demand – or maybe it’s because it’s one I have seen too many times recently. Lily didn’t have much choice but to marry, she was pretty much caught between a rock and a hard place; so she chose the lesser of two evils, I suppose: Alan who made her mad with lust. I could, to a point, accept her choice, but I couldn’t understand how she could fall in love with him. I pitied Lily; I felt sorry for her, and I found LORD RAVENSCAR’S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL sad and depressing because the magnificent character that had been Lily was reduced to a shivering mess. I have lived this pull of sexual attraction, but having one’s intelligence and values insulted made it easy for me to resist; not so for Lily it seemed. Alan’s stubborn determination to marry Lily because he wanted her felt too much like bullying to me, but the straw that broke the camel’s back was being privy to Alan’s thoughts before the deed was done. I was livid; had the author chosen not to include Alan’s unsavoury thought process at that particular moment, maybe I would have bought it. I love strong heroines, and it pained me to see Lily shivering her way through half the book consumed with desire and lust. The attraction was certainly there, they had much in common, epiphanies were had in the nick of time, but I would have wished to see it handled otherwise.
Lara Temple’s prose is sumptuous and lush; the descriptions vibrant and vivid; the pace lively; the dialogues superb, and the author’s use of language is flawless, always in tune with the era. LORD RAVENSCAR’S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL didn’t work for me; I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me, but it’s a question of perception, I suppose.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Heiress Lily Wallace and Alan Rothwell, Marquess Ravenscar, strike sparks off each other right from their first meeting. Lily's unconventional upbringing has made her bolder and more outspoken than the society ladies Alan is used to. She's no pushover to his good looks and charm. Though he has sworn never to marry, he unwittingly compromises Lily when he falls seriously ill with fever, and she cares for him, alone, for two days.
"Rakehell Raven" immediately tries to bulldoze Lily into marriage, but only under his terms. He secretly carries guilt from a past incident, one that affected him so greatly, that he swore he'd never have a family. Unknown to Alan, Lily is also carrying guilt, but her desire is to embrace having a family. Marriage to Alan will put an end to her dreams. Still, she won't be bullied into marriage - she'll make her own decision.
Alan and Lily have a fierce physical attraction, but even Alan is surprised by how much he wants to marry her. No one else has ever intrigued, yet, infuriated him this way. Lily spent a lifetime watching her father be unfaithful to her mother, and has to weigh her options. She realizes that she somehow has fallen in love with this complex man. Can she take a chance on a rake and live a life without children?
I love Lily's strength and how she was no pushover. She is intelligent, forthright, and honest. Unlike Alan, who served bravely as a soldier, yet chooses to run and hide from his past, she elects to embrace the future with open arms. Though Alan is slower to realize his love for what it is, his eventual capitulation is very rewarding. LORD RAVENSCAR'S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL isn't a soft or sweet romance, it's bold and earthy, and very satisfying. Lara Temple has written an absorbing and passionate story of two people carrying the baggage of their pasts, and finding the way to be free of it with each other. I greatly enjoyed, and recommend, this well written adversaries to lovers tale.
As reviewed at rosesareblue dot net. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Alan Rothwell is a man with a past - a past that he has blocked out as much as possible - but he is used to getting what he wants when he turns on his infamous charm. But when the spirited and feisty Lily Wallace does not fall at his feet and allow him to buy her property, it infuriates and confuses him. But he is also confused by this unique woman too. And when he falls ill and she nurses him through it, Rothwell knows that there is one way to solve all of their problems ...
LORD RAVENSCAR'S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL by Lara Temple is a romance that centres around friendship, passion and allowing yourself to open up so someone no matter how difficult it may be. While this is the second book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone which is what I did. With likeable characters, that are sometimes exasperating, this is a great read for historical romance fans and I highly recommend it.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley
This is a really well written book that is easy to read and that flows very well. The characters are great and I loved their interaction. Everything about this book works from the cover to the ending, it is an excellent book and a brilliant regency romance full of drama, family issues, passion and romance - superb!
Looking forward to reading more books in this series - five stars from me - such an enjoyable story!!
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Very enjoyable, charming historical romance!
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