- File Size: 1695 KB
- Print Length: 145 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (August 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073ZL3MGN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How explicit 1 / 5
Story 3.5 / 5
Overall: 3.5 / 5
Review: Once Upon a Lady is short and sweet. Kate wants to fulfill her duty to her stoic father. Jackson wants to get out of the country and get away from any responsibility concerning his family. Then at a ball, they both escape to the garden - Jackson with his hands all over a woman's bosom and Kate agape at the spectacle. They both feel the pull of the mystical tree that seems to attract them to each other and sets them on a path of discovery and love.
Once Upon a Lady, while rooted with a mystical soul tree, it is really not about the tree and the tree doesn't play that big a part of the story - it just shows up every once in a while in a well-placed garden to entice our couple to find each other. Kate is very determined and a likable character. Jackson's character is a little more vague, although still likeable. I wish the writer spent more time with Jackson.
The story is boy meets girl and boy believes the tree is making them do stuff they ordinarily wouldn't do. Besides what to do about each other and their pending obligations and Jackson wishing to avoid his, there are no other plot aspects introduced. Kate's intended fiance is a really nice guy - no mustache twirling and he just wishes Kate to be happy. Very Sweet!
Once Upon a Lady is a light read and sweet story, but not remarkable.
** Voluntarily reviewed from an advanced copy **
Lady Katherine, Kate, is next in line to wed and her father is making sure she is marrying appropriately for their station. She's been betrothed to the Duke of Blackthorn out of obligation. Yes she wants to please her father, but she doesn't love Blackthorn. She accepts that although he is a good man and a friend, her existence with him will be rather boring. At a ton function, her impending doom overwhelms her and she flees to the gardens for some fresh air. There she finds a mysterious tree that seems to call to her. Thinking she's just being foolish, she turns to head back to the party and happens upon a scandalous tryst. Not being able to turn her gaze away, she makes eye contact with the man. The feeling she gets from his stare is akin to what she felt at the tree.
Once Jackson's tryst is interrupted by Kate, he can't turn his eyes away from the beauty before him. He feels a genuine pull to be near her. When a situation presents itself and he can see Kate again, he takes it! It may be a little shady, but he can't help himself. He must see her again. Kate feels it too and allows herself to be pulled into Jackson's web knowing it could cost her everything she holds dear. There's just something about Jackson and she can't say no.
I loved this historical romance! The oppressiveness of titles is real and I felt so bad for Kate that she felt she had to marry just to please her father. Blackthorn was clearly a nice guy and Kate would want for nothing. I loved that he wanted her to be happy not trapped. Her chemistry with Jackson was off the charts!! He wasn't looking for love. He had prior plans in place and this threw a wrench into all of it. It quickly becomes apparent these two can't live without each other, but how can they undo prior commitments and give this a go? They positively would be miserable without the other. I wanted that HEA and they needed to figure it out somehow. I wasn't disappointed!!
Once Upon A Lady is the first book I have read by Addie Jo Ryleigh but it will not be the last! She has a writing style that grabs you from the start! This was a wonderful read! I liked the premise of the soul mate tree so I definitely will be looking at her other books in the series!
5 Stars/3 Flames
This book was gifted to me by the Jeep Diva for an honest review. The review and ratings are solely my opinions.
Kate isn't sure what to do about her current predicament. She's about to become engaged to a handsome duke who meets almost all of the required traits of a good husband. Except for one. He just doesn't stir passionate feelings inside her when they are together. And she feels as if marrying him is more out of duty than anything. But the Soul Mate Tree has made other plans for her future.
Jackson isn't sure why he is so enamored by Kate the first time he meets her. There is something about the young woman that sets him ablaze and even though he doesn't desire a life of marriage, he can't help but want to get closer to this wood nymph. Yet, the more he does, the clearer it becomes that the plan for his life may change drastically after the legendary tree gets ahold of him.
I loved this story. It was historical romance but with a slight twist of paranormal in the match-making tree bringing our couple together.
Don't get me wrong, when our pair first meet, I was stunned by how it happened. And because of that situation, I was a little wary of Jackson for a while. I needed him to prove himself to be more than a rake and worthy of Kate's affection. Because Kate really was a great character and she deserved nothing less than forever.
I'm happy to say that both characters impressed me in the end. And they weren't the only ones. Another certain eligible bachelor handled himself with such grace that left me hoping to see him find his own happily ever after. But I won't go into details and give anything away. I will say that if the author decides to write a story with this particular duke, I am all on board!
As for our couple, I enjoyed watching them slowly come to understand their feelings for each other. Kate needed to learn how to stand on her own two feet and Jackson had to discover what was truly worth fighting for. Their chemistry was great and the naughty time left me smiling. I was all-around pleased with this book.
I will be reading the fifth book of this series in the coming weeks. I hope it's as good as this one but it has some tough competition, that's for sure. Five suns!
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