- File Size: 1949 KB
- Print Length: 444 pages
- Publisher: The Lady Authors (May 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 15, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071DH4MKW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Seducing the Single Lady by Maya Rodale
Damien Rhys Redmayne, Viscount Bedford, and Miss Susannah Grey had been betrothed since childhood. She annoyed him and he called her a scrappy brat. It didn’t get much better, and then Damien left. He was gone for nine years and things had changed. He thought he would sail in and she would be thrilled to become his wife and give him heirs. He was in for a surprise. She no longer wanted to marry – anybody. He has changed as well. He regrets having hurt her so before he left, and when he get to know her again, he finds that he likes her and wants to marry her and make her happy. Susannah wants an adventure. Damien gives her just the adventure she wants. Will this be enough to bring the two of them together? Maybe. A good read.
A Study in Scandal by Caroline Linden
A Study in Scandal is a lovely story of a girl who runs to London to escape from a cruel father and a horrible arranged marriage. In London, Lady Samantha finds Lord George Grey who is an artist and the son of the Duke of Rowley. Lord Stratford eventually finds her intends to make things hard for her, and Grey. Grey appeals to his parents for assistance. The Duke warns his son that dealing with the Earl is difficult, but he will try. Is there anything they can do to help the couple? The main characters in this story are all strong in their own ways. Samantha and George are sweet and loving and want to take care of each other. The Duke of Rowley is the strong silent type. The Earl of Stratford is egotistical and rigid. The story is well done, short and paced perfectly. A Study in Scandal is a wonderful story and a great addition to this set.
Duchess of Scandal by Miranda Neville
I enjoyed the Duchess of Scandal. It starts out a rather sad story of a marriage gone all wrong. The Duke of Linton is quite a bit older than his wife. She and her twin have had a rather difficult life, and she saw the marriage as a way for both of them to have a better life. The Duke and his wife have now been apart for five years. A mistake in scheduling brings them together for what turns out to be a few weeks. While spending time together and waiting for the big race and party in the “Dukeries,” they do something they should have done before. They talk and get to know each other. He also gets to know his brother-in-law. Will the time they spend together be enough to heal their marriage? Is it possible that even with all their differences, they can come to understand and love each other? Well developed, relatable characters and an enjoyable plot with a few surprises make this story one not to miss.
The Scoundrel and I by Katharine Ashe
Gabrielle Flood works in a printer’s shop and cares for her elderly grandmother. When the shop owner goes out of town, she borrows some of the type to take home. On the way, she is frightened by a horse and rider. She drops the tray of type and is unable to recover all of them. Captain Anthony Masinter has left the navy to run an estate he inherited from a great aunt. He did not see Elle that night and nearly ran her down. She later recognizes him and gives him a scathing set-down. He offers to help; she refuses, but he won’t take no for an answer. From here they work together, sort of, to find replacements for the missing type. Along the way, they might also fall in love. This story has a fast paced, lively plot that hold your attention from start to finish. The characters are strong, determined, and likeable, except for that one nasty piece of work from the print shop.
A STUDY IN SCANDAL is absolutely wonderful, full of suspense, exquisitely written, and features some of the most engaging characters I have ever read. Seven years ago, when she was barely sixteen, Lady Samantha Lennox made a grave mistake, and she has kept quiet since then, even though the guilt has been eating at her all this time. None of this would have happened were her father not such a terrifying man. Now, Sebastian Vane, the man she thought she loved at the time is getting married, and Samantha needs to rectify the situation. The whole family is scared of her father, the Earl of Stratford, and when Samantha confesses her mistake, the Earl reacts in a most surprising manner. But the worse was yet to come: as a punishment, the Earl is arranging a marriage for Samantha to a man who sounds even more horrid than her father, and the wedding is to happen within the month. What’s a girl to do? While on her way to see a friend, Samantha sees a coach going to London, and she hops in.
Caroline Linden accomplished what I thought impossible: right from the start, she describes the setting so precisely and the characters are so meticulously defined, that I immediately cared about Lady Samantha Lennox’s fate. What Samantha had done was wrong, it was done in good faith, but Sebastian’s life was ruined in the process. However had Samantha’s father not been such a tyrant, none of it would have happened. Seldom have I felt more for a fictional character; Ms. Linden conveys the emotions, the actions of the characters in such a way, that you cannot help but become involved, and to this extent, it is rare. Samantha’s disastrous outing and subsequent rescue by Lord George Churchill-Gray are clever, entirely believable and absolutely brilliant. The writing is smooth and elegant, the dialogues are perfectly in tune with the times, and the descriptions are so crisp and clear, I felt I was in London; the attention to historical detail is breathtaking. Ms. Linden’s understanding of artists and painting is also remarkable, and the romance is simply sublime. I adored Samantha and George, separately and together; they’re wonderfully complex characters, they feel genuine; and George is the type of hero I always hope for in a book, but seldom see. A STUDY IN SCANDAL is a work of art in itself; this is a book that spoke to my heart.
DUCHESS OF SCANDAL by Miranda Neville
DUCHESS OF SCANDAL by Miranda Neville is a rather dark story. The Duke of Linton married his wife Althea when she was but 18, because she was young, beautiful and suitable; he never really cared for her and they have been apart for most of their 5-year marriage. The Duke is a rather cold-hearted cad, to be honest, and theirs is a rather sad story. However events that happen at the boat race and the scavenger hunt make him realise the error of his ways, and Linton and Althea settle for a very unusual compromise. Ms. Neville is a master of character development and again she shines in the DUCHESS OF SCANDAL, her prose is as gorgeous as ever and she treats us to a few surprises.
THE SCOUNDREL AND I by Katharine Ashe
Gabrielle Flood is being daring. While her employers at Brittle & Sons, Printers, are away on holiday in Bristol, Gabrielle “borrows” the printing type from her workplace to bring to her flat and show her gravely ill grandmother, for whom it will be the grandest joy. No one will ever know. Unfortunately, on her way home with her treasure, an unfortunate accident happens, which for Gabrielle means certain ruination. She will lose her job, and she and her beloved grandmother, who already barely have enough to live on, will be destitute. What Gabrielle couldn’t know is that the handsome scoundrel, who inadvertently caused her misfortune, is definitely not as bad as she had first thought…
What an indescribable delight joy it is to experience the wondrous Katharine Ashe at her most elegant, her wittiest, her absolute best! Said scoundrel is Captain Anthony Masinter, one of the most beautiful characters ever created by Ms. Ashe. He is dashing, honest, honourable, and utterly irresistible! Gabrielle is very straightforward, a stickler for proper speech, which leads to some of the most splendid and amusing exchanges as she corrects Anthony’s grammar. The author did some serious research into printing, and I devoured every word. Katharine Ashe is a brilliant writer, and her prose in THE SCOUNDREL AND I is simply dazzling: so rich, luminous, eloquent, as well as delightfully clever. I read a good part of the book with a silly smile on my face, which is saying a lot as just before I had finished a book that had left me feeling angry, which illustrate how wonderful THE SCOUNDREL AND I truly is; being able to convey such feelings of happiness to a reader is a precious gift from an author. But not everything is all laughs; one character has a devastating secret, and it made this magnificent story even grander! This is going to be hard to describe, but it’s another quality to this amazing book: I had an impression of movement throughout, there is an airiness to the story, a lightness to the characters and the romance that is wonderfully pleasant. Anthony and Gabrielle complete each other magnificently, and the romance is absolutely divine! I felt their chemistry, their respect for each other, their connection, and their backstories are enthralling. I loved THE SCOUNDREL AND I as much as one can love a book!
THE SCOUNDREL AND I is a long novella, and if all that beauty, wit, glorious writing weren’t enough, Katharine Ashe treats us to the most stupendous exchange of letters between of Lady Justice and Peregrine of the Falcon Club Series, and that alone would qualify as reason enough to read this astounding book!
SEDUCING THE SINGLE LADY by Maya Rodale
Damien Rhys Redmayne, Viscount Bedford, and Miss Susannah Grey were childhood nemeses. Susannah was not a very appealing girl, and Damien teased her relentlessly. Their parents had had them betrothed when infants, and when Damien was of age, he fled to the continent rather than marry Susannah. Susannah became an infamous wallflower until… she wasn’t. And Demon, er, Damien has changed too.
Susannah doesn’t want to get married anymore, or maybe she wants to, anyway she wants an adventure, which Damien provides, and what a scandalous outing it is! I would caution here that, if the reader is not inclined to read about same sex shenanigans, to skip this novella; it’s nothing shocking, but it’s there, and I must say I was a little taken aback. I must admit not knowing Beyoncé’s songs, and I don’t know how it ties in with the songs either. SEDUCING THE SINGLE LADY is typical Maya Rodale Regency: irreverent, flirty, sexy, light and fun, and featuring an independent woman, as expected from this author.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.