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Truce: The Historic Neighbor From Hell (A Neighbor From Hell Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This was her first Historical novel that is a prequel to one of my favorite series "Neighbors From Hell".
For the die hard historical romance reader, this may not be deep enough in the "ton" for you, but it still pretty accurate. I have a History degree and nothing bothered me, so you should be OK.
If you have ever wanted to know why the Bradfords do the what they do, this will explain it. The eloping, serious affection for food, and use of the word bastard.
The book starts with Jason making an anniversary present for Haley, and his father telling the story of how the tradition all began. It had a Princess Bride feel to it, kind of fade to the 19th century. You meet a young love-struck Elizabeth, and a bratty Robert Bradford. Of course Elizabeth is not love-struck for Robert, so he does everything he can to embarrass and harass her, like all Bradford men. They part ways for 14 years while Robert goes to school, and Elizabeth becomes a lady, sorta.
They meet back up at a Ball thrown during the season where Elizabeth is supposed to find a husband, or end up a spinster at the ripe old age of 24. Hilarity ensues, as well as really sweet and hot interactions. The steam component is definitely amped up in this novel. Of course I like that. But, who wouldn't with all those stays to untie, and bodices to rip, gets me every time.
I can't gush enough about this book, I just loved it. There was a smile on my face throughout most of the reading. I even laughed out loud a couple of times, which made my kids and husband look at me like I was crazy, but they are used to it by now. Perfection used to be my favorite, but now I think Truce will be my go-to re-read when I need a pick me up.
Truce was a fun read, and I much preferred it over the previous book in this series Checkmate, but it was not as good as Playing for Keeps or Perfection. What made Truce a fun read was Robert (I do love those Bradford men). He is everything you expect from a Bradford, grumpy but charming, bossy but a pushover, possessive but he crumbles for his love, and hungry very hungry. Elizabeth is also a great character, full of strength and determination, not a pushover, knows what she wants and goes after it. I liked the interplay and sexual tension that RL was once again been able to create between her characters.
I really liked how the present and past were linked in this book, I thought is was really clever. By having Jason being told the story of his great great great whatever grandparents, it made a really nice link between the previous books in this series and this book. To be honest my favourite thing about this book, is the idea of the necklace, could that be any more beautiful and romantic??
However, it has to be said this book is not really a historical book, and if you are after a historical read this is not the book for you. This book may be set in the past but it does not read like one and the situations/actions the characters find themselves in would probably make lovers of historical reads pull their hair out with frustration. That is not to say I did not enjoy the setting or the time period. I did. I enjoyed it a lot, it made for a fun storyline and setting, but honestly I could never really believe the characters where actually from that time period.
That all being said, if you are fan of RL, I think you will enjoy this book, it has her humour, her charming characters, the love/hate relationship, and of course a happy ending.
Will I read it again? Probably
Would I recommend it? For fans of this series/author
He was able to avoid her for over a decade. Now his parents were dragging him and his brother to the Stanton Estate for a party. No matter what he would not go near Elizabeth Stanton.
"Oh, do stop pouting, Robert," his mother said teasingly. He glared at her from across the carriage. "I am not pouting," he said firmly. "I just don't understand why...no, let me fix that, how you managed to talk me into this."
A lot can change in fourteen years...
Elizabeth can't stand to listen to one more man try to court her with their only thought being how much her dowry would be worth to them. She does not want to be the host of another party, but she promised her father that she would not sabbotage her her chances to find an acceptable suitor. So, she takes the first chance she can get to sneak out of the party to the orangery. At least she has Shakesphere to read to take her mind off things.
Robert decides he needs a breath of fresh air and notices a beautiful orangery not too far away with the lights on. Surely he can escape for a few hours in there and perhaps take a nap. Once inside Robert hears a woman's laughter and it is intoxicating to him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best one yet! Loved it. This was the story of Robert and Elizabeth. Starting in England, Elizabeth and Robert are young rivals. Read morePublished 29 days ago by P wells
I love this whole series so much. RL Mathewson has a knack for making me laugh out loud while reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Dean
Straight up...I am not a historical romance fan. Read more
This was such an awesome twist to the series and how the Bradford line started. Neighbor from hell in historical romance fashion!! And again...the Bradfords...omg! 😅Published 4 months ago by stscaldwell