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"Wow! Just wow! What a book. The story is so unique and has so many twists and turns that all you can do is read as fast as possible." ~Sherron, Vine Voice
USA Today Bestselling Author COLLETTE CAMERON® scribbles Scottish and Regency historicals featuring dashing rogues and scoundrels and the intrepid damsels who reform them. Blessed with an over-active and witty muse that won't stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she's lived in Oregon her entire life, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time. A self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic, you'll always find a dash of inspiration and a pinch of humor in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances®.
Fun Fact About Collette: Collette is an introvert, and would rather stand in a corner and watch people than interact. She could easily stay in her writing room, tapping out historical romances, and never leave the house! However, she really enjoys interacting with her readers and fellow authors. She says they're like family.
"One of the best books I have read this year and I have read a lot, had a favourite but this has blown my mind away. Loved loved loved this story." ★★★★★~Maxine
"Another "couldn't put it down" by Ms Cameron." ★★★★★~Lisa
"I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent reading the book." ★★★★★~Terrie
"Another lovely read which held me enthralled from start to finish." ★★★★★~Janet
"As usual Collette Cameron pulls you in on page one and you end with an "Ahhh" and a smile on your face." ★★★★★~Michelle
"There is no other author who uses vocabulary like Ms Cameron....Her characters are heartwarming and the story is a wonderful blend of sweetness and sadness." ★★★★★ ~Roslyn
"Twists and turns with a bit of shock!! But a classic Cameron HEA!!!" ★★★★★~Anissa
"This story hits the ground running. I was captivated from the first chapter." ~ Bobbie Sue
"I really enjoyed how quick this story moved along and how it kept me enthralled unit the very end. It's ending was perfect. ★★★★★~AnneMarie
"...paced nicely and had a fantastic ending...This is an easy five star read." ★★★★★~Kristi
From the Author
I'm especially excited about this Regency Romance! The heroine is loosely based on my Be the Heroine Contest Winner last year. I've included several fun things my winner shared with me, and the book is dedicated to Jessica Todd White.
As you will learn when you read the book, Crispin isn't such a wicked duke, after all. His reputation is, however, and the heroine isn't pleased to be caught in a compromising situation with him.
If you're fond of chickens, I'm betting you'll chuckle at the names Jessica picked for her"girls," and I threw in a little something extra to make them even funnier. I never know what my quirky sense of humor will contrive.
Keep your eyes open for James Brentwood's story next. Nope, he's not a duke. His is a sweet Valentine's story, and you've never met his heroine before.
Speaking of dukes...
Yes, historical authors are well-aware there weren't a whole lot of dukes trotting about during the Regency era. But, because I write fiction, I get to create as many dukes as I want.
- ASIN : B0814ZXP7T
- Publisher : Blue Rose Romance (December 31, 2019)
- Publication date : December 31, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1174 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,765 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Mrs Collette Cameron delivers here a sweet and lovely tale of second chance.
Jessica makes do after the scandal that let her family bereft of a good name. She is provided a London season only because her sister married a duke. Yet, she does not feel she belongs. She even hopes to have it over to return in the countryside once this masquerade comes to an end.
She longs to be accept for who she is, and she doubts it between her name and the dowry which had been setup for her, she might attract the wrong eyes.
Crispin without suffering the society’s scolding like Jessica is too victim of circumstances out of his own volition. Why he acted the opposite of her, hoping that by tarnishing his reputation he would be able to put an end to his betrothal.
For sometime he has admired from afar Jessica but with his current engagement he is only permitted to dream of her.
So when they found themselves tricked, even if it is not the best circumstance, he is happy to propose, he not expected his built reputation to come between them.
Even if there is no mystery about who and why they were staged, they must still face some loopholes as their trickers’ scheme was not fully soundproof.
It is a short fast read with two cute people attracted by one another and when Crispin has no doubt about what he wants, Jessica must work to give him her trust. Yet she is well aware how a reputation can be build up by only hearsay.
I just found the resolution of their predicament a bit rushed, probably because I expected the true villain to get specifically his right reward.
For those looking for “clean” reads, there is no detailed on-screen love scenes.
I was granted an advance copy by the author, I also preordered my own.
Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
Jessica has also been attracted to Crispin, but he is a rake and someone she would never consider for marriage – she already lives under a cloud of scandal thanks to her father and the only reason she is accepted at all is because her sister is the Duchess of Sutcliffe. As much as she likes Crispin, she will never risk her heart or her fragile reputation with a man like him. But when they are tricked into a compromising situation, marriage may be the only way to quash a scandal.
But Jessica still resists, Crispin is still betrothed and needs to end his engagement and prove to Jessica that she can trust her heart to him.
This was a cute, sweet story, but it was short and personally, I felt like there was too much going on in too short a story – I liked Crispin and Jessica, but their issues took the spotlight and I didn’t think they had enough time together to form a deep and abiding love. I did think they had great chemistry and if the story had been a bit longer I am sure their characters would have convinced me that they were meant to be. I did like the novella and it is a great addition to the series with mild love scenes, cameos and a HEA. While it was not my favorite, I did enjoy the book and would be happy to recommend it.
Crispin, the Duke of Bainbridge, only has eyes for Jessica and will do just about anything possible to woo her. Only one problem – he has been betrothed since childhood to a woman he cannot stand. He has been trying to break the betrothal without losing his many properties, but the woman and her father are being sticklers (even though she cannot stand him, either).
Crispin and Jessica find themselves embroiled in scandal; though both are completely innocent, it is enough to ruin them. Crispin offers for Jessica, who is reluctant to accept a marriage proposal based on need and duty, rather than on love. Can Crispin convince Jessica that marriage to her has been his dream for a while, and the proposal was not a complete whim?
My heart went out to Crispin and Jessica – innocent victims of two heartless and reckless individuals. Here are two loving, headstrong characters who are honest with each other and do not let their differences in station get in the way.
This is the 5th book in Collette Cameron’s Seductive Scoundrels series and many characters from previous books play wonderful secondary roles. This is a story involving mystery, death, revenge, humor, chickens (yes, chickens!), faith, and love. Although the book is part of the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent reading the book.
Top reviews from other countries
There are many gems in this story, not least the captivating language that Collette continues to use. Words just flow, and I love that. For the others, read the story for yourself! I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
I did find this book to be enjoyable. Again, we skip over parts of the story which would have been better told.
Still, overall, this book was a pleasant short read.