Saturday, June 17, 2017

Review of The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

This is the sixth story in The Sinful Suitors Series,  four full length novels and two novellas.  I have read them all and recommend them highly.  

This story is about Niall Lindsey The Earl of Margrave and Brilliana Trevor.  Young and in love they thought nothing could come between them.  Then Niall is forced to fight a duel to protect his sister and is exiled to the Continent.  Briliana is devastated but she cannot go with him because if she left there would be no one to take care of her ill mother.  

Seven years later Niall is back in England given a full pardon and is determined to avoid Brilliana.  She is now a widow with a young son.  He doesn't understand why she married another man just a few months after he left England.  She betrayed their love and he cannot forgive her.

Brilliana was broken hearted when Niall left London, but she was only 17 years old. When pressured to marry another man to rescue her Mother and Father from Debtor's prison she relents and marries. But she has never stopped loving Niall and her marriage was a mistake from the beginning. The only good that came out of her marriage was her son Silas.  Now Niall is back in England and she is desperate to avoid him.  She cannot go through that kind of heartache again.

This is a tale of young love, betrayal and redemption.  Niall and Brilliana have secrets that have to come out if they have any chance of a happy ending.  Niall is ready but Brilliana is not so sure.  She cannot trust her judgement anymore when it comes to men and what her heart feels.  Add in a family mystery that includes illegal activities.

This book will surprise and delight.  Sabrina is a truly talented romance author who writes wonderful characters and surprising plots that are of the highest standards in Historical Romance. Her stories are wonderfully original.  Witty dialogue, laugh out loud moments make her books must reads.  I have been reading her stories since her first book was published "A Dangerous Love" which made me a lifelong fan.  I will buy, read and keep her books, including her all of the Deborah Martin novels.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review of The Bad Luck Bride by Jane Goodger

The first book in a new series by Jane "The Brides of St. Ives" is splendid!!  Jane is a truly gifted author who will have you immersed in this wonderful story of the pain of rejection and the redemption of a love that will last a lifetime.  Alice Hubbard has now been through three engagements and is still not married.  She has earned the unflattering nickname "The Bad Luck Bride" by the London gossips.  All she wants to do is return to her home in St. Ives and NEVER, EVER get married.  The only man that she has actually loved left England four years ago.  He was her older brother;s best friend.  When her brother died he is devastated and leaves without a word to Alice or her family.  She has no idea that he felt the same way about her.

Henderson Southwell is a bastard, literally.  He has no idea who his father is and his mother wouldn't care if he disappeared off the face of the earth.  Thank God for his Grandparents, they raised him with love and respect.  Even though he is a Commoner his Grandfather gave him an education where he met his best friend, Joseph Hubbard, the Grandson of a Duke and a Marquess.  Joseph never treated him any different than his Aristocratic friends and they became inseparable.  Henderson would go to Joseph's home in St Ives for all school holidays.  That is where he fell in love with Joseph's younger sister Alice.  He knew he could never have her so he kept his feelings to himself.  When Joseph died, Henderson couldn't face Joseph's family and left England to make his fortune in India.  Now four years later he is back and determined to tell Alice how he feels and to marry her.  The biggest obstacle is her Father who likes Henderson, but since he is a bastard and a commoner, her father doesn't think he is good enough for his daughter.  Can Henderson convince Alice's parents that he loves her and will be able to keep her in the lifestyle that she is used to.  Add in the mysterious deaths of four young men from St. Ives who have died in the last four years, one of them being Joeseph,  presumably by accident, and you have a great read.

Another lovely book from Jane.  What I enjoy about her writing is the flow of the story, the intricate blending of the plot with the great characters that she has created.  There is no character angst, both Alice and Henderson know what they want and will do whatever they have to do to be together.  Both are strong individuals with honesty and integrity that comes across from the beginning of the story. Romance that will have you swooning and reading late into the night.  Loved this one!!  Cannot wait for the next book in the Series.  Alice has single friends in St. Ives, hopefully they will get their story.

Received a Complimentary Copy for an Honest Review.