Series: Surrender #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: January 1, 2016
Blurb: Call her a romantic—or a fool, Lady Monique Cathdon is determined to marry for love. After watching her parents tolerate an arranged betrothal, life seems too short to be wasted on keeping up appearances.
After all, what’s the point of having a heart if one refuses to follow it?
With a smile the devil himself might be proud of, James Stanton is not what her mother would call “a matrimonial prospect”. Still, there’s something about the young man that sends Lady Monique’s heart thumping around her chest, and silences her voice of reason.
Unfortunately for Lady Monique, the stakes are high, and young ladies of the ton make for very poor gamblers. Especially when James Stanton is on the hunt for revenge, and won’t let an innocent woman—or his own passionate desires—get in the way of righting past wrongs.
“A diamond that started out rough.”
My Impressions: Pacing is medium to slow, however, the book is well-written. Initially, both hero and heroine are quite insufferable (for different reasons). Lady Monique is a bit snooty. Mr. Stanton is bitter and manipulative. I about DNFed the book (eh, admittedly, I’m a bit trigger-happy sometimes). Still, it was interesting in a soap-ish kinda way. The hero and heroine didn’t invoke much empathy, but I strangely wanted to know what would happen with the two of them.
The Love Story: Thankfully, I decided to read on because the two characters developed quite nicely into a couple I could root for. As they inched towards love…the tension mushroomed (like a balloon being inflated, more and more) Monique’s family situation became increasingly precarious as things progressed, and I found myself becoming anxious on her behalf. I cringed at Stanton’s underhanded spying, schemes, and his use of innocent people to further his plans…and the obvious misery that it caused him. All this had me on the edge of my seat…thinking, Yikes! This is going to be really bad when it blows, but oh so entertaining to read.
Minor Beefs: Not much to complain about here. Both the hero and heroine irked me at first glance. But since this worked itself out, I won’t quibble. Also, a few bits of prose/dialogue were unnecessarily repetitive, but not so much that it took away from the story. Its just something I tend to notice because repetition is a pet peeve of mine. Easily ignored if the book is engaging and this one is.
Extra Touch: The author did a very realistic and surprisingly multi-layered depiction of the time period, which really helped me get into the story and to understand and eventually sympathize with the Duchess, Lady Monique, and their family’s situation. This attention to detail makes the story richer. The social, economic and even mild political structure is laid out and this makes it easier to grasp just how delicate Lady Monique’s position is. Kudos to the author. I have a new-found respect for writers who make the extra effort to capture the time-period and the setting after having recently read (or tried to read) a historical romance that made absolutely no attempt to set a historical scene.
Random Thoughts: Corkie, the dog, was hilarious…LOL! Meanwhile, Lady Monique’s horse gets an honorable comic mention (tee hee hee).
Cliffhanger: None really. Everything was pretty much cleared up at the end. However, I got the distinction impression that there would be another book, possibly telling Glennie’s story (Lady Monique’s brother). I’d definitely read it if that is the case.
The Verdict: Two Thumbs up! A sweet historical romance with a little angst tossed in for good measure.
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About the Author:
Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey’s is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home.
Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as a mischievous cat (who seems happy to play the role of villain). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Ancient City Romance Authors chapter.
You can find and contact Mariel Grey here:
-Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7066593.Mariel_Grey/blog
-Novel on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1RPDHd5
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