RABT Review Tour: ‘Surrender of Trust’ By Mariel Grey

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Title:  Surrender of Trust

Series:  Surrender #1

Genre:  Historical Romance

Release Date:  April 15, 2013

Descriptive Blurb:  Lucy Goodwin knows more about horse breeding than a proper young lady should. Her brother’s thoroughbred business has given her purpose and independence, but when an accident leaves her solely in charge, despair and destruction threaten her every move. Trapped in an impossible position, Lucy must do the right thing and watch their dreams crumble, or save their livelihood at a cost too great to bear. 

Lord Philip Lyton, Marquess of Chalifour is a member of the prestigious Jockey Club, dedicated to eliminating cheating in horse racing. Trouble raises its ugly head when his business partner falls foul of an accident and he’s suddenly forced to deal with the man’s sister, who seems alarmingly out of her depth.
Chalifour respects Lucy’s steely resolve, but knows that single-mindedness can be the most dangerous trait of all. She might be beautiful and beguiling, but Lucy Goodwin is keeping secrets and Chalifour is determined to find out what they are.


“Bling, Bling.”

My Impressions:  Lucy’s got a bit of sass that I love in a historical heroine…And Chalifour is the master of the double entendre…*eye brow arch*.  His innuendos were very well-timed and amusing.  Thus, I immediately liked the pairing.

The Romance:  There is a nice development to the initial spark of chemistry between the central couple. They have things in common which make their connection logical and believable.  And their first kiss was smoking…so yeah, the romance definitely works.

Minor Beefs:  Again, the pacing is a little slow m…(the sequel, which I quite enjoyed was paced steady, but a bit slow as well.)  Sigh, I suppose nothing is ever perfect.  I enjoyed the romance greatly.  I could have done with a bit more description of the hanky panky scenes…eh, am I being a trollop?  (Generally, I don’t like raunchy scenes, but some PG-13 nooky is always a plus.  I’m just saying.)  However, I can understand the author wanting to keep it clean and wholesome.  The time period the story takes place in doesn’t particularly support a gratuitous love scene…and likely it would have been off to include one.  Still, in a perfect world…and all that jazz.

Random Thoughts:  Eh, Lucy’s lady’s maid, Milli, is a bit cheeky, if you ask me.  In fact, all the servants had a bit of shade to them.  I sometimes wonder what goes on in the minds of the servants in historical romances…seriously, what they must think of their employers…the mind boggles.

Extra Touch: Once again, the settings and time period are lushly described with the most intriguing details.  Reading this book, I felt as though I were stepping back into the past for a brief sojourn. And I really like that the heroine had a profession of sorts…The entire horse/breeding business, racing and the partnership deal was such a nice change from some of the other historicals I’ve read where the lady’s main lot in life is social outings and husband hunting.  I much prefer the ones where the heroine has something interesting to do besides pine for the hero.  The scheming miss Lucy was quite a delight.

Cliffhanger:  None.  There is already a Book 2, but its not a continuation.  Everything was tied up in a nice bow here.  A new story is told in the next book (with a few of the same characters).

The Verdict:  Great read!  I think I liked this one even better than the sequel (though I did enjoy Book 2).  I would definitely recommend it to lovers of romance, particularly historical romance.


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P1 copy (3)About the Author:

From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn’t happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman’s Surrender, released January 1, 2016 introduces the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit.

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:

-Website:  www.marielgrey.com

-Facebook:  Facebook.com/marielgreyauthor

-Twitter: Twitter@mariel_grey

-Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7066593.Mariel_Grey/blog

-Novel on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1RPDHd5


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