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.
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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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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