The synopsis on the back of the book:
Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can't even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they're trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily's attention will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely...
- Genre: Historical Romance
- Will Be Published: March 1st, 2018
- Pages: 288
- Goodreads Rating (so far): 4.71
Why I choose this book
I was reached out by Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources to review this book back in November. Yep- blog tours can be scheduled that far in advance! And I always love reading romance stories, so of course, I signed up!
First Initial Thoughts
Lily Wallace is a young woman who has just inherited Holywell House. While touring her new home she encounters Lord Alan Ravenscar. When the two meet - let's just say it was quite a hilarious part of the book. Lily soon finds out that she cannot quite inherit the house. During the 19th century, women were unable to inherit a house by themselves. They have to be married so that their spouse can inherit their families estate. Before they can marry, often the lawyer will oversee the estate.
We soon find out that Lily grew up in Jamaica with her father and mother. Because she grew up in such a "wild" place she was not like other ladies in England. She is stubborn, willful, and has a mind of her own. She doesn't like being told what to do. It took me a while to warm up to Lily because her personality seemed cold right from the start. But I enjoyed her spunkiness too.
Alan Ravenscar is a Lord who wants to purchase the estate and soon grows an attraction to Lily. Even though he seems proud and confident in front of others inside he holds a guilt and insecurity.
Other characters in the story include Lady Jezebel (Alan's grandmother), Lord Hunter, and Lord Stanton.
This is where part of the 1/2 star comes from. I found that Lara put too much emphasis on the characters and their story; then failed to incorporate anything about the house or the surrounding area. I know the story is about Lily and Alan but I would have liked more detail on England, the house, etc.
Lily and Alan's conversations were quite entertaining. I loved how Lily was very hard headed and Alan very persistent. I always looked forward to their interactions because it was the most entertaining parts of the book! Through these interactions, a spark grew between them.
When Alan became ill, Lily took care of him all alone. During this time if a man and women were caught in a bedroom without an escort, it was presumed that she was with child and now ruined. So Alan proposes marriage to save her. I found this kind of impulsive. However, I could see their reasoning and their was alreayd a growing attraction.
I think Lily was good for Alan because she helped him break down his insecurity and settle down. Alan helped Lily I think become more of a lady and settle down as well.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and it was a fun adorable short read on Sunday afternoon!
Would I recommend?
Yes and no. I think anyone looking for a short romance read for the weekend, this is a great book to read. It does have some sexual content, so be aware of that.
About The Author
Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Her fifth book with Harlequin Mills & Boon, 'Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal,' will be published in March 2018, and is the second in her Wild Lords series. Her four previous books are: Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, The Reluctant Viscount, and Lord Crayle’s Secret World.
When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.
Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…
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And onto another giveaway - woohoo!!
Giveaway – Win one of 3 e-copies of Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal (Open Internationally)
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I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Good luck on the giveaway!!
**Note: I was provided a copy of this book to review by Rachel's Random Resources. All opinions are my own.