Author: Valerie Bowman

Guest Review: The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Posted November 2, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie BowmanReviewer: Tracy
The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #8
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 31st 2017
Format: eARC
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 320
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three-stars

Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part?

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

Meg has been in love with Hart since she was 16 years old.  She wants nothing more than to be with him but she knows it’s hopeless.  Their parents are enemies and barely tolerate Meg’s friendship with Hart’s sister, Sarah.  Also, Meg is a wallflower with no dowry as her father has gambled it away.  She’s good ton but has no money.

Meg finds out from Sarah that Hart is planning on searching the marriage mart for a wife so Meg enlists her friend, Lucy (a duchess), to help her.  Lucy is ruthless but believes that Meg truly loves Hart so she helps her.   After dressing Meg in stunning gowns Hart can’t help but notice Meg but he knows he can never do more than admire her – although he does steal a kiss or two.  Though Hart likes Meg he knows he can’t be with her and is frustrated that he even thinks about being with her.

When Meg finds out that her family is to move to Spain to try and outrun her father’s creditors Lucy knows she has to step up her game. Unfortunately Hart is only half-thrilled with the outcome and both Hart and Meg may end up miserable in the end.

This was a historical romance that I really enjoyed reading.  Meg was a great heroine and I liked so much about her.  Her parents were horrible people but she had turned out to be such a nice person.  I really couldn’t see how she was friends with the ever-scheming Lucy but their friendship worked.

Hart was more than a bit of a rogue but he was a nice man underneath it all.  I liked how he treated Meg before the shit hit the fan and even after that I knew that his feelings had been hurt.  He came off as angry but I would have been too (no, I can’t tell you what happened ‘cuz that will just ruin it!). Just take it from me – he was a good guy.

This is apparently book 8 in a series but I hadn’t read any of the others in the series and didn’t feel lost at all, which was nice.  It was a decent story and I had fun reading it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Guest Review: Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman

Posted July 12, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie BowmanReviewer: Rowena
Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides, #2) by Valerie Bowman
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 26th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
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three-half-stars

The Thrill Of Escape

Miss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Green—nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.

The Sweetness Of Surrender

When Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend's sister-in-law, he didn’t realize she would prove so difficult. But when he spirits her away to his country house to prevent her elopement, he discovers that the tempting beauty knows how to put up a fight. To make matters worse, he’s stuck playing the role of honorable protector...when what he really wants is to run away with her himself.

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Anne Andrews has pretty much been left on her own in London. Her sister Lily is on her honeymoon and her chaperone for the month is her aunt by marriage, Aunt Clarissa. Aunt Clarissa is a bit of a lush so she’s really not all that much of a chaperone. Since Anne thinks herself in love with a man named Arthur Eggleston, and about six months ago had tried to marry him by heading off to Gretna Green. She was stopped then but she’s determined to get Arthur to marry her. Unfortunately Arthur’s not exactly coming up to snuff. Anne is kind of making a fool of herself trying to get Arthur’s attention and it falls to Lily’s friend Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, to try to keep her reputation pristine and Anne out of trouble. Unfortunately Anne is proving to be a royal pain in the ass.

Jordan saves Anne from herself time and time again and even saves her from yet another attempt to get to Gretna Green with Arthur. Jordan decides he’s had enough and drags Anne, her maid and Aunt Clarissa to his manor in Surrey to keep Anne out of trouble. While in Surrey Jordan tries to find an eligible bachelor for Anne to marry but when it comes down to it she decides she wants Jordan. He, however, decided about 6 years before that he would never marry.

This was a good little read. Anne was a bit of a pain in the ass but she was sweet and really had good intentions with everything she did. She had self-esteem issues as her sister is extremely beautiful and her father once told her that she was unremarkable. I couldn’t blame her for thinking that she wasn’t all that pretty as it had been drilled into her head, that’s for sure. I did think she was in love for love. I don’t know, she really seemed kind of finicky in the book and seemed to go from Arthur to Jordan pretty quickly. She did realize pretty quickly that Arthur wasn’t what she wanted but still – it was a bit frustrating.

Jordan was supposedly a rake but we really didn’t see that except for him with his mistress once. He really was an upstanding man and I liked him a whole hell of a lot. He tried to be honorable time and again when it came to Anne but she really made it difficult for him. He tried! LOL

Overall it was a decent story with some fun parts to it. I certainly liked it much better than book 1 and after reading an excerpt of book 3 I’m definitely interested.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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This book is available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

three-half-stars


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