Tag: Entangled Select Historical

Guest Review: Only a Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill

Posted February 17, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Only a Duke Will Do by Tamara GillReviewer: Tracy
Only a Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill
Series: To Marry a Rogue #2
Published by Entangled: Select Historical
Publication Date: February 20th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
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four-stars

Without a Season, Lady Isolde Worthingham captured the Duke of Moore’s heart at a country dance. But on the eve of her wedding, a scandal that rocked the ton and sent her fleeing to Scotland alone and unwed, leaves her perfectly planned future in a tangle of disgrace and heartbreak.

Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore, loathes the pitiful existence he portrays to the ton. With a scandalous wife he never wanted, who flaunts her many indiscretions, life is a never-ending parade of hell. When the one woman he loved and lost returns to London, he knows he can no longer live without her.

But vows and past hurts are not easily forgotten. Love may not win against the ton when a too proper lord and lady play by the rules.

Isolde and Merrick are so excited to get married.  He saw her on the dance floor at a country dance a year ago and knew that she was the one for him.  He wants nothing more than to get married to Isolde and start their life together.  Unfortunately Isolde’s friend is a jealous bitch and finds a way to drug Merrick and make sure that Isolde finds her in his bed.  The little bitch then goes on to force Isolde and her family to watcher her marry Merrick the next day while Isolde’s heart breaking.

Five years have passed and Isolde, who has been living in Scotland at a family property, decides that it’s time to face life again.  She knows that she may run into Merrick and her bitch of a friend who’s now his wife, but she decides that she wants to get married and have a family.  She knows that she can never love a man like she loves (yes, she still loves him) Merrick but she can be comfortable with a man and will be happy to have children.

Isolde doesn’t plan on having such strong feelings about seeing Merrick again but she’s determined to ignore her feelings and move on.  Many men are interested in Isolde, including Merrick’s best friend.  Merrick and Isolde obviously still love each other very much and both were betrayed horribly but as much as they love each other how can they ever be together when he’s still married to the evil bitch duchess.

This was a great story of love and betrayal.  The sadness and angst was heart-wrenching and I totally understood the pain that both Isolde and Merrick felt.  We only got to see Isolde and Merrick as a couple for a very short time at the beginning of the book before it all went to shit but in that short amount of time the author did a great job of showing us how much the couple loved each other. It was so sad to see them separated.

Merrick was a great character.  I really liked him.  He had been wronged so badly but despite that he was a great father to his son.  His wife was, of course, an evil witch but he couldn’t leave her because she threatened to spread rumors about their son.  He wouldn’t allow that to happen so he stayed miserable.  I had to give him props for his love for his child and putting him first.  He was a strong man and I really liked him.

Isolde was pretty damned strong as well.  To have to live with the betrayal of her best friend and then the man she loved.  Not fun.  Despite it all she wasn’t too, too bitter and I liked her a lot as well.

Overall the book was really good and one I recommend.  If you don’t like highly angsty books then you might not like this one but if you do then this will be right up your alley.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Guest Review: How to Play the Game of Love by Harmony Williams

Posted December 27, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: How to Play the Game of Love by Harmony WilliamsReviewer: Tracy
How to Play the Game of Love by Harmony Williams
Series: Ladies of Passion #1
Published by Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: October 17th 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
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three-stars

He’s everything she thinks she doesn’t want.

When Miss Rose Wellesley’s father threatens an arranged marriage, she knows she'd better settle on a choice quickly or end up having no say in who she marries. Fortunately, she's garnered a rare invitation to Lady Dunlop's "Week of Love" house party, an annual affair notorious for matchmaking. Her plans to expedite a proposal would go smoothly if not for the brash younger sister she must chaperone, her outspoken, disagreeable best friend, and the bullish Lord Hartfell who seems determined to dog her every step.

Lord Hartfell embodies every last thing Rose dislikes in a man. He’s domineering, tenacious, argumentative, and a little too casual with his nudity for her tastes. Worst of all, Rose can't seem to get him—or his kisses—out of her mind.

Rose is determined to find a more appropriate husband, even if her heart disagrees with how unsuitable the stubborn lord is…

Rose, her sixteen-year-old sister, Daisy, and her friends Francine and Mary are all at a house party.  This is what Rose thinks of as her last chance.  Her father has said that if she doesn’t choose a husband soon that he’ll choose one for her.  She’s had marriage proposals but she hasn’t loved any of them.  She wants love – is that so wrong?  Her father wants her married before Rose’s sister has her first season and he’s not about to take no for an answer.

The house party that the girls are at are is a notorious week-long party that supposedly is the week of love.  Many couples get married after meeting at this party every year and Rose wants that too.  The first night Rose sees Captain Frederick Paine and falls in love.  He helped her out of a mud puddle once when she was younger and she found him honorable.  Now he’s not only honorable but a soldier and good-looking.  Unfortunately when Rose starts to make her move it seems that Frederick isn’t interested in her and she’s thwarted by a man named Lord Hartfell.  She tries to get away from him throughout the week but it seems they’re paired together quite often.  As much as Rose doesn’t want to admit that she likes him she seems to be falling for him.  When she finds out who he really is, she’s incensed and hurt and wants nothing to do with him.  In the end will the love she feels conquer the hurt?

Cute book, I must say.  I liked the whole idea of the story and the set-up.  It had a happy feel to it and Rose’s friends were supportive and just lovely people.   That being said I really didn’t like Rose for most of the book.  There, I said it.  It’s horrible to say but she just annoyed me to no end.  She was set on Frederick even when he almost gave her the cut direct.  I think it was more like she wasn’t even on his radar despite she how hard she was trying to get noticed.  Lord Hartfell had his quirks as well but he didn’t really deserve the nastiness that spewed from Rose’s mouth.  She would kiss him then tell him off.  It got old after a while.

I can’t give any spoilers away about the end of the book and what was kind of the big reveal.  I will say that I thought it was well done and enjoyed how the author softened Rose up a bit in the end.  It was a little too late for my liking but it was nice to see.

The story was good and I liked the writing if not the heroine.  I think I’ll check out the next book in the series in the hopes that I find out some information that was left out of book one about another couple.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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