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Guest Review: Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain

Posted July 7, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Scandalous Ever After by Theresa RomainReviewer: Tracy
Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain
Series: Romance of the Turf #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: July 4th 2017
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four-stars

"Romain pens an unconventional, highly appealing love story, topped off with intrigue. This fast-paced read is sure to satisfy." ―RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars for A Gentleman's Game

Does love really heal all wounds?After being widowed by a steeplechase accident in Ireland, Lady Kate Whelan abandons the turf. But once her mourning is complete, her late husband's debts drive her to seek help in Newmarket amidst the whirl of a race meet. There she encounters antiquities expert Evan Rhys, her late husband's roguish friend―whom she hasn't seen since the day of his lordship's mysterious death.

Now that fate has reunited them, Evan seizes the chance to win over the woman he's always loved. But once back within the old stone walls of Whelan House, long-held secrets come to light that shake up everything Kate thought she knew about her marriage. Now she wonders who she can trust with her heart―and Evan must decide between love and a truth that will separate him from all his heart desires.

Romance of the Turf Series:A Gentleman's Game (Book 1)Scandalous Ever After (Book 2)

Two years ago Evan and his best friend, Conall, got into an argument and Even then left the country of Ireland, never to return.  He found out later that his friend had fallen from a horse and died that very day.  He’d blamed himself for his friends death.  He also has massive guilt because from the day Conall had brought his English wife home, Evan had been in love with her.

Evan is lecturing in London when the object of his affections, Kate, strolls in.  He immediately changes his travel plans and heads to her family seat in Newmarket with her – with plans to travel with her to Ireland afterward.  He finally believes it’s time to make his move on Kate, but she’s not ready to accept that her life can change from what it’s been these past two years.  She also has worries that going to bed with Evan will ruin their friendship.

When they eventually make it back to Ireland Kate is even more determined to keep Evan at bay but he doesn’t allow that.  He needs to make her see that they can be good together.  He also finds something that might prove that his friend, Kate’s husband didn’t die in an accident but was murdered.

This was a sweet fiends to lovers story.  I really liked both Kate and Evan and their witty banter made me laugh throughout the book.  No matter what was happening Evan was always there with his light-heartedness and I loved it.

The romance between the two kind of grew organically and at times I wished as a reader that I could have understood Kate a bit better when it came to Evan.  It was like she was falling in love with him but we weren’t exactly told that.  I don’t know how to explain it.  Anyway, this is the reason for the 4 stars rather than higher.

Overall I found the book to be quite enjoyable and I truly appreciated Ms. Romain’s sense of humor.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Review: Season for Surrender by Theresa Romain

Posted September 28, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Honor Among Rogues

Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

Mischief Among Misses

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

Lord Xavier is a myth. The man has created a persona that he continues to live by that has kept him in good stead with the ton. He has a reputation for being quite the ladies man among other things and can’t pass a wager up to save his soul. His most regular betting partner is his cousin Lord Lockwood. One day they were sitting in their club and Lockwood came up with a bet concerning Xavier’s upcoming house party. Xavier was to invite a respectable single woman and she was to stay the full two weeks or Xavier would lose. Now Xavier’s house parties are not were respectable young women belong. They are hedonistic and could sometimes make a sailor blush. When the appointed woman, Louisa Oliver actually shows up both Lockwood and Xavier are a bit shocked.

Louisa Oliver has been hiding from life for the past nine months. She was engaged to a man who then fell in love with her step-sister and she’s been living with the scandal and whispers since then. She’s ready to live and to make some changes in her life…like, getting kissed, discovering some great new books, getting kissed some more. Well attending Lord Xavier’s house party is the first step in reaching her goals. What Louisa doesn’t expect is to discover that Xavier isn’t exactly who everyone thinks he is and when she finds the soft center under the crusty outer shell she’s quite happy with who he is inside.

Season for Surrender was a good Christmas novel. I very much liked the wit and poetry that was a huge part of the book as I thought it added a lot to the story (both characters loved Dante as well as others).

Louisa was such a great character. I really loved the fact that even though she had been a wallflower during her one horrible season she really wasn’t a shy, retiring miss. She was a book lover and a bit of a bluestocking and her intelligence rose up in every conversation. When she first starts talking to Xavier in his library he was only there to try to keep her at the party – trying to win the wager. But she soon showed him that there was much more to her than he thought and they were soon immersed in each other’s heads. Louisa was somewhat reluctant to believe that the man known as Xavier could be changed and could become who he truly was inside, Alex. Alex was amazing but he had lived his life as Lord Xavier for so long she wasn’t sure if he could cast off that persona in order to be with her.

Alex was wonderful. Xavier…not so much. I understood why Alex had created Xavier’s image as he had and it all came down to fear. Unfortunately as he got older I would have thought, being the smart man he was, he would have figured out that he could keep his reputation, be respected by the ton and still be the man he was inside. I did admire his determination to keep his cousin, Lockwood, from ruining Louisa’s reputation when things started to fall apart, that’s for sure.

In the end I thought it was a pretty darned good read. I will definitely be looking for more from this author in the future.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Theresa Romain


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