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Lady Augusta back in London for the season, her mother has just informed her that her father has chosen her husband for her. When Augusta and Stephen first meet they do not really make a good impression to each other. The betrothal papers are signed but not delivered. When his brother dies he becomes the Marquess. Circumstances and pride kept them from seeing the true person under the ‘ton’ glamour. Stephen is quite cruel to her when she tries to warn him of the ton and of all the attention that they are paying him. Overhearing a plot against Stephen she tries to warn him to protect him. I loved this story, Rose Pearson has written an story that is full of detail of the scenery, ritual and dialogue of the era. The complex relationship between Augusta and Stephen is revealled through their POVs and is slowly revealed as their feelings change towards each other. I loved the mystery of the story and how it was revealled, each secret layer being revealled. This story has such a pride and prejudice theme and i looked forward to the story unfolding. I always look forward to Rose Pearson stories as they are so well written, with interesting plots, and characters and HEAs!
Another engaging book by Rose Pearson, well written and a perfect start to a new series. Lady Augusta put in a difficult position by her father in that an arranged marriage was being forced upon her, the reason for which though was never made clear, I did think that perhaps a lack of family funds was the reason but it was never explained. Lady Augusta was not best pleased and on meeting her betrothed, Lord Pendleton,( soon to be Lord Leicstershire, following his brothers death) she was not very pleasant to him, and so on meeting again 6 months later after Lord Leicstershire returned to London following his mourning period for his brother. Their dislike for one another continued, Lord Leicstershire believing that the ton had taken him to their hearts and he had been accepted as one of them, his new found wealth and power must have gone to his head or he was just stupid because he never suspected and when a plot was formed to bring about his down fall it was Lady Augusta who saved him. Lady Augusta and Lord Leicsterhire were kept on the straight and narrow by their friends Lady Mary and Lord Dryden, who fell into a relationship easily and quietly without fuss unlike their friends. All in All a lovely story one that I would thoroughly recommend.
I'm enjoying Rose's books! I suggest trying her latest series of books - Landon series, those are the best by far out of her books. This one is good too I've read all the follow ups of it as well. I do love an author who makes it into a series.
I don't want to do a synopsis because you can see that by reading the book cover. So instead I will explain WHY I like this book.
1) It's clean. No dodgy sex scenes! 2) It is well written, the English is correct to my knowledge (I'm British) and in keeping with the time. You can tell she's done her research. 3) Her books give me that fuzzy feeling. Difficult to explain this point because everyone is different but I LOVE authors that have the right amount of romance/wording that makes me feel fuzzy as I'm reading it (referring back to point 1 it's without being sexual). Like having butterflies in your tummy.
It's taken hundreds of books to find a few select regency romance authors that do the genre justice and now I've found Rose she's in my top 10 authors.
Nice romantic story Lady Augusta looking forward to attending the seasons ball and finding a husband unaware that her parents have already agreed a marriage for her and is informed of that she will meet him at the ball, she is not very happy to say the least. Lord Pembleton a quite reserved gentleman, has recently become the Marquess of Leicestershire due to the death of his brother, is thrown into the limelight something he knows nothing about. Both Lady Augusta and the Marquess are quite people but on meeting Augusta is angry and rude and Leicestershire new at having all the attention appears arrogant. Neither show their true personality. And so it begins. I DID ENJOY THIS AS I AM A ROSE PEARSON FAN I FELT IT WAS DRAGGED OUT IN PLACES. Nevertheless a good read.
This well written romance with a touch of mystery does a good job of capturing both the conversational style and situations that could arise in the Regency time. How would you act if presented with a betrothal and an intended who you had never met? Lady Augusta is less than impressed; a believable response. Most of the story line ensues from how her intended Stephen, currently a younger brother of a Marquis, perceives her behaviour. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of creating the characters but, personally, I found Stephen's personality hard to appreciate. Ultimately, it is Augusta's actions that help the reader to begin to like Stephen. I liked the addition of the mystery but would have enjoyed a little more "romance" in the book.
This is the kind of romance I love to read. It is a book I wouldn’t be afraid for my preteen granddaughter to find and pick up to read. The language is clean and I don’t need steamy love scenes. I like sweet romances, especially historical fiction.
Unfortunately, this book had a silly and interesting plot. The author was unable to formulate any kind of true relationship between the main characters and yet at the end they were professing their love for each other. There a good romance books which keep your attention and have you giggling at the dialogue and smiling your way through the book and then there are books such as this one.