Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published: January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…
Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?
|This book was alright for me, I’ve been binge reading a lot of Regency Romance novels lately [blame it on the winter,] and this one was just “Alright.”
Now, admittedly I’ve never read the prior books so all of the characters that were tossed into this book meant little to me and on top of it just served to confuse me, I could gather the hint that what transpired with these characters had something to do with prior tales. The end result for me was just confusion and frustration, because I wanted to know about the characters in THIS story and cared very little for all the supporting ones.
The book did have potential, but it was lost on me, sadly, Justin “Thorn” Netherwood the Earl of Kempthorn is the twin to Gideon, who recently has returned after his leave of absence. Thorn is a serious man, with a strong opinion and though he grew up with Miss Olivia Lydall, he was not her favorite – Gideon was – and her senseless, reckless behavior always seemed to irk Thorn.
Flash forward numerous years and he’s still put off by her senseless behavior, but he now sees her beauty and soon feelings begin to develop so he decides to pose as Gideon to convince her to love him [Thorn.]
The entire thing was just “ok” to me, I wish I could give it a higher rating, but aside from the frustrating bits of where there were too many cooks in the kitchen, Olivia just annoyed me rather than amused me. Gideon was by far my favorite but even he couldn’t make this book superb in my mind.
2.5 Savvy Crowns
What’s your favorite Regency Novel?