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review 2018-12-13 00:46
A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant - My Thoughts
A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong: A Blackshear Family novella - Cecilia Grant

The first of my Christmas reads and it was charming.  I found myself smiling much of the way through the story, even when I wanted to pinch the hero, the so very bound-by-duty Andrew Blackshear, who is the eldest of the family and so very, very, very proper.  *LOL*

Our heroine, Lucy Sharp was born to get under Andrew's skin and drive him to total distraction.  And that's exactly what she does with her impulsive and adventurous ways.  Propriety?  Not something she adheres to for the most part.  Brought up by an unconventional widower after the way-too-early death of her mother.

It was cute, it was heart-warming, it was filled with love and surprises.  I'm not fond of the cover (it's just too modern-looking for me), but the novella is a very pleasing read for the holiday season.  Check it out!

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review 2014-04-10 09:19
A Lady Awakened (Blackshear Family #1) by Cecilia Grant
A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Series # 1 - Cecilia Grant

A Lady Awakened
By: Cecilia Grant 
  5 stars
Reviewed by:Angels
Source:Purchased Gene: Historical  Romance
In Cecilia Grant’s emotionally rich and deeply passionate Regency romance debut, a deal with a rumored rogue turns a proper young woman into . . . A Lady Awakened.

Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes . . . for a fee.

Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow’s weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she’ll get her money’s worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can’t resist him forever. But could a lady’s sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all . . . love?

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Wow!What a nice start to a new series and a Debut novel for Cecilia Grant. I have to say that I loved it.Desperate things drive people who are a good person all around to do somethings so drastic in order to save the lives of others giving no thought to her own circumstances .Martha's husband has left her childless with no heir to claim his estate except for a disapproving male heir. Martha learns that husbands brother has taken the maids in her household and left them with child and just carried on and shaming those women for life. Martha hatches a plan to conceive a child with the help of a neighbor Theo paying him to be her stud hoping for a child of this affair to claim the estate and keep it out of the hands of a scoundrel.

Theo excepts the bargain as he is need of the money for the estate he is now trying to put to rights.This was a  story from the beginning that you would assume that there will be no happily ever after. Loved the main character's Theo and Martha but, also the others as they all made the book work and all parties in general working together for a common goal. You saw a couple slowing falling in love learning from on another and really working toward a lasting relationship for two people no matter how they started off.The book's story worked for me as I think these circumstances brought a couple together who needed to be together in order to heal one another. I liked the friendship that built slowly for this couple as you saw there relationship unfold before your eyes it was very endearing to see. I have to say that I rooted for this couple from the beginning hoping for a happily ever after but, Martha has a duty to uphold and there will be no time for love and happiness for her she has come to terms with it but, she is a very clever women maybe she might just pull something off after all.

Looking forward to the next book in this series coming out this summer.I thought Cecelia did a great job on her first book and can't wait to see what is next. Recommended read to all !

Source: angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-lady-awakened-blackshear-family-1-by.html
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review 2013-12-14 20:22
A Woman Entangled by Cecilia Grant
A Woman Entangled - Cecilia Grant

I'm finally finished and just a wee bit sad.  A Woman Entangled is the third book in the Blackshear Family series and also the weakest book in the series.  I'm not exactly sure what it was that I didn't enjoy, the writing was as wonderful as the other two books but I guess I'm just not a fan of the "friends to lovers" trope. Or maybe it was just this case of friends to lovers.  


Nick, our hero, has his feelings figured out pretty early but by the time Kate, our heroine, figures hers out the story was almost at an end and then poof--they couldn't but did and yada yada it was over and they were a couple.  

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review 2013-10-17 01:01
A Woman Entangled - Cecilia Grant

I think I was a little hard on this one at first.


I've read all of Cecilia Grant's three books. So far they've all started slow and sometimes her writing style, while beautiful, takes a bit of getting used to. In her first two books, the characters made the slow start less noticeable. Both of those books were stories of complete opposites. The leads were so different at first glance. So there were chapters full of back and forth, arguments, saying/doing the wrong thing, apologies that went awry, etc. And to be perfectly honest, there was more sex in those books. What can I say? I like when there's at least a few good sex scenes in my romance novels. And Cecilia Grant writes good ones, so the more the merrier.


This book on the other hand is a friends to lovers story. These are two people whose relationship is less fiery at first glance because they're so comfortable with each other. So at first they kind of bored me. I found Kate silly and Nick too stodgy. But as the story went on, and that comfort slipped away as romantic feelings got in the way, things got much more interesting. To paraphrase the slogan from "The Real World," they stopped being polite and started getting real.


That reminds me of another thing that makes this different from Ms. Grant's other books. They are all historicals, but the others occurred on the fringes of polite society. This one takes place right in the thick of it since both main characters are jockeying for increased social standing. At first I didn't like this, but as the book went on and this part of the story was revealed to be more layered than I originally thought, I didn't mind it.


To wrap things up, even though I didn't like this book as much as Ms. Grant's other offerings, in the end it was a very satisfying read. I found myself not only invested in Kate and Nick as a couple, but them as individuals as well. They both did a lot of growing up and made a lot of tough decisions. I found myself cheering them on by the end.


Finally, this is the third book in a series. I don't think you would have to read the first two books to get this one (although you should) even though the events of both those books heavily influence this one.

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review 2013-09-14 00:00
Cecilia Grant's "A Woman Entangled" - #3 of the Blackshear family series
A Woman Entangled - Cecilia Grant

After reading willaful's excellent review of this book, all I can say is - I completely agree with her assessment. The 2 main characters are not very likeable at the beginning of the story, but Cecilia Grant makes them so believable as they struggle with themselves to finally do the right thing, which in this case is to be true to themselves. Wonderful character-driven story.

Some words about the love scenes - there are only two, both well-written, but the second one is extremely hot and goes into territory where few authors of Regency-set romance, at least of the ones I've read, dare to go, especially where one of the lovers is completely without sexual experience or knowledge. Some reviewers have commented that they didn't find this scene believable in view of the heroine's inexperience, but it worked for me.

I wonder which secondary characters will get their own story? Kate the heroine has a trio of sisters, and Viola, the self-assured (because she's so certain she's right) proto-feminist intellectual seems the most intriguing possibility.

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