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review 2018-05-18 19:23
good book and characters
A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters) - Erica Taylor

Lady Susanna Mcallister had been nearly trampled to death.But her walking companions Viscount Riverton kept his wits and pushed Susanna out of the way of the riders path. Susanna caught her self against a tree. And turned to see her would be assailant and saw his gaze bore into Lord Riverton , his gaze showing something Like hatred. Then Lord Riverton told Susanna that the rider was the Earl of Wescott . Then he added Wescott had almost been his brother in law when Lord Riverton had been engaged to the Earl’s sister Elizabeth/Beth. But Elizabeth had tragically taken from him. Then Riverton said he had to go as it depressed him as he was unaware the Earl of  Wescott had returned to town. Then Riverton asked if Susanna and her sister in law Clara could make it home safely. Lord Riverton had been courting Susanna for months. Susanna had never seen Lord Riverton agitated or frightened , never anxious and certainly never hateful. He seemed to be very calm and even tempered fellow- almost boring if she were honest. Riverton had forwardly introduced himself during during a mutual friend’s house party in July. Until then Susanna had never heard of him. Susanna’s brother Andrew was the Duke of Bredstone. Susanna knew her position in society and family connections opened many doors but they closed just as many when it came to marriageable prospects. Susanna had four other brothers besides Andrew and not many suitors  were willing to take on all her brothers in order to pursue Susanna’s hand. It had been over two months since Lord Riverton had begun to court her. Susanna was expecting a declaration any day now. But there was something holding Riverton back. Then Clara said that she wanted to see Susanna happy and Lord Riverton was a bore and today ungentlemanly leaving them with no footman or anyone to escort them home safely. Susanna felt Clara was more than a friend a true sister. The Earl of Wescott was Ian Carlisle. He was at his father’s home and his first instinct had been to board up the home after his sister's death. Then his cousin- Lord Rheneas Warren - Earl of Bexley asked if there were problems. Rheneas and Ian had been boys together. Bexley said he had come over as soon as he heard Ian had returned to town as it had been three years, The men had seen each other at Easter six months ago but that had not been in town. Then Bexley said it was noticed he was back when Then Bexley said the Duke was hosting a house party and Ian had been issued an invitation by the Duchess and noone refuses the Duchess. Ian had never had a proper season. He had left the country before he was old enough to make his own bows to the King only doing so when Ian was home on a brief leave and his father forced him to. Ian had only attended a few balls, one musical, and two nights at Almack’s Assembly Room before he left again. Ian had not returned until Beth’s engagement three years ago. Since then the Home Office had allowed him time to spend in England. His appearance in London now because of a summons from his superiors. As he had bought a commission when he was younger. Ian supposed he owed Lady Susanna a sensible explanation , an apology. It wasn’t gentlemanly to nearly crash into a lady of quality with his horse. Plus Ian felt oddly obligated to warn Lady Susanna of his past with Riverton as he felt she should know the type of character Riverton was. Ian didn’t feel the viscount was fit company for any lady. Ian ran into Lady Susanna and behind her appearance as a sophisticated English lady, she possessed something Ian didn’t know existed in any lady of the ton. Lady Susanna possessed strength. Susanna and Ian agreed to make a chance to talk about Riverton then Ian would drop it and honor her decision on Riverton. Ian warned Susanna to end her relationship with Riverton. He feels Lord Riverton if she treasured her life. He felt Lord Riverton was after susanna’s dowry as he had been with Ian’s sister Beth. But beth had been kidnapped then murdered and Ian felt Riverton had something to do with it Susanna did agree to help Ian investigate Riverton. Ian brings out feelings in Susanna that she thought weren’t possible. Ian finds he wants Susanna but tries to stay away as he felt he didn’t deserve love and marriage and family as he failed to protect his sister Beth.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the plot. The suspense, adventure, and mystery in this book. I liked that the romance developing between Ian and Susanna Beth. and then to know  a very similar thing was happening to other engaged women. I really liked how close Susanna and her family and her sister in law. I did feel the ending was too rushed and would have liked the book to show Susanna and Ian get married. I do feel Ian was a little selfish how he was and acted toward Susanna especially not worrying at all about her reputation. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-29 00:06
A Suitable Affair
A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters) - Erica Cameron-Taylor

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

A Suitable Affair is Erica Taylor’s debut historical romance and book 1 of The Macalisters series. I do love well-written family sagas. When I went into this book, I didn’t know what to expect but glad to report that I emerged quite happy because the story and writing-wise, A Suitable Affair was wonderful.

In the beginning of the story, our H Ian and h Susanna met with quite a, uh, bang. Well, kind of a bang. She was strolling Hide Park with her soon-to-be fiancé Lord Riverton, while Ian was on the way to attend a meeting. And his horse almost collided with her, which could’ve been seriously bad but thankfully, it wasn’t. But it did introduce our H and h unofficially. Even from then I could tell these two are going to be a handful, their banters were already fun to read. True to that, I enjoyed most of Ian and Susanna’s banters to the fullest. After a while, you simply know these have to be together cause they’re going to have a lot of fun! :D

Susanna is one of the daughters of the Macalister family/Bradstone Dukedom, which somewhat reminded me of Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons. They have 10 siblings, now minus their eldest brother Sam, the heir to the Duke of Bradstone, who died in a carriage accident alongside their father. After Sam’s passing, the responsibilities of the Dukedom fell onto the next bother, Andrew, who wasn’t quite ready to shoulder it. This sudden and tragic transformation in their family took a toll on everyone, least of all Andrew, who had become distant and cold in the intervening years until he met Clara and fell in love. He’s now happily married to her. Susanna’s older sister, Sarah, was also married but now widowed. She’s got more brothers that I couldn’t keep a count on, 2 of them being overseas. Younger sister Norah has already had her come-out while the youngest, Mara is waiting. If all of them are getting a book each, we can safely say we’re in for quite a journey here!

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review 2017-06-06 07:47
Book Review For: A Suitable Affair by Erica Taylor
A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters) - Erica Taylor
A Suitable AffairA Suitable Affair by Erica Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'A Suitable Affair' by Erica Taylor is the story of Lady Susanna Macalister and Ian the Earl of Westcott.
Susanna is being courted by Lord Riverton and Susanna hopes to make a marriage. Not that she loves Lord Riverston but that she thinks he is the better option than not being married. But when Ian almost runs her down when she is walking in Hyde's park with Lord Riverton he peaks her interest. Ian is a friend of Susanna's brother so when he is given a invitation to a house party by Susanna's brother he goes. Ian doesn't know what relationship she has with Lord Riverston but he feels he must inform her of what happened with his sister and Lord Riverston.
A sweet love story with a good mystery thrown in!
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