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review 2017-04-13 17:39
Review: Convenient Proposal to the Lady (Hadley's Hellions #3) by Julia Justiss
Convenient Proposal to the Lady - Julia Justiss

I’m in love with this series, not only because the so-called Hellions are more like gentlemen in disguise but because the author knows how to weave a solid and interesting plot with a good dose of romantic emotions.

The “Hellions” are labeled so because of some shenanigans of the past, but their life is different now and as politicians they are trying hard to better themselves and the society they live in. Ben for instance set out to warn Lady Alyssa as soon as he learned of the despicable plot that others planned to ruin her. He was an illegitimate son thus he knew what was like to be shunned in life and did not want that for her or anyone else.

I liked very much that Alyssa and Ben’s relationship was more than anything based on honesty and openness. That helped them learn each other’s fears, wants, dislikes, and dreams. So once it was time to move into the romantic spectrum of the relationship they both knew what they were walking into.

They both had demons to overcome, and in a way Alyssa’s approach to conquer them put me off. I also think it put a hinder in the romantic side of the story because it sounded as if she saw Ben as a savior rather than a lover. I suppose there was nothing wrong with that but I thought he deserved better. In the end I think they found common ground and they set out to find their own HEA, which is of course the point of it all.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2016-09-07 07:16
Stolen Encounters with the Duchess by Julia Justiss
Stolen Encounters with the Duchess (Hadley's Hellions) - Julia Justiss

This is the second installment in the Hadley's Hellions series but can definitely be read as a standalone. 

The author has a knack for making the reader immerse into the story right from the get-go, and her storytelling is so fluid and in accordance with the times she writes about that it was really hard for me to put down the book when it was time to make a pause (I suppose I had to eat and sleep, oh, and work too). 

 

 

Faith and David met at her cousin's 10 years earlier, when they were both full of illusions and life. They fell in love but well aware that as a lady of society they couldn't possibly ever be more than friends. Faith went on to marry a Duke and David went on to become a well-renowned member of Parliament. Now, recently widowed Faith is trying to find a new purpose in life while taking care of her 3 children. It seems all life had been extinguished out of her and David, as the true friend he's always been, tries to help her out while at the same time avoiding any interaction that could ruin her reputation or could break the little restrain he has when he's around her. 

Faith on the other hand looks for excuses to spend time with him and to be closer to him than it's acceptable *wink wink* So much so that she sometimes seems to forget she's a Duchess, her wary position in society, and even her children. 

 

What I like the most about this story is that the lady here is the instigator, the rake trying to corrupt the gentleman's honor. She makes the offer to take him as a lover but in her rush to live life to the fullest never mentions marriage and he is the one refusing the affair. In this role reversal story, he's the offended party and she's the one forgetting he's got feelings as well. 

 

"'Every creature, no matter how lowly, has value,' Davie said quietly. 'Only men with small minds and hard hearts treat cruelly or slightingly those of lesser estate than themselves. A man of high position, as you will one day be, has a responsibility to protect those who are poorer and less fortunate."

 

I think this quote describes David perfectly. He's not a titled man but knows a man capable of making great changes in the world does not need a title and those that have one have a greater responsibility for others around him. 

If you haven't noticed, my favorite character here was David because of his honorability, integrity, and courage. Faith was sweet and funny and a loving mother. Her children were on point, especially Edward, heir to the dukedom.

 

I definitely recommend this story to all lovers of historical romance. 

4.5 stars. 

 

** I was gifted a copy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review ** 

~ Please note that the quote here was taken out of an ARC and may not be included in the final published copy of the book. 

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review 2016-03-29 05:38
Forbidden Nights with the Viscount by Julia Justiss
Forbidden Nights with the Viscount (Hadley's Hellions) - Julia Justiss

                         

 

 

 

Yep, I just think Julia Justiss truly has a gift. She’s one of the few authors I dare compare to the actual classic writers of those times. I love her poetic voice and writing style.

 

Lady Margaret Roberts and Viscount Giles Hadley meet while canvassing for opposing political parties in 1832 England. Hadley has personal and humanitarian reasons as to why he wants the power to be transferred to the common people while Maggie supports the idea that an uneducated man should not vote on issues he’s not familiar with. The dialogue about political issues felt honest and was never boring and had I been to rallies held by either one I could’ve been swayed to either party at any given time. I’m not too fond of stories with a political subplot but here it worked perfectly, and it actually helped the plot move along nicely when it was necessary.

 

Maggie is not in the marked for marriage or everlasting love as she’s known it before. In fact, the last thing she wants is to fall in love again because the love of her life died in a terrible accident and she doesn’t want to suffer another loss. She may be a widow but she still has a reputation to think of however the more she knows about Giles the more she wants to be with him, in more ways than she’s willing to accept. And of course Giles, being the loving man that he is, does everything in his power to make sure Maggie is loved in every way possible. Their friendship is palpable through their dialogue as well as their actions so kudos to Julia for giving me the "show" instead of the "tell."

 

There was enough sexual tension that never bordered on the unbelievable. The main characters were charming and smart and witty and I just loved that the hero was never over powering or over protective, he was just a normal man trying to do something good with his life. The whole book was just great and I’m giving it 5 stars because I just loved it so =D

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