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review 2013-12-12 06:00
The Highwayman's Bride
The Highwayman's Bride - Jane Beckenham

Tess Stanhope has been ruled by her violent and controlling uncle since her parents' death and she's had just about enough of it. An avid reader, she devises a scheme straight out of one of the novels she devours, and although it fails, it does lead her to a way out in the form of the handsome and mysterious Aiden. 

 

Aiden Masters, Earl of Charnley, has been betrayed one too many times and is hell-bent on revenge. His heart has turned bitter by heartbreak and though intrigued by the beautiful Tess, he doubts that their uneasy alliance will amount to much.

 

Though Tess and Aiden are hesitant to trust one another, they can't deny their mutual attraction. Will it blossom into true love?

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-12-05 10:38
The Highwayman's Bride
The Highwayman's Bride - Jane Beckenham

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...

The Highwayman's Bride by Jane Beckenham was my first book by the author. I wanted to read it because, honestly, it was the title. Unfortunately, even though I thought the storyline was pretty good, the writing style was very uneven. Sometimes it was great, sometimes not so much. There were also some frustrating, even unbelievable moments in the story. However, it’d be a lie if I say that I didn’t enjoy it. The story, even with the writing style, had a flow and kept me hooked because it was different.

Tess just escaped her abusive uncle’s house in hopes of a better life. An orphan, Tess’s parents passed away some 8 years ago. Her only close, living relative, Uncle Luther took her in. He not only squandered away whatever money her parents left for her, but also liked bullying her. The guy is an a$$hole and bullying and blustering is all he does best. His own wife, who seemed somewhat vacant to me (and I thought, was a coping mechanism) also has to cope with this on everyday basis. Tess has had enough and now she wants out, otherwise she’d be married off with an old man who is just as gross as Luther. So what does Tess do for a better life? Well, she didn’t do a lot of planning on that regard that for sure. She reads a lot of romance novels and thought to disguise herself as a highwayman and rob a coach or two, then take the money and go somewhere where her uncle won’t find her. Well, this didn’t cast Tess in a very favorable light to me. I thought it was absolutely idiotic. However, I also felt that she was too desperate to do just about anything to escape. On her misadventure as the ‘highwayman’, Tess meets Aiden, our H, who was there on business. He takes a rough tumble while saving Tess’s butt as she was robbing the coach of a wealthy family. I was glad that Aiden saw through Tess’s disguise, because more often than not, authors try to disguise their heroines as male and no one ever seems to know that this is a woman; even when she’s wearing tight breeches.

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text 2013-12-02 22:23
December Book Batch!
Becoming Josephine: A Novel - Heather Webb
Buzz (HP Pettersson, #2) - Anders de la Motte
Snowblind - Christopher Golden
The Tenth Circle - Jon Land
Runner - Patrick Lee
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg
Wild Card - Jamie Wyman
The Highwayman's Bride - Jane Beckenham
Compromising Willa - Diana Quincy
Netherworld - Lisa Morton

These are all the books I hope to read in December! Let's hope I get to all of them :) 

 

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review 2013-11-30 00:00
The Highwayman's Bride
The Highwayman's Bride - Jane Beckenham Book: The Highwayman’s Bride
Author: Jane Beckenham
Publication Date: 12/9/2013
Reviewed by: Tammy - http://booknooknuts.blogspot.com/
My Rating: 5 Stars
REVIEW
1813 Tess Stanhope sat upon her stolen horse and waited in the rain for the unsuspecting travelers. She didn’t want to do it but she had no other options. There was no way she would end up the next wife to Percy Harrow. But her uncle was determined to marry her off to this hideous man. Tess had witnessed the horrible treatment Percy had bestowed upon his first wife. As she sat upon the horse in that pouring rain in the dark of night a single tear slid down her cheek. As she wiped it away she thought this scene was nothing like the ones she had read about in her books. And it just so happens that her first robbery just had to be that of Judge Wallace Pratley. While in the middle of holding up the carriage and pointing her gun a stranger happened upon and joined in with her on robbing the people in the wagon . She asked him who are you and simply said Lad we will do this together. What he thought her a Lad? So her costume had worked? Well everything kind of goes wrong and the next she knows the stranger is lying on his back in the mud with blood coming from his head. Tess knows she can not just leave him behind. She goes over and tries to get him into a sitting position . After a lot of arguing the stranger gives in and accepts the help and gets upon Tess’s horse behind her. He tells her they must find an Inn to stay in and tells her which directions to head into . Once at the Inn he orders them a room and just when Tess thinks she can take no more the Stranger up and lets it be known he knows she is not a Lad but a woman. She is so angry its just simmering in her gut. This stranger was a dangerous Highwayman in so many ways. Dangerous because Tess has felt an attraction since the moment the stranger aids in the robbery . Just where will this highwayman lead her? Can she continue to deny the attraction she feels. And just who is this Highwayman? Oh its not just any HighwayMan its Aiden Masters The Earl of Chandry .

This was a wonderful historical romance book . The author grabs hold of each piece and pulls you in.
Grab your copy now !!

Review copy provided by: ARC - Entangled Publishing

Buy Links
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1b9OBiX
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-highwaymans-bride-jane-beckenham/1117366947?ean=9781622663439
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review 2013-11-30 00:00
The Highwayman's Bride
The Highwayman's Bride - Jane Beckenham Book: The Highwayman’s Bride
Author: Jane Beckenham
Publication Date: 12/9/2013
Reviewed by: Tammy - http://booknooknuts.blogspot.com/
My Rating: 5 Stars
REVIEW
1813 Tess Stanhope sat upon her stolen horse and waited in the rain for the unsuspecting travelers. She didn’t want to do it but she had no other options. There was no way she would end up the next wife to Percy Harrow. But her uncle was determined to marry her off to this hideous man. Tess had witnessed the horrible treatment Percy had bestowed upon his first wife. As she sat upon the horse in that pouring rain in the dark of night a single tear slid down her cheek. As she wiped it away she thought this scene was nothing like the ones she had read about in her books. And it just so happens that her first robbery just had to be that of Judge Wallace Pratley. While in the middle of holding up the carriage and pointing her gun a stranger happened upon and joined in with her on robbing the people in the wagon . She asked him who are you and simply said Lad we will do this together. What he thought her a Lad? So her costume had worked? Well everything kind of goes wrong and the next she knows the stranger is lying on his back in the mud with blood coming from his head. Tess knows she can not just leave him behind. She goes over and tries to get him into a sitting position . After a lot of arguing the stranger gives in and accepts the help and gets upon Tess’s horse behind her. He tells her they must find an Inn to stay in and tells her which directions to head into . Once at the Inn he orders them a room and just when Tess thinks she can take no more the Stranger up and lets it be known he knows she is not a Lad but a woman. She is so angry its just simmering in her gut. This stranger was a dangerous Highwayman in so many ways. Dangerous because Tess has felt an attraction since the moment the stranger aids in the robbery . Just where will this highwayman lead her? Can she continue to deny the attraction she feels. And just who is this Highwayman? Oh its not just any HighwayMan its Aiden Masters The Earl of Chandry .

This was a wonderful historical romance book . The author grabs hold of each piece and pulls you in.
Grab your copy now !!

Review copy provided by: ARC - Entangled Publishing

Buy Links
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1b9OBiX
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-highwaymans-bride-jane-beckenham/1117366947?ean=9781622663439
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