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review 2017-10-04 03:40
EARL OF SCANDAL by Mary Gillgannon
Earl of Scandal - Mary Gillgannon

Christian Faraday crashes his horses and curricle into Merrisa's wagon.  Since it is cold out and his one horse is injured she invites him to her home.  Merrisa is not one to hold her tongue and Christian, being an earl, is not used to others saying what they think.  He and Merrisa are attracted  to one another but not in the same class so both think the best thing would be to stay away from the other but scandal follows Christian into the country and Merrisa goes to London to save her brother where Christian must rescue her. 

 

I liked Merrisa.  She is sharp-tongued and feisty and takes on all.  She may be afraid but she knows how to give a set down.  I can see her in my mind going up against the roughest, toughest people.  I chuckled at her as she often bests the rest.  I liked Christian.  He is all the negative things he thinks but Merrisa sees more in him, once she lets her prejudices slide (just a little.)  Merrisa keeps Christian on his toes.  I chuckled as the two of them went after each other.  Elizabeth, Merrisa's sister, is a good foil for her.  Their brother should be kicked where the sun don't shine. 

 

I enjoyed the story.  It moved quickly and was fun.  It shows the hypocrisy of the times.  Keep it discreet and you can do anything.  I like how Merrisa does help Christian with a certain problem.  I would read this author again.

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review 2017-02-14 03:44
Review: Rake to Riches (The London Lords #2) by Nicola Davidson
Rake to Riches (The London Lords Book 2) - Nicola Davidson
Rake to riches is the second in the series but can be totally be read as a standalone.
Set in regency England, Louisa’s heart is more into the perils of science and experimentation (all kinds of it) than in fulfilling her parents’ wish of marrying a man of title if not money. Unfortunately the only man that could have at one time changed her mind about marriage holds no title and little can be said about his financial situation. Apparently something happened in the past that drew an edge between the two and made them become some sort of enemies after they had been good friends since childhood. Now Louisa wants nothing to do with the man but fate puts him again in her life and neither one of them have a choice but to learn to trust one another as they once did.

I adored the voice of this author, it just held my interest from page one. The dialogue was funny and engaging. The way she gave life to the characters was different from what I have read in the past. Each character was unique in their own way and not one of them tried to hide that uniqueness. For instance, George could have very well been the typical rake that sought pleasure because other things were denied from him but instead he simply rolled with the punches. Yes, he resented many things but he looked for solutions and not culprits. Another favorite of mine here was that Louisa was more concerned with being catalogued as a renowned scientist than a refined lady of the ton. She had her silly moments but she was at least trying to better herself. The romance was sweet yet passionate. The way George managed to keep Louisa to task with science was both endearing and entertaining. To me that said how much he knew her and that he truly care about her.
The rake to riches arc was interesting as well. If anything I would have loved to see what would have happened if George’s social circumstances had not changed at all or perhaps not so drastically. Either way the story ended in a satisfactory way and of course I will continue reading the series and anything else written by this author.

*** 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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