Title: The Legendary Lord (The Playful Brides Series, book #6)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Valerie bowman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Nov. 1, 2016)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon.com:
When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…
As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?
The Legendary Lord is the sixth installment of Valerie Bowman’s Regency-set Playful Brides series.
Christian Forester arrives at his hunting lodge in rough clothes and sporting a beard. Sarah Highgate has sought shelter from the winter prior to his arrival in the lodge. After some tense first moments they become sociable and she agrees to tutor him in the ways to become the most sought after bachelor in the London Season. He agrees to get her back to London, her fiancé and strict parents without a breath of scandal. They both succeed and then the trouble starts.
Ms. Bowman has given us characters with personality, some flaws and much likability. There is some angst about their outcome and I turned pages quickly to find out how these two people would be brought together. There are some very sexy scenes and I always question if a sweet sheltered Regency Miss would have been such a willing participant. But since those scenes are expected in Romance novels today, I encourage readers, who do object, to just skip the parts that offend you instead of missing out on superb storytelling.
I have loved every one of the books in the Playful Brides Series. I confess I did miss book #2 but I still intend to right that wrong. This is a standalone book but Characters from past books in the series do make appearances and they do make for interesting reading here as well as in their own previous books. Also side characters here, Meg and Hart, definitely need their story told in a future volume. I usually hope that a series ends about this number of books but in the case of Playful Brides, I never want it to end. Too much fun is anticipated with each new book.
I encourage you to read Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series:
- The Unexpected Duchess, Lucy and Derek’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
- The Accidental Countess, Cass and Julian’s story
- The Unlikely Lady, Jane and Garrett’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
- The Irresistible Rogue, Daphne and Rafe’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
- The Untamed Earl, Alex and Owen’s story (Deet’s rating 5-stars)
Here are excerpts from my reviews of the books in the series:
What a delight to find an author who is so accomplished at bringing forth stunning characterization and a plot filled with good writing and humorous moments. (The Unexpected Duchess, book#1)
Jane and Garrett are two of the most likeable protagonists in romance. She is a deep intellectual who discovers her passionate side and he is the thoughtful pseudo-rake who suddenly is captivated by a woman he thought he didn’t like. (The Unlikely Lady, book#3)
There is some fast and loose playing with actual Regency Era language and actions of a virgin young lady. Sometimes this bothers me, but in this book I was laughing too hard to care. (The Irresistible Rogue, book#4)
Are you looking for a feel good book. This is the one. Valerie Bowman has given us a wonderfully witty love story of a young woman who knows what she wants and an older man who has to be taught what he wants. (The Untamed Earl, book #5)