Title: Shattered Dreams
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Laura Landon
Publisher: Prairie Muse Publishing, 2010
Sexy Rating: 4
Violence Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
Brentan Montgomery, Earl of Charfield has one love – his stable of Arabian horses. When he is offered breeding rights to the Marquess of Fellingsdown’s prize Arabian, El Solidar, if for two weeks he acts as companion to Fellingsdown’s sister, he doesn’t care if the reclusive Lady Elyssa has three chins and a dozen hairy moles, the prize at the end is worth anything he has to endure. But when he meets the elusive Lady Elyssa Prescott, all thoughts of gaining a prize Arabian colt disappear. He realizes he’s met the woman of his dreams – if only he can keep her from discovering the deceit that brought them together and convince her that her imperfections don’t matter to him.
Lady Elyssa Prescott knows what it’s like to be ridiculed and shunned. But when Brent Montgomery lets her glimpse a world where her limitations aren’t important, she believes it’s possible for her dreams to become a reality. Until she discovers the man with whom she’s fallen in love was ‘hired’ to offer her everything she’s always dreamed of having. The cruel reality of a love built on deceit shatters both their dreams and threatens to destroy their lives forever.
(also found in the box-set “Proper Scoundrels” on Kindle for $.99)
This is a predictable Historical Romance but truly delightful. Besides the angsty romance of Elly and Brent we also get to see Harrison, the Duke of Fellingsdown, rekindle his romance with Cassie. But the main romance goes to Brent who is a known rake and Elly who has a severe limp from a childhood accident. Their initial courtship is sweet, heartwarming and totally romantic until Elly finds out about Brent being hired to pay attention to her. There is violent danger that erupts and causes injury to a main character.
I totally enjoyed reading this novel. It was a sweet escape into a world of the Victorian house party. I turned pages to find out what would become of Elly and Brent and the horrific violence that nearly killed one.
I recommend this book but suggest you buy the box-set and get this one plus 3 more full length novels all for $.99.