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Advance Review- Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain

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Title: Scandalous Ever After (Romance of The Turf, book #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Theresa Romain
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 4, 2017 preorder available
Pages: 352
Rating: 3.5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:
After years apart, old friends Lady Kate Whelan and Evan Rhys reunite at a race. They’ve been masking their feelings for each other for years, but when Evan must protect Kate from her late husband’s secrets, he may not be able to resist her any longer.
After being widowed by a steeplechase accident in Ireland, Lady Kate Whelan abandons the turf. But once her mourning is complete, her late husband’s debts drive her to seek help in Newmarket amidst the whirl of a race meet. There she encounters antiquities expert Evan Rhys, her late husband’s roguish friend—whom she hasn’t seen since the day of his lordship’s mysterious death.
Now that fate has reunited them, Evan seizes the chance to win over the woman he’s always loved. But once back within the old stone walls of Whelan House, long-held secrets come to light that shake up everything Kate thought she knew about her marriage. Now she wonders who she can trust with her heart—and Evan must decide between love and a truth that will separate him from all his heart desires.
Romance of the Turf Series:
A Gentleman’s Game (Book 1) currently $.99 on Amazon for Kindle, Deet’s Rating 3.5
Scandalous Ever After (Book 2)
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This book played out very much like book one in the series for me. It was so slow in the beginning I almost didn’t finish and then at about 2/3 of the way through it picked up to go taking off at a gallop. Theresa Romain can write beautiful prose and dialog but I do wish she would not put us to sleep early in the book. There is a scene with Kate’s children and Evan that did provide quite a bit of plot information but it went on way too long. Some coincidences were just a bit TOO coincidental, and the wrap up left me scratching my head wondering “Why?” All that being said, it still was a good book. Yes, I know after all my peeves, that doesn’t make sense, but it is a good read in spite of the flaws. If you like the historical facts about horse racing in the Regency Era then this book is very well researched, as is the first in the series.

 

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Recent Release Review- A Gentleman’s Game by Theresa Romain

Title:  A Gentleman’s Game (Romance of The Turf book #1)

A Gentleman's game

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb 2 2016

Pages: 352

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

How far will a man go Talented but troubled, the Chandler family seems cursed by bad luck-and so Nathaniel Chandler has learned to trade on his charm. He can broker a deal with anyone from a turf-mad English noble to an Irish horse breeder. But Nathaniel’s skills are tested when his stable of trained Thoroughbreds become suspiciously ill just before the Epsom Derby, and he begins to suspect his father’s new secretary is not as innocent as she seems.

To win a woman’s secretive heart? Nathaniel would be very surprised if he knew why Rosalind Agate was really helping his family in their quest for a Derby victory. But for the sake of both their livelihoods, Rosalind and Nathaniel must set aside their suspicions. As Derby Day draws near, her wit and his charm make for a successful investigative team…and light the fires of growing desire. But Rosalind’s life is built on secrets and Nathaniel’s on charisma, and neither defense will serve them once they lose their hearts…

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I am a fan of Theresa Romain’s books.  She has a way of bringing to life her setting and her characters and once again that was well done here.  This book was refreshing in that we were treated to the lower working classes, gentry and minor aristocrats instead of Dukes and Debs.  The care and dangers of raising horses for racing I found very interesting.  What I did not enjoy was the extremely slow pace of the book and I never really felt the romantic connection of Rosalind and Nathaniel. The mystery was intriguing and the plot unique.

 

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Recent Release Review- Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain

Title: Secrets of A Scandalous Heiress

Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan 6, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

One good proposition deserves another…

Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help herself-she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.

Augusta persuades Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a secret of his own. Weaving their way through the treacherous pitfalls of a polite world only too eager to expose and condemn them, they begin to see that being true to themselves is not so bad…as long as they’re true to each other…

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Augusta has been wronged by a cad who broke her heart and decides to seek revenge by claiming to be a widow who seeks only an illicit liaison. This disguise was worth the effort as long as she didn’t run into anyone she knew. This is where Josiah Everett comes in to call her bluff.

On the surface this is a light bit of romance but there is much beneath the surface banter and some intrigue of Joss’ business in Bath.

Ms. Romain can move us with her emotional prose:

“Loss could slash a person with a grief so deep, she might throw away all the good she possessed and let it burn. Not caring. Not wanting to care. Not wanting to feel anything; willing to pursue any promise of oblivion.”

There is philosophy intertwined with a page turning story:

“Everyone had something to grieve, did they not?….There was always something more that could be lost.

Which meant there was always something for which to be grateful.”

This is a story true to the time period with deliciously clever dialog and a definite tease of will-he-or-won’t-he. The characters are well drawn with side characters that add some frustrating comedy. Lord Sutcliffe is Joss’ employer, a drug addled buffoon who seems to have a screw loose.

I recommend this book to all Historical Romance aficionados.

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Available Tomorrow-Review-Season For Desire by Theresa Romain

Title: Season for Desire

Season For desire

 

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Zebra Books, Oct. 7, 2014

Source: Free for Review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Properly Wicked

Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.

Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts–along with kisses that require no mistletoe–and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side. . .

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The above official description of this book is slightly misleading. This book is so much more than Audrina husband hunting and Giles treasure hunting. It starts out seeming like a very predictable historical romance but it becomes not just a romance of Audrina and Giles, not just a treasure hunt, but a mystery and another romance between two unlikely side characters. Theresa Romain has intertwined these three sub-plots seamlessly and with consummate skill. She did leave me wondering about the lives of two other side characters and if there could be another book with their story. There are some surprises and twists along the way and all of this lends itself to a can’t-put-down page turner. I highly recommend this book.

 

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Advance Review- To Charm A Naughty Countess by Theresa Romain

Title: To Charm a Naughty Countess

To Charm a Naughty countess

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 6, 2014 (available for preorder)

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Can a reclusive duke…

Brilliant but rumored mad, Michael Layward, the impoverished Duke of Wyverne, has no success courting heiresses until widowed Lady Stratton takes up his cause—after first refusing his suit.

Win London’s most powerful countess?

Caroline Graves, the popular Countess of Statton, sits alone at the pinnacle of London society and has vowed never to remarry. When Michael—her counterpart in an old scandal—returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled with him as ever. As she guides the anxiety-ridden duke through the trials of London society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart. But if she gives herself to the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the hard won independence she prizes above all.

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This is a really good read. Theresa Romain has come up with some very original facets in this novel. Michael is saddled with sever social anxiety, which doesn’t bode well for finding and wooing a young woman to be his wife. But he desperately needs a wife and she better be wealthy because his estates are near bankrupt. Caroline loved him back in the day about eleven years ago, but there was some scandal and Michael ran off to his country estate. Now he is back and she agrees to help him in finding a wife but the more they are together the more she knows she is still in love with him.

Ms. Romain has given us a very flawed man and he is also a virgin which is not too often found in the Historical Romance genre. Caroline is a widow and is actually the perfect Yin for Michaels’ Yang. There are some humorous moments as we watch Michael bumble through some regency style meet-and-greets.

The writing is good, the plot is original, the characters are engaging and I enjoyed reading every page.

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Review- Season For Scandal by Theresa Romain

Title: Season For Scandal

Season For Scandal

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Kensington,Zebra, October 1, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating:  3

Sexy Rating: 5 (not explicit)

Description from amazon.com:

Jane Tindall has never had money of her own or exceptional beauty. Her gifts are more subtle: a mind like an abacus, a talent for play-acting–and a daring taste for gambling. But all the daring in the world can’t help with the cards fixed against her. And when Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, unwittingly spoils her chance to win a fortune, her reputation is ruined too. Or so she thinks, until he suggests a surprising mode of escape: a hasty marriage. To him. On the surface, their wedding would satisfy all the demands of proper society, but as the Yuletide approaches, secrets and scandals turn this proper marriage into a very improper affair.

**

I have to admit that in the first half of this book I struggled with reading it.  The writing was certainly well done but the plot just seemed to be going nowhere.  I was thinking that if I had not committed myself to a review I might not have plodded onward.  But something happened at about the half-way mark; the story started to come alive.  Perhaps it was due to more action because the heroine continued to whine about her entitlement to a perfect marriage when she was basically rescued from ruin by a handsome, kind and wealthy good Samaritan, the hero.  Now the hero had his secrets and had kept them so close to the chest for so many years that he didn’t know how to trust or share, even with a wife who loved him.  These characters were well developed even if they frustrated this reader with their inability to be honest with each other.  The villain was dastardly indeed but his comeuppance was a bit too easy.  If it was that easy the hero should have figured it out much earlier….oh right…he couldn’t tell anyone his secrets so his smart wife couldn’t help him earlier.  This would have been a 2-star book except that the second half redeemed it to be an “okay” read.  I don’t know how other reviewers found this book to be “witty”. 

 

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