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Advance Review- The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander

The Lady Travelers Guide

Title: The Lady Travelers Guide To Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Victoria Alexander

Source: free for review from the publisher

Publisher: HQN books, June 1, 2017(preorder available)

Pages: 544

Rating: 3.5

Sexy rating: 5

Violence rating: 4

Description from Amazon:

Really, it’s too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders’s favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what’s a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he’s escorting the world’s most maddening woman to the world’s most romantic city to find her missing relative.

While India Prendergast only suspects his organization defrauds gullible travelers, she’s certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she struggles not to be distracted by his wicked smile and the allure of Paris, instead of finding a lost lady traveler, India just may lose her head, her luggage and her heart.

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We do eventually find the lost Aunt Heloise and that is what kept me finishing the book.  India had a most annoying personality and Derek kept me wondering why he was becoming enamored of this impossible woman.

This is a long book that I kept putting down and picking up again after reading something else. It seemed to just drag for me. Since I was not fond of either the H or the h, I just didn’t care all that much.  Can the author write a pretty phrase? Well of course she can! But that wasn’t enough to keep me interested in the story. This could have been a really good book if only it was shorter, and the protagonists were more likeable.

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Recent Release Review- The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander

Title: The Daring Exploits of A Runaway Heiress (book #5, The Millworth Manor Series)

The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Victoria Alexander

Publisher: Zebra, April 28, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

To Do: Swim naked in the moonlight Play in a high stakes card game Ride an elephant Be painted sans clothing. Take a lover. . . Lucy Merryweather has inherited a fortune–and her great-aunt’s list of unfulfilled wishes. What better way to honor her memory than by accomplishing as many of them as possible? And with Lucy’s family an ocean away in New York, nothing stands in her way–if one ignores the private investigator hired to spy on her. Yet Cameron Effington is infuriatingly difficult to ignore. . . As a reporter, Cameron is always looking for a good story. An American heiress running rampant between Millworth Manor and Mayfair is the perfect subject. Not to mention captivating. And extremely kissable. And if Lucy believes he’s a detective? Well, the truth should never get in the way of a good story–or hinder delicious, impetuous passion. . .

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The bucket-list premise was the center of this lighthearted easy read. Lucy was determined to fulfill her Aunt Lucinda’s “Regrets” list as a point of honor to the dear lady leaving Lucy all her money. Cam, is charged by his father, the Duke, to write a book or else, no more dilly-dallying. So he thinks Lucy’s adventure would be the perfect inspiration. That he doesn’t tell her what he is doing, or who he really is, complicates everything in the long run.

I enjoyed this story. It often felt a bit too long in some scenes. There could have been some editing that would have made it more enjoyable. The characters were well developed and Clara and Phineas are definitely in need of their own book. This is book #5 in the Millworth Manor series but can be read as a standalone novel.

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Holiday romance- His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander

Title: His Mistress By Christmas

His Mistress at Christmas

Genre: Holiday Historical Romance

Author: Victoria Alexander

Publisher: Kensington, 2012

Source: Library

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 3.5

Description from amazon.com:

For three years, Lady Veronica Smithson has been perfectly happy as a widow — and thoroughly independent. Still, the right gentleman could provide the benefits of marriage without the tedious restrictions. And in Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, renowned explorer and rogue, Veronica is sure she has found him. Sebastian will come into his inheritance in a matter of weeks — if his family deems him responsible enough. There’s no better way to prove his maturity than with a home and a wife. But though the lovely Veronica will share his bed, she steadfastly refuses to marry. However, Sebastian has a plan. An intimate sojourn at his new country house will surely change Veronica’s mind. For Sebastian never takes no for an answer. And even in the midst of mischief-making relatives and unexpected complications, he intends to persuade his Christmas mistress that they belong together — in this, and every season to come…

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This was so well written with banter that evoked laugh out loud responses that I did tend to overlook the fact that it was a bit slow in parts.  It was still an enjoyable read and I do recommend it to all of you who want a romance with a holiday setting.  Yes, it was also a bit predictable but again it is so well done that I could easily forgive that small flaw.  Christmas is only the setting here so there is nothing else to bring forth the holiday in the plot.  If you are tired of wrapping gifts and need to relax with a cuppa hot chocolate by the fire then you will enjoy the tale of Veronica and Sebastian.

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Holiday Romance- A Visit From Sir Nicholas by Victoria Alexander

Title:  A Visit From Sir Nicholas

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Victoria Alexander

Publisher: Avon, 2004

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 4

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Young Elizabeth has grown up knowing that she would marry Charles.  She is even sure of her affection for him until she falls in lust with his best friend Sir Nicholas Collingsworth.  But Nicholas, who feels love for Lizzie, will not hurt his best friend and goes off to seek his fortune in America and Lizzie marries Charles.  Ten years pass and Charles has died leaving his estate and Lizzie’s future in the hands of Nicholas. Lizzie fights the control of her future by Nicholas but Nick is determined to win her love.

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This was a lovely Christmas offering with passages of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol interspersed throughout the book.  The author has well developed characters and the dialog is smart and sassy and sometimes profound.

“I should do something about that if I were you,” Jules said

“He does not belong to me, Jules.”  Elizabeth shrugged.  “I have no claim on him.”

“I should do something about that too.”  Jules studied Nicholas for a moment.  “He is rather a catch.”

“If one were seeking a salmon.  I however am not in the mood for a fish course.”  She flashed her   sister a wicked grin.  “Only dessert.”

The plot is well conceived.  We understand Lizzie’s reluctance to become involved with Nicholas again.  We are also led to understand why Nicholas has acted as he has.  The only thing left for us to wonder about is how they will each become aware  that their grand passion is love.

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Review- Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander

Title:  Desires of a Perfect Lady

Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian

Author: Victoria Alexander

Publisher: Avon,  2010

Source: Purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

secret list of the desires of Lady Olivia Rathbourne:

  1. Disregard convention
  2. Follow my heart
  3. Bed the Earl of Wyldewood

A decade ago, Olivia had expected to marry the Earl of Wyldewood, only to have happiness stolen from her before his ring could be placed upon her finger. Now he stands before her, as proud and arrogant and handsome as ever, vowing to rescue her. Well, he’s got some nerve turning up after all these years. Where was he when she needed him?

As for the earl, scandal has never touched him nor has impropriety ever besmirched his name. But his penchant for doing the expected does have his family calling him, well, dull. Isn’t it time to flaunt society’s conventions and do what he’s always wanted? And first on his list: Olivia in his bed—with or without a wedding.

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This story started off slow but with a good premise that kept me reading.  Olivia is a recent widow who was married to an evil man.  In order for her to inherit what is her due, she must complete three of his antiquity collections.  She enlists the aid of the Earl in her international quest.  There were good moments throughout the book which did make it an above average read but I just felt it dragged on too long.  I also didn’t feel the connection between Olivia and the Earl.  They were speaking about feelings but it just didn’t give them any chemistry together.

 

 

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Review- My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander

Title: My Wicked Little Lies

Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

Author: Victoria Alexander

Publisher: Kensington (Zebra), 2012

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Evelyn Hadley-Attwater has it all — a genteel Victorian life replete with loving husband, ball gowns and elegant parties. No one, including the man she married, suspects that she was once “Eve,” a spy for England’s most enigmatic intelligence agency. Summoned for one final assignment, the excitement of her former life and memories of her mysterious, flirtatious boss “Sir” prove too tempting… Adrian Hadley-Attwater is a respectable, dignified gentleman. But even the most proper gentlemen have secrets of their own. Secrets from the rest of the world, from their families, from their wives. Secrets that have a price. Now, as a veil of secrecy frays, a tantalizing game of cat and mouse will test the bounds of unfailing love…

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What drew me to this romance was the fact that the main characters were married.  Most HR novels have unmarried characters that we hope will eventually marry and they always do so.  So how, I thought, could the author craft a novel around a married couple?  Very well it turns out.

The entire premise and theme of this novel is about lies.  Outright deception but more often lies of omission and the consequences.  Ms Alexander uses dialog to bring her characters to life.  She has masterly imbued the plot with humor that feels like a delightful Oscar Wilde play.  Misunderstandings abound and add to the feel of a farce.

Secondary Characters Sir Maxwell and Celeste have a steamy romance which enlivens the plot further.

I thought this book a “very good read” and recommend it for anyone looking for something different in the HR genre.

 

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