Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Lost Heiress - Roseanna White

In "The Lost Heiress," book one in the Ladies of the Manor series by Roseanna M. White, Brook Eden finds her long lost biological family with the help of her close friend - and duke - Justin.  It is a classic romantic novel with suspense and mystery intertwined throughout.  The author did a fantastic job with research.  She gets bonus points for incorporating Cockney slang into the book.  I would wager that few readers will recognize the slang as being an excellent time stamp for the setting of the novel.  Most authors tend to shy away from such minutia, but used here it really highlights the excellent detailing done by the author.
As I do when I love a book, I immediately pre-ordered the next in this series "The Reluctant Duchess," which is due for release in spring of 2016.  This book stars Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham.  I became attached to his likable, flirtatious character in the first novel.  The characters performed a handoff in the final chapter indicating to the reader that Brice will be the main protagonist of the next novel.  I couldn't have chosen better!  I am very much looking forward to meeting the woman able to tame this ladies' man.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Noble Masquerade - Kristi Ann Hunter

Kristi Ann Hunter's "A Noble Masquerade" is the first in her Hawthorn House series.  The plot is similar to the movie You've Got Mail, but is instead set in the Golden Age.  I kept waiting for the main character to say "I wanted it to be you.  I wanted it to be you so badly."
Don't misunderstand me; this is not a copycat plot.  The plot was brilliantly well-crafted and enjoyable.  As a reader, I got plenty of time with the two main characters, which is a must in order for me to love a book.  Thank you, Kristi Ann!  Nicely done.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly (given that this is a romance novel) the magnetic pull between the two main characters is almost tangible.  Their attraction starts at the beginning of the book and doesn't stop.  The author pulled this off seamlessly and tastefully in a way that other authors could only dream of.
I promptly visited my Amazon Prime account as I always do when I read and fall in love with a new author.  Alas, it is not yet time to pre-order the next novel in this series.  I will stay tuned, though, as I hope you will be doing.
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an objective review.