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Book Review-The Bridal Quest

The Bridal Quest
Matchmakers (2)
Candace Camp
Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback
Published March 1 2008
377 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-373-77257-5
Author’s Website

Synopsis (Goodreads)
The matchmaker’s ultimate chllenge.

Lady Irene Wyngate has sworn she’ll never marry, keeping suitors at bay with her cautious tongue. But there is one man she can’t scare: Gideon, long-lost heir to the Earl of Radbourne. He was kidnapped as a child and grew up tough on the London streets. And though he’s been restored to his family, he is still more at home in gambling dens that stately ballrooms.

Irene isn’t attracted to Gideon, or so she says when matchmaker Francesca Haughston asks for her help to civilise him for marriage. After all, he is a rogue with a dubious past – a handsome rogue, she has to admit. But as she reluctantly begins to yield to love, wicked family screts come to light… with devastating consequences for the reluctant lovers.

My Review

Summary 
Irene has never desired marriage in any form, despite the strong pressure from family, who doesn’t understand her independent nature. Irene doesn’t want to have to depend on a man for anything, or to become his property of sorts, where he can abuse her to his hearts content if its his wish. When Francesca Haughton, a well known matchmaker, comes to Irene asking for her help, Irene doesn’t suspect that Francesca is trying to push Irene into the arms of Gideon. Irene instantly shields herself when she senses that he is one word “Trouble”, the sexy and irresistible kind that could land her in a world of hurt in the end. Gideon, has recently come into his title, after being informed of his parentage and that he has been a aristocrat all of this time. He didn’t expect to join a family, that aren’t all that bad, but they don’t encourage him to join happily into Society. With their insistent pushes to get married, Gideon knows he might as well do it sooner rather than later. So he is in pursuit of a wife. When he first meets Irene, he is instantly drawn to her and knows that it won’t be easy, she is going to make his life very difficult, but he thrives on challenge. Gideon knows that Irene is exactly what he wants in a wife. Now comes the hard part, proving to her the kind of man he truly is, and that marriage to him wouldn’t even come close to her greatest fears.

The Hero 
Gideon, was kidnapped as a young boy and has no memory of his life before he was living on the streets of East End in London. Gideon, had believed that he was an orphan, and became a pickpocket in order to survive. Now he has made a life for himself, one that is profitable and clean from crime, and has worked very hard to get to where he is. He has recently discovered that he is the Earl of Radburne. Even though he has always craved a family, he only feels trapped at times. He has become a part of society that he has always scorned and hated most of his life. He knows he is in need of a wife, but Irene is proving to be stubborn and obstinate, and even though she is striving to push him away, Gideon knows he has to prove himself to her, to show her the kind of husband he would really be.

The Heroine 
Irene grew up in a home where despite having a loving mother, her father could be a rake of the worst sort. He loved to gamble and drink and at times could be very abusive, especially to his family. Irene had learned a long time ago that once a woman married her life wasn’t her own anymore. When her father dies though, her brother steps in and takes care of all unsettled debt and welcomes them fully. Irene doesn’t want to become a burden to her brother, but the last thing she would ever do is marry, which is what she is being pushed into doing. After accepting a invite to a country party, she starts to become accustomed to Gideon, and finds her resolve starting to weaken the more she is around him. When he ignites a stormy passion, she knows that the last thing she wants is to leave him forever…

My Thoughts 
Its been a while since I had read the first book in this series. I do know that I really enjoyed it, even though its been a couple of years. So did i enjoy “The Bridal Quest” just as much? I would say “YES”. I found it to be a charming story of two strong willed characters, most stubborn in their purpose. We see that love can be just as stubborn, and has a way of getting through the toughest defenses. Gideon was very sure of himself and did what was expected, but he had backbone, and didn’t let anyone run over him. It was a delight to see him pursue Irene, a woman who is full on 100% against marriage. Irene was not my favorite heroine, she wasn’t horrible or anything of that nature, but there were times that I found her a bit annoying. As the story progressed however, she started to really grow on me. The story line had quite a bit of a mystery plot to it, that just added something more exciting to the book. I did enjoy the sensuality portion of this story, even though it wasn’t too strong, I felt like there was a good balance overall. There was I felt something missing in the story, I couldn’t pin point it, but I didn’t get fully 100% into it like I wanted. However it was a very enjoyable story nevertheless. Overall it was a witty and endearing story that did keep me involved in the story in a delicious way. I found myself falling in love with Gideon and Irene. I did enjoy seeing how their story progressed and had some beautifully written descriptions that only charmed me even more. Even though there were a few set backs to the story, I did really enjoy reading this one, a love story you can relax into. If your looking for a fun and flirty romance, than this one is for you. You won’t be disappointed.

First Line 
The front door slammed. Startled, Lady Irene Wyngate, in the library upstairs, turned, and the book she was holding tumbled to the floor.

Favorite Quote 
“Yes. Obviously. You may find me ‘suitable’ but I can assure you that there is nothing about you that suits me!”
His hand lashed out and wrapped her wrist, holding her where she stood. He looked into her face, his eyes as cold and hard as glass.
“Is there not?” he murmured in a tone more dangerous for its softness. “I think, my lady, you just might find out differently.”
With that he bent his heard, his other hand coming up so to cup the back of her neck, and fasted his mouth to hers.

My Grade 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Warm

Other Books In The Series 
The Marriage Wager
The Wedding Challenge
The Courtship Dance  

ARC Book Review-The Marrying Season

The Marrying Season
St. Dwynwen (3)
Candace Camp
Pocket
E Book
Published April 23 2013
416 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 145163952X

Synopsis 
The third novel in the New York Times bestselling Legend of St. Dwynwen trilogy depicts the delicious romance between a haughty lady and the gentleman who coaxes her to drop her guard at last.

Genevieve Stafford, the younger sister of the Earl of Rawdon (A Summer Seduction), is an icy but beautiful aristocrat. Determined to make the sort of marital alliance expected of a woman of her station, she becomes engaged to the scion of another noble family. However, when Genevieve finds herself entangled in scandal, her fiancé breaks things off. Shamed, she has no recourse but to retreat to the family estate…until her brother’s friend, Sir Myles Thorwood, offers to marry Genevieve and salvage her reputation.

Genevieve expects to have a loveless marriage of convenience, but the handsome, charming Myles has other things in mind. As the two of them work to discover who engineered the scandal that could have ruined Genevieve’s life, Myles shows Genevieve just what it means to be man and wife. Genevieve finds it difficult to resist the passion Myles evokes in her, but can she risk losing her heart to a man she thinks sees their union as only a duty?

My Review
Summary 
Genevieve, knows that it is time to get married. So she accepts an offer, but then the worst happens. During a ball, she receives a note from a friend, to meet in a private room to discuss something of great importance. When she arrives however, she finds herself being attacked by a man she is acquainted with, who is drunk and as she tries to fight him off, ends up being seen by numerous members of the Ton. Now she is embroiled in a scandal, and her fiancee rejects her in front of others in the most unscrupulous way. Then Myles, a friend of her brothers, makes a respectable offer to her of marriage. Even though at first she refuses to to accept his offer. The last thing that she wants to do is hurt Myles. But she knows she doesn’t have many options, she she accepts his offer. At first she doesn’t know what to make of this marriage. She cares deeply for Myles, but he has known her since she was a little girl. Genevieve starts to have mixed feelings about Myles, she is starting to feel much more for Myles than she ever did before. Now she is starting to feel a deep desire for Myles, he has awakened her senses and she she knows she risks losing her heart to him.

The Hero (Sir Myles Thorwood)
Myles, is a honorable man, and has always admired and respected Genevieve. As a close friend of her brother, he has known her for a very long time. Even though she is termed “Ice Queen” he knows differently. When she ends up broiled in a scandal that wasn’t even her fault, he knows he is the only one that can step in. At first he doesn’t know what to expect of their marriage, or even of Genevieve. But he only wants to prove to her that he does care for her deeply.

The Heroine (Genevieve Stafford)
Genevieve, is not like most women among society. She has her own mind, but at the same time she is more reserved and a bit shy at times. When she ends up in a scandal and betrayed by her fiancee. Who drops out of their planned marriage when she ends up ruined, (not by her own making) she is relieved. But she knows she will have to mary Myles or be ruined and shunned by society forever.  She considers Myles to be a good friend and the last thing that she wants is to ruin his life. She knows that will happen if he marries her. At first she wants to reject his offer, but in the end she knows she doesn’t have much choice in the matter. Once she marries him however, she finds that she is starting to open her heart to him and only hopes that he won’t break it like she fears.

My Thoughts 
I haven’t read Canace Camp in quite some time, so when Edelweiss offered me this ARC copy to read and review, I was overly excited. I just have loved every book that I have read from this author so far. So I was so excited to read this especially after reading the blurb. It took a chapter or two to get into the story, and then once I really got into it, I was fully enthralled. I found it difficult to put down. Genevieve I found to be a very endearing character, and I was on her side through most of the story. Among most people she seems to carry the image of being ice cold, when she isn’t the most social of people. She is more shy than anything, (which I find I can relate with a bit :). So I really enjoyed seeing her come out of her shell throughout the story. From the start I fell for Myles, he is the type of hero you just want for yourself. He is very honorable, and caring but still has a strong and protective personality. I really loved how these two were together, it was so sweet and tender at times. But they surely did know how to argue and fight…so much so that it was widely entertaining and amusing. There were many things that I loved about The Marrying Scandal. One is the intriguing plot that had some mysterious elements and even some suspenseful moments involved. Second were the depth of the characters and how well their emotions and actions were portrayed throughout the story. Also there were definitely sparks flying between these two that just sizzled and danced. A Lovely story that is full of everything that you need for a satisfying tale of romance. A True Treasure!

First line 
Genevieve Stafford watched, smiling, as her brother led his new bride onto the floor for their first dance. 

My Favorite Quote 
Genevieve sighed in her sleep and wriggled back into him, and his body leaped in response. She was a warm, soft, desirable armful. And she was his. 

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In The Series 
A Winter Scandal
A Summer Seduction

Book Review-A Winter’s Scandal

A Winter’s Scandal

St. Dwynwen (1)
Candace Camp
E Book
Published Oct 2011
448 Pages
Regency Historical Romance

New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp weaves a heartwarming tale, first in a thrilling new series, of Christmastime love, discovery, and scandal. . . .
When plain and proper Thea Bainbridge stumbles upon a baby in the manger of her church’s nativity, she is understandably shocked. Discovering a brooch bearing the insignia of Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, hidden among the child’s clothing, she is certain the dissolute rake is to blame. Incensed, Thea sets out to reproach the arrogant lord—only to find herself utterly swept away.
Gabriel is intrigued by the vivacity in Thea’s flashing gray eyes when she accuses him of fathering the orphan, even as he adamantly maintains his innocence. The brooch is one he remembers all too well, however, and Gabriel is determined to find the mother of the missing child. As the mystery around the baby deepens, Gabriel is continually thrown together with Thea—and finds himself growing more entranced every day.
Even with whispers of winter scandal swirling around them, they cannot deny the longing in their hearts. A longing which promises the best gift of all: a shelter from the storm . . . in each other’s arms.
Summary 
Thea is now at the age that is considered to be titled ‘Spinster’, and as the Vicar’s sister has certain responsibilities. So when she attends a gathering, where she see’s Gabriel Morecomb, a man whose tender kisses has haunted her all of these years. She is shocked and even hurt to discover that he doesn’t even recognize her. Then she finds an abandoned baby in a manger at the nativity scene at the church, with the only idenitifying item, a brooch with a signia of Lord Gabriel Morecomb. So she is outraged to think that he has abandoned this innocent child, so enraged she storms into his home demanding that he takes responsibility for his actions. Then when certain truths come to light, she starts to become captivated by him once more and she finds herself falling in love with a rake.

The Hero 
Gabriel is shocked when a fiery and spirited woman barges into his home in front of all of his friends and starts making demands, and so he is stunned to discover the ‘brooch’ in question belonged to his lost sister whom he has been searching for ever since she left with no word. As Gabriel and Thea start to work together, he starts to see a woman full of zest and life and knows she is weaving her way into his heart and he doesn’t want to ever let her go…

The Heroine 
Thea is hurt at first when Gabriel doesn’t recognize her, but when she finds an abandoned baby- she suspects ‘Matthew’ belonging to Gabriel and goes about confronting him only to learn that she could be very wrong about him and the more time she spends in his company, looking for his sister together, she knows she could be in a world of trouble if she happens to fall in love with the scoundrel….

My Thoughts 
Whenever I have read a book by Candace Camp I have always enjoyed her stories and A Winter’s Scandal is no different. I am always amazed by how well she writes and the way she makes the story and the characters come alive, and are so vividly portrayed. I just feel in love with Thea from the beginning, I really rooted for her when she confronts Gabriel directly and how much spunk she has. Gabriel is a very likeable character, and I liked him even more as the story progressed and we see beneath the surface…and little Matthew was too adorable to resist. Overall a fun and delightful read. It had many aspects that made it an entertaining read. Full of mystery, a tender romance, and a engaging plot. A story that will bring the magic of the Christmas season and true love to life….

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Book In The Series 
A Summer Seduction
The Marrying Season

Book Review-A Lady Never Tells

A Lady Never Tells
Willowmere (1)
Candace Camp
Pocket Books
Paperback
Published May 2010
451 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 978-1-4391-1797-2


Meet three noble bachelors and a quartet of American girls of questionable manners! New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp delights with an exciting new series featuring love, laughter, and intrigue.
When Mary Bascombe’s stepfather tries to sell her and her sisters to  the highest bidder after their mother’s death, she resolves to take  drastic action. Although their British mother was estranged from her family, Mary decides the four will flee to London and take their place in society as granddaughters of the Earl of Stewkesbury.
Dashing Sir Royce Winslow doubts the honesty of the young women’s claim—despite their charms, they seem to be hiding something. His attraction to feisty Mary, however, is no ruse, so when the sisters are shipped off to Willowmere, the earl’s country estate, to acquire some polish, Royce is quick to join them. When an unknown villain attempts a kidnapping, Royce and Mary are thrown together as they confront the danger . . . and Royce learns that while high society may sing the praises of proper behavior, it is a most improper American who is winning his heart.

Summary:
After Mary’s mother dies and she and her three sisters are left with their stepfather who wants to sell them, she takes herself and her sisters to seek refuge from their grandfather who is a Earl in England. Upon arriving however things are not what they expect, finding out their grandfather has passed away and they need to seek refuge from a cousin who is the current Earl of Stewkesbury. At first Mary is reluctant to do all that is required, to accept everything that are given to them because of their connection to the Earl. However she knows that she needs to do what is best for her and her sisters and their future. Sir Royce Winslow, when first seeing Mary and her sisters is very doubtful of their true identity, for they are a bit wild and nothing like any ladies he has ever met before. When the true identity is confirmed he is around Mary more and more, and he feels a pulling force toward Mary and her fiery spirit. But when danger comes lurking around the sisters, Royce is more protective of Mary than ever,  and as desire sparks between Royce and Mary so does Love, and even though he has never wanted marriage before now he realizes that he does with only One woman….

The Hero (Royce Winslow)
Royce, although he is more of a distant relation to the Earl, and is a bit bitter about family matters, but when he meets Mary he is around his family even more than usual. Royce we see in the beginning is very stubborn and pig headed at times, but can also be a man of protective nature. Even though he refuses to marry, and has had his heart broken once, thinking he could never love again….he realizes that love will sneak up on you without one realizing it, and his heart begins to open to Mary’s love.

The Heroine ( Mary Bascombe)
Mary, grew up in a loving home, with parents that loved and cherished each other deeply. Once they both pass away and all they are left with is to be sold to the highest bidder, she takes her sisters to England hoping to find her family connection on her mothers side. But what Mary never expected was to find was a man that could steal her breath and her heart…

My Thoughts 
Its been quite some time since I have read Candace Camp, and so when I read the blurb on A Lady Never Tells I knew I just had to read it, and the cover definitely drew me in. A Lady Never Tells is the first installment of one of her more recent series, and I think from the first page I just fell in love with each and every one of the characters. Especially the sisters, they were charming and made me wish I had such sisters, that way I would never ever be bored. Even though I haven’t read many books from this author, I always enjoy her stories, and they always tend to make me fall madly in love with plot and characters. One of my favorite things about A Lady Never Tells is how delectable it was, the characters beyond endearing and the plot utterly delightful!!! Just LOVED It!!!

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
A Gentleman Always Remembers
An Affair Without End