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Book Review-The Shocking Secret Of A Guest At The Wedding by Victoria Alexander

Title: The Shocking Secret Of A Guest At The Wedding 
Author: Victoria Alexander 
Series: Millworth Manor 
Format: Epub 
Publisher: Zebra Books 
Release Date: October 28 2014 
Pages: 400 Pages 
Acquired: Netgalley 
Regency Historical Romance 
ISBN:9781420132267
Synopsis(Goodreads)
 The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor. . .

Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.
Until they do.

A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion:
That true love–unlike the perfect wedding–is impossible to plan. . .

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Kensington/Zebra Publishing and Netgalley. 

So Victoria Alexander, is a personal favorite, when it comes to regency romances…probably one of the best in that genre. When I first started reading Regency, Victoria Alexander was at the helm alongside with Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries, just to name a couple. Her recent series, Millworth Manor has been quite fun to read. Not as fun as her earlier books, but are quirky and unique and original.

In this story, we have the uncle, Basil Channing, the adventurer and flirty and charming man of the family. He has never settled down, but in The Shocking Secret Of A Guest At The Wedding we learn the reason why he has never had a family, and its only partly due to his adventurous spirit. Well he has a son he had no idea about, and a wife that he is still married to, who was suppose to annul their marriage, thirty years previous. So Basil has had the shock of his life, but his son–Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, has a father that is living and breathing and he is shocked and outraged. The book starts off with him meeting his father for the first time, and seriously the mother–she has serious issues, I never really understood them, but after you read the whole book, you start to become more understanding. But in the beginning, I was a bit upset myself. So when his father informs him that he is the only living male heir in the family, well Jackson has gone from a banker to a titled lord…and heading off to England to meet the rest of the family. They rush over to Millworth Manor for the wedding of Gray and Camille (The first couple of the series), and it was quite fun to see the rest of the family in their witty comadarie. At the wedding reception, is where Jackson, meets a friend of the family, and the wedding planner, Theodosia or Teddy. ( I love that name…so pretty).

Theodosia, has been barely keeping herself and her mother afloat, after her father died when they were ruined from a business deal gone wrong, and the villain…Theodosia’s ex fiancee. She definitely hasn’t had it easy, but since they are under society’s eye, they need extra funds, and so her event planning has made that possible. When she meets Jackson, she doesn’t want to believe in its genuine interest in her, and she tries to push him away from pursuing her, but Jackson, knows that what is between them is real and doesn’t allow her to treat him so. I loved the way this pair comes together, with involvement of the family, seeing Jackson come into his new identity, and seeing Theodosia realize what true love is all about. Now I will be honest, I didn’t always like Teddy, I really didn’t like the way she treats Jackson at times. Not that she is cruel or anything, more than anything her pride gets in the way of their relationship–thankfully Jackson has a shell of ice, but he doesn’t take it, he stands up to her and tells her when she goes too far. They were a fun match, and it was quite entertaining seeing them work through all the kinks. There is quite a focus of the development of their relationship on the emotional level–but no worries my dears…there is plenty of heated sensual moments to satisfy your romantic cravings!!

Overall a tale that is all about adventure, and the love is the greatest one of all, full of mystery and surprises around every corner. SUCH A DELIGHT!!

Favorite Quote

“I’ve always rather fancied adventure although I’ve never been an especially adventurous sort myself,”
“You don’t need to be.”
She drew her brows together in confusion “I don’t?”
“You’re a beautiful woman with hair the color of fine mahogany, flashing emerald eyes, and a air of confidence and assurance about you. You are an adventure”
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” A man doesn’t change who he is deep down inside. I think stodgy and straitlaced was no more than a chapter in your life you are now moving past. And whether I wished it or not, you were indeed my hero.” That annoying, rational voice faded, overcome by the louder thud of her heart. “And I suspect, if we were truly to be married…” Her gaze locked with his. “You always would be.”

My Rating

4 Blossoms

Heat Rating

Warm

Series Order
What Happens At Christmas (1)
Lord Stillwells Excellent Engagements (1.5)
The Importance Of Being Wicked (2)
The Scandalous Adventures Of The Sister Of The Bride(3)
The Daring Exploits Of A Runaway Heiress (5)

ARC Book Review-The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bridey by Victoria Alexander

The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride
Millworth Manor (3)
Victoria Alexander
Kensington Publishing
Published May 2014
400 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3225-0
Authors Website

Synopsis
The bride and groom cordially request the presence of…

The bride’s sister, Delilah, the very proper widowed Lady Hargate, and Samuel Russell, the groom’s friend, a very eligible, slightly improper bachelor, at their upcoming wedding.

Lady Hargate and Mr. Russell, previously acquainted during one unforgettable night in New York City when caution—and clothing—were thrown to the wind will choose to pretend they have never met before.

The lady plans to avoid love and its complications at all costs. The gentleman intends to change her mind.

Guests are invited to enjoy the many diversions of Millworth Manor—delightful grounds, lavish drawing rooms, secluded corners—and the chance to discover that one night may have been only the beginning…

My Review 

Lady Delilah Hargate, lives for propriety and tradition. Born and raised in England she has always wanted to follow the rules and do the right thing, until she visits America, and meets the dashing Mr. Russell, where they engage in a sensual adventure. But once she returns to England, she puts the incident from her mind, even though she never felt so free as she did then in Samuel’s arms. Now her older sister Camille, is getting married, and one of Gray’s closest friends happens to be the one and only Samuel Rusell, and no one is more shocked than Delilah Hargate. At first Delilah reacts to his appearance with rudeness and cool demeanor. Then she discovers that the feelings she once had for him come tumbling back, and she can’t resist the temptation of being in his arms. She wonders how she will keep Sam from breaking her heart as her late husband once did. Will Delilah choose love over what she believes is right, or is Samson perfectly right for her?

The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride (Boy is that a long title or what??) is the latest installment in the Millworth Manor series. As much as I adore Victoria Alexander, I do feel that her writing has faltered a bit in this one, or maybe it is just me. Her earlier books are absolutely wonderful and some of the best romance novels, but this one I had the hardest time getting into, so hard, I almost gave up on it. But I decided that I needed to try to make it halfway, and if I wasn’t into it by then I would put it down. But since it is a ARC I always try to finish them if I can, and I am glad I did. By the last third of the book I could see the true writing of Alexander, I am just a bit sad it took so long to get to that point before I really started enjoying it. Now that I have read the story, I feel like it didn’t have much consistency that I am used to from this author. It was almost like riding that roller coaster that has never ending twists in its flow that keep you from fully getting immersed in the story. Now having said that, I will say that I really enjoyed the basis of the story and the characters were fun and infectious.

There was quite a battle of wills going on between Samuel and Delilah, and at times it was very entertaining, however Delilah grated on my nerves from beginning to end. Samuel is a saint with all of his patience, he could be like Job for all he had to endure from Delilah, and I felt so bad for him. He definitely didn’t deserve her manner towards him which was very rude mostly. I do love a heroine who is a fighter, but you start to definitely feel as if you are in a tug of war. I did love it when she finally eases up on him, and then that is when their relationship starts to really flourish and I really enjoyed seeing these two together. The other sub characters were such a treat to see, and I have loved this family. Each member is so unique and different, and you wouldn’t think they are part of the same family since this family is packed with different spices of individuals but in the end make a tasty treat.

Overall a fun and enjoyable read, takes a while to get into, but once you are fully involved in the story, it will be impossible to not laugh your head off seeing these two make a relationship work!! Loved the tension and the sensual connection. Steamy and sexy and loved the little elements that made this a solid romance. I can hardly wait for the next book!!

My Grade 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Warm

Other Books In Series 
What Happens At Christmas
Lord Stillwell’s Excellent Engagements
The Importance of Being Wicked

Audio Book Review-The Importance of Being Wicked

The Importance Of Being Wicked
(Millworth Manor (2)
Victoria Alexander
Brilliance Audio
Narrated: Michael Page
10 Hours and 25 Mins
Published 2012
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781420117073
Authors Website

Synopsis
In this dazzling new novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander welcomes you to Millworth Manor, a delightful English country estate where love is always perfectly at home…

For Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, finding a prospective bride always seemed easy. Perhaps too easy. With three broken engagements to his name, Win is the subject of endless gossip. Yet his current mission is quite noble: to hire a company to repair his family’s fire-damaged country house. Nothing disreputable in that—until the firm’s representative turns out to be a very desirable widow.

Lady Miranda Garrett expected a man of Win’s reputation to be flirtatious, even charming. But the awkward truth is that she finds him thoroughly irresistible. While Miranda resides at Millworth to oversee the work, Win occupies her days, her dreams…and soon, her bed. For the first time, the wicked Win has fallen in love. And what began as a scandalous proposition may yet become a very different proposal…

My Review

The Importance of Being Wicked is the second book in the Millworth Manor series. Victoria Alexander has been one of my favorite author for years, and I have really enjoyed the theme of this latest series of hers. Not my favorite stories from this author, but very enjoyable. The series is based on this family that reside at Millworth Manor. This installment is about Winfield Elliot, the Viscount of Stillwell. The format of this book was in audio form, and I thought since lately I haven’t listened to many historical romances, I thought that this one would be a good one to do. I have been meaning to continue with this series, and so I do love audio books. I did have a hard time sticking to this audio book though, I am not sure if it was the narrator or the way the book was written,  but I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it a bit more in paperback. Despite that fact, I really enjoyed the style of this story and it had many qualities to this story that pulled me in and left me fascinated.

The Importance Of Being Wicked begins with Millworth Manor, being caught in a fire, and the main living areas being burned although the outer edges remained untouched. So they are in desperate need of a architect hoping to have the work finished before their yearly ball that is a well known event among society. Win has been searching for a good architect to do the work, and seeks the help of Miranda Garrett who has been running the business since her late husband passed away. But what is not known is that she is the main architect and has been since the company first began. But because she is a woman, that fact can’t be made known to the public or the very attractive Winfield. As Win and Miranda are thrown together in trying to complete the manor before the ball, and attraction forms between the two, sparks fly, and desire flames hotter than any house fire. I really loved the idea of the heroine being a talented architect, and how she somehow keeps it a secret, while keeping a priority on those that work for her. Not even her own family knows, and I enjoyed seeing the secret slowly come out, and I enjoyed the reactions of the fellow characters involved in the story.

This story was a sensational read, and I loved the romance that develops between Win and Miranda. It was a bit different, since they couldn’t stop arguing or doubting the others intentions, but eventually they started to really come together, and I enjoyed the bickering banter between them. Very amusing to the reader, and keeps you interested in the story. There isn’t a huge major conflict other than both keeping a few secrets, but other than that, its a fun and simple love story you can relax into. There isn’t much suspense or intensity, but a calming effect of a beautifully written romance that leaves a feeling of contentment once you reach the ending. A STUNNING TALE!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
What Happens At Christmas
The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride

Book Review-What Happens At Christmas

What Happens At Christmas
Millworth Manor (1)
Victoria Alexander
Kensington Books
Hardback
Published November 2012
396 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-7582-5568-6
Authors Website

Synopsis
A blazing fire, an English country house…and the ultimate game of charades. In this charming holiday novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander, a beautiful widow finds her plan for a Christmas proposal going perfectly awry…

Camille, Lady Lydingham, knows precisely what she wants for Christmas—an official engagement to a handsome, dashing prince. Her very proper suitor expects a proper English family and the perfect Dickensian Christmas, which leaves the lovely widow with a slight problem. The last thing Camille wants is for the prince to meet her unconventional relatives. But with the aid of a troupe of actors, Camille intends to pull off a Christmas deception of massive proportions.

At least until Grayson Elliott shows up. A dozen years ago, he declared his love on the day before her marriage to another man, then vanished from her life. Now he’s back, gate-crashing Camille’s already chaotic house party, playing havoc with her scheme—and with her heart. Because for Grayson, losing Camille once was bad enough. Losing her twice? Unthinkable. And he’ll find a way to show her they belong together—for this season and every Christmas yet to come…

My Review

Camille has given up in find love for herself. Once eleven years ago, she had love, but the man she loved never fought for her when it mattered. So now a widow, she is determined to snatch up a prince. So she organizes a house party, to show the Prince a traditional Christmas family gathering, hires actors to act as servants and some family members, with only herself and her sister as real members of the family. Then all her dreams to marry a prince may go down the drain when Grey, the man she once gave her heart to, has returned and at the worst moment possible. Grayson Elliot, once loved Camille, but she was about to marry another man, so when she gets married, Grey leaves and makes his fortune. Now eleven years later, he knows that he will need to fight with everything at his disposal to gain the one woman who has always been the keeper of his heart. The only problem is, she is trying to marry a prince, and Grey will need to prove himself to win her over, and show her that their love is worth fighting for.

What Happens At Christmas is the first in the series, and when I was at my library, I was looking for a good Christmas read, and this definitely fit the criteria I was looking for. There is something about historical romances set in this holiday season, and What Happens At Christmas definitely was perfect for this time of year. Its been quite some time since I have read this author, but her earlier books were some of my first romances so this author is very dear to me. So I knew I needed to get back to reading her, and What Happens At Christmas was the perfect way to start reading her again. Even though it took me longer than I thought it would take to read this, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. There was such a playful and teasing manner to this story. The story begins with the heroine trying to catch a prince, and sets up a delightful scheme to win him. Then a past love returns and all hell breaks loose, wagers are debated, and a battle of the wills begins. The plot wasn’t thick with intrigue or anything, but it was full of mystery and fascinating dilemma’s. The relationship between Grey and Camille is definitely rocky and unstable at times, but at other is lively and delectable.

Overall I couldn’t help but fall in love with this yuletide themed romance that is fun and full of twists and turns. Exceptional in the writing, astounding in the creativity, and plenty of dramatic characters to warm you on a cold evening. EARTH SHATTERING TO THE SENSES!!

First Line 
And you believe this is a good idea.

Favorite Quote 
“Of course I remember. It was the night before last. I could scarcely forget it. Not that it was a particularly memorable kiss,” She added quickly 
“Oh, but it was,” He grabbed her arm and pulled her into his embrace. She stared up at him. “And you will remember this one as well,” He crushed his lips to hers. And passion denied for eleven years erupted between them. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Lord Stillwell’s Excellent Engagements
The Importance of Being Wicked
The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride