As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster’s timid heart with dread. She hasn’t her sisters’ beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family’s enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.
But Daphne’s misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth.
When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne’s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.
Yet nothing is as it seems.
The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.
SERIES: The Lancaster Family #3
GENRE: Historical, Regency Romance
PUBLISHER: Covenant Communications
RELEASE DATE: June 21, 2017
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“I am determined, Lord Tilburn, that no one will ever be permitted to hurt me again.”
Oh how I love the “Dangerous Duke”, Daphne’s ultra-protective brother-in-law whom we first met in book 1 and got to see again in book 2. He’s delightfully droll which I find delightfully humorous, and his gruffness is out in full force as Daphne embarks on her Season. The two have a special bond, and while you’re pretty sure he’s not going to separate Tilburn from his internal organs, you’re not 100% sure 😉 And neither is Tilburn which adds to the wry humor. Daphne’s and James’ first ride through the park is a particularly favorite scene.
Speaking of James Tilburn, he makes a very dashing hero though he needs a good whomp upside the head a time or two. The way he sees past Daphne’s defense mechanisms and into her heart won me over. (P.S. – he’s not very good at skulking. But we can forgive him that.) Daphne is insecure and shy and has resigned herself to never measuring up enough to follow in her sisters’ matrimonial-bliss footsteps. Yet, like James, she has an inherently good heart and their friendship makes me smile.
Bottom Line: Great characters, dry humor and swoonworthy romance combine to deliver the ideal Regency novel. If you’re a fan of Kristi Ann Hunter, Julianne Donaldson, or Georgette Heyer, you will enjoy the Lancaster family series from Sarah M. Eden!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML’s “2013 Novel of the Year” and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for “Best Romance” and “Best Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.
Sarah is represented by Pam Howell at D4EO Literary Agency.
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