A well-paced drama from Wandergurl’s new favourite I-will- buy-everything-you-have-ever-written author.
When Jared, Viscount Ravenswood’s, housekeeper and childhood friend, Mary, dies she leaves him her daughter, Hannah. She makes him promise to introduce Hannah to Calantha, Duchess of Clairborne, whom she once served. Jared is reluctant to do so, as she is the widow of the evil man who raped Mary and sired the child. He has no way of knowing if she was aware of this act and has his doubts about this reclusive widow.
Calantha suffered an abusive past at the hands of her husband and generally keeps to herself, indulging her passion for roses. When she meets Jared and Hannah, though, things begin to change and she slowly comes out of her shell, just in time for romance to blossom.
Lucy Monroe is my new favourite I-will- buy-everything-you-have-ever-written author. (Thanks, @EloisaJames!) This book had excellent characterisation, from the back story to the use of dialogue, to reflect their personalities. My favourite part of this dramatically rich (Kat, you will like this one!) novel is how the characters actually communicate. There are no bullshit misunderstandings because they don’t talk to each other, the issues are all out on the table, and they talk about things and sort them out. The issues they face are developed and dealt with in a realistic manner—Calantha has trouble with trust and intimacy because of the abuse she suffered under her husband, and Jaded Jared has feelings (mostly in his loins, at first, of course) for her but is wary. There’s drama, but it is unfolded slowly, with good pacing and enough interaction to make you appreciate what is going on.
I’m sure you all know by now that I am not too fond of drama. Somehow I didn’t mind too much in this book, though if like me, you prefer your romance to be just about the comedy and exchange of witty repartee this is not the book for you. I also found the ending with the villain a bit too convenient, but as it was more of a secondary plot to the romance for me, I didn’t mind too much.
Yay or nay?
Yes, go forth and read! This is apparently book 3 of a series, but it can be read alone. (You can tell immediately that it is part of a series, though, once you see that Jared has 2 sisters and they’re already married.) I will say, though, that I prefer her paranormals, as they are lighter fare.
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