Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.
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For this week, I’m featuring Olivia Parker.
At The Bride Hunt Ball, published in May 27, 2008
To Snare a Bride . . .
To Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, the bonds of marriage are nothing more than shackles. But if he’s to remain a lifelong bachelor, that leaves only his younger brother to carry on the family name. Inviting the ton‘s most eligible ladies to an elegant ball, Gabriel is certain any one of them would be all too eager to become the next duchess and provide an heir—leaving Gabriel to continue his ecstatic pursuit of pleasure.
To Catch a Rogue . . .
Her social-climbing stepmother would give anything to have Madelyn Haywood betrothed to a future duke. But Madelyn believes the brothers Devine to be nothing more than heartless rogues—especially Gabriel, whose rakish reputation precedes him. He is nothing more than a slave to passion, and she will not be conquered by his caresses—and yet his wicked ways tempt her so . . .
This was a really good and enjoyable read. It was the debut novel for Olivia Parker and she followed this up with two more books, To Wed A Wicked Earl and Guarding A Notorious Lady. These are loosely connected books but I loved the premises of each.
Don’t let the ‘The Bachelor’-esque set-up discourage you from giving this one a try. It’s also filled with substance and depth and a romance that stays with you.
I think it’s time for me to re-read this book. It’s been a long time since Olivia Parker released her last book. When I read that one, I knew she was going to be in my auto-read authors but then she hasn’t come out with any new work yet, which was a great loss for readers like me who really enjoyed her writing in this trilogy.