Will the Rogue’s Perfect Plan…
Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn’t comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.
Lead to the Perfect Seduction?
Regardless of the ton‘s whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won’t settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her—until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more.
The story in a nutshell:
Colin Brockhurst, the Earl of Havenshire, is given the ultimatum by his father. He has to get married or lose one of his ancestral homes, the property where his mother was buried. Now he finds himself with no other choice but to agree with his father’s wishes. The problem is that he has no desire to get married any time soon. When an extended stay at his father’s house brings him closer to Lady Angeline Brenham, who’s a long time family friend, he may have found the alternative answer to his dilemma. On the other hand, Lady Angeline may have known Colin many years ago but now there are no more than strangers. But a project where the two agreed to work together allows her to get to know him better and she might decide that he can be her alternative answer to her dilemma as well.
What worked for me?
I really love slow burn romances and I’m happy that this is one of those books. It didn’t really work for the book that the book summary mentions the proposition between the main characters because it doesn’t happen until somewhere around the middle of the story. I thought it was an initial set-up and I was waiting for it to happen in the beginning. I guess, it was a little discomforting that I wasn’t able to focus much on other details while I was waiting for that shoe to fall.
Having said that, I still really liked Colin and Angie. I completely understand that Colin wanted to keep the property where his mother was buried from being sold in exchange for his getting married. I also understand the motivation behind his father’s finally giving him the ultimatum.
Angie, on the other hand, I also feel for her. After what she’s been through in the past, it is to be admired how she’s still able to carry herself with dignity. Of course, the potential for ruin is still in the horizon but she is not one to give up on life or the future. When she assists Colin on assessing the ancestral home, I was glad that not only is she able to exercise and make use of her talent for interior design and organization, she is also able to get to know Colin better.
What did not work for me?
The romance was perfectly believable. There were just times that I would have wanted more. We do get to see them interact with each other, get to know each other’s true feelings and all that. But at times, I felt like there was something missing.
There were some interesting characters in this book and while their interactions with the main characters served their purpose of pushing forward the plot development, I would have appreciated it more if the relationships that they obviously have, like family relationships, were explored a little better. There was a certain kind of depth of feelings that wasn’t really hit by the author.
My over-all take on it?
This was still a historical romance worth reading. This is my first read of Vicky Dreiling but it won’t definitely be my last. She has the talent of giving the readers interesting characters who you want to get to know better.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
About the Author:
Triple RITA finalist Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” Vicky is a native Texan and holds degrees in English literature and marketing.
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