This is a really exciting blog post! Not only do you get the usual review to whet your appetite, but you are also getting the chance to win a copy of Valerie Bowman's new book. I have created a raffle that will give you the opportunity to win either a Paperback copy or a Kindle copy of The Legendary Lord. Winners are picked at random and will be contacted on October 30th.
Thank you for St. Martin's Press for providing the free copy of this book.
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Another great book from Valerie Bowman! I loved the way she built up the romance - a slow burn of emotion that culminated in a spectacular display of frustrating stubbornness and unending love, even when it seems to be impossible. I scarcely put it down over the course of the day it took me to read it. I was enthralled.
Lady Sarah Highgate has fled London. Betrothed to a man she cannot stand, she has traveled to Scotland with her companion, with her intention to create enough of a scandal that her betrothed will cry off. However, she becomes lost, and she ends up at the hunting lodge of Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, sans chaperone, who broke her ankle and is trapped in a nearby village during her recovery. Trapped in the hunting lodge during a harsh winter storm, they quickly form a friendship that turns into something more. Once the storm passes, Sarah and Christian decide to get her back to London with her reputation intact, despite their growing attraction. In London, they must face their fears - Sarah's being a life with her pompous betrothed and Christian's being a life without Sarah.
Christian and Sarah were the most adorable couple! I knew almost from the start that they were perfect for each other, particularly with Christian's absent stutter around Sarah, and when it came to be learned that they had named their horses the same name - Oberon - out of a love for A Midsummer Night's Dream...well, let's just say I made a big highlight and note on my kindle. It reads "OMG, they are both blind. YOU ARE EACH OTHER'S MATCH, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE." While they were working to prepare Christian for wife-hunting in London, I was sitting there fuming at their unwillingness to consider each other. The first half of the book was the best, in my opinion, because that was when the majority of the wooing happened. It was unintentional wooing, but it was wooing all the same. I became frustrated later on, when Sarah refused to tell her parents that she didn't want to marry her betrothed, and then when Christian couldn't tell her he loved her, I was about to explode. Thankfully it all worked out, as it usually does in romance novels, and the ending was a sweet conclusion to a beautiful romance.
I would almost characterize this as a "beach read", considering the swiftness of the plot and the lack of any major conflict. While some may think of Sarah's betrothal as the latter, I feel it was just a bump in the road, and not a very big one at that. I highly recommend this book, as well as the others in the Playful Brides series. They don't need to be read in order to be enjoyed, though there are a lot of lovable characters from previous books that are even more appreciated if you know them already.
AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Make sure you enter both raffles! I am giving away one Kindle copy and one Paperback copy.