A Dangerous Engagement by Melanie Dickerson (Review)

Dangerous Engagement Melanie DickersonJust as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall.

Government agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s help in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent bride-to-be.

Philip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their dangerous masquerade is exposed.

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Melanie Dickerson brings Regency England and the unrest to life in the third and final installment of her Regency Spies of London series. And while this is part of a series, it is a book that stands alone. There are a few mentions of the other characters in the books, but Julia and Leorah don’t make an appearance until the very end of the story.

I appreciated that Dickerson explores the challenges of those who are not titled or part of the Ton. In fact, Felicity has very little dowry and Phillip is a third son who is trying to find his calling in his life.

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As Felicity walks the fine line between acting a part and getting caught, she must also deal with her fear, disappointment with herself, and her situation that led her to accept a proposal from a man she doesn’t know at all. Meanwhile, Phillip is intent on succeeding in his mission and proving himself at the Home Office, all while keeping the beautiful Felicity Mayston from harm.

Filled with danger, mystery, falsehoods, and a burgeoning uprising, A Dangerous Engagement has plenty to keep readers interested in the story. Add the growing attraction and connection between Phillip and Felicity, and those who love a great story will not be disappointed.

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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter (Review)

Inconvenient Beauty Kristi Ann HunterAward-Winning Regency Romance Author on the Rise

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

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The Duke’s Dilemma by Elaine Manders (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

The Duke's Dilemma Elaine Manders

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The Duke's Dilemma Elaine MandersBook title: The Duke’s Dilemma

Author: Elaine Manders

Release date: May 27, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance, subgenre: Regency

Should he wed the perfect match—or the one he loves?

Edward Dalton, the new Duke of Langsdale, must soon take a wife to ensure the hereditary line. A young war widow seems the perfect choice. She is charming, well respected with impeccable character, and her connections to the Ton’s most important people is an asset he can’t ignore. But Edward is intrigued by another widow. The mysterious, hauntingly beautiful Lady Wayte.

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Courting the Country Miss by Donna Hatch (Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway)


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Courting the Country Miss
(Courting #2)
by Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
August 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.

Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.

Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.

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In My Opinion (Review)

I love best friends to more stories and I enjoy the Regency period stories, so Courting the Country Miss had two points in its favor before I even began reading it.

It took a little while to get everything set up between Leticia and Tristan, but once all of the pieces are in place, these two friends’ story came together quickly. As Tristan realizes he wants more than friendship from the only person who has stood by his side over the years, Leticia fears giving her heart to him. Tristan must prove he’s changed. Not an easy thing to do when you’ve got competition and a tight timeline.

As teasing turns to flirting and friendship blossoms into love, I appreciated that those feelings weren’t a light-switch reaction. It takes a while for these two to admit they feel more for each other.

Leticia’s determination to educate women of the lower class despite the threats from her peers is admirable. Tristan’s protectiveness for his friend (from the beginning of the book) is sweet and shows the reader what’s buried under the person he projects to others.

The ending felt a little rushed to me but overall, Donna Hatch does an admirable job of taking readers on an admirable journey of love, bravery, and friendship. Courting the Country Miss is a pleasant and clean story for those who enjoy reading about the Regency period.

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Other Books in the Series

Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]Courting the Countess

(Courting #1)

by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pages
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

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About the Author

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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A Sapphire Season by Lynn Morris

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Lady Mirabella Tirel has determined this is the season in London in which she will find a suitable husband. Her desire is to be married and have children. With that in mind, she and her friend Josephine travel from their home in Camarden to London where they navigate the nuances of the ton. Mirabella sets her sights on three potential matches.

Sir Giles Knyvet is in love with his best friend. They have grown up together but it’s only been in the past few years he’s realized his feelings for Mirabella. But he knows he’s not a suitable husband for her. He’s merely a baronet and is trying to settle the debts of his family’s estate. There is no way he’s going to live off of his wife’s dowry.

As Mirabella and Giles spend time with the wealthy, titled upper class of England, they both seem interested in the other. Will Giles finally confess his love for Mirabella before it’s too late? Will Mirabella give up comfort and security for true love?

While I’m usually a fan of Regency fiction, this book felt a little lacking. First of all, I was disappointed I didn’t get to see more of Giles’s point of view. There were only a handful of chapters in the book that followed him and his friends. I found myself wondering a few times what Giles was up to. In addition, I was three quarters of the way through the book, wondering why it’s listed as Christian fiction before there was mention of God, prayer, or religion. Although, isn’t that the way it goes in life sometimes? We happily go along until something goes wrong and then we reach out to God. Finally, the narrative style was a little cumbersome and took some getting used to. I guess I prefer first or second point of view to being told a story.

With that said, if you enjoy the caste system of England, the costumes, the parties and balls, then this book is chock full of those details. The gossiping matrons, Gentleman Jackson’s boxing club, the ton, and etiquette were all in this book.

***Faithwords/Center Street provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.