Rosie’s #Bookreview of #RegencyRomance THE EARL AND THE SECRET PAST by Janice Preston

The Earl With The Secret Past (Mills & Boon Historical)The Earl With The Secret Past by Janice Preston

3.5 stars

The Earl And The Secret Past is a Regency style historical romance and opens with a prologue. Adam is an apprentice architect who has fallen in love with Kitty, the daughter of a peer, but they are too far apart socially for a serious relationship to be permitted, so Adam makes a decision that leaves Kitty broken-hearted.

Fifteen years later Adam is shocked to discover that he is the long lost son of an Earl. In London he meets Kitty again; she is now a widow and Adam wants to re-ignite their relationship, but a lot has happened in those lost years.

I have read quite a few books by this author and I usually like her style of writing, however, with this story I struggled to connect to the characters, which was a shame because the overall story arc worked well. There were a few occasions where very little happened and some of the detail felt a little repetitive.  Also I found Adam’s Scottish dialogue rather annoying; there was too much of it for my taste. So overall, an okay story in this genre, but it wasn’t my favourite novel from this author.

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Book description

An unexpected inheritance

An explosive reunion

Hardworking architect Adam Monroe’s world is shaken when he inherits an Earldom! Thrust into the ton, he bumps into widow, Kitty Fenton – his lost love. Years before, he’d refused to elope with Kitty to save her from ruin, and was heartbroken she’d married so soon after he left. Perhaps fate has given him a chance to discover the truth – after all beneath the hurt the sparks of attraction are as strong as ever…

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#NewRelease Regency #Romance Lady Olivia And The Infamous Rake by @JaniceGPreston

Lady Olivia and the Infamous RakeLady Olivia and the Infamous Rake by Janice Preston

4 stars

Lady Olivia And The Infamous Rake is a regency romance. This is book one of the Beauchamp Heirs series, and has minor roles for characters from the earlier Beauchamp Betrothals books.

This is the story of eighteen-year-old Olivia. She might be the catch of the season, but Olivia feels stifled by a protective family and rigid rules of society. Lured by the wonders of London, Olivia bribes her brother Alex to escort her, one evening, to Vauxhall pleasure gardens. Here they are invited to join a dubious group of partygoers. Alex is soon distracted and leaves Olivia plied with drink, playing cards and unchaperoned.

Lord Hugo Alastair finds himself rescuing her and is soon enchanted by her family loyalty and her mischievous persona. He offers to help ‘look out’ for her brother Alex, whilst helping Olivia retrieve her necklace which she’d previously wagered.

The pair are certainly attracted to each other, but as a second son, Hugo has few prospects to offer the daughter of a Duke. This was a sweet romance. I’ve previously read the Beauchamp Betrothals where the main characters are older, featuring Olivia’s father, uncle and aunt. Now this new series offers romance for the next generation. Ideal for those who enjoy an historical romance.

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Book description

“He’s completely unsuitable…

he’s a rake.”

Part of The Beauchamp Heirs: after being plucked from peril by resolute bachelor Lord Hugo Alastair, Lady Olivia Beauchamp is secretly outraged that he doesn’t even try to steal a kiss! He’s a notorious rake among the ton, and as a result, utterly forbidden to an innocent debutante like her. But their attraction is magnetic. Will she risk her reputation for a passionate encounter?

About the author

I grew up in Wembley, North London, with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, I moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When my children left home for university, I discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began to write seriously for the first time since my teens.
Real life then got in the way and I didn’t write again until 2009. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2012 and my first Regency romance was accepted for publication by Harlequin Mills & Boon in late 2013.
I now live in the West Midlands with my second husband and two cats and I continue to write Regency romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon.

Janice Preston

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