Snared by Jennifer Estep

There is never a shortage of bad guys in the city of Ashland, and Gin Blanco does not plan on letting any of them continue their ruthless ways if at all possible. In the sixteenth Elemental Assassin book, evil intentions take a horrific turn, and all the beloved characters previously met are ready to bring this reign of terror to a halt. Whether Gin was fighting for her life or trading quips with Finn, I was completely caught up the engaging situations taking place. Jennifer Estep consistently captures my interest in her latest urban fantasy story, where the quest to finding answers about ongoing mysteries continues and evildoers are combated. SNARED has surprising incidents and numerous death-defying battles.

While sneaking around and spying on certain Ashland residents is not a favorite activity of Gin Blanco, it is necessary if she wants to learn about the group known as the Circle. Its members are responsible for much of the wrongdoing in her city, and the woman who is often called the Spider also has a personal reason for wanting their merciless schemes brought to a standstill. Though Gin does uncover some relevant facts from time to time, way too much remains a mystery and she is tired of waiting for answers.

When a young woman disappears one night, Gin immediately stops focusing on the Circle until the fate of the individual is discovered. What is gradually revealed just proves that Ashland has more than its share of corruption, and she is somehow linked to what is currently happening. But one thing Gin is extremely good at doing is stopping evil, and she is not about to let it win.

Regardless of the events going on in the life of Gin and her friends, I equally enjoyed their downtime and the many colorful entanglements in which they became involved. The conversations that she has with anyone who supports her are repeatedly comical when cheerfulness is needed. Yet each person can turn deadly when a situation calls for it. I have come to know those around her very well over the course of so many stories, and it feels like I am visiting with people who could easily be my friends.

Danger is definitely real in the story, and Gin quickly becomes immersed in stopping it from escalating. As she searches for evidence as to whom is responsible for a current problem in Ashland, looking for any hints about the Circle are still simmering in the back of her mind because of how this group is connected to her tragic past. Her intensely vivid dreams give her and the reader some additional facts, and I can tell there are more important truths just waiting to be exposed.

SNARED is entertaining from the start, and the enjoyment only increases with each new development. Scenes where Gin is fighting to stay alive are a big highlight of the Elemental Assassin series, and she once again uses her Ice and/or Stone abilities to put a big hurt on others. There are several instances where she and Owen get to express their feelings for each other, and I found the moments to be believably heartwarming. Whatever Jennifer Estep imagines for the next Elemental Assassin book is guaranteed to be enthralling.

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Series:  Elemental Assassin – Book 16

Publisher:  Pocket Books

Releases:  April 25, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/khh5c35

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Author website:  http://www.jenniferestep.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

The Coming Home series introduced me to Harper Sloan, and I will not soon forget the reading experience. LOST RIDER is a romance about second chances and filled with extremely poignant emotional circumstances. I became caught up in Maverick and Leighton’s personal dilemmas from the very first incident, and my concern for these two likable individuals continued to mount as their relationship went through countless highs and lows. The focus of the story is about the feelings of this couple, and whether they can ever work out the many issues that have plagued them since they were much younger. I am just glad I was able to take the journey with Maverick and Leighton.

Being a champion bull rider was the dream of Maverick Davis even when he was a child, and for ten years he had lots of success on the rodeo circuit. But being thrown from a particularly ornery bull had huge consequences for him, as the danger of riding again is too great for him to continue. So now Maverick is returning to his family’s ranch in Texas which raises horses, where a new career awaits him along with numerous painful memories and one huge regret.

When he had left the town of Pine Oak, he knew his sister and brother would be missed by him, but not his cruel father. There was also a certain girl who was a friend of his sister, and he would miss their private talks as he could actually feel at peace for a little while afterward. But there was no way Maverick was going to remain in the area for Leighton James, and she clearly understood his thoughts before he left. When he gets back home, both have changed over the years, and they now see each other in a different light.

While there are a number of scenes in LOST RIDER that I will recall over and over, discussions between different characters are some of my most vivid recollections. A chat featuring Maverick and an elderly resident of Pine Oak still causes me to laugh, and an exchange Leighton had with her coworker was packed with hilarious comments. There was also a memorable episode in a restaurant. Many of the talks in which the Davis siblings took part are packed with so much heartache, and I felt their inner anguish because of the author’s skilled writing. When Maverick and Leighton had a conversation, the moment could be intensely heated from sexual tension or hurt feelings. Since the story is told from alternating points of view, I was always able to know exactly what these two were thinking.

It is often said there is a fine line between love and hate, and the saying has never been truer than throughout much of LOST RIDER. Though Maverick and Leighton desire each other with an almost overwhelming desperation, neither wants to admit the fact out loud because of what happened in the past. The stress of their unfulfilled longing is frequently evident in how this couple reacts, and I repeatedly worried over how they would respond to a new situation. Sexual encounters are fiery and often fueled by lust, but tender caring is also evident. The Coming Home series is off to an outstanding start, and I am very eager to read the second book. LOST RIDER is captivatingly realistic at all times.

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Series:  Coming Home – Book 1

Publisher:  Pocket

Releases:  April 25, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/nxqj8v4

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://authorharpersloan.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Miracle for the Neurosurgeon by Lynne Marshall

While all the stories Lynne Marshall writes that contain some medical references have been positive plus convincing, MIRACLE FOR THE NEUROSURGEON is her most heartwarming yet. So many factors dealing with having a spinal cord injury are explored, from physical complications to emotional issues, and each matter not only made the two main characters come across as realistic but also very likable. When I start a book by Lynne Marshall, I know the main couple will be facing several difficulties, but most of the time there are not so many added dilemmas for them to triumph over. I was totally drawn into MIRACLE FOR THE NEUROSURGEON from the first chapter, and my interest never waned until I had devoured every compelling word.

When Mary Harris unexpectedly showed up at the home of Wesley Van Allen, she intended to make him realize that he could use her help. A waterskiing mishap had severely damaged his spinal cord, and now the successful neurosurgeon will never walk again. Since Mary is a physical therapist, she has come to offer her useful knowledge in the hope it will make his days better. But Wes is a proud man and is not at all receptive to letting someone see him as weak, and he quickly refuses her proposal.

However, Mary is not about to give up, as she comprehends the man whom she has known for years needs her assistance regardless of what he says. When Wes finally relents, she is overjoyed and looks forward to making him healthier and productive. She has always respected him as a person, and even secretly likes her best friend’s brother more than either of them knows. His days actually become enjoyable having Mary work with him, and Wes cannot keep from dreaming of things that he thinks will never happen because of how his whole life has now changed.

There were numerous times when I cheered on Wes as he tried to accomplish a deed that was once easy but not anymore. The sudden loss of mobility would certainly be devastating for me, and adjusting would be hard. Ms. Marshall’s knowledge as a nurse plus her thorough research let me see what a person would have to do after such a terrible accident, and whether there are any workable solutions which would make it possible to resume various activities. Wes knows his world will never be the same, and he thinks his wishes for more normalcy will never be achieved. But when the optimistic Mary comes into his life, a spark of hope tries to flare up. MIRACLE FOR THE NEUROSURGEON is truly stirring because of inspiring moments.

Wes and Mary are one of my all-time favorite couples. They are both extremely genuine, and this made them all the more appealing. What each of them feels is very conceivable, especially when past sentiments affect the present, leaving them often mystified as to how they should react to one another. As desire builds between them, so does the determination to do their best for the other. I never felt like these two were not responding in a true-to-life manner, and this had me believing each scene as depicted. Their love story is really romantic at times, and I felt their joy at being so happy. I also could tell when they were experiencing distress, as the author’s writing gave me insight into their every thought.

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Publisher:  Harlequin Medical Romance

Releases:  April 18, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/mjgxerd

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://lynnemarshall.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

The Fairy Tale Girl by Ann Major

The Men of the West series has stories taking place in the western part of the United States, and the second book has a strong hero who knows what he wants and gives it his all in order to achieve his goal. The heroine of the story has never felt truly loved, and some personal troubles have made her life very complicated. After these two characters meet, the scenes that follow are often explosively tense because their passionate natures dictate how they will react. Whether they are at odds about a subject or yearning for one another, I was kept guessing as to what would be their next response. Ann Major may have written THE FAIRY TALE GIRL many years ago, but relationships can still be just as confusing at times yet also rewarding today.

Since Amber Johnson felt deprived in several areas while growing up, she married a man with much wealth and they enjoyed living a lavish lifestyle. But all that changed when she learned their future together had turned bleak. There is also the problem of threats from people who are not happy with her husband’s business dealings. Now Amber is getting a divorce and moving from an island paradise to Colorado, where she can hopefully learn to make it on her own and not depend on others. This is definitely no time to be in another relationship, even when there is a man residing near her whom has grabbed her full attention.

When Amber vowed that she would make much better choices from here on out, she certainly was not planning to get involved with someone rich again. While Jake Kassidy, a successful rancher, made a lasting impression on her when she saw him in town, he will only star in her fantasies and not any real situations. Though both Amber and Jake feel a powerful longing to each other, their pasts may keep them apart.

Desire keeps mounting along with plenty of complex emotional issues in THE FAIRY TALE GIRL. Ann Major definitely gave Jake and Amber a long list of obstacles to overcome before they could ever be together, and I ached right along with this couple when things went terribly wrong. So many unpredictable situations keep cropping up in the story, causing the relationship of these two individuals to hit a snag. There were times when I could not see a good solution to a setback, and the author kept me wondering if Jake and Amber could actually work out their differences. Theirs is a connection which is filled with numerous challenges, and I never knew if their passion for one another could eliminate the hardships they faced.

Ann Major let me experience many of the moments right along with the characters because of detailed descriptions, and I got to visit a tropical island along with the rugged Colorado terrain. There are a few suspenseful incidents in THE FAIRY TALE GIRL, and I anxiously kept reading to learn the outcome. I am glad Ms. Major is making her older releases available once again, in case I missed one.

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Series:  Men of the West – Book 2

Publisher:  Major Press LLC

Releases:  September 8, 2015

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/mvxz5jg

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.annmajor.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

The Thief by Michele Hauf

Unique paranormal stories created by Michele Hauf have kept me entertained for years, and I was excited to discover that she had written a suspenseful series. The Elite Crimes Unit solves white-collar offences, and the first book concerns two individuals whose lives take a drastic turn when they end up working together for the good of others. Though both once stole jewelry, neither did it to make a huge profit, and whatever they lifted often ended up helping someone less fortunate. Ms. Hauf always manages to bring her characters to life with distinctive personalities and often nonconforming behavior, and I found her two main characters to definitely be original. THE THIEF is imaginative and packed with surprising incidents.

After Josephine Deveraux gave up her career of being a jewel thief, she came to live in a rural area far away from Paris. Now the current thrill in her life is what vegetables will be ready to pick next. While she may miss the excitement of pulling off a successful heist, the tranquil existence she enjoys on a daily basis is definitely less stressful. When someone breaks into her home and insists she steal a certain object, Josephine realizes the past that she thought was buried has resurfaced.

A quickly made plan to keep from once again becoming a thief does not go as hoped, and she ends up agreeing to snatch a valuable necklace. When Josephine goes to a gala in order to swipe the jewelry, it appears someone else is also after the piece. Xavier Lambert is also a former thief who presently works for the Elite Crimes Unit because he was given little choice after being caught. Now his talent is only used for good. But when there is competition to obtain an extravagant diamond necklace, the stakes of whom will come out on top is significantly raised with each new development.

When I read a story from Michele Hauf, I know there will be lots of amusement sprinkled throughout the many compelling scenes. From bantering comments to comical thoughts, various characters caused me to laugh in THE THIEF, as the author’s unique brand of humor is evident in how they conducted themselves at times. There is an adorable cat which had me smiling, and some bad guys who made me want to boo them, especially when they worked against what Josephine and Xavier wanted. A French setting is enchantingly realistic, whether the story is taking place out in the country or the streets of Paris. Ms. Hauf likes to set a book in this country, and it always amazes me in how she makes locations occurring anywhere in France seem so genuine.

THE THIEF is suspenseful plus emotional. There are several situations that are rather nerve-racking, and I was not exactly sure what would happen to Xavier and Josephine. These two are delightfully fun to watch interact with one another, as it is very difficult for either to trust easily. This makes for plenty of scenes where they disagree and even sometimes argue about a particular detail. While I do not condone thievery, Ms. Hauf had me really liking Josephine and Xavier despite their backgrounds, and I am looking forward to seeing what the next book in the series will involve.

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Series:  The Elite Crimes Unit

Publisher:   Lyrical Press

Releases:  April 11, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/l4em279

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:   http://www.michelehauf.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Bound by Their Secret Passion by Diane Gaston

When gossip is spread about someone, whether it is true or false, it can affect that person’s life for years to come. The Scandalous Summerfields is about four siblings who suffered because of the actions of their parents, and one of the sisters is still greatly feeling the effects in the fourth and final book in the series. While this woman was a thoughtful individual, and she did her best to help those for whom she cared, her own future is bleak. But when circumstances change in an instant, she finds herself facing a multitude of obstacles before being truly happy. Diane Gaston makes BOUND BY THEIR SECRET PASSION a realistic Regency story, as so many outside factors influenced lives during this period when social status was so important.

To help make the future better for her two sisters and half-brother, Lorene Summerfield married a much older man. She has been a respectful wife to her husband, but there was never any love between them. Thankfully, her siblings have found partners whom they adore, so she is gratified in knowing her sacrifice paid off. One night, there is a confrontation at her home that has a tragic ending. Lorene’s husband is now dead, and the Earl of Penford may possibly be blamed for his death.

Although Lorene has secretly been attracted to Dell, she had never let anyone know of her fascination. But with her callous husband now gone, perhaps the days ahead will actually be much more pleasurable for her. Unfortunately, suspicions about what took place on that fateful night bring trouble for Dell, and Lorene worries he may suffer because of their friendship, a connection which she wants to be closer yet knows it never can be.

The number of challenges Lorene and Dell must face throughout the story just keep adding up, and it certainly seemed like they would never be able to have a relationship that lasted. I so wanted these two to get together, but the time in which they lived kept them apart because of society’s rules. Though Lorene had never done anything wrong, her reputation was tarnished because of what others did in the past. I am definitely glad to not have lived in a time where many people judged someone so harshly, as these opinions often led to needless misery. Dell has his own personal troubles, and he lives his life in memory of his family, not his goals. Neither he or Lorene are really happy, and they fear the consequences of them appearing to be in a relationship. Diane Gaston made their feelings very evident, and I ached right along with them on numerous occasions when things did not go as they wished. BOUND BY THEIR SECRET PASSION is an emotional romance packed with heartache yet also hopeful longing.

With this being the last book in the series, I was delighted to see all the past couples featured, thus letting me get caught up with their current lives. There are also plenty of other secondary characters in the story that I came to know well, as their personalities were brought to life with colorful behavior. The author inserted historical facts into quite a few scenes, and I enjoyed these moments of reality.

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Series:  The Scandalous Summerfields

Publisher:  Harlequin Historical

Releases:  March 21, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/kg2h7b6

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://dianegaston.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow

With heightened danger and lives on the line, the fourth story in the Silver Valley P.D. miniseries is thrilling plus entertaining. In previous books, a religious cult arrived in a picturesque Pennsylvania town and its members created a variety of problems for the local citizens. So far, the residents in Silver Valley have stopped any of the trouble these fanatics have tried to instigate, but their latest scheme is the most ambitious yet. With the help of an agency called Trail Hikers and a woman who is an arson expert, the once peaceful town will hopefully once again be a great place to live without constant fear. I enjoyed seeing two individuals put aside any differences for the good of others, and the unexpected romance between the couple added lots of interesting developments. SECRET AGENT UNDER FIRE has perilous circumstances interwoven with emotional issues, and Geri Krotow builds the suspense with each new predicament.

When Abigail Redland was ready to leave the FBI, she was not anticipating a new career with the Trail Hikers, a covert government agency. The organization works out of Silver Valley, Pennsylvania, and she is now using her skills as an arson investigator to hopefully discover who is behind the town’s many unsolved fires over the past three months. Unfortunately, it means Abi must come in contact with the local fire chief, and though she and Keith Paruso want the suspect caught, both have their own opinions about how to make it happen.

While keeping the town and its citizens safe is most important to Keith, he also has a personal reason for stopping the arsonist as he still feels the repercussions from a false accusation. When Abi is told to work with the fire chief and combine their information, she is not happy but will do what must be done to bring the criminal to justice. Even if it means being around a man to whom she is attracted. But when the fires head in a deadlier direction, Keith and Abi know time is not on their side.

Relationships can be complicated, and when there are secrets being kept, things often get even more difficult for the two people involved. Abi is under obligation to not tell Keith about her being a Trail Hiker, and she is reluctant to reveal her actual feelings for him, too. Though they are most concerned about uncovering those responsible for setting the fires and always remain dedicated to the task, they cannot keep desire for the other from entering their thoughts from time to time. It was enjoyable watching Keith and Abi together, as they might bicker over a detail or show admiration for the other’s intelligence. There were also some quick-witted comments expressed, and their teasing had me smiling.

Several past characters are featured throughout the book, and it was great seeing what was now going on in their lives. Geri Krotow also includes many specific facts about the story’s setting, making scenes more realistic. The cult now known as New Thought has caused much havoc in Silver Valley for months, and the events that take place in SECRET AGENT UNDER FIRE have the threats intensifying. I never knew what would happen next or who would be affected, and I was kept guessing until the very end.

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Series:  Silver Valley P.D.

Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Releases:  April 1, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/llm9r74

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://gerikrotow.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Angel Unleashed by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

The originality in ANGEL UNLEASHED makes every scene absolutely spellbinding. From the unique characters and their traits to the cleverly conceived plot and its brilliant execution, the story took me on a riveting journey of the unexpected. I was completely engrossed in this paranormal book from the very start, and I only became more fascinated as each new detail was revealed. Linda Thomas-Sundstrom brought an extraordinary world to life when she created the Blood Knights miniseries, and her latest release is the most amazing yet.

An expert at tracking monsters, Rhys de Troyes has competently carried out his specific duty for centuries. As one of the Blood Knights, he uses the skills given to him during a long-ago ceremony to keep humans safe from anyone with supernatural abilities that intends harm. But one night, an unknown plus very powerful being arrives in London, and Rhys is determined to learn its background plus purpose. Shocked to discover the creature is female, he continues his concealed observation, waiting on the right moment to confront her and put a stop to anything devious.

When Avery Arcadia Quinn came to London, she had a particular reason. Running into one of the Blood Knights was certainly not on her agenda, and after coming in contact with Rhys, she knows not disclosing full knowledge of her undertaking along with the reasons behind it to him are imperative or he may interfere. Avery is a grounded angel, because her wings were taken from her to give the Knights some of their immortal capabilities and she wants them back. While she will not stop until her objective is complete, Rhys is just as single-minded about uncovering information related to the secretive being.

There are so many ground-breaking circumstances in ANGEL UNLEASHED, and I found myself in complete wonder time and again. Linda Thomas-Sundstrom has always been able to come up with inventive ideas to describe her characters, and Rhys plus Avery are certainly distinctive individuals. He may be one of the Blood Knights, but he also has his own capabilities and personality. I loved how he is a protector for those whom do not even know he exists, yet he wants no thanks for doing his duty. Rhys may be an immortal with much strength, but his sympathetic heart makes him compassionate to the needs of others. Poor Avery has been through so much, and the way in which she suffered really made me angry. But she can still find humor in unlikely places, and I had a great time watching her and Rhys banter back and forth. The passion they feel for the other is sky-high, leading to explosively heated encounters.

Keeping an ancient religious relic safe is part of the Blood Knights oath, and the author makes their ongoing task very believable. Even if the prior books in the miniseries have not been read, their mission is still clear and the reader does not feel lost at all. There is also a creative concept on how vampires were first formed, and their history is very interesting. One species of supernatural beings that Linda Thomas-Sundstrom does so well is werewolves, and I was delighted when they made appearances throughout the story. I am already eager to see what the author dreams up next.

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Series:  Blood Knights

Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne

Releases:  April 1, 2017

Purchase:   http://tinyurl.com/mngh53p

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:  http://www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Code of Honor by Alexa Aston

In the latest Knights of Honor story, two people find their love being tested over and over again when unforeseen circumstances keep developing. One man must prove whether he is worthy to be a knight, while a situation forces a woman to follow undesired obligations and not her heart. Alexa Aston has combined meticulously researched details with a heartfelt historical romance to create a story that will long be remembered. Medieval books have been a favorite for many years, and Ms. Aston delivers exactly what I like in this genre. CODE OF HONOR has a multitude of emotional issues, a delightful cast of characters, and constant realism.

Although his father ignored him all through childhood, the mother of Michael Devereux showed him much affection. But when the Earl of Sandbourne was going to get rid of his wife by forcing her to live in a convent, the boy left his unhappy home and vowed to stay away until his father was dead and the title became his. Days and then years go by, and Michael has changed from an awkward child to a respected knight. He has sworn fidelity to those living at Kinwick Castle, and his latest task is to make certain those whom he serves are safely guarded while traveling to a wedding.

With her marriage only a few days away, Lady Elysande Le Cler is resigned to becoming the wife of a man whom she barely knows. Yet it is the path set for her, and she only hopes things will not be as bad as she fears. When relatives began arriving for the celebration, one of the knights escorting her uncle and family ends up assisting her when a horse gives birth. Michael feels a deep attraction to Elysande, but she is already promised to another and neither would ever go against their pledges. But staying away from the other is the hardest thing this couple has ever done.

The third book in the Knights of Honor series is filled with constant ups and downs, many of which caught me by surprise. Though Michael and Elysande are drawn to each other, a number of factors keep them from ever thinking they have a future together. Even when it appears they just might have a chance of actually being a couple, a new problem makes their having a relationship seem hopeless once more. I went through so many emotions while reading CODE OF HONOR, from elation to despair, and the author had me feeling each sentiment to the fullest. Alexa Aston makes her characters very realistic, and their reactions are always true-to-life. She also accurately shows life in medieval times, and I was moved by how women plus children were often treated. CODE OF HONOR is adventuresome at times and continuously emotional.

When I think of a hero, Michael is a perfect example. His younger days were packed with misery, but he did not let it keep him from his goal of becoming a well-regarded knight. Learning about all his ordeals growing up and how he overcame them only added to his hero status. Elysande is also a compelling character, as she put her duties first yet let me know how much it pained her. Their love is truly powerful, and I totally enjoyed their daunting journey. Though this story could be read first, the two prior books in the series are not to be missed and getting to catch up with their characters was enjoyable.

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Series:  Knights of Honor – Book 3

Publisher:  Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.

Releases:  March 28, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/kvkypmo

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  https://alexaaston.wordpress.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

A Perfect Gentleman by Candace Camp

From the very start of A PERFECT GENTLEMAN, I was immediately drawn into the fascinating circumstances taking place, and my interest never waned during any scenes that followed. Candace Camp always manages to invent original situations for her characters to face, and events in her latest book are absolutely riveting. There is intrigue, misunderstandings, humor, and even some suspense, and each new development kept me from finding a stopping point. While I have enjoyed numerous books from Ms. Camp in the past, her latest is definitely one of her best. A PERFECT GENTLEMAN has every ingredient needed to make it an entertaining historical read.

When Abigail Price married Graeme Parr, she had hoped her life would finally be much better. After living with a father who controlled every aspect of her daily existence, she had thought becoming the Earl of Montclair’s wife would lead to more pleasant days. Though Abigail was aware her English husband did not love her, as they hardly knew each other, she had dreams of them one day having a happy marriage. But it quickly becomes apparent Graeme only wed the American because of her wealth that his family needed and does not plan on being a real husband to her, so she swiftly leaves him and goes back home.

After not having any contact with his wife for ten years, for which he is grateful, Graeme is very wary when she suddenly shows up in London. Their initial meeting gives him no clue as to why she has returned, yet he does realize Abigail has changed from quietly timid to a stunning woman and superb conversationalist. At first, he is very concerned about her causing a scandal that would affect his family’s name, but he soon also feels unexpectedly drawn to his wife who is practically a stranger.

There are so many things that I liked about A PERFECT GENTLEMAN. Regardless of what part they played, characters are convincing and very lifelike. I must say Graeme was not exactly endearing himself to me at first, but his later actions showed his heart was in the right place, even when his mind kept the words from being spoken. At least he was willing to talk over his troubles with others, and possibly see the error of ways. Abigail is a heroine for whom I was rooting for at all times, as she is such a wonderful person but has had so much go wrong for her. I thoroughly delighted in her quick wit, plus how she never held back from speaking her thoughts. A number of discussions in the story left Graeme and Abigail confused because of their beliefs, and I frequently became anxious because I wondered how either of them would react. There are several passionate encounters between the couple, and Abigail’s honest responses were truly heartfelt.

While the couple is often tested as they suffer through more than a few trials during their marriage, they do also experience plenty of good times. I really enjoyed their intelligent banter with each other and even some of their relatives, especially Graeme’s cousin, James, whose book is next. There are also unknowns that need answers, and the path to finding solutions is occasionally frightening. Candace Camp has created a compelling romantic story, as A PERFECT GENTLEMAN is constantly engaging.

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Publisher:  Pocket

Releases:  March 28, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/n6pqlqg

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  www.candace-camp.com/

Rating:  5 Stars