Accidental Peers Series
BOOK BLURB: Opposites attract…Even if he is the catch of the season, Charlotte Livingston has a low opinion of the wildly handsome Marquess of Camryn. He’s an industrialist who thinks nothing of replacing workers with machines, depriving them of an honest living. Camryn is everything a social reformer like Charlotte detests. Besides, her loyalty belongs to another man.
Worlds Collide…Yet, as a violent machine-breakers rebellion rages across England, an undeniable attraction flares between the passionate adversaries. Camryn vows to destroy the rebel movement, unaware that the spinster who has captured his heart, harbors a secret – a shocking connection to one of its leaders that could shatter them both.
REVIEW: Here’s the deal. Even though this is the first book in the series and the début for Ms. Quincy, if you want to read this series in order, you should read Willa’s story first, then Charlotte’s second and Bella’s story is the last in the series. For some reason ‘the men in suits’ that bought these stories, decided they should be published out-of-order. Don’t ask!
Okay, now that I got that out-of-the-way, let me tell you why I loved this story.
Charlotte. Charlotte. Charlotte.
I thought the characterization of this young woman was wonderful. She was such a mixture of innocence and maturity that you couldn’t help but like her. She’s much more than just a bluestocking. She’s passionate about her causes but also about life and people she loves. She doesn’t cower and when confronted, is terrible at lying and is more than capable standing up for herself and those that need her protection. The dialogue between Cam and Charlotte is intense, intelligent and intriguing.
Arthur Stanhope, Marquess of Camryn, [Willa’s cousin who inherited her father’s title] is one of those heroes we can’t help but love. He’s the oldest of four brothers; Sebastian, Basil and Will do make an appearance and all are interesting and mischievous in their own right.
Cam always knew he would inherit the title from his uncle and he was ready to take on that challenge and take on more by involving himself within the industries that have shaped the future of his country despite many oppositions in its and his path.
It was interesting watching this privileged man slowly reviling himself to Charlotte in small increments, so we would get the full impact of his character as she did.
I was also impressed by this author’s research and it shows as she introduces her audience to the history of manufacturing, and the masses that were affected by it, aristocracy as well as the common man.
If you’re looking for a well-written, well researched and interesting, entertaining and fun read, this is a must read.
BOOK BLURB: Mirabella can hardly remember the man she married as a girl. And it’s just as well. She feels nothing but contempt for the man who wed her for her fortune and promptly forgot she existed. The ton may call him “The Saint” but Bella knows better.
Forced to marry as a teen to rescue his family from certain ruin, Sebastian has been apart from his child bride since their wedding day. When he encounters an enchanting impish beauty at the opera, he’s is thrilled to find she is none other than his long-ago bride and he is more than ready to make her his wife in truth.
Too bad the beguiling beauty has no intention of coming meekly to the marriage bed.
REVIEW: Bella’s story is actually the last in the series, but all three stories in this series may be read out-of-order and stand on their own.
And now here’s what I loved most about this story.
Sebastian. Sebastian. Sebastian…and have I said, Sebastian?!
Holy cow, this was a man to die for. I adored this man. Talk about honorable, patient, loving and saintly. No wonder his brothers nicknamed him Saint!
I loved the complexity of this character. His childhood was not easy and he had to work extra hard to please his parents and prove himself to them and to himself that he’s worthy of their love, but he knew in his heart that no matter how hard he tried, it seemed to him that it was never enough and that was very hard for him to accept.
DAMN but I wanted to give this man a huge hug!
I know this book carries Bella’s name, but boy I thought Sebastian’s story totally took my breath away.
The character of the heroine, Bella, was also complex and couldn’t be compartmentalized. She grew up abandoned and it showed in all she did and wanted to do. It took her awhile to ‘come into her own’ and Sebastian was a perfect man for her.
Again, besides being well written, plotted and fast paced, as were all the stories in this series, I was most impressed with the dialogue between the main protagonists. It had wit, passion and substance that I just loved. Hope you give it a try.
BOOK BLURB: Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she’ll be ruined. Again.
No one is more shocked by Willa’s lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.
Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?
REVIEW: This is actually the first book in this series, although you need not read them in order whatsoever. All three books are stand alone as well as the part of the series, and with that said, here is the reason I liked this book.
Hart. Hart. Hart.
Here’s a man who is praise worthy and one who is worth rooting for!
He’s not only a duke, but a man with a vision and an eye on the future; handsome, rich and willing to stand up for a woman he believes compromised.
Willa is a strong heroine and someone who has embraced her lot in life as a compromised woman and still refused to be cowed by the society.
I must say that as villains go, we had one sick bastard in this one and I was so happy about the way the author engineered his ‘exit’.
This is another well-written, entertaining and very fun read. I’m coming to enjoy this author’s writing style, but it’s the witty, entertaining and intelligent dialogue I enjoyed the best.
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AUTHOR BIO: Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she’d rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.
Fans of Madeline Hunter, Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries will love Diana’s Regency world of dashing dukes, irresistible rogues and the headstrong, determined women who capture their hearts. New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes says SEDUCING CHARLOTTE is “Sweet, steamy, and thoroughly enjoyable…Equal parts action, passion and fun.”
Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana lived in many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows.
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