by Delle Jacobs
The only thing they have in common is their grim determination not to marry each other. But their fathers have them well and truly trapped. No matter how much they dislike each other, their only hope for escape is collaboration. And so together the concoct an elaborate scheme of their own, a double elopement, with a twist, so to speak... A Regency Romance in the Georgette Heyer tradition
This was free on Amazon a few days ago, I downloaded it because the book description interested me. Written in a traditional regency prose this romance was refreshing; I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the humor and interaction between the main characters, Izzy and Tristan. It may have been predictable in the outcome but as it's a romance, they all are and it's expected, I wouldn't want it any other way. The pace of the story stays quick and delightful with plenty of strength in the plot and interaction between Izzy and Tristan to give the reader what she/he wants throughout the tale. I just love the adventure these two characters are involved in, it's new and exciting. The story comes alive with beautiful detail and descriptive writing. I definitely enjoyed this novel. Even though Tristan begins very cantankerous you can't help but fall for him and Izzy's witty nature is irresistible!
Genre - Regency Historical Romance / Traditional
Pages - Amazon lists it as 193 pages & Goodreads lists it as 226 pages
Amazon - 4.3 stars
Goodreads - 3.47 stars
Me - I give it 5 stars
Two things really draw me to a novel - the cover and the title. Sometimes I don't even read a books description if the cover doesn't do it for me. If a title is witty or interesting that can also draw my attention.
This author's covers are not super appealing to me but because I really enjoyed The Mudlark (the title sucked me in) I wanted to see what else Jacobs had to offer. I had to look past the covers for a change and go straight for the descriptions. I didn't realize that I had downloaded another one of Delle Jacobs books. (I seriously have over 1,000 books on my kindle). The title is what drew me to this one as well. I began reading it this evening -
|His Majesty, the Prince of Toads|
Sometimes it takes more than a kiss to change a toad into a handsome prince.
When Captain Lucas Deverall returns from the Peninsular War to succeed his deceased brother's title, he grudgingly decides to take back his wife. But even before he learns the circumstances of his inheritance, he encounters her at a New Year's gala. Shock sets in as he realizes the most beautiful woman in England is the same gangly, calf-eyed chit who tricked him into marriage six years before.
That's not how Sophie remembers it. She wishes fervently she'd had the sense not to scream when the drunken scapegrace crawled into her bed at her Uncle Harry's house party. True, she'd had a secret tendre for the handsome wastrel, until his scathing denunciation of her after their forced wedding. Then he went off to war without even consummating their union, and for six years she heard nothing from him.
Now the toad offers her forgiveness in exchange for his presence in her bed? Revenge comes more to mind. And so the battle of wits begins. And the harder they fight it, the more they fall in love.
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As it has been a super long week I am going to curl up with His Majesty, the Prince of Toads and relax - a perfect way to begin the weekend.