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From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn’t happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman’s Surrender, released January 2016, introduced the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit.
Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home.
Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as a mischievous cat (who seems happy to play the role of villain). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the American Romance Writers Association, and the Ancient City Romance Authors chapter.
Visit Mariel at her website at http://marielgrey.com
D. Alyce Domain
on June 23, 2016 :
My Impressions: Lucy’s got a bit of sass that I love in a historical heroine…And Chalifour is the master of the double entendre…*eye brow arch*. His innuendos were very well-timed and amusing. Thus, I immediately liked the pairing.
The Romance: There is a nice development to the initial spark of chemistry between the central couple. They have things in common which make their connection logical and believable. And their first kiss was smoking…so yeah, the romance definitely works.
Minor Beefs: Again, the pacing is a little slow…(the sequel, which I quite enjoyed was paced steady, but a bit slow as well.) Sigh, I suppose nothing is ever perfect. I enjoyed the romance greatly. I could have done with a bit more description of the hanky panky scenes…eh, am I being a trollop? (Generally, I don’t like raunchy scenes, but some PG-13 nooky is always a plus. I’m just saying.) However, I can understand the author wanting to keep it clean and wholesome. The time period the story takes place in doesn’t particularly support a gratuitous love scene…and likely it would have been off to include one. Still, in a perfect world…and all that jazz.
Random Thoughts: Eh, Lucy’s lady’s maid, Milli, is a bit cheeky, if you ask me. In fact, all the servants had a bit of shade to them. I sometimes wonder what goes on in the minds of the servants in historical romances…seriously, what they must think of their employers…the mind boggles.
Extra Touch: Once again, the settings and time period are lushly described with the most intriguing details. Reading this book, I felt as though I were stepping back into the past for a brief sojourn. And I really like that the heroine had a profession of sorts…The entire horse/breeding business, racing and the partnership deal was such a nice change from some of the other historicals I’ve read where the lady’s main lot in life is social outings and husband hunting. I much prefer the ones where the heroine has something interesting to do besides pine for the hero. The scheming miss Lucy was quite a delight.
Cliffhanger: None. There is already a Book 2, but its not a continuation. Everything was tied up in a nice bow here. A new story is told in the next book (with a few of the same characters).
The Verdict: Great read! I think I liked this one even better than the sequel (though I did enjoy Book 2). I would definitely recommend it to lovers of romance, particularly historical romance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 24, 2016 :
This was just an ok read for me. It might appeal to someone else though. I just felt like the story jumped around a little and writer seemed side tracked in areas.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via LibraryThing.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 08, 2013 :
A lovely romance story.
I was surprised and impressed by the eye for historical details, such as the food they had, how the gardens looked like and the way they dressed in that period of time. I don't know a lot about horses and the horse business, but that was very detailed as well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
J. Lee Coulter
on June 01, 2013 :
Surrender Of Trust
By Mariel Grey
If you buy only one book a year then, I highly recommend getting this one. The author has knocked the ball right out of the park on her first try at bat.
The story is very well researched. I was impressed with her accuracy of the Arabian bloodlines, which I personally know myself, and put together in a very satisfying, neatly wrapped package.
I do not agree with the one star reviews that are posted on Amazon. If you do not care for this type of book then why do you buy them? I found it to be a lovely story and the circumstances involving the heroine’s actions quite believable. And who hasn’t met a man in their lifetime that would plot out a way to seduce a woman that he wanted?
As far as the “identical twin” business, I am fairly certain that in the early 1800’s they would not have made a distinction of their sexual variances making a difference as far as them being identical. And since it was the characters view of them…I don’t see the problem.
The book has been re-edited recently to fix any missing words, etc. and I promise, you will not be disappointed. If I could rate it higher than five stars…I would!
I am looking forward to reading more from this budding new author in the future. Do not miss this one!
(reviewed the day of purchase)