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As a youth, I loved reading Trixie Belden books. She was great—smart, witty, and surrounded by good-looking guys. What’s not to like? While in my teens, I discovered the answers to that question when I heard someone mention a romance novel she had read. Her shallow breathing and flushed face was enough to pique my interest. A trip to the bookstore was in order. I read with wide-eyed amazement. Trixie never spoke of such occurrences!
Other than the obvious, I found myself trying to appreciate what my friend had enjoyed about this book. Yeah, there was the hot guy and beautiful woman, but the book as a whole frustrated me. Why did it take 380 pages for the couple to admit they loved each other? To me, this is where the story began. Much to my sadness, I found this to be the writing norm.
I was determined to find an author who felt as I did. This is how I discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss. Yes! Someone who could tell a story with the two main characters committed to each other before the final pages. Needless to say, she became a favorite soon followed by Diana Gabaldon.
I hope to follow in both of these ladies’ examples and combine history and romance throughout the entire story.
Lauren Seiberling (Romance Novel Giveaways)
on Nov. 21, 2015 :
A fortunate case of mistaken identity!
I was intrigued by the "mistaken identity" element of the story and couldn't wait to see how it got resolved! Wren's forced-husband, Beck, didn't even believe her when she said she wasn't Lady Anne, and it took a unique tactic to get him to finally believe her (no spoilers here!).
The dialogue was fun to read, especially when Beck spoke. He "spoke" with a Scottish accent, and the way Carol wrote the words made it very easy to imagine what he actually sounded like.
I enjoyed all of the characters in the story, especially Baron. While I wasn’t sure about him at first, he definitely grew on me by the end.
I thought the epilogue was well done, and thought it wrapped up as[ects of the story in a surprising way.
All in all, Carol had some fantastic ideas that made this unlike any other historical romance I have read, and I would be very interested in reading more books in this series!
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Nov. 19, 2015 :
I was sent a copy of Her Scottish Rogue for an honest review.
I cannot get more honest than this - I loved this book by Carol A. Spradling! The storyline was fantastic, with lots of twists and turns. The characters were well developed and each so unique.
Wren Taggert is just a girl working at a tavern where the cook took her in after her parents death. She is kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity for Lady Anne the illegitimate daughter of the Prince Regent of England. Wren is no wallflower or shrinking violet kind of miss that will just sit back and take this kind of treatment either. She is forced to marry Scotsman, Beckett Montgomery who is the bastard son of Sir Lacey of Longton Castle in England. Sir Lacey has pulled Beck into his web of schemes and lies trying to restore the family name, and while Beck wants nothing to do with England he finds himself married to this girl that he thinks is Lady Anne, but insists she is not.
Baron, the legitimate son of Sir Lacey is one character that I cannot wait to read more about. For all the world to see he is a drunken womanizer, but there is a deep, even dark reason for Baron's charade.
Beck and Wren play their parts, and things progress with them falling in love, Beck not wanting to hurt her more, and back again. It's a roller coaster ride of intrigue and emotions.
This was a great book, and cannot wait to read Barron's story! It was a pleasure to read Ms. Spradling's work!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)