If He’s Noble: Wherlocke #7 by Hannah Howell with Excerpt

If He's Noble: Wherlocke #7 by Hannah Howell with Excerpt

Welcome to my review of If He’s Noble by Hannah Howell. The seventh book in the  Wherlocke  historical romance series.  Please read on for an excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops where you can see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Three Print Copies of IF HE’S NOBLE.

If He’s Noble

The second I have read in this wonderfully engaging series, If He’s Noble compiles all of the elements together for a gripping read.  Heroine in danger? Check. Evil family villain? Check. Hero with honor and good intentions? Check.  Fast-paced action, chemistry and a believable set of circumstances? Check, check and Check.

See, Primrose’s father has died under mysterious circumstances and her Aunt and Uncle are in control.  Her uncle is vile, but in that drinking, gambling and carousing uncaring inattentive sort of way. Her aunt, however, is a grasping power-made greedy woman, willing to go to great lengths to eliminate competition for the not unsubstantial family fortune and power.  With only Primrose having the power to stop her aunt’s plans, she sets off to find her brother and warn him of the dangers posed by her guardians.

Bened Vaughn, like all of his family, is possessed of something ‘extra’ that makes them more than human.  In family history, this extra has led to fear and loathing, witch hunts and more. But, in a more enlightened time, with the Vaughns and Wherlockes all finding life is moving along well.  Bened has been working in personal security for the nobility, and this has brought him wealth, a title and lands.  But, coming across a bedraggled lass, recently unseated from her horse and a little frantic, he listens to her story.  While he is intrigued by Primrose, he’s finding himself honor-bound to help her.

These two are adorable together. Primrose had suspicions, but never could she have imagined the depth of the danger she would face, but fortunately Bened is well-versed in protection and ferreting out motivations and plots.  Determined and while not ‘seasoned’, Primrose is ready to face off to stand on the side of right in this battle of right and wrong.  Raised with a certain knowledge of society and expectations for a woman, she is more than able to help and support Bened as he navigates the waters of society with his newly acquired title, and it’s no wonder that their friendship moves to love.  Not only because he saved her, but for her essential sweetness and belief in him, and her stalwart support.  A wonderful and fast paced installment with plenty of twists and some great reveals of motivations and machinations.

If He’s Noble: Wherlocke #7 by Hannah Howell with Excerpt

Title: If He's Noble
Author: Hannah Howell
Series: Wherlocke #7
Also in this series: If He's Daring
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Zebra
ISBN: 1420135031
Published on: 28 July, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 11 Hours (est.)
Rated: four-stars
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New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell delivers adventure and instant attraction in this all-new Wherlocke Family novel...

For Lady Primrose Wootten nothing has been ordinary since her father the Baron died and his wayward family filled the estate with greed and treachery. Primrose knows if she can just track down her brother, he can send the odious relations on their way. But instead she finds this enormous, powerful stranger, and forgets entirely what she was doing in the first place...

Sir Bened Vaughn isn't much afraid of a pistol. But he is a bit afraid of the woman holding it, who stirs up something so primal he's not sure he can shake it off. Vaughn is an honorable man, and he knows he has no right to desire Primrose. Yet he does have an obligation to help her, and as they learn more about her brother's disappearance, he realizes that means staying by her side...wanting her all the while... and wondering how much longer they can resist temptation...

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

 Primrose watched him smoothly mount his large black gelding. A part of her wanted to thank him for offering to come with her, repeatedly and loudly, but she resisted the urge. This concerned her family and her future. It was not right to place her burdens on the shoulders of a complete stranger, no matter how broad those shoulders were.            “Yes,” he said, looking down at her with those calm silvery eyes and then nodding toward her horse. “Mount up, m’lady, and we shall hunt down that brother of yours.”“This is not your trouble, Sir Bened,” she said, even as she mounted her horse. “This is all part of a familial contretemps and you must not feel compelled to get tangled up in it just because you have a chivalrous nature.” She frowned at him when he laughed.

“Chivalrous, am I? That opinion would amuse my kin. Nay, m’lady, I am but a man who has too long worked at watching over others. You need watching over whether you wish to admit to it or not. I am also very, very good at following a trail and need no stars in the dirt to do it.” He leaned toward her to add quietly, “I am also very good at knowing when danger and an enemy draw near. I have a strong feeling that you may be in need of those skills, m’lady.”

“I truly want to say I do not need them but”— Primrose sighed—“it would be a lie, I think. I have not much enjoyed traveling about alone, either. ’Tis not accepted anywhere. And, I am not Lady Primrose, you know. Just an honorable, so you do not need to keep saying m’lady.

“Easier than saying m’honorable.

Primrose laughed. “True, so just say miss.

He nodded and took the lead as they rode back to the road. Bened would have preferred riding through the woods but he hoped he might find her brother’s trail on the road. What he really needed was more information from her and a sedate ride along a road would make talking easier. Bened was certain there was more to her hunt for her brother than a need to tell him about their father’s death.

 

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About Hannah Howell

Hannah D. Howell is a highly regarded and prolific romance writer. Since Amber Flame, her first historical romance, was released in February 1988, she has published 25 novels and short stories, with more on the way. Her writing has been repeatedly recognized for its excellence and has "made Waldenbooks Romance Bestseller list a time or two" as well as was nominated twice by Romantic Times for Best Medieval Romance (Promised Passion and Elfking's Lady). She has also won Romantic Times' Best British Isles Historical Romance for Beauty and the Beast; and, in 1991-92 she received Romantic Times' Career Achievement Award for Historical Storyteller of the Year.
Hannah was born and raised in Massachusetts (the maternal side of her family has been there since the 1630's). She has been married to her husband Stephen for 28 years, who she met in England while visiting relatives, and decided to import him. They have two sons Samuel, 27, and Keir, 24. She is addicted to crocheting, reads and plays piano, attempts to garden, and collects things like dolls, faerie and cat figurines, and music boxes. She also seems to collect cats, as she now has four of them, Clousseau, Banshee, Spooky, and Oliver Cromwell.

She has also used the following pseudonyms:
Anna Jennet, Sarah Dustin and Sandra Dustin

 

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