Another day with BOTH books on the tour at the blog! Please join me with Vivienne Lorret’s lovely historical romance series Wallflower Weddings. This is a long tour that was recently extended, please be sure to check the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where two winners will win digital copies of BOTH Daring Miss Danvers and Winning Miss Wakefield by Vivienne Lorret.
The second in Vivienne Lorret’s Wallflower Weddings series, we had met Merribeth Wakefield in the midst of her ‘scandal’, a five-year courtship led to a broken engagement, at that time society saw the issue as hers and hers alone. While the scarpered fiancé was able to avoid the taint to his reputation, Merribeth had no such luxury. So, of course she is completely unwilling to enter into another affair of the heart, she does wish to take advantage of her tattered reputation and hatches a plan to repair her standing by throwing caution to the wind.
Merribeth has, not unexpectedly, retreated into the rather shy and soft spoken unobtrusive woman that is most natural to her. To find herself in a position to press a kiss to the lips of the renowned rake Bane, Marquess of Knighstwold is so foreign to her, but such a clever twist, that you can’t help but wonder what will happen.
Bane was interesting: far less ‘rake’ than guarded and unwilling to share his heart, quick to anger and feed his need for vengeance, although even that doesn’t feel completely like him: especially when readers start to see his thoughtful side.
These two were an interesting pairing in that ‘apparent opposites attract”. Bane is very much like Merribeth in temperament, he just has advantages of title and sex to shelter him from his impulsive side. These two played off one another’s strengths and weaknesses really well, and they were developed well enough to present a solid belief in their connection, which does have a touch of spice to enhance the impression.
While there were still some issues with language choices and their appropriate use in the period, this was my favorite of the two and I can see the author’s steady improvement in character development and plotting. Well-paced, the story held my interest and kept me reading.
Title: Winning Miss Wakefield
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon, Impulse
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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She's got nothing left to lose …
With her fiancé suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn't seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she'd do—she kisses him.
But he has everything to gain …
The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.
When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane's grasp, he'll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.