Title: The Legendary Lord
Author: Valerie Bowman
Date finished: 11/3/16
Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Pages in book: 320
Stand alone or series: Playful Brides series #6
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Blurb from the cover:
THE MAKING OF A LEGEND…
When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…
As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?
The Legendary Lord is the sixth installment of Valerie Bowman’s Regency-set Playful Brides series.
My rating: 3.25 stars out of a scale of 5
My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. Also make sure to check out my Blog Tour post on this book here. This book is about a Miss Sarah Highgate, daughter of an Earl, and a Mister Christian Berkeley, a viscount. Sarah has been raised to be obedient but she somehow retains a rebellious nature, and so when her parents arrange for her to marry the Marquess of Branford, Sarah runs away. Aiming for her father’s hunting lodge in Scotland, she gets lost but makes it to a neighboring lodge (Christian’s) before a big now storm hits. Stuck together for a few days during the storm, Sarah and Christian develop a comfortable friendship (tinged with their underlying passion) over the course of these few days. Christian promises to keep Sarah’s secret and in return Sarah gives Christian a few tips on how to court women of the ton so he can find a wife. Upon returning to London, Sarah resolves to marry Branford and Christian becomes the most sought out/eligible bachelor of the season. Only problem is that Sarah can’t stop thinking about Christian, and Christian can’t stop wishing all the women he had interested in him were Sarah instead.
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me and was a sweet story. This was the sixth book in the series and I would be interested to read some of the other books in the series, especially since many of those characters were mentioned in this story. The story line for this book was sweet and reminded me a bit of those back-in-the-day romantic comedy movies I used to watch. Unfortunately there were a few holes in the story for me, the main one being how the ending was resolved. Without giving too much away Christian basically pulls a dick move without talking to Sarah and basically forces her hand. I didn’t care for that, I thought it was a little heavy-handed. Also there were a couple passionate scenes later on in the book and for me they kind of came out of nowhere. I hadn’t felt like there was lot of overwhelming passion from the characters before that point. I still really liked the book and the story, it was just a couple parts felt off for me. Very sweet story though and a quick read, I would recommend!
The bottom line: I really enjoyed this book, it was a sweet story and I liked the characters and the characters that made an appearance from the other books in the series.
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