Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Season's Original (Book 2)
Format: Paperback; 320 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse (September 20, 2016)
Author's Website: http://vivlorret.net/
Notes: I bought this one. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating.
Liam Cavanaugh, the Earl of Wolford, is known as one of the most scandalous men in the ton and that's just how it likes it. Years ago, at the tender age of seventeen, he learned first hand just how devious debutantes and their scheming parents could be when one such family attempted to ensnare him in the parson's noose. Since then he's done everything in his power to discourage the attentions of ambitious debutantes. He's vowed not to marry until the ripe old age of sixty or so just as his father did.
What is the expression--Man plans and God laughs? Sometimes when we least expect it, love finds a way.
I always say when it comes to reading, little things mean a lot, and this series has a lovely amount of little details woven into them. The story begins with Adeline and her parents letting (leasing) a house for the Season in London. Due to poor weather and bad luck, the family arrives less one coach with hardly any servants and very few supplies. When they reach their destination they discover a badly beaten individual on their doorstep. Being the kind of family who always does the right thing. they take the poor chap under their wing and nurse him back to health. They have no idea who he is, only that if someone doesn't take care of him he won't make it. I immediately fell in love with this very unconventional noble family.
Liam has made a career out of making himself as unappealing to the ton as possible. When he awakes to find a nobleman's daughter alone at his bedside he fears the worst--that once again someone is plotting to trap him into marriage for his wealth and title. Adeline is understandably taken aback by this and is ready to write the man off as being full of himself when her father says something that makes her her think twice. "That tells us a great deal, does it not? A man who cannot trust the kindness of a stranger must have learned not to do at some time in his life."
I couldn't help but give this one 5 out of 5 roses. I absolutely loved it starting with the situation created from the family taking in the Earl to the unlikely friendship, and attraction that develops between Adeline and Liam. Not to mention the mystery of what happened to the Earl that left him near death at their doorstep. I HIGHLY recommend this one. I believe I have found another author to add to my list of favorite romance authors. This one is definitely going on my keeper shelf. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one received a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public.