|Welbourne Manor Series
Book 1: The Shy Duchess-Diamonds of Welbourne Manor
Book 2: How to Marry a Rake-Diamonds of Welbourne Manor
Book 3: A Not so Respectable Gentleman?
A NOT SO RESPECTABLE GENTLEMAN?
Welbourne Manor, Book 3
ISBN# (13) 9780263892581
24 July 2012
Regency Historical Romance
Rating: 3 Cups
Leo Fitzmanning leaves England with his life in shambles. His stables burnt, his dreams of developing a stud farm in ashes, his betrothal to the girl of his dreams broken, he vows to change his life. Now, two years later, he returns to London a proper rake. He is prepared for almost everything, except for his own infernal reaction to the woman who broke his heart.
Mariel Covendale has a problem. Not only does her sweetheart leave her high, dry and broken hearted, her father is forcing her to marry a horrible man. Lord Kellford is despicable, and his lascivious tastes will ensure Mariel’s marriage is a foretaste of hell. She is trapped and desperate enough to turn to Leo for help.
Leo’s only intention is to help Mariel achieve her own independence and safety. He never intends to fall for her a second time. Only a fool would give a woman a second chance to break his heart, but he cannot help how he feels. With each part of their increasingly dangerous plan, the two reluctant lovers fan the flames of desire back to life.
Ms. Gaston pens a lively novel, full of Regency charm and wit. Fans of traditional romance will enjoy the predictable pattern of misunderstanding and desire, as love blooms a second time for Mariel and Leo. However, it would have been wonderful to see a deeper portrait of these two irrepressible characters as they face their trials. I look forward to seeing more about the Diamonds of Welbourne Manor, England’s most scandalous family.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More