In Cecilia Grant’s emotionally rich and deeply passionate Regency romance debut, a deal with a rumored rogue turns a proper young woman into . . . A Lady Awakened.
Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes . . . for a fee.
Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow’s weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she’ll get her money’s worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can’t resist him forever. But could a lady’s sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all . . . love?
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Early quotes from Amazon include:
A Lady Awakened had a hard time to keep me interested, where was the romance? I tell you, it had its shining moments unders pages and pages of business talk. Don’t get me wrong, I loved all the scenes between the main couple, terrific caracters! The dialogue between them is what kept me reading till the end!
The story had a lot of potential but the pacing and the over descriptive scenes. I enjoyed the romance and the characters, but the story that really brought them together would attract historical fiction readers more than historical romance fans.
I will read other works by Cecilia Grant especially if it has a stunning cover like this one!
Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Nat at
A Lady Awakened plays on the love-hate relationship trope. At the beginning Theo and Martha are worlds apart in temperament. Martha is severe and serious and studious. She is passionate about bringing education to her tenant’s children. Theo is a dandy who arrogantly believes he is God’s gift to women. Each has something to learn from the other.Read more of Good Books & Wine’s review here
More from Joyfully Reviewed The premise of A Lady Awakened really intrigued me. I was interested in the plight of a woman desperate enough to get pregnant that she would hire a man to help her.
I received an ARC of A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant from Amazon Vine. This is Grant’s first book and it is a keeper. For starters it is full of humor. I was laughing out loud throughout the first part of the book. more from Mixed Book Bag Reviews
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