Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Spinster's Secret by Emily Larkin + Featured Freebie

The Spinster's SecretPenniless spinster, Matilda Chapple, lives at isolated Creed Hall, dependent on the austere charity of unloving relatives and under pressure to marry a man twice her age. In an attempt to earn enough money to escape this miserable existence, she writes a series of titillating 'confessions'. Her secret is safe -- until battle-scarred Waterloo veteran, Edward Kane, reluctantly accepts the commission to uncover the anonymous author's identity.
While staying at bleak Creed Hall, Edward finds himself unaccountably drawn to his host's lonely niece. Can Matilda conceal the secret of her scandalous writings, or will Edward discover that the spinster and the risqué authoress are one and the same person? And when Matilda feels the need to experience sex as her fictional courtesan does--will she lose her heart to Edward, along with her virginity?

My Rating: 4/5

A wonderful romance! The Spinster's Secret was a slightly unconventional historical romance that was absolutely lovely.

I love the idea of a spinster writing naughty "confessions" in order to get the money she needs to be independent. It was interesting to see how that turned out, and I have to say it turned out great.

Matilda was a lovely heroine. Just from the premise of the book, we can see that she is strong and willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. But, more than that, she was strong in dealing with the trials of living with her uncle-who wasn't shy about criticizing her at every opportunity. There wasn't anything bad about her to say-she was great.

Edward was even more brilliant. He was so sweet! Though the war really took a toll on him, he came out of it strong and doesn't let the lingering effects of battle bring him down-both physically and emotionally. He was such a gentleman, too. Honor and nobility truly meant something to him. Though this does cause a slight problem near the end, it was a lovely characteristic of a wonderful hero. I really adored him and I think other readers will as well.

Matilda and Edward had a perfect relationship. The development of their relationship was well done. It was realistic. They were very sweet together. While reading about their romance, it felt like they were a perfectly matched couple. And sparks were flying between them in the bedroom.

The plot was a weak point. It dragged for about the first half, while Matilda and Edward were still tiptoeing around each other. It wasn't a bore, but it did detract from the book. However, after that slow part, the pace picked up and I was kept interested for the rest of the book. And the ending was a perfect wrap-up.

The Spinster's Secret was a lovely historical romance! Lovers of the genre, you should definitely give it a read.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for a copy!
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The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister)
She will not give up.
Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business--the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying--not with her entire future at stake.

He cannot give in.

Hugo Marshall is a man of ruthless ambition--a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner's son to the right hand man of a duke. When his employer orders him to get rid of the pestering governess by fair means or foul, it's just another day at the office. Unfortunately, fair means don't work on Serena, and as he comes to know her, he discovers that he can't bear to use foul ones. But everything he has worked for depends upon seeing her gone. He'll have to choose between the life that he needs, and the woman he is coming to love...

Becoming A Lady

Dorothy Paxton is not pleased when a handsome Englishman walks into her inn and announces he's taking her to England to reunite her with the grandfather who turned his back on her years ago. Her escort, Calvin Seton, bribes her by paying her brother's doctor's bills, and soon she's on the ship sailing for London. Little by little, Calvin's charm softens her heart. While her lady's companion teaches her to become a lady, Dorothy is secretly wondering if the price of love is worth it. Especially when she knows Calvin will walk out of her life as soon as they reach England.
Can she afford the cost of love?


  1. Looks like an interesting read and the fact you give it 4/5. :) Have a great day!

  2. It definitely was a great read-a very sweet love story :)