Monday, April 22, 2013

Never Too Late by Amara Royce + Featured Freebie

Never Too LateExpect the unexpected, especially in a room filled with books…
Honoria Duchamp is well aware that men often consider widows easy prey for the role of mistress. What else could explain the attentions of handsome Lord Devin, and his visits to her bookshop? Nearly half Nora’s age, the Viscount has even shown interest in the printing press with which she creates pamphlets on London’s basest injustices. Yet his chief interest appears to be in her…

Coerced to investigate Nora’s controversial pamphlets, Devin expected to find a bookish matron. Instead, he is taken with Nora’s womanly beauty, sharp intellect, and quick wit. Soon, what begins as an unwelcome task becomes a pleasure, and Devin’s job becomes more dangerous—for them both. For Nora has no idea of the vicious element she’s crossed. Now Devin will risk his reputation to protect her—and much more to win her love…

My Rating: 3.5/5

A nice historical romance. Not my favorite, but definitely enjoyable.

I haven't read many historical romances where the heroine is significantly older than the hero, so this was a different experience. It actually got me wondering why most people, even today, don't even blink at an older man and younger woman, but get fussy over an older woman and a younger man. A strange double standard. It was realistic in its portrayal of how people might react. 

Nora was a good heroine. My one issue with her is that she was much to self-deprecating. She was 40, which I would consider middle aged, but certainly no senior citizen. She acted as if she was an old crone. But, to everyone else, she was an older woman who had aged very well. And I didn't like how, when she found out that Devin had me asked to ruin her, she had a freak out. She knew that he only did it to save his brother, which seems to be a perfectly reasonable and justifiable explanation to me, but she threw a hissy fit about it. However, one I got past those two things, I did like her. She was a very strong woman who does whatever she needs to do to survive. And she was clever when times called on her to be. She turned out to be a lovely character.

Devin was much better for me. He knew early on that Nora was the one for him and he wasn't about to let something as trivial as age or gossip get in the way of them. It was so sweet how he was so determined to win Nora's heart. I have no complaints about him. He was spectacular. 

Nora and Devin had a complicated relationship, since there were so many obstacles between them. But, they were sweet together and the sparks flying between them were very hot.

The plot was okay, though it dragged in a few places. But, for the most part, I was kept interested and the thrills in store had me hooked. The ending was utterly perfect, so sweet and happy.
Never Too Late was a lovely historical romance. I didn't love it, but  I really enjoyed it. Romance lovers, you'll want to give this book a try.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a historical romance anthology: The Regimental Heroes Anthology by Jennifer Conner. Go forth and get it for free!

Four novellas in the best-selling Regimental Heroes Series by best-selling author, Jennifer Conner.

It was a war. It was a duty. It was not a choice. Now, the men have returned to England. Nothing has changed, but everything is different. Will they find love in the women strong enough to help them battle their inner demons? Regimental Heroes Series Vol. 1 includes the short stories: The Duke and the Lost Night, The Reluctant Heir, The Wounded Nobleman and Redemption for a Rogue.

The Duke and the Lost Night - Amelia arrives on the doorstep of her childhood friend, the Duke, in the middle of the night with an outrageous plan. If he agrees to ruin her, then she won't be required to marry the cad she doesn’t love. Will Spencer do what she desires and go along with her idea, or does he have a very unexpected plan of his own?

The Reluctant Heir - Clarke, the Earl of Garrison, has returned from war with a dark secret. He holds himself responsible for the death of the younger brother of the woman he loves. Will Adeline be able to unearth the truth as romance and intrigue deepens? Is she strong enough to help Clarke come to grips with the emotional damage and nightmares which plague him?

The Wounded Nobleman -Ellis Garrison, the son of an Earl, once had much more to offer the beautiful, Callie Dunning. Now he’s returned from the war. The war that left him near death and forced to walk with a cane. When Callie nearly sacrifices her safety to save one of Ellis’s new carriage horses from being shot by a stable hand, Ellis sees a change in Callie. She is not the spoiled, rich girl he knew. Damage is not always external. Some is inside the soul. Will Callie and Ellis rekindle the mutual attraction they once shared and be able to work through their wounds to give love another chance?

Redemption for a Rogue - Told by everyone, including his father, he is slow-witted, Lord John Mitchell is willing to do almost anything to avoid helping run the family estate or care for his orphaned nephew. His lifelong battle learning to read and write has convinced him his father is right.
After the death of her husband in the Crimean War, Vivienne Ravenhill needs financial stability for her son and herself. When Lord John’s father suddenly dies, he is thrown into taking on the estate and the family’s mill. Are John’s learning disabilities something he can overcome in order to handle this responsibility? Will Vivienne find a place in his home...and his heart? 
An interesting look at tackling dyslexia in 1855.

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