Known only as Lazarus to the band of cutthroats and thieves he leads, William Prescott will do anything to find his missing sister, even blackmail a fragile young woman into helping him. But he never plans to fall in love with this mysterious woman with a troubled past.
Haunted by the memories of war, Olivia St. Germaine wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But when her brother, a doctor, suddenly leaves town without a word, she is forced to use her medical knowledge to help an injured man who puts her life in danger. Can she keep herself safe as she tends Lazarus, or is her heart more vulnerable than she realizes?
My Rating: 5 Roses
Such a brilliant historical romance! I loved An Unexpected Gift! It was a different historical romance, but that's what made it so wonderful.
Olivia was a great heroine. She used to help her brother care for soldiers on the battlefield and that has left its mark on her. She is frequently plagued by PTSD symptoms, especially during thunderstorms. She had survived a lot and she remains strong anyway. After she meets Lazarus, she doesn't let even one of the most ruthless crime lords get her down. But, she's not stupid about her safety. She was intelligent and clever. And her past gave her a greater capacity of compassion and understanding, which was definitely needed with Lazarus. Honestly, she was a perfect heroine. One of my favorite romance heroines.
Lazarus was just as amazing. His past is fraught with even more horrors than Olivia's. And, yet, he still manages to be a good man and a gentleman (in his own way). Despite being a crime lord, he isn't a cruel man. And his past has made him very protective over all women. Through all of his dealing, he would not do anything that would cause harm to a woman. I found his unique code of honor do be so endearing. Underneath all of that ruthlessness, there was a genuinely sweet man who would do anything to protect those he loves. Though he comes off as somewhat frightening at first, it didn't take long for me to fall for him. He was just amazing.
The romance in this book was brilliantly done. It was a perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Olivia and Lazarus were an adorable couple. And when sparks flew between them, it got hot! I loved this couple. They were just perfect together.
The plot was fast paced. I was hooked from the start and on the edge of my seat the rest of the way through. There were thrills and surprises in store. I loved that this book showed the darker side of London, rather than just the glittering ballrooms displayed in most other books. It made this book stand out. And the ending was so wonderful.
An Unexpected Gift was an excellent historical romance. Lovers of the genre, you have to read this.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Today, I have a steampunk romance that sounds lovely: Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster. Go forth and get it for free!
After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John ‘Rip’ Doolan, thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realised precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined…
For six months Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she’s devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.
But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship… or risk losing each other forever.