Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rumors by Louise Allen + Feature Freebie

Rumors

What does it matter if society spurns me?

 Following a disastrous incident at a house party, Lady Isobel Jervis is exiled to the country to avoid further scandal. At the imposing Wimpole Hall, she meets architect Giles Harker. He is as eye-catching as the elegant house, but shockingly arrogant—and infuriatingly dismissive.

Despite himself, Giles is strangely drawn to the haughty Isobel, and stuns her with a secret kiss in the gardens. As the illegitimate son of an infamous scarlet woman, he knows love can be dangerous. Their growing attraction could come at the cost of both their reputations.



My Rating: 4 Roses

Two people surrounded by scandal make for a ton of fun in this book. Rumors was a wonderful historical romance. I really enjoyed this book.

Isobel was a lovely heroine. She's definitely a survivor. No matter what happens, she picks herself up and continues to love. And she had some surprising secrets in her past. Honestly, there isn't much more to say about her. She was a very likable, wonderful character.

Giles was also great, though sometimes frustrating. He doesn't give the best first impression, but it wasn't long before we see how sweet of a man he is. He's had to become very adept at defending his reputation because of his mother and his precarious position of respectability. One whiff of scandal and he would loose his business. But, he was a genuinely good man. Sweet, clever, and determined to protect the woman he loves.

The romance was well done. Because a relationship between Isobel and Giles wasn't possible (in their eyes at least), there was a lot of longing between them, which was well portrayed. And the chemistry was HOT. Like, fan yourself hot. The one part of this book that I had an issue with was the self-created obstacles in their relationship. They constantly denied being together because of their fears that it would cause a scandal. Now, they had good reason, and it was somewhat understandable. But, after that argument came up over and over, I was a little annoyed. Isobel got over it soon enough, but Giles just refused to risk scandal for himself and Isobel and he maintained that until about the last chapter. Again, I understood it, but it still frustrated me after a while. Overall, though, I liked the romance and I thought Isobel and Giles were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. There were secrets in store that took be by surprise. I was hooked the entire way through. And the ending was lovely.

Rumors was a wonderful historical romance, full of unconventional characters, secrets, and a steamy romance. Lovers of the genre, you really need to give this book a read.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for a copy!
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After three years of only remembering pieces of his life, Tristan Worthington is kidnapped by the one woman he wishes to forget.

Wanting revenge against the man who ruined her life, Diana Hollingsworth wants Tristan to suffer as she has.

But fate has other plans…

When both Tristan and Diana are accused of murder, their worlds crash down around them. Their only hope is to find the true killer so they can be together.

Will they be able to find true happiness once again?


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