Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Song at Twilight by Pamela Sherwood + Featured Freebie

A Song at Twilight
Release date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
Genre: Historical (Victorian) Romance
Series: N/A

A second chance at love is the sweetest song of all...

A Woman with a Future

Aspiring singer Sophie Tresilian had the world at her feet—fame, fortune, and true love—until the man of her dreams broke her heart. Four years later, Sophie is the toast of Europe, desired and pursued by countless men. And then Robin Pendarvis walks back into her life . . .

A Man with a Past

Four years ago, Robin hoped to make Sophie his bride, but secrets from his past forced him to let her go. Seeing her again revives all the old pain—and all the old passion. Unable to deny the love that still burns between them, they risk everything to be together once more. But will the things that tore them apart in the past endanger their future as well?

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

Secrets, surprises, and a sweet, second chance romance. This book had it all and I loved it! Song at Twilight was a wonderful, unique historical romance that took me by surprise.

The secrets in this book were shocking. Robin's past was definitely a huge surprise. I never saw that reveal coming. I have to commend the author for coming up with an idea that I haven't seen before. Since it wasn't revealed in the blurb, I don't feel like I can reveal it, but it totally blew me away. And then, the other twists that came along, the mystery, all of that was so thrilling it had me on the edge of my seat. That unpredictability was undoubtedly the best part of the book. It had me completely hooked.

Sophie was a wonderful heroine. She was a strong character who didn't harbor illusions and knew when something was worth fighting for. I really liked her. I thought she was a great character.

Robin was complicated. His past isn't pretty. And, given his past, his relationship with Sophie is put into a position that I normally wouldn't like. But, Robin was so sweet, I couldn't fault him for it. He was a wonderful hero, a true gentleman. He knew his duty but also wasn't afraid to defy convention when it came to something he really wanted. I adored him and I thought he was wonderful.

The romance was brilliant. Very sweet. Given how long Sophie and Robin were in love and their longing for each other when Robin's circumstances didn't allow them to be together, their feeling for each other were deep and palpable. It was utterly adorable. And there was definitely chemistry between these two. When they were finally able to be with each other, the sparks were flying. They were a lovely couple.

The pace was a weak point in this book. Though I was hooked onto the story, the pace was sometimes a little slow. Not enough that I got bored, but enough that it was noticeable. So I had to knock off a little of the rating for that. But, regardless, I was still riveted to the story and the twists made this book a roller coaster. And the ending was perfect.

A Song at Twilight was a brilliant historical romance. I completely adored this book! Lovers of romance, you have to read this!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
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Wealthy heiress Rosalie Ambermere doesn't know why Gideon Reed sits scowling in her sitting room. Or why she finds him so appealing. She'd envisioned her heart falling to a serene gentleman, not to this unpolished, brooding man. And yet she finds Mr. Reed absurdly attractive. Surely her craving for his touch is due to the strange powder she recently inherited from her rakehell cousin. When Gideon offers to help her find a way to dispose of the aphrodisiac, she agrees. Best to be rid of the powder and her attraction to the man as soon as possible.

Hired as a keeper, former detective Gideon must follow his oversexed client Walter everywhere, including into lovely ladies' homes. Reed suspects Miss Ambermere is just another eager chapter in Walter's endless diary of bedroom conquests. Another hedonistic woman spoiled by inherited wealth, until he learns there's another draw for Walter -- the powder that could create disaster in the idiot's hands. He soon understands there is more to the alluring Miss Ambermere than meets the eye; perhaps enough to tempt even his disillusioned heart. Gideon must work with Rosalie to safely dispose of the powder without falling prey to the dangerous effects of pure chemistry.

Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Brief scenes of male/male sex and an orgy. It is hotter than most titles by Kate Rothwell.

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