Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mistress of Merrivale by Shelley Munro

Mistress of Merrivale
Release date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

A marriage of convenience…full of inconvenient secrets.

Jocelyn Townsend’s life as a courtesan bears no resemblance to the life she envisioned in girlish dreams. But it allows her and her eccentric mother to live in relative security—until her protector marries and no longer requires her services.

Desperate to find a new benefactor, one kind enough to accept her mother’s increasingly mad flights of fancy, Jocelyn is nearly overwhelmed with uncertainty when a lifeline comes from an unexpected source.

Leo Sherbourne’s requirements for a wife are few. She must mother his young daughter, run his household, and warm his bed. All in a calm, dignified manner with a full measure of common sense. After his late wife’s histrionics and infidelity, he craves a simpler, quieter life.

As they embark on their arrangement, Leo and Jocelyn discover an attraction that heats their bedroom and a mutual admiration that warms their days. But it isn’t long before gossip regarding the fate of Leo’s first wife, and his frequent, unexplained absences, make Jocelyn wonder if the secrets of Merrivale Manor are rooted in murder…

Warning: Contains mysterious incidents, a mad mother who screeches without provocation, scheming relatives, and a captivating husband who blows scorching hot and suspiciously cold. All is not as it seems…and isn’t that delicious?


My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet, steamy, and thrilling romance, Mistress of Merrivale was a fantastic read! I really liked this book. From the thrilling mystery, to the lovely romance, this book was wonderful.

Jocelyn was a lovely heroine. She was very loyal to those she cared about and refused to be ashamed of the choices she made to take care of herself and her mother. I really liked her. She was a great character.

Leo was also amazing. Despite what people thought of him, he was very sweet and very protective of those he loved. He was wonderful and I adored him.

The romance was both sweet and hot. Jocelyn and Leo were lovely together. However, my only issue with them was that they were quick to be distrustful of each other, though neither of them had a reason to be. It was fine the first couple of times, when they were still getting to know each other, but it eventually became frustrating. But, I still thought they were a perfect match, once they put their suspicions aside. And, the chemistry between them was definitely hot. It was sizzling from the moment they met and it definitely added some steaminess.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of the murderer was well done. I was totally surprised by who it turned out to be. I suspected the person briefly, but it was still a shock to find out how insane the killer was. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Mistress of Merrivale was a fantastic historical romance. I really liked this book. From the sweet and hot romance, to the thrilling mystery, this book was wonderful. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to read.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review


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