Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lord Somerton's Heir Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Lord Somerton's Heir book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Lord Somerton's Heir
Release date: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing 
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?

From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams — only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.

Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. Except, her dreams are soon shattered from beyond the grave when she is not only left penniless, but once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.

But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart?

My Rating: 3 Roses

An overall lovely historical romance, Lord Somerton's Heir was a good read. I liked this book and I enjoyed reading it.

Isabel was an okay heroine. On one hand, I thought it was admirable that she was so determined to find her independence and she proved herself to be strong and resilient. On the other hand, she had moments where she was kind of mean and tended to be a bit shrewish, which kept me from liking her. But, overall, I was okay with her.

Sebastian was wonderful. He was very sweet, very devoted to those he loved, and just adorable. I thought he was perfect.

The romance was okay. I felt like it took a long time to develop, to the point that I stopped really caring if they ended up together. But. once they finally started the first steps, I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot, unfortunately, moved rather slow and dragged in a few places, but I was still kept interested most of the way through. The secrets and mystery of what was really going on kept me engaged. I never suspected who it turned out to be and why this person did it. I enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

Lord Somerton's Heir was a good historical romance. It had its flaws, but it was still an enjoyable read. Romance lovers, you might want to look this one up.

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

Sebastian plunged his arms into the trough with a sharp exclamation at the water’s temperature.

He picked up the soap and began scrubbing vigorously. Standing to one side, holding his shirt and coat, Isabel found her eyes fixed on his broad shoulders. His muscles rippled beneath the brown skin and once again her heartbeat quickened. She took a deep steadying breath.

As the sky lightened she could see that there were other scars marring the brown skin.

‘You seem remarkably careless of your life, Lord Somerton.’

He glanced at a long, white scar that ran down his bicep. ‘I’ve been a soldier a long time, Isabel.’

A flush of pleasure rose to her cheeks at this invitation to familiarity. Being alone with a half-naked man in the early hours of the morning did not call for formality, neither did it reflect well on her reputation. She glanced around the stable yard but they were quite alone.

He straightened and began towelling off. The grey light of the early dawn flattened the planes of his face, leeching the colour from his skin and eyes, but she could see the lift of humour curling the corners of his mouth as he caught her watching him and the heat rose to her face as she thrust his shirt at him.

He pulled it over his head and took the coat from her, his eyes not leaving her face. As he buttoned the coat he tilted his head to one side.

‘I’ve been trying to work out what is different about you this morning. It’s your hair.’

He reached out and touched the loosely tied, heavy braid that hung over her shoulder. His finger brushed her cheek, leaving a burning trail across her cool skin.

‘What about my hair?’ Isabel stuttered.

‘I like the way you have bits of it around your face,’ he withdrew his hand and looked away. ‘Now I am being personal.’

Given his previous state of undress and the fact they were alone together, a personal remark seemed the least of her concerns.

‘I’ll forgive you this once.’ She took a step back from him. ‘I must be getting back to the house.’

Before someone sees us together like this.

Sebastian looked at the sky. ‘It’s going to be another lovely day. I think I’ll go for a walk.’

Isabel lingered in the gateway to the stable, watching him stride away from her into the early morning mist. He moved with purpose and strength and she felt sure, had she been a soldier, she would have willingly followed where he led.
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About the Author:
Alison  Stuart
Alison Stuart is an award winning Australian writer of cross genre historicals with heart. Whether duelling with dashing cavaliers or wayward ghosts, her books provide a reader with a meaty plot and characters who have to strive against adversity, always with the promise of happiness together. Alison is a lapsed lawyer who has worked in the military and fire service, which may explain a predisposition to soldier heroes. She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and likes nothing more than a stiff gin and tonic and a walk along the sea front of her home town. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, facebook, twitter and Goodreads.


  1. A very helpful review thank you.

  2. The cover is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Goddess Fish PromosJune 25, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    Thanks for hosting!

  4. Beautiful cover!
    I love historical romances set in the early 1800s and this story sounds like it really belongs on my digital GR shelf. It's the kind of plot I really love, a heroine trying to conquer her independence and happiness and a hero with a harsh past and now looking for peace. I really enjoyed the excerpt as well, pity it was short :3 Thanks for the review, I will definitely look it up!

  5. I really enjoyed the excerpt. The review was honest and good. I would like to read this story.

  6. Alison Stuart - WriterJune 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Thanks for hosting me and taking the time to review my book :-)

  7. Stephanie SandefurJune 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Love the review and always love when there's excerpts because you can kinda get a feel of the author's writing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Nice excerpt, thank you.

  9. Thanks for sharing the review!

  10. i like the excerpt denise smith

  11. Alison Stuart - WriterJune 25, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    That's great feedback. Thanks Stephanie. It's so hard to know what works and what doesn't!

  12. Alison Stuart - WriterJune 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Thanks Elisa. It's a new time period for me but I like to write strong heroines and wounded heroes so I do hope you enjoy it.

  13. Alison Stuart - WriterJune 25, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    I adore the cover too. My publisher does fabulous covers.

  14. I really enjoyed the excerpt! This book sounds like a good read. :)