Monday, June 2, 2014

The Wrong Brother's Bride Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Wrong Brother's Bride book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a pearl necklace. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

The Wrong Brother's Bride
Release date: April 7, 2014
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical (Western) Romance

A haunted past, a marriage of convenience...a love for a lifetime? 

After a tragic accident leaves Loyal Redfearn alone and pregnant, she writes to her deceased fiancee's ne'er-do-well brother, August O'Dell. Her hope is he'll save her beloved home. What she doesn't expect from him is a proposal so soon on the heels of his brother's death. Although they grew up together, she's never thought of August as the man she would marry, even as a means to save face with her family and friends.

Although returning to the township where August spent his troubled youth means facing the past, he sees an opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of the woman he's loved since boyhood. They agree the marriage is in name-only, but August works to earn Loyal's trust and waits for the day she'll see his hard work as proof that she didn't marry the wrong brother after all.

When evidence from a crime committed years ago points to August as the culprit, he and Loyal must face the reality that their newly forged family may be torn apart.


My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet, delight of a read, The Wrong Brother's Bride was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. It was sweet, lovely, and a truly enjoyable read.

Loyal was a lovely heroine. She faced the censure of a whole town, including her own father, but she refused to let them keep her from living her own life. My only issue with her was that I wish she had defended August more, rather than letting others castigate him for his troubled past. But, later on in the book, she did find the courage and the trust in him to do that, so I ended up liking her.

August was wonderful. His past was haunted, both by his cruel father and by the crazy things he did that got him a lot of trouble. But, it didn't take long to see that he really was a good man, loyal to his loved ones and determined to care for them. I thought he was a total sweetie and I adored him.

The romance was very sweet. Loyal and August were great together. I liked seeing how Loyal actually got to know the real August and how August had stayed steadfastly in love with her after all those years. They had some chemistry, as well, but this was a clean romance. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the sweet story and the ending was lovely.

The Wrong Brother's Bride was a wonderful historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this delightful book and I really liked it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. 

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

Loyal carried her lamp to the kitchen and retrieved the liniment bottle. Even if she had to treat him while he was asleep, she’d see to it that he felt like moving in the morning.

“August, are you still awake?”

He didn’t answer. She entered the room anyway. The lamp she carried cast shadows on the whitewashed walls. He stretched across the bed, so tall he almost touched the head and footboards.

A light sheet draped from his waist to his feet, and judging from the clothes scattered on the floor, he wasn’t wearing a stitch. Loyal froze. She shouldn’t invade his privacy this way, not even with the intention of helping ease his soreness.

His eyes opened and he offered her a crooked smile. “An angel has come to put me out of my misery.”

She laughed, because his tone was teasing. “I didn’t think you believed in angels.”

“Even sinners might get relief from an angel. Looks like you’re determined to stink up the room with horse ointment again.”

“If you don’t want my help, I’ll go to bed.” She shook the bottle because they both knew she wouldn’t leave. “Where do you hurt the worst?”

“You point to a spot, it hurts.” He pushed himself onto his elbows. “I’m not decent, Loyal. It’s alright if you want to go.”

She couldn’t look away from the play of muscles in his arms and chest. “Stop being noble. This won’t take long and you’ll be asleep before you know it.”

It shouldn’t have sent a thrill through her to touch him. Their agreement to keep things friendly meant she should leave the ointment with him and return to her room. Hard muscles fairly begged her to run her fingers across them and ease his pain. What could it hurt? He worked hard providing for her and his niece or nephew.

August relaxed against the sheets, closing his eyes. “After I get the new crop planted, I can start working on a cradle for the baby.”

Loyal’s knees weakened and she sat on the edge of the bed harder than she’d intended. He looked at her questioningly. “That’s…that would be fine.”

As an infant, she’d slept in a drawer. She wasn’t above doing the same for her own child. It hadn’t occurred to her that August might want to build furniture for her little one. She drew in a breath.

“You’d do that?”

“If you like. I wasn’t sure if you had a hand-me-down, or plans for something else.”

She shook her head. “I’d like it if you would.”

“Consider it done.”
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a silver necklace with a silver key and a pearl.
Good luck!

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About the Author:

A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she's not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas. Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.



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