Friday, November 7, 2014

The Bridal Contract Book Tour: Review + Giveaway! @SandraSookoo @IndieSagePromo

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Welcome to my post for the The Bridal Contract book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a copy of The Bridal Contract. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

The Bridal Contract
Release date: September 16, 2014
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Darrington Family #3

When a bridal contract is struck, either parental outrage will void the arrangement or the love of a child will sweeten the deal.

Oliver Darrington—Viscount Tralsburg—wants nothing more than to hide out at the family property in Brighton until he can secure a sea-worthy ship and return to adventuring the world. However, being handed his former mistress’ child isn’t part of that plan. Neither is the sudden longing for his pretty Italian neighbor.

Eloisa Hawthorne is in dire straits. Her older brother has gambled away her sister’s hand to a horrible man. In order to save her sister’s virtue and her future, Eloisa needs a fast fortune—or someone who can immediately cover the debt. When her handsome neighbor offers a temporary engagement contract, she accepts with alacrity. Too bad she fell in love with his dark-haired offspring. How scandalous!

When the two attend his mother’s London dinner party, Oliver wishes the union wasn’t merely a lark. Eloisa fears for the adorable child’s upbringing in heathen locales, but what can she do? The contract is only for a month, and love was never an option. Something must be done to throw over convention before the moment is lost and matters of the heart are sacrificed.

My Rating: 3 Roses

A good historical romance that I enjoyed, The Bridal Contract was a lovely read. It wasn't perfect, but I thought it was a nice read.

Eloisa was a good heroine. Strong willed and tougher than she seemed. Oliver was wonderful. He was very sweet and I loved how great he was with Daniela (his mistress's daughter). I thought both of them were likable.

The romance was okay, but it felt a little shallow. The problem, for me, was that there was a very quick switch from Oliver being totally against marriage and children to him becoming a doting father and planning how to get Eloisa to agree to a real marriage. That was great and all, but there was no build up to his change of thinking. It happened without any transition and that took a lot of depth out of the story. I still thought Eloisa and Oliver were a sweet couple, but I wish that their relationship had been deeper.

The plot moved quickly. The story was enjoyable and the ending was lovely.

The Bridal Contract was a sweet historical romance. I thought it was an enjoyable and lovely read. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is 1 signed paperback and 1 e-book copy of The Bridal Contract.
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About the Author:
Sandra Sookoo
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. In the past couple of years she’s concentrated on funny contemporary romance as well as Regency-era romance, but she will, on occasion, write paranormal or sci-fi. Whether you like sweet or erotic heat levels, there’s something for everyone to fall in love with. She’s also a hybrid author, choosing to publish both with small presses and doing the indie thing.

Offered representation in February 2014 by Scott Eagan at Greyhaus Literary Agency for Victorian-era historical romances, Sandra’s been hard at work researching, planning and writing a new series. When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot, and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing or inventing new recipes, she spends time with her husband—goofing off and making moments count. Life’s too short to be serious all the time.

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