Saturday, January 3, 2015

An Affair Downstairs by Sherri Browning Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

An Affair Downstairs (Thornbrook Park, #2)
Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical (Edwardian) Romance
Series: Thornbrook Park #2


The Countess of Aberford is determined to make a match for her sister, Lady Alice Emerson, but each man she brings to Thornbrook Park only inflames Alice's improper interest in unsuitable Logan Winthrop, a rugged man once accused of murdering his great rival.

Logan's determined to shelter himself from the pain of unrequited love—he knows the feeling all too well—but something about Alice stirs his desire to start living again. Though they fight their urges, the pair can only resist for so long; eventually they must choose between bowing to society's rules or breaking them...



My Rating: 4 Roses

Sweet and charming, An Affair Downstairs was a lovely read. It was an enjoyable book and I really liked it.

Alice was a good heroine, for the most part. She was strong-willed, spirited, and vivacious. She definitely knew to fight for what she wanted. There were a few brief moments where she came off as somewhat shallow and selfish. It wasn't to the point that it took down her character but it was enough to make me question her a bit. Otherwise, I thought she was great.

Logan was simply wonderful. He was so sweet and honorable and such a gentleman. He loved deeply and would do anything to protect those he cared about. He was just adorable and I really liked him.

The romance was lovely. Alice and Logan were obviously infatuated with each other from the start. Alice knew what she wanted and went after Logan, who was a little more hesitant. They were sweet together and definitely had some heat as well.

The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. There were a few surprises along the way, particularly about Alice's persistent suitor. I enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

An Affair Downstairs was a wonderful historical romance that I really enjoyed. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

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

“The countess enjoys a bit of matchmaking. Before you came along, she tried to pair me with her maid.”

“Mrs. Jenks?” Alice wrinkled her nose at the idea. Jenks was a mousy slip of a woman, no match for a robust, vigorous man like Winthrop.

“No, the one before her. Mrs. Bowles.”

“Dear, no.” Worse than Jenks, Bowles was a snip-nosed shrew and certainly far too old for Mr. Winthrop. “I’m sorry. Sophia clearly has no talent for making matches.”

“Perhaps not. You were wise to run away instead of sitting through another conversation about yet another bachelor. I don’t blame you a bit.”

“You—you don’t?” Ah, a man of sense. She knew she could rely on his sound judgment, at least. And she appreciated it, though it would make seducing him more of a challenge.

“Any pretty girl in her right mind dreams of a dashing suitor to sweep her away, doesn’t she? Alas, Lady Averford’s only suitable choice for you so far had eyes for another.”

“Captain Thorne.” Alice rolled her eyes. “He’s better off with Eve Kendal. They’re perfectly suited. I didn’t care for him much myself, if you must know.”

“I mustn’t.” He shrugged. “It’s none of my affair.”

Alice bit the inside of her cheek. How she wanted it to be his affair. “There isn’t a suitable choice. I’ll never marry.”

“Don’t despair, Lady Alice. There’s someone out there for you. Your sister simply hasn’t found him yet.”

“It’s not despair.” Defensive, she crossed her arms. “I’ve no interest in marriage. None.”

His eyes narrowed as if he tried to peer inside her soul. “I shouldn’t have said anything. You might like Lord Brumley. I must go.”

“No.” She reached out, eager to stop him, and ended up with her hand on his sleeve, over the thick muscles of his upper arm that she had seen in full daylight, bared to the sun, when he’d removed his coat, undid his collar, and rolled up his sleeves while out raking the early autumn leaves. “Please, tell me about Brumley. You know him?”

His gaze went to her hand and trailed back to her face. “We were at Harrow together. I believe he made Lord Averford’s acquaintance later, at Oxford. He might have changed considerably in so many years.”

“Fourteen years?” She did the math. “If you’re the same age as the earl, then it has been fourteen years since you were at Harrow.”

“In fourteen years, a man can go through remarkable changes in his life.” His full lips drew to a grim line. “In our youth, Brumley was a bit of an oaf. To be fair, I’ve no idea what kind of man he has become.”

“I suppose we’re about to find out. Sophia is probably already making out the invitation. But just in case, our mission should be to see the lemon trees replanted and thriving as soon as possible to send him on his way.” Our mission. She liked the idea of them sharing in something. It was a start.

“Agreed, Lady Alice, on that point. I’m not looking forward to seeing the man any more than you are, I suspect. Perhaps much less.”
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Giveaway:
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6 comments:

  1. Nicole The Reading RebelJanuary 4, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    I really love the Regency and Victorian eras and the American Civil War.

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  2. I like the Victorian era for historical romance novels

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  3. I like the Regency era best, though I'll take most any era if it's a Scottish romance.

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  4. I usually read Regency but I'm not really picky as long as there is a good story line.

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  5. I like Regency or Victorian stories best. When I first started reading romances years ago I read Indian romances such as Cassie Edwards.

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