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Welcome to my post for the What a Woman Desire book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for copies of What a Woman Desires and Christmas at the Cove. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:
Release date: January 5, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical (Victorian) Romance
From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?
Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddlestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.
Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up...
My Rating: 3 Roses
Monica was certainly an independent character. She was determined to find her own way of happiness but she also cared about the tenants on her family's estate. My only issue with her was that she tended to think in absolutes and that made her come across as selfish a couple of times. It was also disheartening that she never thought about the sister and friend she left behind when she escaped from her parents. But, other than that, I liked her.
Tom was a sweetie. He was a deeply loyal man, to his family, the estate he worked on, and the woman he loved. He wanted Monica to stay but he would never try to hold her back from what she loved. I thought he was wonderful.
The romance was good. Monica and Tom had been infatuated with each other from when they were young and their feelings only grew when they reunited. However, the romance dragged quite a bit. For the vast majority of the book, Monica and Tom were pining away, knowing their feelings for each other but stubbornly insisting that they wanted different things. It just got annoying after a while and they brought down the book a little for me. But, for the most part, I thought they were a well matched couple.
The plot was good, though, because of the issue with the romance, it was slow at some points. However, that didn't stop me from enjoying the story. There were a few things I wish were clarified at the end (like what happened to Monica's mother and who her sister was infatuated with), but I still liked the ending.
What a Woman Desires was a sweet historical romance that I liked. It had its flaws, but I still enjoyed it. Romance lovers, this was a nice read that you might want to look up.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs are copies of What a Woman Desires and Christmas at the Cove.
About the Author:Rachel Brimble lives in South West England, near the famous City of Bath. She is married with two teenage daughters. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association, Rachel writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical.