GENRE: Fiction – Historical Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 352
SERIES / STANDALONE: The Improper Princesses #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers via NetGalley. Thanks to Tasty PR!
A feisty woman trotting about in breeches wielding a pistol – What a refreshing change for the character of a heroine in a historical romance! Gillian, the love child of the duke is shunned due to her very parentage. She is raised in Sicily by her step-father and grandfather who pretty much let her run wild and have her own ways. When her step father dies, all hell breaks loose. Eventually, she extracts revenge by shooting his killer thereby putting her own life in danger. Her mother and grandmother decide that her life is largely at risk and relocate to England. They manage to convince the Duke of Leverton – Charles Penley, who also happens to be a distant relative to help Gillian fit in and find a suitable husband for her. Charles ends up giving more than her bargained for!
The plot as such was logically perfect and stuck to the characteristics of the era it was set in. The writing was too good with the right quantity of wit, humor, romance and anger culminated. The characters were all just perfect. My favorite character would obviously be Gillian – She is feisty and bold, yet is utterly confused when it comes to matters of heart. Charles is a gentleman yet when it comes to love he really couldn’t control himself. This made the characters so relatable – No human is perfect, we all have our own flaws. Its heartwarming to read a story where the two characters are wits end initially but eventually go on to fall in love. With witty dialogues and tastefully crafted scenes of romance, this book is a treat for historical romance fans.
MY SAY: One must read book if you love historical romance
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