Tuesday, July 12, 2016
A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels (thoughts)
"It's the kind of vow often made on the battlefield. Darby Travers, Viscount Nailbourne, never imagines he'll have to honor it. Yet here she is on his doorstep—his late comrade's young daughter, and Darby's new ward. Worse, she comes with the most overprotective, mistrustful, bothersome chaperone—the child's aunt, Sadie Grace Boxer. Darby is quite sure that behind her lovely facade, the woman is guarding a secret.
Sadie Grace faced many trials working in her brother's surgery, but none prepared her for the world she's thrust into with his passing. Navigating the ton, with its endless ball gowns and parade of parties, is difficult enough, but hiding the truth about her niece while the sophisticated viscount watches her every move proves nearly impossible—particularly when his searing gaze tempts her to bare all. But when her family's past catches up with her, she'll have to trust in Darby…no matter the cost to her heart."
This author is fast becoming one of my go to authors when it comes to an enjoyable and fun historical romance. Earlier this year I read and adored A Scandalous Proposal so I couldn't turn down the opportunity to read another book in this series. This book was just as great as the previous book and also just a plain good read! There is just something about the way this author writes that makes me smile and enjoy my reading experience. I found myself easily swept away by this book and I finished it in a matter of days. Isn't it funny how there are just some authors that can do that with a book? Where you find yourself reading as much as possible without concern for everything else that you "should" be doing? My house definitely wasn't clean after finishing this book but it was completely worth it! It is a shame that I just started reading this author earlier this year but at least I more books to look forward to.
One of the best things about this series in my opinion is the cast of supporting characters. Don't get me wrong, I loved Sadie Grace and Darby but I also loved so many of the other characters as well. Clarice and Rigby in particular are favorites of mine and I'm wondering if they were featured in the first book? I'm not sure but I will definitely be finding out. This wasn't your typical romance as it took awhile for the characters to figure out their full feelings towards one another. I love romances where this happens. There might be attraction or friendship but the actually falling in love with one another takes time. I adored that we got to see characters from the previous book in this one as well. I really adored the way that the author took multiple story lines in this book and we got to see each play out by the end. I found myself most intrigued by the trouble that Clarice found herself in. There were some tense moments where I wasn't sure how everything was going to work out or even if it would. I also really was looking forward to Darby and Sadie's happy ever after. They just fit together so perfectly so it was something that I couldn't help but love.
Overall, this book solidified my love for this author's books. At this point my plan is to read anything and everything that this author has written starting with An Improper Arrangement which is the first book in this series. I believe that I already have that one on my kindle so I won't be waiting long to read it! Fans of historical romance should really check this book out. I don't think that you need to read the books in order (I certainly didn't) but it might help when it comes to knowing the full stories of each of the characters. With such a fun writing style and a story line that sweeps you away, why wouldn't you want to?
Bottom Line: A new must read author for me in the historical romance genre!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley as part of a TLC book tour.