Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Hoyden and a Heiress by Kristin Vayden

“I’m quite certain I can have approval by tonight.”
“You’re far too forthright for your own good, so I’ll not meet with you this evening. How about as you take your… morning ride?” A grin tipped his lips, and Berty felt herself smile in response, even as her irritation rose at his words.
“What do you mean I’m too forthright?”
Mr. Willox nodded to the door behind her. “You’re in a room with an unmarried gentleman with the door closed. Quite compromising, Miss Lamont.
“I’m quite certain I’m more than safe.” She sighed, beleaguered.
“It’s still a considerable risk, Miss Lamont. One person peeking in, and you’re stuck with me for the rest of your life.” He shrugged.
“Rather, you’re stuck with me.” She smiled sweetly in return. “But that wasn’t the danger I was referring to. I’m quite aware of the social conventions. I’m referring to the fact that of all men I’ve been acquainted with, you’re the least likely to be forward or act in a manor that’s even minimally flirtatious.”
“Is that so?” Mr. Willox crossed his arms, his grin melting into more of a daring expression.
“Yes,” Berty replied directly, not concerned in the slightest, yet in the back of her mind, she remembered Lady Southridge’s words…
And wondered.
And when he took a step forward, rather than taking a step back, she held fast.
When he tipped her chin upward, rather than jerk away, she met his gaze with a challenging one of her own.
Certainly, when he lowered his head, she should have never leaned in.
Or closed her eyes.
Or breathed in his sigh just before his lips reached hers.
But if love was adventure, certainly that meant one needed to take a few risks.

And as his lips caressed her own, she fleetingly thought that it was a worthwhile risk indeed.

Jewelz Review~
A delightful addition to the GreenFord Waters Series. I've always loved Berty and it was fun to see her all grown up and taking on the world. She's been a spitfire her entire life, and that continues as she matures into a young woman of marriageable age. While Mr Willox may not appear to be her perfect match at the onset, only time will tell. We never show our true colors at the first meeting, now do we?
While I truly enjoyed the book, I did find myself left wanting more - I would have loved for the story to have been developed further. Both the budding relationship and the mystery could have been further developed. Especially when compared to the previous books, I can't help but feel Berty got short changed. Hers was a bit of a whirlwind - which was probably to be expected given her character. If I know Berty, she just wouldn't stand for a long, drawn out, proper courtship. I suppose I just love Ms Vayden's writing and the Lamont sisters so much I wasn't ready to say goodbye so soon.

FYI ~ some mild language, one open-door intimate scene
honest disclosure ~ I received a review copy from the author

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Kristin's inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! Life is full—of blessings and adventure! Needless to say she’s a big fan of coffee and wine…and living in Washington she’s within walking distance of both!

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