Monday, January 5, 2015
My Review of Brentwood's Ward
About the Book
Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.
Emily Payne is in need of protection - according to her father, anyway. Nicholas Brentwood is in need of money. It's dislike at first sight.
But as is one of the great lessons in fiction, people are much more complex than our first impressions allow, and their reasons for doing what they do often run deeper than what we assume. There's more than one side to Brentwood - and to Emily. But will both of them survive long enough to learn the true character of the other?
I so enjoy Michelle Griep's stories! Whether traveling back in time with vikings or touring the darker side of historic London with Bow Street officers, her romances have intriguing plots and engaging emotional drama. In this story, Emily and Brentwood's relationship is a lot of fun to follow - the two of them stuck together no matter how much Emily wants to be rid of her (rather handsome and charming) beau-scaring shadow. Sinister happenings are afoot, though, and the danger and unavoidable attraction escalate in turn. And Brentwood is a man not easily evaded. At least for long.
Another enjoyable historical romance from Griep, and a great start to a potential series. (Hoping the other two books won't be long in following this one!)
*With thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*