Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer House Party Review

From the publisher of the #1 Amazon bestselling A Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance. 

Join three bestselling Regency Romance authors, Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, and Sarah M. Eden, for three new novellas in SUMMER HOUSE PARTY.

A ENGAGEMENT OF CONVENIENCE by Regina Scott: Kitty Chapworth is nearly a spinster, and an orphan living on the charity of her uncle, with nothing to recommend her for the marriage mart. Her primary purpose is relegated to acting chaperone for her cousins until she can see them successfully married. Kitty remains focused on her duty even though she knows her future is bleak. When Quentin Adair returns from a long ten years working in Jamaica and proposes a wild charade to Kitty, she agrees, although the plan might reawaken her old feelings for Quentin. Can a reformed rake convince the perfect chaperone to overlook propriety for love?

A PERFECT MATCH by Donna Hatch: Genevieve attends a summer house party hosted by her best friend who can't wait to introduce her to a gentleman she wants to marry, Christian Amesbury. After meeting him, Genevieve determines Christian is perfect . . . for her. Torn between loyalty to her best friend and the yearnings of her heart, Genevieve must first escape the attention of a powerful lord who's obsessed with her and who tries to rob her of any hope for a happily ever after.

THE PAUPERS’ HOUSE PARTY by Sarah M. Eden: It’s a rare event that Edward Downy and his brother are invited to a house party by a member of the ton. But when they arrive, Edward quickly realizes this house party is different than any other. All invited guests are quite destitute, fallen members of Society barely hanging onto their homes. The hosts of the house party, the Warricks, then make a stunning announcement—they intend to gift all their properties to one fortunate guest. As the guests race to impress the Warricks, Edward finds a fast friend in Agatha Holmwood, who shares his same aversion to the horrible expectations. But their growing fondness for each other only makes the game more painful.


4 out of 5 Stars

Three great clean regency romance from talented authors. Like most anthologies, all three stories center around a similar concept, this time a summer house party, with vastly different takes on it.

An Engagement of Convenience by Regina Scott

This one focuses on Katherine Chapworth, a lady who is considered on the shelf and has played guardian of the lady in her family’s virtue for the past few years. When her latest attempt to stop her youngest cousin from running away with a man with questionable motives leads her to a man from her past, she finds her own dreams of romance reawakened.

I liked this story and found Katherine’s character to be interesting. I always like it when the author writes about the older women finding happily-ever-after. I was a bit confused on the stakes of this story and felt the pace was a little rushed. I would have liked to see the relationship between Katherine and Quentin develop a little more deeply in order for their progress from fake engagement to real to have more of an impact. An interesting story though, and I was glad to see her uncle get his just dues in the end.

A Perfect Match by Donna Hatch

Hatch gives readers the story behind how Christian Amesbury, the youngest brother, and his love interest, Genevieve Marshall met. It was interesting to see how the two developed and attachment, but knowing what comes next made it hard for me to really get into the story. They have a longer book,  A Perfect Secret, that has been out for awhile. If you enjoyed that book, you’ll like this. Or if you haven’t read that book yet, I’d suggest starting with this one first.

The Pauper’s House Party by Sarah M. Eden

Eden blew me away, once again, with how she’s able to take a common topic and put a fresh new spin on it. I loved the twists and turns this story took as Edward attempted to keep his own moral strength amid a house part that quickly turned into a cutthroat competition for the chance a future. The romance was sweet and full of humor, and I loved how both characters stayed true to themselves, despite wanting to be together. A fantastic read to help endure the hot summer hours.


Enjoy!

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2 comments:

  1. I'm adding this to my to-read list. Thanks!

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    1. Awesome! My to-read list just keeps getting bigger, and there's been little time to work on it. I'm a new fan of shorter collections of work. Now, I can get at least one story completed every now and then. ;) Happy reading!

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