I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell
Series: Dashing Widows #4
Published by Self Published on September 30, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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Famous for her agricultural innovations, Amy, Lady Mowbray has never had a romantical thought in her life. Well, apart from her short-lived crush on London’s handsomest man, Lord Pascal, when she was a brainless 14-year-old. She even chose her late husband because he owned the best herd of beef cattle in England!
But fate steps in and waltzes this practical widow out of her rustic retreat into the glamour of the London season. When Pascal pursues her, all her adolescent fantasies come true. And those fantasies turn disturbingly adult when grown-up desire enters the equation. Amy plunges headlong into a reckless affair that promises pleasure beyond her wildest dreams – until she discovers that this glittering world hides damaging secrets and painful revelations set to break a country girl’s tender heart.
All that glitters…
Gervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needs to marry money to rescue his estate, devastated after a violent storm. He’s never much liked his reputation as London’s handsomest man, but it certainly comes in handy when the time arrives to seek a rich bride. Unfortunately, the current crop of debutantes bores him silly, and he finds himself praying for a sensible woman with a generous dowry.
When he meets Dashing Widow Amy Mowbray, it seems all his prayers have been answered. But his mercenary quest becomes dangerously complicated when he finds himself in thrall to the lovely widow. Soon he’s much more interested in passion than in pounds, shillings and pence. What happens if Amy discovers the sordid truth behind his whirlwind courtship? And if she does, will she see beyond his original, selfish motives to the ardent love that lies unspoken in his sinful heart?
Amy Mowbray is a 25-year old widow who’s content with her country farming life than London’s social scene, especially as she’s a recognized expert in the field. She agrees to accompany her widowed sister-in-law, Morwenna, and best friend (also a widow) to the city for the current season to help lift Morwenna’s spirits. But, it’s Amy who experiences the transformation, especially when her teen crush, the suave and gorgeous Lord Gervais Pascal, makes her the focal point of his interest.
I loved this story! While Amy may have lived an unconventional life for a woman, it didn’t mean she was a shrinking violet. She was witty, intelligent and went toe-to-toe with Pascal in every way. He’s used to women falling at his feet, not having to work too hard at conquests. Amy’s pursuit of him wasn’t traditional as she turned the tables on him, requiring him to step up and work for her. I liked both of them quite a bit, especially as Pascal turned out to be a man of substance once given the chance to be himself.
I thought this series ended with the last three widows so I’m delighted that we have three more interesting women added. Amy was certainly intriguing given her vocation and sort of sad backstory and I liked that she reunited with her first, unrequited love. It was a delightful story with wonderful dialogue. Everything about it worked.
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