Author: Anna Campbell

Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell

Posted April 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Charming Sir Charles by Anna CampbellCharming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell
Series: Dashing Widows #5
Published by Self Published on February 27, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 151
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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Matchmaking mayhem in Mayfair!

Sally Cowan, Countess of Norwood, spent ten miserable years married to an overbearing oaf. Now she’s free, she plans to have some fun. But before she kicks her heels up, this Dashing Widow sets out to launch her pretty, headstrong niece Meg into society and find her a good husband.

When rich and charming Sir Charles Kinglake gives every sign that he can’t get enough of Meg’s company, Sally is delighted to play chaperone at all their meetings. Charles is everything that’s desirable in a gentleman suitor. How disastrous, when over the course of the season’s most elegant house party, Sally realizes that desire is precisely the name of the game. She’s found her niece’s perfect match—but she wants him for herself!

There are none so blind as those who will not see…

From the moment Sir Charles Kinglake meets sparkling Lady Norwood, he’s smitten. He courts her as a gentleman should—dancing with her at every glittering ball, taking her to the theatre, escorting her around London. Because she’s acting as chaperone to her niece, that means most times, Meg accompanies them. The lack of privacy chafes a man consumed by desire, but Charles’s intentions are honorable, and he’s willing to work within the rules to win the wife he wants.

However when he discovers that his careful pursuit has convinced Sally he’s interested in Meg rather than her, he flings the rules out the window. When love is at stake, who cares about a little scandal? It’s time for charming Sir Charles to abandon the subtle approach and play the passionate lover, not the society suitor!

Now with everything at sixes and sevens, Sir Charles risks everything to show lovely Lady Norwood they make the perfect pair!

 

 
Widow Sally Cowan, Lady Norwood, is introducing her niece, Meg, to London society and has focused on one suitor, Sir Charles Kinglake. While he’s a bit older (about 29-years old to her 18), he’s charming, kind, considerate and attentive. But, he’s not yet issued a proposal and the season is close to ending. Charles is even more frustrated as he’s trying to court Lady Norwood!

 
Sally is one of the more spirited of the Dashing Widows so it was startling to see her so off balance once she owned up to her feelings for Charles. She was so damaged emotionally by her first marriage to a boorish and cruel oaf, Sally couldn’t see the proverbial forest. Even Meg had to intervene for her to acknowledge that Charles had no interest in anyone other than Sally.

 
This was a passionate and, at times, funny story about two really wonderful people that couldn’t follow the straight line to each other. Sally loved her independence after ten years in a loveless marriage and the idea of a love match was incomprehensible to her. Charles frustration was well earned. I enjoyed this story, as I always do with Campbell’s stories, though Sally’s stubbornness was wearying. However, there’s a very powerful scene between her and the last Dashing Widow that was very moving and made all that musing worth the wait.

About Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. She writes Regency historical romance for Grand Central Publishing and Avon.

Campbell received an English literature degree at Queensland University. She spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. She returned to Australia working at a number of jobs until she moved to Sydney where she worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During this time Campbell continued writing. After joining Romance Writers of Australia, she gained more focus. Then one day, she got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London’s most notorious courtesan. And ‘No Ordinary Duchess’, which Avon released in April 2007 as Claiming The Courtesan, was born. It went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, it was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio’s Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Campbell was also voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007. Her second book for Avon, Untouched, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and was a finalist in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

The Sons of Sin series was launched in 2012 with the release of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.


A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell

A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell

Posted December 9, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Serena Talbot has only had eyes and heart for golden boy Paul Garside as far back as she can remember. Now that she’s twenty-one, he’s finally paying her the attention she’s always wanted but the dark and broody Giles Farraday is distracting her from the man who’s ready to marry her…in person and in her dreams.   Serena’s grown up with both men as they were her brother’s friends since childhood so she’s knows them well, or so she thinks. The sprig of mistletoe she placed under her pillow brought the romantic dreams she was hoping for but not of the man she imagined.   I really liked this story, especially Serena. She’s bright, resourceful and witty, easily someone that you can imagine […]


Who’s Wooing Whom? Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell

Who’s Wooing Whom? Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell

Posted October 18, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    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 […]


She’s No Typical Cinderella! Stranded with the Scottish Earl by Anna Campbell

She’s No Typical Cinderella! Stranded with the Scottish Earl by Anna Campbell

Posted August 1, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Charlotte Warren, daughter of an English baronet, has vowed to never marry. She loves her independence and role in running her father’s Bassington Grange estate in the Hampshire countryside. Scottish Earl Ewan Macrae is looking for a wife but isn’t in any hurry…until he sees Charlotte for the first time.   Do you believe in love at first sight? Normally these type stories don’t really work for me unless I’m in the mood for a fairy tale. But, I loved these two characters and how they related to each other from the onset. The physical attraction was obvious and undeniable but in every other way, their personalities seamed together with ease.   It’s not a very long story but enough that I came […]


Outstanding! Winning Lord West by Anna Campbell

Outstanding! Winning Lord West by Anna Campbell

Posted May 16, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

         Helena Wade, Countess Crewe, the last of the original Dashing Widows, is losing the battle waged by Lord West to win her affection. She hasn’t forgiven him for introducing and seemingly endorsing the horrible man she ended up marrying. They have a wonderful past, however, stemming from when they grew up together. But, he’s slowly but certainly melting those barriers. Helena is spirited, feisty, intellectual and incredibly interesting, as is Lord West. They’re perfectly matched and their witty repartee was fun to read. She’s bitterly damaged by her philandering former husband and West’s dismantling of those crusty layers was clever and seductive. And, these two brought the steam. I loved these two and thought the story created for them was outstanding. Helena’s resistance […]


Delightful! Tempting Mr. Townsend by Anna Campbell

Delightful! Tempting Mr. Townsend by Anna Campbell

Posted April 27, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    When Anthony Townsend burst into Fenella (Fen) Deerham’s home, all bluster and indignation, he roused more than her awareness. She’d grieved her husband’s death for five years and suddenly she was being reawakened by the most unlikeliest of men.   This was a delightful story with wonderful, pithy banter minus the typical pretense and subterfuge. The romance moved at lightning speed but you just have to read it to understand why it works. Anthony and Fen may come from very different backgrounds but have similar natures, bringing out the best in each other. Together they’re just great and fun characters.   Loved this story and this series!


Delightful! A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell

Delightful! A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell

Posted December 4, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

  I don’t often find a book where I love both of the main characters equally from the start. In that sense, this story was just a delight.   Bess Farrar is the vicar’s spinster daughter (no one refers to her that way) and she’s a force in the town. She makes everything work but in the best of ways. When Rory Beaton, the new Earl of Channing, arrives following his estranged brother’s death, Bess confronts him after repeated attempts to get him engaged with town events go unanswered. That’s when the fun begins.   What I loved about Bess? She’s clever, resourceful and witty without being insufferable. She wields her power with fine lace and never oversteps. What I loved about Rory? Aside from […]


A Very Merry, Sexy Widow! The Seduction of Lord Stone by Anna Campbell

A Very Merry, Sexy Widow! The Seduction of Lord Stone by Anna Campbell

Posted October 13, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Caroline, LadyBeaumont, is emerging from her mourning period for her deceased husband. Their arranged marriage lacked passion and neither ever came to love each other so now she’s ready to explore her sexual nature. Caroline shares her plans with her two friends, who are also widows, and her best friend, Silas Nash. Unbeknownst to her, Silas has just been laying in wait to make her his wife.   It was an interesting change to have a woman of this era eschew marriage and her suitor wanting more than sexual interludes. When Caroline decides to enlist Silas’ help in seducing other men, the story gets hilarious as he tries to thwart her efforts. She’s determined to never marry and he’s just as determined to […]