Series: Breconridge Brothers

Shades of Pygmalion! A Reckless Desire by Isabella Bradford

Posted March 3, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Shades of Pygmalion! A Reckless Desire by Isabella BradfordA Reckless Desire by Isabella Bradford
Series: Breconridge Brothers #3
Published by Ballantine on March 1, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Lord Rivers Fitzroy is as charming and sought-after as his rakish elder brothers, though he immerses himself more in dusty books and scholarly pursuits than in bawdy houses. Yet, Hell-bent on making the most of his remaining bachelorhood now that his father insists he marry, Rivers becomes the favorite of a troupe of Italian dancers. One night, after a performance, the handsome lord is challenged with a most provocative wager: Turn the players’ meek and mousy cousin into the first lady of the London stage.

But Lucia di Rossi is not what she seems. Scorned by the rest of her family, Lucia longs for the respect and stardom of a great actress. Rivers’s wager could be the answer to all her hopes—so long as he understands that she wants to be an actress, not his mistress. The two commence her metamorphosis in earnest—even as passion begins to take center stage. As Lucia’s dreams come true, she fears that it may be Rivers, not she, who is the master performer. Is he only making her believe he cares? Has she found the spotlight only to lose her heart—or will the final curtain reveal a love strong enough to last?

 

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Rivers Fitzroy is the youngest of the Breconridge brothers, all sons of the Duke of Breconridge who is still looking for a grandson to continue the legacy he’s carefully created. When Rivers enters into a wager with his friend to transform mousy theater dresser Lucia di Rossi into an actress, he never considers it would change his life so profoundly.

 
Unbeknownst to anyone, Lucia is already delivering a performance as she does what she needs to do to survive within a family of renowned dancers who thinks she’s talentless. Though Rivers did recognize a certain spark during the development of the wager, it still didn’t prepare him for the depths of Lucia’s skills.

 
This was a lovely story, reminiscent of Pygmalion or a young Professor Higgins and Eliza in My Fair Lady, though Lucia doesn’t have quite the same hill to climb. Rivers is sweet and Lucia passionate, both bonding almost immediately because of their shared love of reading and Shakespeare. Since he’s third in succession to his father’s title, there’s less pressure on him, leaving him free to pursue his own interests so that makes the story more plausible. I enjoyed their relationship and the entire focus on the theater world in this era, even when Lucia’s lack of trust could be irritating at times.

 
I’ve enjoyed the series and this was a fine conclusion, even if the ending was a bit of fantasy.

About Isabella Bradford

Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott.

Susan Holloway Scott is the author of over forty historical novels and novellas. Writing under her own name as well as Miranda Jarrett and Isabella Bradford, her bestselling books have received numerous awards and honors. With more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen foreign countries around the world. Her most recent historical novels have been set in 17th century England, in the decadent, politically-charged royal court of King Charles II.

Bradford also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (twonerdyhistorygirls.com), an entertaining history blog and Twitter account (@2nerdyhistgirls) with an international following.

She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family in a book-filled house outside of Philadelphia, PA.


A Sinful Deception Blog Tour

A Sinful Deception Blog Tour

Posted February 24, 2015 by Jonetta in Author Guest Post, Blog Tour | 0 Comments

Bring on the Bling By Isabella Bradford   I’m so excited for the release this week of my newest historical romance, A SINFUL DECEPTION. This is a story that’s been in my head for a long time, and I’ve always wanted to write a book that includes not just Georgian England, but the farthest corners of the British Empire. My heroine, Serena Carew, was born in India, the daughter of a English nobleman stationed there. While Serena has spent most of her life as an English lady, her Indian heritage is impossible for her to forget – and it’s also one of the things that Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy comes to love most about her.   There are many memories and experiences that make Serena who […]


A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford

A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford

Posted January 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

       Confirmed bachelor Geoffrey Fitzroy approached the aloof, exotic Lady Serena Carew at a gala event on a dare. She had a reputation for maintaining distance from her many suitors and Lord Geoffrey loved a challenge. After their initial introduction, it was kismet. The bet was forgotten and the two became enthralled with each other after discovering a unique connection. However, Serena is keeping a major secret related to her life in Calcutta, India that no one knows and it could change everything. It didn’t take long for the inevitable to happen and both Geoffrey and Serena were faced with a betrothal neither wanted…at first…she because of her deception and he because he didn’t think he was ready. I loved Geoffrey and Serena! […]


Review: A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford

Review: A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford

Posted March 4, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 5 Comments

  The setup Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hagreave, was ready for marriage and had set his sights on the beautiful but fickle Lady Julia Wetherby. He left London with the purpose of proposing to her at her family’s home in Norfolk but was seriously injured after being thrown from a horse just before he was to ask for her hand. If not for her sister, Lady Augustus (Gus), Harry wouldn’t have survived the accident.   The issues Harry is extremely handsome and considered quite the catch given he’s the heir to his father’s dukedom. However, Julia believes he’s going to end up crippled so she goes after greener pastures, leaving him to the care of her sister. Over time, Gus and Harry develop a friendship […]