Series: Dashing Widows

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

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

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Who’s Wooing Whom? Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna CampbellPursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell
Series: Dashing Widows #4
Published by Self Published on September 30, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 165
Format: eARC
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Golden Days…

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?

 

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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.

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.


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!


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 […]