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Brighton, England, 1820

Amelia Moore wants only one thing - to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own - without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then at least her sister will be taken care of. 

Little does she know that another guest, the arrogant and overconfident Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his own sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter - and eventually playing by his rules - makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart.

©2020 Megan Walker (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Yara N.
  • 26-04-20

Good premise, poor execution.

I DNF’d this book after reading 40%.

One of my favorite tropes in romance is that of enemies to lovers. So, as you can imagine when I read the premise for this book I was intrigued by the prospect.

The book started well enough, with Amelia and her sister Clara living as wards to their stepfather who hates them. I thought it was a little over the top with the mustache twirling evil stepfather but I let it go. The writing was unsophisticated, yet not bad, though the author tends to lean to much towards the purple prose spectrum of romance writing. Unfortunately, this was complimented with anachronistic language and behavior and as anyone who knows me knows, I hate anachronisms in historical novels. I can let small things slide but there’s some truly egregious anachronism in this book.

A reviewer mentioned that this felt like a YA Regency Romance novel and I thought that was the perfect description for this book. The characters were very young , almost immature in their behavior even though Amelia is 19 and Peter is 24. There’s a maturity that is expected of people of that age living in Regency England. Then we have the exaggerated behaviors, such as that of the evil stepfather, the evil London chaperone, the extremely caddy romantic rival. It’s not that there can’t be truly terrible people in stories, in fact that can enrich them as there are truly terrible people in this world, but there’s a way to write them that doesn’t feel cartoonish.

A few examples. Amelia and Clara’s parents married because their father “compromised” their mother by being seen kissing her at a ball. This is a bit of a stench but we’ll let it go. However, then Amelia and Peter spend countless hours and days together alone without a chaperone and no one bats an eye about it. Hmmm, Additionally, after knowing each other for mere hours they refer to each other using their first names (Christian names). This is after not being formally introduced the first time they meet and having Peter grab Amelia by the arm until she told him her name. Really? Yes, really.

Then we have the standard YA romantic triangle (I’m not a fan of romantic triangles (especially with one of the girls acting completely outrageously). I’m not a fan of the love triangle but it can be done right at times.

Now, there’s a way to do this, where there’s a “bad girl” -though why do girl have to be caddy, I don’t know - who tries with her sophistication and higher breeding to snare “the man” without acting, well, caddy.

There are a few other examples but you get the picture. I think this author would have benefited from doing better research. It would have helped with the anachronistic scenes and language. I think the sophistication in her writing will evolve as she continues to write but she should work on it. She’s not a bad writer, there’s potential there but she needs to elevate her writing if she want to write serious adult romance.

Overall, this book could have been a sweet simple romance but it suffered from poor research and unsophisticated writing.

P. S. There are a lot of very good to excellent Proper Romance books out there but you have to really search for them. There’s too many that try and fail because they confuse clean romance with simple people who’s most complex emotion is anger.

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  • Lily
  • 27-06-20

Fantastic

I hesitated downloading this book after reading one or two negative reviews. I am so glad I went with my gut and downloaded it anyway!

The book was lovely from start to finish. I fell in love with each of the characters and the author had me gripped until the very end.

Lighthearted with just enough heat if you prefer proper romances. If you like Blackmoore or Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, I think you’ll love this one just as much. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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  • Amberdoesit
  • 22-06-20

LOVED IT

This story was so wonderful! I can’t remember the last time {if ever!} that I finished a book and thought it was so good that I wanted to immediately start reading it again. Loved it! ❤️

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  • Jeffrey Grant
  • 09-04-20

Loved it!

The performance was great and the book was great. Absolutely loved it and loved it.

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  • T-Rav
  • 06-05-21

Well written, engaging plot

This story was darling start to finish. Totally clean and a great listen. I've read hundreds of these types of books and this is definitely in the top 20 list.

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  • Book Diet
  • 27-04-21

Quite Enjoyable!

I downloaded this to listen to while taking a break from a more serious story. It was enjoyable from start to finish!
I often laughed out loud or had a big grin on my face. I loved the storyline and Megan Walker did a good job creating convincing characters that despite having flaws, the reader grew to care for.

Definitely worth the credit!

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  • Pinklady
  • 03-04-21

I loved it!

Very well written and well read. Such a twisty turny experience. At times I wasn't sure things would work out but I loved the ending!

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  • emily adams
  • 22-02-21

Wonderful Love Story

If you enjoy Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility you will love this story.

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  • Charity
  • 21-02-21

added to my favorites list!

Eden Brooke is one of my most favorite regency books and so when this book was recommended by Donaldson I had to listen! it was everything I hoped! twists and turns, loyalty to family, struggles, and of course finding love and companionship! I didn't love the narrator's male voice but I've heard worse and enjoyed her voice all the same. I shall be checking out other books by this author!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-01-21

Beautifully written... Beautifully read❤️

This is a beautifully written... beautifully read novel. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Sweet, clean, regency romance.

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  • Julia
  • 17-09-20

I really can not recommend

I could not give the book back, because I listened to the whole thing, but I am at a loss to explain why.
I thought to return it, when it started cringeworthy.
But somehow I listened to the whole thing shaking my head most of the time. Probably I was in a masochistic mood.
When I nearly finished I was ready to give it 2 stars because I persisted but than the ending left me crying, what??? And I downgraded to 1. A happy ever after build on the misery of another character was really too much, especially after the whole book revolved about keeping this character and another character happy.
I have rarely listened to a book where I was aware of every single plot device, something was mentioned and 5 minutes later what could be expected happened.
And the grating inner monologue of the heroine. Honestly it was too much.
I have listened to a lot of similar books and the author does not even adhere to the lowest common denominator of what all authors seem to agree on (that ladies are not allowed to accept presents from gentlemen). And a mud fight, give me a break.

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  • thyme2
  • 25-07-20

Engaging if predictable story

Girl gets boy and boy gets girl in this engaging if predictable tale. I wanted to shake the main female lead on several occasions and tell her to stop putting her sister’s feelings above everything else.
I was somewhat put of by the narrator who has a strange habit of dragging down the ends of her sentences, making them sound full of ennui. Some of her pronunciations were odd as well eg cravat as cravaaaart. But hey ho, I persevered and was happy enough when all came right in the end.

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  • Morgan Window
  • 16-04-20

What a sweet & heart wrenching story

I think it would be unfair to pin my complete enjoyment of this book to Justine Eyre’s delivery.... something in the tone of her voice always manages to charge so much emotion into her characters when it really matters (especially when male voices crack, it always sounds very real)... this performance really rivals some of her best stuff (Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green... Notorious Countess comes to mind). But this story was incredibly well written and structured. As the end of the house party comes near I found my anxiety mounting and my desperation for Amelia and Peter making me cry. It was excellently paced! I would love to see more HR from Walker. She seems to have a knack for the rigors if polite society, creating tension, and writing clean. Highly recommend!!