MY DARLING, MY DISASTER
|Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Select Historical|
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: March 27th 2017
Series: Lords of Essex, #2
Standalone: Yes, but book #1 recommended first
|Other Books in the LORD'S OF ESSEX Series|
|Description from Publisher:|
|Lord Graham Findlay, the shamelessly virile Viscount Northridge, has a disgraceful secret, one he’ll do anything to hide. Holding his passions at bay, Gray has sworn off the fairer sex. But when temptation comes in the form of an intriguing woman he cannot easily avoid, Gray’s integrity—and his most depraved desires—are put to the ultimate test.
Self-assured and carefree Princess Svetlanka Volkonsky never dreamed she would one day become a lady’s maid to avoid a dangerous traitor. But danger also comes in many guises, especially in the sinful and devastatingly attractive lord of the manor who introduces her to a world of singular pleasure.
When Lana’s past emerges to threaten the life and the false identity she’s built in England, she and Gray find themselves falling into a tangled web of lies and intrigue...and the last place either of them expected to fall...in love.
|With this book, you get some really fantastic intrigue and even some action, and I was kept on the edge of my seat waiting for the culmination of everything.
The setting is just so fantastic that you get whisked away to Victorian England, dancing at balls with women in gorgeous gowns and men in their finest, visiting gaming halls of gentleman chatting while playing cards, and walking or riding through the countryside where wildflowers grow. It is really written that well, so that everything is vivid and it really helps set the tone.
Lana and Gray are such great characters that I was intrigued from the moment I met them (which was in the first book, but getting into their heads this book was such a treat!). Lana is every bit the sophisticated and graceful princess-mascarading-as-a-maid, while possessing fire and bravado that really makes you love her. Gray appears to be a rogue, but is really sweet, caring, loyal, and not without a sense of humor.
Between the characters, the secrets Lana and Gray keep, and the way that they fiercely protect those secrets while getting lost in the connection they share (that neither wants to admit is there until they have already - emotionally - laid themselves mostly bare) are what made this a new favorite of mine.
Of note to anyone who read the first book (or who hasn't but wants to), My Rogue, My Ruin, is that this book takes place alongside the first, with overlapping timelines. It gives a perspective at times of the first book from Lana and Gray, which I thought was fun. If you haven't read the first book though, this one does have some spoilers to it, so read them in order! (And they are both most definitely worth a read!!).
|My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.|