Tuesday, March 28, 2017

REVIEW: "My Darling, My Disaster" by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan (Historical Romance)

by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan

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

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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.

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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.

About the Author: Amalie Howard
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.
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About the Author: Angie Morgan
Angie is the author of several critically acclaimed young adult and middle grade books written under two other names (Page Morgan and Angie Frazier), and is now thrilled to be taking a much-anticipated leap into the world of adult romance. My Rogue, My Ruin is the first of three books in her new Lords of Essex series, co-written with good friend and fellow author, Amalie Howard. Angie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, and a menagerie of pets.
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