Thursday, February 24, 2022

Devil in Disguise & Gentleman Seeks Bride - Reviews

These reviews are a long time coming! I've been falling behind on my reviews and for that, I'm sorry! It's been hard to juggle school and blogging and I'm failing. 

But for now, let's focus on these two stories. Shall we?

In this delightful flip of a classic romance trope, Megan Frampton creates a handsome, witty, hero in need of a wealthy bride who meets his match in Lady Jane Capel, from A Wicked Bargain with the Duke. Perfect for fans of Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, and Eloisa James.It's a well-known fact that, when a man is in search of a bride, a good dowry is never a hindrance. 
Thomas Sharpe is handsome, well-bred, and desperately in need of a wealthy bride. His father has lost their income, his sister needs looking after, and so, to save them all from a life of poverty, he travels to London in search of an heiress.

Enter Lady Jane Capel. After her fiancé ended their engagement two years ago, Jane boldly left her parents' home and moved in with her half-brother, Percy. What does one more scandal matter to a family with such a curious reputation? Jane is independent but not as well versed in life—and love—as she wants.

The two of them strike a deal: Thomas will show her all there is to know about the world—and intimacy—and Jane will help him find a bride. But the more time they spend together and the closer they get, the two of them soon realize that things aren't so simple when it comes to men and women...

My Thoughts

This one started out great, I was hooked! Then around the middle everything sort of fizzled out. If you're looking for a low angst romance, then you'll love this! To me, it just felt a little boring. I wanted something to come along and shake things up. I loved Thomas and Jane and their banter was fun. I'm a sucker for good banter. It's well written and I did enjoy watching the couple come together. 

Overall, a middle of the road read that I did enjoy for the most part. 

An enthralling and steaming romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run—who may have connections to one of London's most noble families.

Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.

From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.

So far, neither of those is going well.

Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt. Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

My Thoughts

I love this series. Ugh, it's one of favorites. I love Lisa Kleypas; she's one of my favorite authors. So this is a high rated title for me. There's honestly only one thing that bothered me and just in case you've not read this one, I don't want to give it away but it's the only thing that keeps this from being a five star read.

Now, to me, this was pretty insta-love and I'm not usually a fan of that but here, I actually didn't mind for once. I really enjoyed that Keir is a Scot. I felt it shook up things a little. Plus, I mean, I'm obsessed with Scotland and in the middle of tracing my great-grandfather's line to the clan Davidson... 

So all in all, another great installment in this series. 

Now, I do have to get the legal stuff out of the way. NetGalley gave me both these titles in exchange for an honest review but I did also buy Devil in Disguise because I loved it so much. 

So, have you read any of these? If not, what are you currently reading? Let me know! stay safe and have a great day!