This week’s giveaway is brought to you by Covenant Books. The release of a new Sarah Eden book is always something to celebrate. She’s one of my favorite romance authors. Her books are always clean, have heart-tugging problems in them that take me on an emotional roller coaster, and feature awesome characters. Here’s the blurb:
Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady’s companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.
Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters’ scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he’s impossibly drawn to the dowager’s quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their worlds?
Loving Lieutenant Lancaster has many characters from other books and series, namely the Jonquil family and brothers and, of course, the Lancaster siblings and Adam, the grumpy, dangerous duke who married Persephone (the oldest of them).
Linus is back from serving in the navy. His older brother is dead, and the legacy of carrying out his family estate and heritage is now up to him. He doesn’t feel himself up to that honor and responsibility.
When the dangerous duke is invited to a house party at the Jonquil residence, his wife accepts. But Adam hates the pompous, frivolous Phillip Jonquil. So he invites Linus Lancaster and his other brother in law along to keep him from killing the peacock and raising his wife’s wrath.
Arabella is the heroine. She is quiet and feels unwanted. Having grown up with her horrible uncle and aunt who treated her more as a servant than a family member, she always dreamed of belonging to the kind, loving Jonquil family. When she is asked to serve as a paid lady’s companion to the Dowager countess, her dreams seem to come true.
Only she still watches from the corner, never getting involved in the family ruckus.
Until Linus speaks to her.
For some reason, she is completely comfortable with the Lieutenant, while he feels off-balance around her. They both have insecurities and demons that haunt them and keep them from experiencing true happiness.
This is why you must read this book. To see how they overcome all the obstacles keeping them apart. Wicked relatives, low self-esteem, guilt, devious siblings, etc. The book is Regency era with all the social norms of that time-period. The plot is basically wrapped around this elaborate house party and the familial and cultural politics tangled up in that. The pacing was a little slow for me, but when the duke and earl went at each other, it was always a good time. They’re angry-witty banter kept me enjoying it even then. Sarah Eden is always a safe bet for a solid romance. Her writing style is beautiful and full of emotion. Her characters have lots of depth and appeal. Definitely worth the time to read.
Only a fool would ignore an edict from the Duke of Kielder, and though Linus Lancaster was many things, he was not a fool.
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