USA Today best-selling author Laura Lee Guhrke is back with the latest in her dazzling An American Heiress in London series, in which a reformed rogue finds all his honorable resolutions tested by the only woman who ever broke his heart....
After spending his youth as one of the wildest rakes in the ton, Lord Denys Somerton has devoted the past six years to putting his past behind him. He is determined to fulfill his duties, find a suitable wife, and start a family, but that plan changes when Lola Valentine - the red-haired temptress from his past - returns to London, sparking the same irresistible desires that almost ruined his life once before.
Lola is a woman with no romantic illusions. She knew love would never be enough for a British lord and an American girl from the wrong side of the tracks. For Denys's sake she walked away from him and the glittering life he offered. But when an unexpected inheritance brings her back to London, Lola discovers the passion between them is as hot as ever. Can they vanquish it, or will it burn out of control again and destroy them both?
©2016 Laura Lee Borio (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Favorite HR of the year!!"
Absolutely. I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook.
Denys was the perfect hero. It was a welcome change to read about a character who didn't have any issues with his family, nor they with him. When he was jilted by the woman he loved at the age of 24, he threw himself into his role as the successor to his father's title. When the woman, Lola, returned many years later, the struggle within himself to keep her at arms length because of what she had done, as well as to keep peace with his family, was quite believable.
Susan Ericksen is an autobuy for me. I've read a few of Laura Lee Guhrke's books and they were just okay; however, as soon as I noted that Ms. Ericksen was narrating this one, I bought it without even reading the blurb. In my opinion, this is her best narration to date, surpassing my long-time favorite, The House of Rohan series by Anne Stuart.
There were several scenes that had me tearing up, especially the incident that occurred at the end.
I've read several negative reviews that focused on the unbelievable relationship between a titled gentleman of the ton and an actress; however, the story took place in the late 1890's - not Regency England of the earlier part of the century. In 80 years, society's rules had to relax somewhat, didn't they? Even so, I thought the author did an excellent job with the struggles that Denys and Lola had - both internally and together. The HEA they fought so hard for was perfect!
"Entertaining, but not wow (spoilers in review)"
The narrator was excellent. Great diction and characterization.
Unfortunately, the story left me cold. I didn't feel that Denys was invested in Lola's goals. Instead it felt like two story lines. One the romance, the other the acting thing. I thought the conflict felt manufactured and it was so easily resolved. Neither character had to work to earn their happy ending. Her having to give up acting - and being so willing to do so when at the beginning of the story it was her driving force - made the first half of the book feel hollow and unimportant. I also felt the ending was campy - everyone just caved into a kumbaya moment.
I may buy other titles from this author, but she's certainly not going on my must-buy list. I will keep my eyed open for this narrator again.
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