In the wake of a duel, Marcel Blake, the Duke of Lear, an infamous rake and gamester, leaves London to visit his cousin in Paris. Here he meets and falls in love with Julie, the British ambassador's daughter. Thinking she would be horrified if she learned of his reputation, Marcel fights the attraction; but when he is wounded while saving her from the unwanted advances of a less-than-desirable would-be suitor, Marcel finds that she returns his affections.
Ultimately, vengeance conspires against them; at their wedding reception, Julie is maliciously informed of Marcel's previous life of misdeeds, and she's led to believe that he only married her to please the king. With this insurmountable gulf suddenly between them, will Marcel prove his reformation, woo his wife, and find happiness with her, or is the sudden desolation in Julie's heart impossible to overcome? Have Marcel's games finally caught up to him for good?
This was a great book, I loved Julie, but Marcel, not so much. I would really like to introduce him to the concept of feminise, while I know it wasn't present at the time, he was REALLY annoying. Just like in my review of The Viking's Woman.
But other then that, this was a thoroughly good book. I really liked it, and the way that Julie was, she kept going, even though times were tough.
The ending was a bit anticlimactic, they just realized their loves, and got through the lies, they didn't really face off any bad guys. But that's more typical, so in that way, it was unique, and I liked it.
Consequence was a good book, and I'll have to look for the next 2 in the trilogy.
Author: Hazel Statham
Read: July 17th, 2011
Source: Pump Up Your Book Tour Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like a really good book!
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: August 1st 2011
Hazel read her first Regency Romance, Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer, when she was seventeen and knew that at last she had found her era.
She had been writing since she was fifteen and had mainly been influenced by authors like Austen, the Brontes and Sabatini, but Georgette Heyer opened up the romance and elegance of the eighteen and nineteenth century and she fell head over heels in love with it.
She devoured her books in very quick succession and wanted nothing more than to recreate her own Regency world. History had always been her favorite subject at school and it was just one small step to portray it in her work.
However, despite today’s trend to produce ‘hotter’ novels, she writes ‘traditional’ Regency Romance and closes the door on her characters when they retire. So much emotion can be conveyed by a mere glance or a single word that she doesn’t feel it necessary to leave the metaphorical door open to convey the emotions of the moment. The merest hint is often sufficient to stimulate the reader’s imagination and to go into detail is totally unnecessary.
Hazel has been married to her husband since 1969 and they share their home with a lovely Labrador named Mollie. Apart from reading and writing historical novels, Hazel’s other ruling passion is animals and, until recently, she was treasurer for an organization that raised money for animal charities.
Hazel loves to hear from her readers and promises to answer all mail. Consequence is her latest release.
Visit her online at www.hazel-statham.co.uk.
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