I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Westruthers #2
Published by Penguin Australia on January 2, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Source: the publisher
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THE SWEETEST SCANDAL
Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense – which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn't make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiance. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable – and as iron-willed as ever...
THE TRUEST TEMPTATION
Beckenham's brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing – when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. Convincing her will take more than a simple proposal, however. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?
One of the great joys of reviewing books is discovering authors who are new to me, especially Australian authors. Christina Brooke is one of those authors.
The next book to be reviewed as part of my Clearing the Backlog Challenge is her January 2014 release, The Greatest Lover Ever. It’s such a delightfully provocative title, and let’s be honest, dear readers, the cover isn’t too difficult to look at either…
I loved this book so much, I want to give one of you, my lovely readers, a digital copy as part of Birthday Thursday. So leave a comment, and good luck!
Here are my thoughts on The Greatest Lover Ever:
In the normal course of reading, I could have quite easily knocked over this book in a day or so. However, I enjoyed reading this so much that I purposely slowed my reading pace. To me, it’s definitely the sign of a fantastic book, when you are loath for it to be finished.
Second chances don’t always come your way – and even then they don’t always come about the way you expect. Georgie and Beckenham surely weren’t expecting their paths to cross again, not after their engagement was broken due to a mix of ultimatums and stubborn pride. From that moment they come back into each other’s worlds, I just knew that here was a pair that could light fires with the simplest of glances. Both have grown and changed over the years of separation, but neither has truly moved on from each other.
Watching Georgie and Beckenham dance around their incendiary attraction, and seeing them come to accept in each other what they have previously denied, was just such a highlight for me.
Even being the second in a series, The Greatest Lover Ever does stand alone quite beautifully, however I am going to go straight out and spend some of my birthday credit from Amazon on the first book. The writing in this book is exquisite. The pacing is perfect and the dialogue is rich and lush. Christina Brooke has created such delicious characters in Georgie and Beckenham, and the world they live in is populated by fascinating and colourful people that I just cannot wait to read about.
I can’t say enough good words about The Greatest Lover Ever – it was incredible!