Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Miss Winters Proposes by Frances Fowlkes

Book coverMiss Winters Proposes by FrancesFowlkes
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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An unseemly proposal...

Juliet Winters has come up with a wonderfully devious plan to avoid marrying her vile cur of a cousin. First, she'll propose marriage to her handsome, reclusive neighbor, Lord Colwyn. Then, once she has both name and financial support, she'll be able to pursue her true (if rather unladylike) passion -- breeding dogs. But when Lord Colwyn rejects her proposal... Juliet must take matters into her own hands.

The last thing Benjamin Colwyn expected was for the spirited Juliet to blackmail him into marriage -- especially not by kidnapping his beloved canine companion. Yet despite his yearning for peace and isolation, he finds himself wanting to help her, if only to protect her from a marriage to a disreputable scoundrel. He certainly doesn't expect the woman who pilfered his dog to steal his heart, as well...

When I first read the blurb for this book, I was most intrigued by the premise. The heroine steals the heroes dog and blackmails him with the dog into marrying her. Of course, there's a lot more to it than that, a dastardly cousin, a family's fortune at stake and a past tortured by loss and pain.

Despite it's promising blurb, the story was slow to start and it didn't hold my attention as much as I wanted it to, but for that, I blame the heat and the weather and my circumstances because once I settled down more comfortably, I was able to enjoy the story a lot more. It's interesting how our reading conditions can affect our enjoyment and concentration of what we read, but there it is.

I enjoyed this story. There's nothing to fault about it as it followed all the rules you expect from a historical romance leading to a happy ending.

I particularly enjoyed the moment that Benjamin found himself falling in love with Juliet and at separate occasions, they were both hoping for the same happy ending to their love but were too afraid and too hesitant to speak out, leading to an unnecessary time apart. It always saddens me when this happens because I think, so much time wasted and time is precious when it comes to being with a loved one. You never know when that will be snatched away as Benjamin has experienced in the past, and instead of holding on to what is precious, he pushes it away out of fear, only to later realise what he has lost.

I loved the reconciliation of Juliet and Benjamin. It wasn't easy and it didn't happen in and instant. I think Frances Fowlkes did a lovely job of building up to the moment.

All in all, an enjoyable, light read. Exactly what I have come to expect from an Entangled Scandalous imprint.


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