Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Rumors

By:  Louise Allen

Rating: 4/5 Cogs


What does it matter if society spurns me? Following a disastrous incident at a house party, Lady Isobel Jervis is exiled to the country to avoid further scandal. At the imposing Wimpole Hall, she meets architect Giles Harker. He is as eye-catching as the elegant house, but shockingly arrogant—and infuriatingly dismissive.

Despite himself, Giles is strangely drawn to the haughty Isobel, and stuns her with a secret kiss in the gardens. As the illegitimate son of an infamous scarlet woman, he knows love can be dangerous. Their growing attraction could come at the cost of both their reputations.


This is a completely cute historical romance of strength and deception.  Isobel is a defiant and strong female lead that doesn't seem to conform to society's norm expectations of women.  I'm so pleased that in the past few days I've read two different historical romances with completely strong and independent female leads.  Thank you Harlequin!!  It's so refreshing to not have a meek and shy little girl being saved by some rake.  It's a refreshing chance for some strong historical women!

Isobel and Giles have a love that's unique to them, but, due to society, they're not a suitable match.  Giles has a questionable heritage, and Isobel is the daughter of an Earl.  I was taken aback by how Giles held his love from Isobel in order to protect her and make their separation easier.  It showed the full extent of his strength of character and his great moral compass - regardless of his birthright.

Isobel's secret is shocking and the end will take you for a spin, but the story is well written with a fabulous cast.  Another book for historical readers everywhere! 

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