Monday, July 11, 2016

A Reckless Promise (and GIVEAWAY)

Let's start your week with a book review, shall we?


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A Reckless Promise - Kasey Michaels
It's the kind of vow often made on the battlefield. Darby Travers, Viscount Nailbourne, never imagines he'll have to honor it. Yet here she is on his doorstep—his late comrade's young daughter, and Darby's new ward. Worse, she comes with the most overprotective, mistrustful, bothersome chaperone—the child's aunt, Sadie Grace Boxer. Darby is quite sure that behind her lovely facade, the woman is guarding a secret.

Sadie Grace faced many trials working in her brother's surgery, but none prepared her for the world she's thrust into with his passing. Navigating the ton, with its endless ball gowns and parade of parties, is difficult enough, but hiding the truth about her niece while the sophisticated viscount watches her every move proves nearly impossible—particularly when his searing gaze tempts her to bare all. But when her family's past catches up with her, she'll have to trust in Darby…no matter the cost to her heart.

I always tell you that I'm not a huge fan of historical romances, then I find myself jumping on them anytime I see them offered for review because I do love romances and there just aren't a whole bunch offered always. And then, oddly, I find myself liking them and I question if my "I'm not a fan of historical romances" is even true or if I'm actually being a brat. 

But I liked this one! The book starts off during the Napoleonic War where Darby (among others) are pretty severely injured. He's lost his eye but he would have lost his life if not for the work of surgeon John Hamilton. There are plans for the men to go back and Darby tries to convince John to come with them but he refuses to leave his patients, so Darby tells him if there was anything he could ever do to repay him for saving his life, he'd do it. 

Which is how Darby ends up the guardian of Marley, a young girl. But Marley doesn't come alone, she comes with John's sister, Sadie, who is an adult. It's clear from the beginning something isn't quite right about the entire situation and Darby feels it too, but he's torn between honoring the wishes of his now deceased friend and following his gut. The problem is that you don't just take in a seemingly widowed woman into your home without the risk of ruining her reputation, so after much thought Darby decides he needs to marry her. Just as sparks start to fly between the two of them, Sadie's past comes full force into their relationship. The really great part about this book is that we really have two books in one. First, we have Sadie and Darby's relationship and their interactions (which are kind of great), and trying to confirm to the societal norms of the time. But we also have a subplot where Marley and her safety is the primary focus. Sadie knows about Marley's real family and how she became part of John Hamilton's family and then it all comes full circle because you know from the very beginning of the book that Darby is a man of integrity who would stop at nothing to keep someone safe. John, knowing this, set the wheels in motion for Darby to eventually be the caretaker of Marley to ensure her safety, and Sadie (who truly doesn't KNOW Darby) will have to trust that her brother knew what he was doing. 

Overall? Good book! I really enjoyed it and I would really recommend it if you are a fan of historical romances for sure. Luckily for you it's available on Amazon, but I also suggest checking out the author's website and her Facebook page because she has quite a few books you may also be interested in if this one piques your interest. Also, please go HERE to enter for a $25 Amazon gift card! Who couldn't use one of those?! 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and comments are my own. 

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I always think I don't like this genre either, but then like you I find myself enjoying whichever books I pick up. LOL Glad this was another winner for you! Thanks for being a part of the tour.