Welcome to my stop on the Publication Day Push for The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride. Virginia Heath is one of the few Regency Romance Authors that I read. I love her books. Scroll down for my review and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an e-copy of this book.
Published July 1, 2020 by Harlequin Historical (Mills & Boon)
Genre: Regency romance/ historical romance
Synopsis: Marriage…To the highest bidder
Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems―like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counter-offer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections? Or does Lydia dare hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I do not read a lot of regency romance stories, but I make an exception for Virginia Heath. Her stories sweep me up into the Regency time period and I love how the heroine gets her happily ever after, the hunky hero shows her what love really is, and the corrupt and evil members of the ton who have held them back get their comeuppance. I read this story throughout the day, finishing it before I could go to sleep.
Lady Lydia Barton is up for auction, not publicly, but everyone knows. Her father will give her hand in marriage to whoever will pay the most. The family is deep in debt, in danger of being evicted from their home and possibly ending up in a debtors prison. The man who seems most likely to be her husband is Lord Kelvedon, someone who disgusts her. He is also know to be a lech and rumour has it he beat his previous wife. When a higher bid comes in, her father agrees, but her brother is not happy. It turns out that this man is someone the family abhors now, but when she was sixteen, Lydia loved him. When he was only eighteen he had worked as a stable boy for the family for a year. He stole her mother’s jewels and ended up being sent to Australia, a penal colony. He has returned, made something of himself and is bound to prove that he was innocent of the crime ten years prior. Once the wedding occurs, Lydia has to reconcile what her new life will be with Owen Wolfe.
This was an amazing second chance romance. I am so glad I did not live during this time. The noblemen were not very honorable and often rather disgusting. Just being born noble, does not make you noble. Owen, born poor, raised in an orphanage, then sent on a ship to a penal colony all by the time he was 18, should not have been as noble, honest and upright as he was, but he was a much better man than Lydia’s father or erstwhile suitor. I always enjoy the chemistry between the main characters in Virginia Heath’s books. Their dialogue and even their smoldering looks brings on the heat. The secondary characters of Randolph (Owen’s partner) and his wife, add much to the story and help to move the romance along. There was a mystery as well, who framed Owen and who the real thief was, that also added to the story. I loved seeing how Lydia came out of her shell and took her blinders off where her family was concerned. Owen is a swoon worthy hero and I loved that they finally get their happily ever after. I recommend this one to those who enjoy historical romance, specifically during the regency time. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Purchase Link: http://www.getboook.at/scoundrelsbride
About the Author: When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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