I have been reading Valerie Bowman's "Playful Brides”, series from the beginning. There have been both books that I have seriously loved and those that I have not even liked. "The Legendary Lord" is somewhere in between myself enjoying this book and at the same time despising it.
First off I will say that Valerie’s writing is always flawless in the actual storytelling of her historical-romances. I adore the way that Bowman can pen a novel as her descriptive, fun nature is always creative, breathless and a treat.
Still, this book sadly lacked everything beyond the laws of high society at the expectations of the heroine. Well, I am still not certain that I can even give Sarah that title of heroine as she felt way more like a friend who was helping the hero-in-need, Christian, rather than his potential love interest.
Both Christian and Sarah had this intense meeting that was literally on fire, full of surprise and a few beastly remarks made on Christian's part. Their chemistry ignited with a serious blaze and yet that is exactly where the romance ended in this book until pretty much the ending.
I stuck with this book because I enjoyed the writing far too much and to be honest I did finish my reading within a single day because I was expecting to find the romance somewhere among the writing. I wanted the romance, but it never officially happened besides the first encounter of the characters. I wanted to feel my heart skip a few beats, butterflies in my stomach and like I was rooting for the characters, but to be truthful I was just plainly bored with all of the nonsense of high society rules that did not even appeal to me as the modern day reader.
Basically it was out of my respect and love for Bowman and for the "Playful Brides" series that I gave this book a mutual review. The book wasn't terrible, but do not expect to find a whirlwind romance buried within the pages of this story because such things did not exist.
THE MAKING OF A LEGEND…
When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…
As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the lucklesslord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?
The Legendary Lord is the sixth installment of Valerie Bowman's Regency-set Playful Brides series.