Friday, June 26, 2015

Alisa's Review: Lord Coleraine's Scandalous Offer by Katy Madison

330 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Katy Madison

From the winner of the 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Historical comes a new gothic historical romance.

Brody Gilvaroy, the Earl of Coleraine, is willing to hang for a murder he didn’t commit to protect the innocent. He struggles to find the real killer before it’s too late. As time slips away, he’s forced to choose between saving his own neck or helping his enchanting neighbor escape her dire situation, even though she wants nothing to do with him. If only she would accept his proposed bargain...

Years ago, Tessa Hall trusted the wrong man. Ever since, she’s fought to regain her good name. She lives on sufferance with her distant cousin as a despised poor relation. Her chances for a respectable life are destroyed when her benefactor decides she should earn her keep as his mistress. Rescue comes from the most unlikely source. Lord Coleraine is a worse pariah than she is. But her only option may be to trust a man everyone else believes is a cold-blooded murderer. His scandalous offer could save them both, if only for a little while... 

Yet another book that took me forever to read, but I am not blaming the book this time.  I think its me, but it did feel like I would never finish.
This book felt like it was never the end at about 30% yet it was far from it.  I know it wasn't just me that feels this way. Am I?
Not that this wasn't a good story, cause if you take out some of the extra stuff and what to me just felt like repeating, it was good.  
Tess fought a good fight against succumbing to Lord Coleraine.  I loved how she thought the best in him no matter what.  What I couldn't stand was how Lord Coleraine put himself down, more or less, about how decent he was or the good guy through out the whole book.  Never once would he admit to any good deeds he did, even when those were thrown in his face.
Just a bit of mystery, like who is the killer.  Someone is out to make Lord Coleraine look like a killer.  And lots of talk about Tessa and Lord Coleraine having a scandalous affair, but no real "smut" or sexual acts in this book.  So no worries for the younger people to read, this could be ok for a late teen to read.
The writing is good, but to me way to much "fluff" in the book.

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