Author: Elizabeth Johns, Heather B. Moore, Rebecca Connolly
Series: Timeless Regency Collection #6
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance Anthology
Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Mirror Press
Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Elizabeth Johns, Heather B. Moore, and Rebecca Connolly.
POOR RELATIONS by Elizabeth Johns
As a ‘poor relation,’ Emma Standrich has already pre-empted her dismal Season by applying for a governess post. Her aunt and cousin are kind enough to sponsor her, but in truth, Emma is just waiting for it to all be over. Emma’s grief over the death of her brother while in military service casts a pallor on everything else in her life. When Colonel Shelton, the man who was her brother’s superior, asks her to dance at her first ball, Emma is more surprised than anyone. But she has questions for him, and soon she’s caught up in an intrigue she wasn’t expecting—both of the heart and the mind.
EDWARD & EMILY by Heather B. Moore
As a second son, Edward Blackwood never anticipated becoming heir to his family estate, or the need to find a wife and secure that inheritance. But with the death of his older brother, Edward is thrust into a life he never wanted. When his mother encourages him to be kind to his long-time neighbor Emily Foster, a girl he’d hardly paid attention to while growing up, Edward realizes that returning home might not be such a set-back after all.
A SPORTING SEASON by Rebecca Connolly
Daphne Hutchins is no simpering female who aims for a husband with a fortune. In fact, she’d be more than happy to live her life free of the heartache that men seem to bring. So when she sets out to play the fool in front of the ton during her first Season in order to send all eligible men running, she’s quite unprepared for James Woodbridge. Bored, but with a sense of family duty, James arrives for the Season, anticipating going through the expected motions befitting any gentleman. What he isn’t prepared for is Daphne Hutchins and the way she completely upends his heart.
Another book from the Timeless Regency Collection! Yay!! I love these collections, and this one did not disappoint!
Poor Relations by Elizabeth Johns – 4 stars
There was a good amount of suspense and mystery in this novella. I loved Emma’s determination to find out what happened to her brother. Colonel Shelton was such an honorable man. Emma had heard rumors and wasn’t sure what to think of him, but he proved to be the best of men.
Edward & Emily by Heather B. Moore – 5 stars
I loved the relationship that Edward and Emily shared. There was true friendship between them and it made the romance even better. And there was great romance!! I loved the way they supported each other and wanted to know about the other’s interests. I loved their story!
A Sporting Season by Rebecca Connolly – 5 stars
I laughed through this whole story! Daphne’s antics were hilarious. I could picture the shocked faces all around her. I loved James! I loved the way he saw through the act to the real person underneath, and was there for her when she needed him. I would love to read more about their life together!
I received a complimentary copy of the book. I have given my honest opinion.
I have enjoyed all of the Timeless Regency collections. And I enjoyed all three of these.
Poor relations: A bit of a mystery and just a slight romance since they are strangers getting married but end up happy with the arrangement. It wasn’t hard to figure out who the bad guy is but since it is a novella there isn’t a lot of time to try to throw us off the scent.
Edward and Emily: I liked that Edward and Emily accepted the quirks in each other without question. Emily was painting portraits that weren’t considered appropriate and Edward encouraged it. Emily was intrigued by his like of fisticuffs enough to study the sport and then ask to go see a match. Even after seeing that it is somewhat barbaric and knowing that a “lady” should never witness it, she was not put off by it and paints a somewhat scandalous painting of a shirtless Edward sparring.
A Sporting Season: This was quite amusing. I always like regency characters that don’t act the part they are supposed to while in town. Daphne and James had fun banter. I’m not really sure why James kept coming back for more abuse but I guess he was just so amused at her antics.
Over all, the book is mostly a light, entertaining read. And clean.
Sex: just some kisses and a reference to a past naughty by a previous love.
Violence: a bit but not a main part of any story