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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: AS YOU ARE by Sarah M. Eden (Covenant, 02014)

From Deseret Book: A horse breeder by trade, Corbin Jonquil is more at home in the stables than in the ballroom of his sprawling estate. Corbin is the quietest of the Jonquil brothers and has always faded into the background, contentedly unnoticed. When a mysterious young widow, Mrs. Clara Bentford, moves into the neighborhood, however, Corbin quickly comes to realize that being noticed has its advantages. But how to catch the eye of the lady? According to his brothers, Corbin need only make a few simple changes to transform himself into the object of any woman’s desire—dubious advice, indeed. Following a series of misadventures, Corbin and Clara slowly lower the facades behind which they’ve been hiding, leaving Corbin shocked by the horrors that haunt the woman he’s coming to care for so ardently. When the menace of Clara’s past threatens to tear them apart and tensions mount, will the couple have the courage to fight for the promise of forever?

Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Regency Romance
Length: 193 pgs

Rating: *****+ (Loved, Loved, LOVED this book)

Review: I never believed Phillip Jonquil would be usurped in his position as my favorite of Sarah's heroes. And...I don't know, maybe he hasn't been, but Corbin. Oh, Corbin. *swooning sigh* You know that strong, silent type that's oooh-la-la. That. So, what I'm saying is, excellent hero. I also love how real Corbin is, how much of his silence is a struggle. All the characters of this one are wonderful, and there are even some teases from Jason Jonquil's story that have me excited for it (his heroine...fabulous). Alice is the sweetest, most adorable thing. And just the family dynamic of it really had me. Clara is so strong and perfect. I loved the pace this one set (I, uh, read it in less than twenty-four hours). It makes me want to go back and reread all of Sarah's other books.

Content: Rated 1-5; 1 being minor instances, 5 being saturated
Sex - 0
Language - 0
Violence - 1 (Punching and threats)
Overall rating - G (I really would let my eight-year-old read it, with no qualms, if he was interested in this sort of book...)

Source: Paperback copy from Deseret Book

Try this. Like Regency Romance? You would also enjoy TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: EUROPEAN COLLECTION, which features Regency Romance novellas from Sarah M. Eden, G.G. Vandergriff, and Michelle Paige Holmes.

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