Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.
After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain. -Avon;2017
Pandora’s need for independence, refusal to obey any man and vivid imagination, makes her a character you can’t help but fall in love with. As the male protagonist, Lord Gabriel St. Vincent found out for himself. St. Vincent’s acceptance of Pandora and his desire to respect her wishes for independence, will have you screaming for her to soften her stance and just marry the man already! Pandora’s curiosity and adventurous nature make for some pearl grabbing scandalous sex scenes. That same temperament puts Pandora directly in harm’s way as well as helps her to save the day.
Which this book did for me, by looking past the romance of marriage to point out the real world ramifications of marriage for women in the Victorian area. That they become the property of their husbands with no rights of their own. And by breaking the monotony of damsels in distress or unworldly wasps in need of a man’s protection. Or annoyingly contrarian female leads who would have been better off left to spinsterhood. -(Low) Buy it!
Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself…as none other than West Ravenel. Avon, 2019
The witty repartee, steamy sex scenes and a man reluctant to marry, continue in the 5th installment of The Ravenels series. This time around West Ravenel is reluctant to marry because his scandalous past transgressions could socially ruin the widow, Lady Phoebe St.Clare. Had any of those transgressions, a confrontation by a husband who’s wife West had slept with, or a barring from a soiree because of his past disgraceful behavior, it would have added some real stakes and some rationality to West’s fears. The lack of reciprocation just made West’s ‘woe is me’ act a tad tedious and drawn out.
Other than Kleypas’ formulaic chemistry, you root for the couple because Phoebe would probably loose her son’s inheritance without West’s guidance. Well not every heroine can be Pandora Ravenel. –(High) Borrow.
Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love–at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year–a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything–including her well-guarded heart–will she find out what matters most. — Piatkus;2015
Avery’s history with men has given her good reason to be hesitant about starting a relationship with Joe, let alone anyone. That doesn’t give her a good reason to be rude and patronizing to him. “Oh you’re one of those Travises?”or “You’re clearly a player.” and other condescending remarks. In addition to being rude, Avery doesn’t mean what she says and her words don’t match her actions. She tells Joe there is no chance of a relationship between them, even petulantly tells him that she wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot poll, but then pouts when he doesn’t call and is confused why he won’t kiss her. Read more