Monday, January 9, 2012

The Seduction of Sophie Seacrest (An Unlikely Husband 1) by Mary Campisi

Love and Betrayal . . . Regency Style

When Holt Langford, the new Earl of Westover, returns to England after twelve years at sea, he resembles more pirate than nobleman, a far cry from the scrawny youth shipped off by his father to become a man. No one recognizes him and he’ll use this anonymity to enter a game of subterfuge in order to expose the scoundrel who has vowed to destroy Holt’s family business.

Unfortunately, that scoundrel has a devoted daughter - Sophie Seacrest. Sophie can’t deny her attraction to the unorthodox stranger who stirs her blood and makes her think things no proper lady should. Holt and Sophie are drawn into a seductive tangle and just when he’s about to reveal his true identity and his honorable intentions, she discovers the truth and must choose between love and family duty.

Reviewer: BlackTulip
If you want to have a good time just pick up this book, you won't regret it! It has all the ingredients to keep you captivated from start to finish: strong characters, a wonderful storyline, love, and passion!

Twelve years ago, the young and skinny Holt Langford was shipped off to the West Indies by his father like a crate of sugarcane. No one recognizes the tall dark haired man with a ponytail who enters the Langford mansion with dusty and old fashioned cloths; well nearly nobody but her little sister Julia who was eight years old at the time he left.

He has only come back to see his siblings after the death of his father and to take care of the family shipping business. He doesn't intend to remain in England and certainly not intend to take his title of Earl of Westover! After living so long without restrictions of any kind he is afraid he'll find English society suffocating. All he wants is anonymity to serve his purpose and destroy once and for all their enemy, the Seacrest Family Shipping. There's bad blood and old family secrets between them.

The easiest and quickest way to strike back is to ruin the eldest daughter's reputation. But never in a million years would he have imagined to experience such a reaction for the stunning and ardent Miss Sophie Seacrest. And indeed, as soon as they meet and touch, they catch fire! His perfect plan begins to collapse and he becomes trapped between, his heart, his lie, and the family feud.

We have two strong characters here. Holt is very determined and he guards his heart. He was ripped away from his home at a young age and sent to an uncle who was a nasty piece of work. From that moment he buried all feelings and memories deep inside. There is no place for love in his life and so he is overwhelmed and afraid of what he feels for Sophie.

Sophie is a lively and passionate young woman who is very determined too. She is reliable, sensible, and optimistic. She is a very intriguing mix and she adores her younger sister.

It is a very well balanced story. All the secondary characters are very interesting and colorful and give a lot of depth to it; there is a very good interaction between them. Even if there are ups and downs between Holt and Sophie their chemistry is undeniable

I am looking forward to reading more of Mary Campisi books. I give 4.5/5.


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