Saturday, May 5, 2012

Slightly Tarnished by Lilly Gayle

Victorian romance laced with danger.

When a brooding English earl with a Slightly Tarnished reputation marries his wife’s American cousin to save her from an uncle’s vengeful schemes, the sea captain’s daughter with a taste for adventure sparks desires he thought long dead.

Nicole Keller has always been headstrong and independent, but after a failed business venture and a sinking ship take her father, her home, and her childhood sweetheart, Nikki must support herself and her mother. But moving to England and marrying Chadwick Masters, Earl of Gilchrest isn’t what she has in mind. And falling in love with the mysterious earl could endanger both their lives.

Reviewer: PurpleRose
I didn't intend to read this novel in one stretch but I couldn't put it down and finished it at dawn!

The author weaved an engrossing story where romance and mystery are perfectly balanced. The plot is extremely well developed, all the characters matter and have a role to play. There is not one moment of peace, which is very good and the only thing you have on your mind is to turn the next page.

Everything that I expected was right there, hidden family secrets, lies that if discovered would trigger a scandal, uncontrollable fear, foul play, death, treachery, greed, madness, and perversity.

This is a wonderful and thrilling story that begins in South Carolina by the sea and ends in Cornwall by the sea as well. It is about two people who despite their very different background and upbringing are in many ways similar.

They both were betrayed, Nicole by her father that unexpectedly died leaving her all alone with an ailing mother, no money, or home anymore, and Chad whose mother was unable to deal with the accidental death of Chad's twin brother, putting the blame on him. And later, Chad's wife taking her own life. They are both alone with their loss, grief, guilt, and resentment but they both have a great sense of responsibility and are resilient, because they have to be!

They are thrown together by unusual circumstances and their only option is to make the best of it. Nicole needs security and Chad needs a wife. They are attracted to each other but that is not enough. At the beginning there is a lack of trust towards each other resulting in a lot of tension.

Nicole Keller is a very independent, outspoken young American who is rather puzzling and irritating to his mind but she is doing everything she can to make their marriage work and very quickly falls in love with him. On the other hand Chadwick Masters, Earl of Gilchrest is not ready to surrender to her. He is afraid to be hurt again.

This story has twist and turns more or less after each pages and I never got tired of it. This is a perfect book. I give 5 stars, even more if I could!

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


Anonymous said...

I love the review ... !

Lilly Gayle said...

Wow! I think this is the best review I've EVER received for any book I've ever written. Thank you so much for you kind words. I'm humbled that you enjoyed Chad and Nikki's story so much.

Thank you.

Mackenzie Crowne said...

Great review, PurpleRose. Your pleasure in this read all but tumbles out in your words. Congrats, Lilly. Time to pick up, Slightly Tarnished.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

When a book is written by a kind and gracious woman, her fine qualities seep into her writing. I'm so glad you picked up on those little nuances that make Lilly's writing so engrossing. Great review. Well written.

Calisa Rhose said...

I love when I come across a book that leaves this much joy and impact. Great review PurpleRose

Kathryn Knight said...

What a great review, I look forward to reading it!

Autumn Jordon said...

Great review. Congrats, Lilly.

Leigh D'Ansey said...

Wonderful review. Way to go, Lilly!

Lilly Gayle said...

Thanks everyone. Guess I need to finish that next book now.

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