Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Book Review: A Gentleman's Surrender by Mariel Grey

A Gentleman's Surrender
by Mariel Grey

Series: Surrender
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Mariel Grey; 1 edition (October 18, 2015)

Kindle Edition
File Size: 4231 KB
Print Length: 248 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996927700
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Mariel Grey; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)
Publication Date: January 1, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★  

Note: I received a review copy of this book free from the author, Mariel Grey. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.

My thoughts:

It is Lady Monique's last season to find a husband. People those days know that if one didn't get married in three seasons, she'd be considered as a 'spinster' (old maid). Yikes! So she is very determined to attend all the balls -- she has to make sure she gets the best, titled man. After attending a few balls, she realized everyone who has pursued her in the last two seasons were either married or getting married. There is one man that stood out among the ball's crowd, James Stanton. Problem is, although wealthy, he is not a titled man. 

James Stanton needs to marry Lady Monique, he has to. He promised his mother he would make Lady Monique's mom pay for all the heartbreak they caused to his family. He knows he'd get her to say yes, but first, he has to find a solution to Lady Monique's standard of a 'titled man only'.

The author wove a realistic story of love, friendship, bethrothal and revenge with authentic dialogue and setting from the chosen time period. There's just enough romance which I truly am grateful because I'm actually more interested in reading about life and tradition in the early days. Each character's story are intriguing, definitely my reason for wanting to finish the book quickly.

One flaw, my opinion is that -- spoiler -- the revenge part was easily resolved by Monique's mom telling him the 'real' story. It would have been better if it came from someone else, not the mother. That revelation just felt flat for me. 

My first historical romance for this year, happy that I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. This is so good that I'm excited to read the first book in this series (thought this was the first book). 

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About the book: 

Call her a romantic--or a fool, Lady Monique Cathdon is determined to marry for love. After watching her parents tolerate an arranged betrothal, life seems too short to be wasted on keeping up appearances. 

After all, what's the point of having a heart if one refuses to follow it? 

With a smile the devil himself might be proud of, James Stanton is not what her mother would call a matrimonial prospect. Still, there's something about the young man that sends Lady Monique's heart thumping around her chest, and silences her voice of reason. 

Unfortunately for Lady Monique, the stakes are high, and young ladies of the ton make for very poor gamblers. Especially when James Stanton is on the hunt for revenge, and won't let an innocent woman--or his own passionate desires--get in the way of righting past wrongs. 

About the author:

From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn't happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman's Surrender, released in January 2016, introduced the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit. 

Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author's heart. When she isn't conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home. 

Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as a mischievous cat (who seems happy to play the role of villain). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Ancient City Romance Authors chapter.


Unknown said...

It's a such a pleasure when someone enjoys my books. Thank you for taking the time to post a review.

Bookingly Yours said...

Yay! Thank you too for sharing your book with me... ;)

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