Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review: Forever a Lady

Title:  Forever a Lady
Author:  Delilah Marvelle
Genre:  Historical Romance
Publisher:  Harlequin
Release Date:  August 1, 2012
File Size/Pages:  438 KB/368 pgs
Source:  NetGalley

My Rating5/5

Summary:  Lady Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hordes of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile…or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader. His fortune stolen, young Matthew Milton is done playing the respectable gentleman. In the slums of New York, only ruffians thrive. But from the moment he arrives in London and encounters the voluptuous Lady Bernadette, he can't help but wonder about the finer pleasures he's missing. Or just how much he's willing to risk—not only to bed her, but to prove his worth….

Review:  I received a copy of Forever a Lady through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, and I genuinely LOVED this novel!!!  Now, anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely love historical romance novels; this is definitely on my list of favorite books now.  In the prologue, we are introduced to Matthew Milton, the main character, who is rescuing Ronan from a man, who has dealings with his mother; we also meet Coleman, who ends up befriending Matthew.  Chapter one is years later, and Matthew is still poor, leading a group called the Forty Thieves, and is blind in one eye.  The story is also told from Bernadette Burton's point-of-view; she is the richest widow and does as she pleases.  She and Matthew meet in London while they are riding horses, he's with Coleman, and she is with Georgia; when Matthew saves her from being cropped, their lives are forever changed (in a good way).  This novel had all of the right elements and didn't lack in anything…if you're not mature or don't like love scenes, I suggest not reading this novel.  Even though Matthew's character was supposed to be super poor and only had sight in one eye, I found him to be very intriguing and attractive.  The thing I loved most about this novel is that the author, Delilah, didn't shy away from anything.  I also admire the fact that she included tidbits about "The Truth Teller and also the Five Points at the end of the novel, in the Author's Note.  Although this novel is the second in a series, it can be read as a stand alone novel.  If Historical Romance is your genre, I HIGHLY recommend that you purchase this novel today!  I'm super anxious for Coleman's story!!

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