My Review of a Recent Read

A Reckless Desire:

A Breconridge Brothers Novel

(The Breconridge Brothers Book 3)

by Isabella Bradford

Publication Date: March 1st, 2016

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SYNOPSIS:

For fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries: the elegantly seductive third historical romance in Isabella Bradford’s Breconridge Brothers trilogy.
 

Lord Rivers Fitzroy is as charming and sought-after as his rakish elder brothers, though he immerses himself more in dusty books and scholarly pursuits than in bawdy houses. Yet, Hell-bent on making the most of his remaining bachelorhood now that his father insists he marry, Rivers becomes the favorite of a troupe of Italian dancers. One night, after a performance, the handsome lord is challenged with a most provocative wager: Turn the players’ meek and mousy cousin into the first lady of the London stage.
 
But Lucia di Rossi is not what she seems. Scorned by the rest of her family, Lucia longs for the respect and stardom of a great actress. Rivers’s wager could be the answer to all her hopes—so long as he understands that she wants to be an actress, not his mistress. The two commence her metamorphosis in earnest—even as passion begins to take center stage. As Lucia’s dreams come true, she fears that it may be Rivers, not she, who is the master performer. Is he only making her believe he cares? Has she found the spotlight only to lose her heart—or will the final curtain reveal a love strong enough to last?

Praise for A Reckless Desire
 
“Isabella Bradford’s remake of the My Fair Lady trope is exquisite. What I love the most is how Bradford’s canvas of words treats the reader to a literary work of art. . . . A Reckless Desire is the kind of love story that makes me melt.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“For those who adore Cinderella and Pygmalion plots, Bradford’s third installment of the Breconridge Brothers series is perfection. With its wit and heart-tugging emotions, this winning tale steals readers’ hearts.”RT Book Reviews
 
“A steamy romance with a unique storyline . . . The twists and turns within the story will keep readers turning pages. . . . The secondary characters add some wit and humor to A Reckless Desire, and the dialogue is fresh and excellently written.”Fresh Fiction
 
“A wonderful story of two vastly different people from opposite ends of the social ladder who find each other and fall in love.”—The Reading Wench


MY THOUGHTS:

Rivers’ story was a good as I thought it would be in this the last book of the series. Isabella Bradford writes an amazing mix of romance and angst.

Rivers does the most romantic things and then botches the whole thing when trying to relay them to Lucia. I felt so sorry for him at times(after all he’s a scholarly sort and he really is trying) . All through the story, you KNEW, things were not going to end well for them. Not because of the way he hurt Lucia and then had to apologize and she forgave him, repeatedly, but because in the back of both of their minds, they knew it couldn’t last because of the differences in their stations in life ( old England- He’s the third son of a duke, she’s an aspiring actress from a foreign family of dancers – the SCANDAL). Yet, they loved each other wholly and completely and only wanted what was best for each other.

I didn’t care for the character of Rivers’ dad, the Duke. He was judgmental even though I understand in this time period it was important to have a male heir, but he wasn’t just upset there wasn’t a male heir in the four beautiful grandchildren he had, he was judgmental of his daughters-in-law for not providing one. He was also rude to Lucia about her background and was willing to loose all contact with his son just so she didn’t become part of the family. Only when his grandson was born did he give his blessing to Rivers and Lucia. This was the one thing that would have been expected of this character. All things considered, this was a very good final installment to this series. All things considered, this was a very good final installment to this series. This could easily be read as a stand alone, but it’s so much more fun knowing all of the characters involved in the series.

I gave this book a 3.75 star rating.

 A Digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


THE SERIES:

From Book 1: In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble D1529FzWLQS__SL250_FMpng_brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected.
 
As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Wetherby, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.

Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.

Praise for A Wicked Pursuit
 
“The appealing characters, the emotional growth of the hero and the lively dialogue turn what could have been a predictable tale into a delightful non-stop read. This is a fine start to a new trilogy.”RT Book Reviews
 
“This story is every bit as delightful as those by my favorite Regency authors: Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn. . . . I will definitely be looking for the other books in the series!”Susana’s Parlour
 
“A bewitching tale of a most accidental match.”Shelf Awareness
 
“Isabella Bradford’s experience shows with her charming, witty tale. . . . Wonderfully crafted, the next installments are sure to please as this one most decidedly did.”Literarily Illumined
 
“Bradford pulls no punches, which makes the story all the richer. . . . Period details create a believable world that fully immerses the reader.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“I loved seeing the quality of the story come through. . . . Overall a hypnotic love tale to overwhelm, excite, and endear you. A rare treasure!Addicted to Romance
 
“An awesome start to a new series and I can’t wait for the rest of it to come out. . . . I will definitely be going back and reading her Wylder Sisters series.”Historical Romance Lover

From the Paperback edition.

 

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