Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review And Giveaway: An Inconvenient Romance

I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for debut author, Chalon Linton's new novel, An Inconvenient Romance. 

Leah and Charles have been lifelong friends. In the prologue we see them racing together and just enjoying being with each other, and I thought they were much younger than the 15 and 13 years old that they are. It all makes sense, though, when soon after their perfect afternoon together, Charles is sent away to school and nothing is ever the same again.

Six years later Charles returns and Leah has not waited for him. A young Captain has come calling and she is ready to see if he might suit as her husband. Charles has always thought of her as "his" Leah and can't believe that she would truly marry another. Has he waited too long to tell her his feelings?

I thought the author did a wonderful job in the time period and used the restrictions of the day to expertly prolong the misunderstandings between the hero and heroine and yet, still made the romantic element shine. Charles and Leah both have believable insecurities about their feelings and each other that add more angst to their relationship, but the author also includes a bit of blackmail to ratchet up the stakes. There were times where it seemed like the core of their misunderstanding was missing, and the author alludes to a previous confrontation that is never fully revealed, which made it so some feelings, explanations, and actions didn't quite fit. However, beyond that, I enjoyed seeing the romance from both Leah and Charles's perspectives, the secondary cast was well-developed and fun, and the romance ended just the way I like. I will definitely watch for this author in the future.

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You can download your Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley's and Leah Hasting's childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university.

Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles's familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps.

Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them in undeniable.

After so many years apart, leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving revival for Charles's attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?

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