The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press on November 1, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency
Series: Playful Brides - Book 6
Source: Kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Summary from Goodreads:
THE MAKING OF A LEGEND…
When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…
As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?
The Legendary Lord is the sixth installment of Valerie Bowman's Regency-set Playful Brides series.
I liked it...I just didn't love it.
The Legendary Lord revolves around Christian Bancroft and Sarah Highgate. Sarah is the "perfect daughter" so when her father, an Earl, expects her to marry the Marquess of Branford, a popular man with many connections, the only thing that Sarah can do is run away from her father and her betrothed. Christian being both at times shy and repeatedly put in the "friends" zone, has unsuccessfully been in search of a wife.
Well running away, Sarah mistakingly runs into Christian's hunting lodge thinking it was her father's cabin. When Christian arrives home and finds Sarah there wielding a sword, he believes she is a thief but soon finds out what is actually going on. Needing to return home without a scandal, they make a deal. Christian will help her return to London without a scandal if Sarah helps him find a wife.
With the two are for a time stuck in the lodge during a snowstorm, leaving them unable to go anywhere. During that time they get to know each other better and even become quiet close. As they begin to develop feelings for each other, they each fight it knowing that Sarah is betrothed to a Marquess and that Christian is unable to talk about anyone but himself.
As the story progresses, we see both Christian and Sarah as a comparable match yet for reasons of their own decide that they can not be together. It is a cute book to read with very likeable characters. The story did at times felt like it was dragging and quiet tedious but the writing definitely made up for it.
The entire novel was quiet interesting, however I felt that the last few chapters were a bit slower paced and seemed to be lacking what the other chapters had, intrigue.
I recommend you check out The Legendary Lord. It is a part of a series but can be easily read as a standalone. It is such a cute and romantic book to read.
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