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For the Love of a Soldier

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
From an enthralling new voice in historical romance comes a heartfelt tale of love, deception, and redemption in the face of mortal danger…

Captain Garrett Sinclair, the Earl of Kendall, has returned to England a changed man. As a survivor of the legendary Charge of the Light Brigade, he has spent months as a remorseless rake and dissolute inebriate in order to forget it. B
Mass Market Paperback, 311 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Berkley Sensation
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Jul 21, 2016 Caz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes character-driven historical romance with a strong historical background
For the Love of a Soldier is that rare thing; a début novel that reads as though the author has a stable of books to her name already.

The plot is a fairly simple one. Lady Alexandra Langton, a young woman, on the verge of destitution decides to risk everything she has left (the sum of one hundred pounds) at the gaming tables in a desperate attempt to increase her funds. But of course, ladies were not allowed to indulge in “deep” play, and so she has to disguise herself as a man in order to gain
Penny Watson
Mar 05, 2013 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing
WARNING: includes some spoilers!

In my experience reading historical romance, they fall into three categories. One is the "wallpaper" historical, which is not concerned with fact or accuracy. The time period is merely to establish some texture in the storyline. The second type pays more attention to detail--the clothing, language, and setting have been researched, the historical backdrop is part of the fabric of the novel. The third type is most interesting to me, since I started reading historic
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Victorian England

Nearly destitute,Lady Alexandra Langdon disguises herself as a young man to play at a high stakes gaming table.
She loses to Garrett Sinclair, Earl of Kendall a returning war Hero who refuses to take her money. So in exchange Alex tells him of a plot she knows of to murder him and agrees to help him unmask the assassin. Garrett quickly discovers Alex's ruse and insists she accompany him to his country Estate after his carriage is attacked. Her bold behavior, strong will
I pretty much feel the same as Catie did. Review later if I get inclined. Yes, it was funny but in a cutesy kind of way that won't appeal to all readers (Karla and Bavr that means you). The sex was a bit TMI for my tastes, especially when I didn't warm up to the main characters, nor did I find much sexual chemistry between them. Alex's big secret was pretty easy to guess, as was who was behind the murder plot.
Apr 04, 2013 Catie rated it liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Caz
I found this a very frustrating book to read. The writer is talented and has a very assured style for a first time novelist. She created a couple of interesting likeable protagonists, there was a nice level of humour, and some of the historical background, particularly relating to the Crimean war seemed well researched.
I could never, even for one minute believe that these were English people living in the Victorian age, never mind aristocratic ones. The murder plot was both far-fetched and r
Extremely well done historical that takes place in the little used period/milieu of the Crimean War. The hero is an ex lancerman who rode in the Charge of the Light Brigade and suffers from terrible PTSD. He has been home from the war for about 6 months when he meets the heroine who is masquerading as a man in order to gamble for high stakes because she needs the money.

The weakest part of the story is the heroine's back history. I felt that the reason she left home could have been stronger and
Oct 08, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
Recommended to Jill by: Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*

3.5 stars
Apr 02, 2013 Charlotte rated it did not like it
Maybe this wasn't strictly a one star read, but I was bored and annoyed when I left it and the rating reflects that. Also, all the reviews here are positive and I wanted to share why this didn't work for me.

The prose was fine, the pacing seemed good, no one was mind-numbingly stupid or dickish, but I was struggling.

What started to annoy me at first was the constant desire. Or maybe it wasn't the desire, but rather the constant thinking about it. I didn't feel it, I just got annoyed. At one point
Penny Reid
Dec 24, 2013 Penny Reid rated it it was amazing
Full review later... however, I will say that I feel extremely special after reading this book because I've discovered a FANTASTIC new historical romance author before the rest of you losers.

Love this book. Love. It.
This is a lovely romance with an intricate plot. The characterization is excellent.
Shell shocked Garrett Sinclair had been in the charge of the Light Brigade. Alexandra Langford had run away from her uncle who was only interested in marrying her off to the highest bidder. They meet in a card room and shortly after Alex overhears a plot to murder Sinclair.
While sifting through possible suspects they fall in love and I think I need go no further. I very much enjoyed this novel and recommend it a
Not bad, well-written, pleasant H&h.

The plot was...improbable, and the resolution a bit silly, but I could imagine reading this one again, and looking out for more by Victoria Morgan.
Mar 26, 2013 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
"For the Love of a Soldier" is a beautiful debut historical romance by Victoria Morgan. Garrett Sinclair, Earl of Kendall, survived the carnage immortalized by Tennyson in his poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade", but he didn't survive unscathed. He has been fighting his sense of guilt at surviving and has not really healed from the damage to his psyche. A game of chance with a desperate opponent who repays his kindness by warning of a threat to Kendall's life prompts him to evaluate where he ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Ilze rated it liked it
Started out really well, but the second half of the book turned into a murder-kidnapping melodrama rather than a character-based story. Too much over-the-top loose talk of killing and shooting people, as well as period-inappropriate language, such as the heroine, an upper-class miss, using words like "damn" and "hell" - sorry, in those days ladies didn't talk or think like that.

I bought the book because quite a few reviews talked about the hero having PTSD and how the heroine helped him with it
Maggie Welsh
Jul 23, 2014 Maggie Welsh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
This was the first historical romance that I've read and let me tell you that the bar has been set really high. I loved this book and I'll probably write more about it eventually, but for the moment I'm just going to list a few of the reasons.

1. Historical accuracy. I can't say how annoying I find it when something is listed as "historical" but there is no history to it, just women in dresses with tight bodices and big skirts. For the Love of a Soldier was wonderfully historical in it's details
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
This started off pretty good. I thought I'd found a good new author. But unfortunately about half way through the book it became more than just a bit ordinary, it became a bit silly, I thought. Shame, it started off not too bad. It actually became a bit of a chore to finish it. If I didn't have so many other things on my mind at the moment, and didn't travel on the train to come and go from work, I would have ditched it for something which held my attention a bit better. I won't rush to read ano ...more
Apr 19, 2013 Callixta rated it really liked it
Very moving books with great heroes. I loved the background. It's a classic love story nowadays but very weell written

Voilà une nouvelle auteure qui devrait faire parler d’elle. Elle a obtenu en 2011 le Golden Herat de la meilleure romance historique, c’est à dire l’équivalent du RITA pour les amateurs. Là voilà dans la cour des grands maintenant pour un roman délicieux, superbement écrit que l’auteure affirme être inspiré du poème de Tennyson sur la charg
Sandy M
Oct 17, 2013 Sandy M rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I’ve been telling myself lately to read more new-to-me authors, so I finally followed through. This is my intro to Victoria Morgan and this is her debut book. Sounds like the perfect pairing.

However, while this book is beautifully written – Ms. Morgan makes you feel and see her scenes one after the other – and the characters are likable, I find the story slows down too often, and it took me much longer to read than normal. That being said, there are wonderful moments throughout and I enjoyed wat
Jan 25, 2014 Everalice rated it liked it
Plutôt apprécié !
J'étais un peu dubitative à la lecture des premiers chapitres, sans raison particulière, à vrai dire, et je n'aime pas cette impression de me montrer injuste avec un roman, qui, à priori, m'attire. Sans pouvoir non plus mettre précisément le doigt sur le hic.
Le background historique? Oui, on y croit, surtout avec les réminiscences du héros sur la désastreuse bataille de Balaklava, traitée avec justesse et humanité. Mais , à part l'aisance
Lynn Spencer
Nov 09, 2015 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
This is more of a B- read for me, so 3.5 stars. Heroines disguised as men very rarely work for me. It's just not my pet trope. However, in this case, Victoria Morgan mostly pulls it off. Even though it's easy to see through Alexandra Langdon's disguise, the author sets up her plight so well that a reader will likely want to get deep into the story rather than ask lots of questions.

As the book opens, we know that Alexandra is in dire straits financially, and that she has fled a tyrannical uncle.
Jun 26, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A historical romance of two people who fall in love and try to save each other. Lady Alexandra Langdon disguises herself as a man to get into the gaming tables to win big. Her chances are against her when Captain Garrett Sinclair, the Earl of Kendall, shows up and wins the big hand. When hiding to cool off, Alex overhears two men speaking about arranging the murder of Garrett. Should she go to him and risk losing her cover, or should she pretend she never heard a thing? She ultimately decides to ...more
For the Love of a Soldier, Victoria Morgan - I really wanted to like this book and for the first fifty pages I was so sure it was a winner. Unfortunately, the tone was too off-putting for me as the novel seemed unsure if it was a comedy or a tragedy. The soldier/hero suffers from mental trauma after the war and has difficulty reintegrating into society, while the heroine is on the run from her uncle and is living in dire poverty and desperation. Garrett and Alexandra forge an alliance to track d ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Valerie rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through A First Reads Giveaway.

I thought the historical part of this novel was well written. There are believable connections to the Crimean War. I appreciate the author's research into the Battle of Balaclava and her treatment of the veteran returning from the front. The characters are well rounded, and though I could have used a little more background about the female protagonist, Alexandra, I connected with the story. The history is easily interwoven with the fic
Mar 29, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
I was truly impressed with this inaugural novel by Victoria Morgan. In the process of reading this enjoyable historical romance, I learned some history about the Crimean War. Morgan creates two very likable and believable characters in Captain Garrett Sinclair, the Earl of Kendall, and Lady Alexandra Langdon alias Alex Daniels. Garrett is a survivor and veteran of the war, but comes home with both physical and emotional scars. He encounters Alex at a ball where she is impersonating a man, so tha ...more
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Lady Alexandra Langdon, a well-born but impoverished young woman, desperately needs money. To get it, she decides to dress up as a man and gamble. But things don't work as planned, when notorious war hero Garrett Sinclair, the Earl of Kendall joins the table and wins all of Alex's money. Kendall is not one to ruin a young man, though, and seeing Alex blanch, he returns her money. Which is why, when she later accidentally overhears two men plotting to kill him, she feels obliged to warn him.

I jus
2.5 Stars

If I didn't know that this book was published in 2013, I would have wagered money that it was written in the late 1990's. Between the writing style and several cliched plot points, it seems dated. The heroine does a lot of "bucking" whenever the hero touches her soft folds. And he spends a lot of time thinking about the heat in his 'loins.' Is it just me? I thought those words had been retired from new romances.

But... despite the 'old skool' feel to this book, it's not without its meri
Feb 24, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Lady Alexandra is in dire straits. She’s taken her last few pounds and have disguised herself as a man to hit the gambling tables to try and raise her funds. When her night takes a turn for the worst, Garrett Sinclair offers her a much needed break. When Alex then hears of a plot against his life, she can do no less than warn him of the devious plot. Because she’s the only witness to the deception Garrett knows that he can’t let her go so these two new acquaintances are off on an adventure defen ...more
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The prose was awkward (for example, the author uses the names of her characters as a subject way too often in the same paragraph and it makes her prose clunky and amateurish). I've seen worse and that in itself wouldn't have made me bail but I just couldn't get into the story. It almost put me to sleep everytime I tried to pick up the book.

The potential for a great story was there but the execution was the book's stumbling block for this reader.
Apr 29, 2013 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of For the Love of a Soldier from First Reads Giveaways.

I thought this book was ok. Having never read a romance novel before, I found it hard to really believe in any of the characters, the dialogue often felt untrue to the time period, and the characters' motivating forces felt forced - they were likable, but not believable. Overall I thought the plot was second to the love scenes and so that was disappointing.
Mar 23, 2013 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book! I loved how this time it was two strong characters saving each other. And of course I love the whole soldier bit (as there are many men in my family who have been in the military) and who doesn't love reading about a rake getting besotted to a wonderful heroin! I enjoyed this stories plot!
Paula Ackley
May 03, 2013 Paula Ackley rated it it was ok
This is your typical period romance. Independent beauty meets handsome bad boy. He advances. She swoons. She gasps. He burns with desire. Her cheeks flame and her heart races. His eyes are heavy lidded and smolder with desire. The girl gives in. The rake falls in love. Add the back story of a returning soldier, a poor heiress, and a murder plot. Nothing new.
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A lifelong New England resident, Victoria Morgan lives in a suburb of Boston. There she juggles (with differing degrees of priority) a part-time job, writing, watercolor classes, her husband, two teen-agers, and a mini-golden doodle with a Napoleon complex. A 2011 RWA Golden Heart Finalist and an insatiable reader, she loves to see the magic of a world taking shape through the words of a book or t ...more
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