One Week As Lovers
Even after finding his betrothed in the arms of another man, Nicholas, the Viscount Lancaster, knows he must wed. Propriety and the dire state of his finances decrees it. At least a visit to his country estate provides relief from playing the role of loving fiance, as well as a surprising encounter with Cynthia Merrithorpe. Once his childhood
The best thing about Dahl's books is always her characterization. Her prose is lovely and stripped-down, no wasted words. Her plot stru ...more
One Week as Lovers is the love story between two childhood friends, Nicholas, Viscount Lancaster and Cynthia, the girl next door. Cynthia has loved Nicholas forever but once the boy turned 15 his family moved to London and they haven’t seen each other in ages. Until Lancaster receives the news that Cynthia has died and he travels back. Cynthia of course, is not dead. She faked her suicide so that she could avoid getting married to the most awful man in existence (Richmond is his ...more
I wasn’t overly impressed – I’ve read better historical romances, and authors like Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn remain among my favorite authors of the genre. ‘One Week as Lovers’ was just a little too hum-drum for me. The storyline is mediocre; so much is made of the fact that Nick and Cynthia grew up together, were childhood friends who drifted apart when Nick gained the title of ‘Viscount’. But I didn’t really feel the ‘connection’ between them – Dahl reli ...more
And the worst of it is, he's going to have to put up with it. Without that money, his family is going to do a rather rapid swirl down the proverbial crapper. Nick’s having a tough time keeping up his trademark cheerful façade. When a letter arrives from the house ...more
It wasn't until I've come to review the book I even realised it was part of a series - me being me of course ive started at number 3, but ...more
I admit, it's my first foray into historical romance in at least a decade. I was inspired to pick it up by a review from the Book Smugglers blog, and I am so grateful.
It was beautifully written, and had a sweet and satisfying love story that, while ending with the promise of an HEA, didn't tie it up in a neat little bow. They had to work for it.
I'll also admit to a weakness for damaged heroes (as my best friend, who's rea ...more
a must read for historical romance fans
I will say I didn’t care for the separation towards the end. I like my hero and heroine to stick together like glue once they unite. I think it was missing some romance maybe? I don’t know....
It was good, worth reading but I think a bit forgettable. The heroine wasn’t my type and rubbed me wron ...more
TW: foreshadowing and actual descriptions of an evil child predator can be tough to read. It's not done in a gratuitous fashion at all, but if you are sensitive to that kind of thing, know that it's an important part of the story.
This book purchase was brought to you by social media. Victoria Dahl tweeted a link to Daisy Harris's blog where she discussed common tropes used to up the sexy factor. This book was mentioned as an excellent example of the "kink as therapy" trope. Ding! My finger was on the "buy" button on my nook before I even finished reading the blog. And, as an added bonus, I now have a name for one of my most favorite tropes. ...more
But One Week As Lovers has seemed to break me.
This story was a huge surprise for me. I've never read Victoria Dahl and I came across this book while on a hunt for something new and different.
And boy did I get it.
The plot ...more
To Tempt a Scotsman, a Golden Heart winning historical, was my first published book. Here I am signing the cover! A Rake's Guide to Pleasure (which w ...more