Hero: Seth Kincaid has landed in some very unusual circumstances. He survived a fire, ran off to partake in the Civil War, and apparently got hitched along the way. He just can’t remember it. He wants too, though. Very much.
Heroine: Callie has been praying and searching for her missing husband. Chances are he’s dead. But when she finds out he’s alive, well, you can’t blame her for wanting to wring his neck for abandoning her. The stupid man wants to rekindle their love, but she’s not so sure she can trust him.
Review: You will start this story off with a bang. Literally. You are in the middle of a robbery and a shooting. Callie is one tough cookie. More focus on romance, less on Seth’s secret subplot. In the end it was missing something for me and I just wasn’t enamored.
Narrator: Hillary Huber has a nice range in voices, but it was extremely hard to hear the exposition in Hillary’s natural voice, which is a lower register than the heroine’s voice. It broke the flow for me in a big way and kept drawing me out of the story.
Buy: Over the Edge (The Kincaid Brides Book #3)
Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke is the tale of Lady Viola’s brother and his duchess-to-be. Technically Guilty Pleasures is a prequel to The Marriage Bed where Viola and her husband John patch up their estranged marriage. On a whole this novel was much better than the Marriage Bed, but because I read the Marriage Bed first I was biased against this book from the beginning. Now before I started reading, I had no idea of Guilty Pleasures relation to the other novel, the backs of the novels do not give very much information. I picked both of them up in the store because their covers were wonderfully designed and drew me to them. It’s too bad really.
So why am I prejudice against the book from the beginning? Daphne, happily married by the time Marriage Bed takes place, tells Viola some very negative things about her character and how it’s possible that Viola was nearly wholly responsible for the estrangement between John and herself. Daphne is on John’s side because she was poor and in desperate straights herself once. Honestly, I never really picked up on that at all in Guilty Pleasures. The novel started with Daphne having already secured a position and working five months at Tremore Hall under Anthony. If I don’t like a heroine the novel goes downhill fast for me. I didn’t like Daphne in Marriage Bed and I saw no reason to like her now.
It’s too bad because I always liked Anthony from both MB and GP. He’s an antiquarian and loves his history, hates evicting tenets and always has some way to allow them to stay while giving them self-worth, doesn’t abuse his power over his female servants and employees, and champions his sister. He is hero worthy without a doubt. Of course his noble actions avoiding thinking of his female workers cause all the havoc in this story.
Daphne loved to spy on Anthony when he was shirtless and working outdoors excavating. Who wouldn’t? When Viola comes to call on her brother, Daphne becomes Viola’s number one choice for her brother to marry and cleverly sets them up. Daphne overhears a conversation between the siblings where Anthony describes her as a stick bug on a twig, a machine, and unlikely to marry. Just goes to show him later that he never should have opened his mouth, doesn’t it? Having heard, Daphne decides to accept Viola’s offer to help bring her out into society which makes Anthony panic as he’ll be losing his best employee on the dig.
He devises ways to make her stay; she makes him fall in love with her. Overall a cute tale, but one I couldn’t really get into because of Daphne.
Rating: 2.5 Stars.