Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Review: Brette: Intentions Gone Astray by Collette Cameron

Brette: Intentions Gone Astray by Collette Cameron

Publisher & Release: Blue Rose Romance, January 10, 2017

Time and setting:  1822, London

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Book Length: 174 pages

Heat Level: 2 Flames

Rating: 4.25 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

He thought his adventures were over...

A rogue reluctantly turned rector, Alexander Hawksworth, prefers soirées to sermons and parties to prayers. Though impoverished, he seizes every opportunity to escape parish duties, preferring to hob nob with London's finest-especially after the precocious and petite Brette Culpepper arrives in Town. Alex secretly fantasizing about claiming the breathtaking beauty as his very own, and when he unexpectedly inherits an earldom, he's determined to make her his countess... Until he's accused of murdering the previous earl.

Then she burst headlong into his life...

New to Society, Brette adores the whirlwind social scene, the stream of invitations... the slightly-sensual verbal sparring with the devilishly attractive, much too witty, and oh so unsuitable Mr. Hawksworth. But her fairy tale existence crashes to a halt when rumors circulate she's a peer's illegitimate granddaughter. Even though he's left her a tidy inheritance, formerly hospitable doors slam in her face as a newly appointed guardian emerges, intent on stealing her wealth and forcing her to wed an elderly despot.

Time is against them as Alex struggles to clear his name and deliver the woman he loves from an unthinkable fate.

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Vikki’s Musings

Collette Cameron is fast becoming an author I can count on for witty banner, emotional writing, and engaging characters. I’m so pleased that I had a chance to read her newest release. I received an ARC from the author, and I am happy to write a review with my honest opinion. Brette: Intentions Gone Astray is a delightful romp through Regency England!

Brette Culpepper sees herself a bit of a matchmaker. She relishes the opportunity to pair couples together. Unfortunately, many times, the matches lead to scandal as has her latest attempt. An unlikely rescuer steps in, the vicar Alexander Hawksworth.

Alex has an unrequited passion for Brette, but as a third in line for a title, but oceans apart from ever inheriting, he is not a fit suitor for the delightful Miss Culpepper. When tragedy strikes and his cousin the earl and his heir perish in a fire, Alex become the Earl. Now, the only thing that stands in his way is the suspicious happenings regarding his cousins’ death.

Brette is not having an easy time either. She has discovered she is not her father’s daughter and could possibly be illegitimate. Although she is now an heiress, society shuns her. Also, her grandfather’s heir is demanding custody since she is underage.

In a race against time, will Alex be able to save her and become worthy of her love?

Brette: Intentions Gone Astray is a lovely Regency historical that will sweep you back to the time of that period. The dialogue is true to the period without coming across stiff. I loved the banter between the heroine and the hero.

Brette is an endearing character. She loves her sisters and the man who has raised her as his daughter. She is crushed when she learns of her suspicious origins and the connection with the Duke of Bellingshire. I could feel her confusion and pain. It had me brushing away a few tears on more than one occasion.

Alex is a devil may care fellow, unsuited to the role of vicar, although, he does have a generous heart and works tirelessly to help the unfortunate. He knows he loves Brette, but believes he is unworthy. Even after he inherits the title, he still feels it is impossible for them to find happiness. I had great empathy for his character and wanted him the win the girl.

The chemistry between Brette and Alex sizzles. Ms. Cameron is a master at building sexual tension, a hallmark of historical romance. That aspect of this sub-genre is why I love reading it, along with becoming lost in another time and place.

I highly recommend Brette: Intentions Gone Astray, especially if you enjoy a great Regency romance that will have you laughing and crying throughout the story. I look forward to reading other books by this talented author. Happy reading!