Published by Lyrical Press on January 30th 2018
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“I am not so naïve that I don’t know what happens between a man and a woman when they are lovers.”
In the sanctuary of Rian Connor’s magnificent ancestral estate, Catherine Davenport struggles to remember who she was before he found her wandering practically naked on the docks of London. She has little memory of the vicious attack that brought her there, but she can’t deny the feelings Rian awakens in her. In danger of losing her heart to a man tormented by the dark secrets of his own past, Catherine questions what an innocent like her has to offer such an experienced man of the world.
“You have no idea what you are doing to me—how much I want you, how much I need you!”
On the night of his brother’s wedding ball, Rian proves exactly how much he wants his beautiful young protégé, only to be lured by his former mistress into committing the ultimate betrayal. For Isabel Howard will stop at nothing to do away with Catherine and destroy her future with the man they both desire above all others.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Resolve is the second book in the (Corsets and Carriages trilogy by Carla Susan Smith. You definitely should read the first book in the trilogy, ‘Mischance’ before reading this one as this one follows on from a cliffhanger at the end of that book.
Rian Connor has taken Catherine Davenport to the family estate in the country. He and his brother believe it’s the best place for her to recuperate and try to get her memories back. She lost them after suffering a serious traumatic beating and near-rape which we read about in ‘Mischance’.
During her time in the country, both Rian and Catherine realise that if nothing else they have a strong case of lust towards each other. Rian won’t act on it because he knows how fragile Catherine is. Catherine won’t act on it because for one, she is an innocent and wouldn’t know where to start, and secondly, because she believes herself too damaged, and possibly beneath his social status. They couldn’t have a future together. Despite that, they do manage to share a couple of passionate kisses.
This story, of course, revolves around the couple and the hope for a happily ever after for them, it has so much going on, so many things conspiring to keep them apart. Of course, there is the angst Catherine suffers as bits and pieces of her memory start to return in a dramatic way. There is also the drama of Rian’s ex-mistress hovering where she isn’t wanted, putting on a serene front when all along she is determined to come between Rian and Catherine. No matter what she has to do, or how evil, she is determined to get her man back. She is the absolute perfect villainess and if you thought you disliked her in book one, you will hate her by the time you get to the end of this second book. At the same time, you can’t help but feel sorry for her because she is so mentally disturbed. One person, you can’t feel sorry for at times is Rian. I wanted to jump into the book and give him a good shaking for being such a ‘man’ when it came to Isabel’s lying and deception. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book for yourself. Brilliant writing on the author’s part!
Again we are left with a cliffhanger, and a desperate longing to find out what happens next. Will Catherine remember who attacked her, what will happen when she does? Will Rian be able to stop himself from killing the man? Will the wicked Isabel get her comeuppance and finally accept that Rian will never be hers again, and can Catherine and Rian finally find the happiness they so very much deserve together? I cannot wait to read the third and final instalment to find out!!!!
If I had to say anything negative about this book it’s a very little thing, it’s the way the brothers’ names are spelt; Liam and Rian. I kept wanting to say Rian’s name as Ree-an because that is how you pronounce Liam! When their names were mentioned a lot in the same paragraph it got quite annoying reading Rian incorrectly and having to correct myself. A silly niggling thing, and certainly not worth rating the book down over!!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.