Published by The Wild Rose Press, Inc. on January 22nd 2018
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Miss Alexandra Farris lost her heart to her older brother's friend, Lord Maxon Collins, long, long ago. Despite her girlhood attempts to win him, he never noticed her. Now that her first season is underway, she understands why. He prefers willowy blondes, not curvaceous maidens with darker coloring like herself. Rather than wallow in self-pity, she forgets love and focuses on something more attainable—an advantageous match.
Lord Collins is plagued by an uncomfortable feeling whenever he goes near Miss Farris. One of annoyance. And yet, he can’t seem to stop thinking of her, touching her, kissing her...He must act in her brother’s stead, which means he has to approve her suitor and ensure her safety. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to find a worthy gentleman.
Wedding her off should be a simple task, but not if he can’t let her go.
We were curious about Ms. Boom…
In her bio section on her website it is mentioned that despite travelling to Europe she never visited England. Why has she never gone, and if she does ever gets to visit which places would she put on her must see list. Does she think that seeing places that perhaps she has featured in her books, or wants to feature in her books could help or hinder future novels she plans on writing?
I hang my head whenever I think of my lost opportunity to visit England. I lived in Germany. It was a two hour flight, if that. My only defense is that I didn’t know I’d take up writing and wound up travelling elsewhere.
Someday I plan to visit England, although I’m not sure yet where I will go. I, strangely, have little desire to see London. I’m a country girl at heart and would rather go to a smaller city where I could visit the countryside. Perhaps check out Gretna Green, which I know, is not in England.
I feel I could ramble endlessly about this topic, about my desire to try traditional English tea in England, to see Bath, to observe the glorious landscape featured in so many movies and shows. See, I’m rambling a bit, but who doesn’t want to try traditional English food? Or visit a pub? Or watch a sunrise? In England.
I’ll stop, because I could list things endlessly and I have another part of the question to answer. Would visiting England help or hinder future novels?
Without a doubt: help. Every place I have visited has a unique feel to it, a different scent, something memorable. I swear I caught a whiff of Germany the other day and it took me right back to my apartment in Hemsbach. I imagine England would have its own charms which would evoke memories in me, as well. And such memories would inevitably enrich my novels.
She inhaled and stepped up to him. He was so tall, at least five inches taller than her, yet she would not allow him to intimidate her, not this gentleman she used to pester as a little girl. She peered up at him and planted her fists on her hips. “You cannot possibly imagine I would listen to you, can you?”
His eyes narrowed, and he straightened from his position against the wall which brought him that much closer to her. “I don’t only imagine. I know you will listen to me. You have no other options.”
“Of course I do.”
“No, you do not.”
Their gazes locked, and everything around Alexa faded away, except for the brilliant blue eyes which held her riveted in place. She brought her palm to her chest to make sure her heart still beat.
It did, just barely.
She finally broke away and whispered, “I have not given him a response yet.”
His responding smile lacked warmth, and he appeared to gloat as he said, “Excellent. I never have liked Lord Edwin and cannot fathom why you do.”
“I happen to be very much in love with him.” She colored. She had just told Lord Collins she loved Lord Edwin. Where was her fan when she needed it most? Next to Miss Cannis where she had forgotten it. And now, she had to endure a most frustrating conversation where she admitted a falsehood. Not a simple falsehood, either. One which competed with the largest untruths of her life.
Her rushed denial teetered on her lips as a stronger gust of wind tore through her hair, causing several more strands to dislodge. She muttered a curse and reached up to repair the damage the wind had made.
His large, warm hand shot out and stopped her. The humid night air could not compare to the warmth of his hand on hers, nor could it compete with the spasmodic tingles breaking out throughout her body.
The contact was too unexpected.
She darted a hesitant glance his way where he quickly masked a warm look and took a step away from her. “Leave your hair.”
She swayed from the loss of his touch and the lack of warmth in his tone.
“Are you quite all right?” he asked with a sneer, as if to erase all touches of warmth with harshness. It hadn’t worked, though. She knew better.
Whatever strange demon had overtaken him tonight was not normal and was, quite frankly, vexing to deal with. “I see you can choose to employ good manners when you wish.”
His countenance darkened and he lifted a brow. “You evidently are just fine.”
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~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
A sweet romance between childhood friends.
Lord Maxon Collins and Miss Alexandra “Alexa” Farris have known each other since childhood. Maxon had always seen Alexa as the little sister of his best friend. While Maxon fights his new feelings, Alexa is trying very hard to move on and really settle for the man that has asked for her hand.
The book has no real tension or drama going on except that Alexa finds she is not willing or able to settle for anything less than what her heart wants. The conversations are nice and the set downs Alexa gives Maxon had me smiling, but there was not real antagonist or threat of the HEA not happening. There was no real drama, tension of real angst for the characters to overcome. I like the trope- childhood friends to lovers, but this one fell short in there was no real chance for either side to grow or overcome anything to move them forward. Maxon just needed to get out of his own way. The other major characters, Miss Cannis and Lord Edwin are necessary to the plot, but I found myself NOT liking them and even questioning Miss Cannis’s loyalties in the end.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.