Sunday, December 15, 2013

Review: Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy

Title: Compromising Willa (Accidental Peers #3)
Author: Diana Quincy
Source: Entangled Scandalous
Genre: Historical Romance,
Release Date: December 9, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

England, 1805

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.

No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.

Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?

Lady Willa has been thoroughly compromised -  more than she even realizes.  When she returns to the ton and a new season she puts on an icy facade and tries to enjoy the company of her friends.  The Duke of Hartwell has been in India, and is unaway of Willa's compromised status.  He is instantly fascinated by her intelligence and beauty and set to win her heart.

Compromising Willa had a fantastic storyline, and Willa was an amazingly dynamic character - able to roll with the punches and keep her wits about her.  The beginning of the story was a little slow though.  There was a lot of throwing the word "blackguard" around - I know this was a major part of the times, but it was just overdone.  About half way through the story, things become a little more clear and the pace really picks up.  It has a lot of very nice twists and side stories.

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