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    Historical Romance

    Secrets, scandals and serious issues abound in this book. Lady Livia Shaw is saved one night by Adrian Sterling, the Duke of Preston and when she realizes she has lost something precious when she was attacked on the streets he offers his assistance in finding the missing object. I don’t want to give away the secrets or tell too much about this book as it all weaves together in a way that kept me interested from beginning to end. I loved the growing relationship between Livia and Adrian and the people they both were. I enjoyed the supportive family Livia was blessed with. At times I felt sad, angry and happy for the couple and also was angry that they had to suffer so much. They seemed to suit one another to a T and so deserved the happiness they achieved together. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    quite the scandalous pair

    ** spoiler alert ** Both our hero and heroine are quite scandalous. Adrian Sterling, Duke of Preston, is a widower, considered to be scandalous because of his rakish behavior and unconfirmed (and undenied) rumors about the truth of his birth. Lady Livia Shaw is already rather scandalous simply because of her family's reputation, but she keeps a scandalous secret of her own and because of it has determined that she can never marry. The two meet as Livia is being attacked by a gang of street thieves and Adrian comes to her rescue. He brings her to what is soon to be his mistress' house to recover, then after she makes a comment he disapproves of, he kissers her out in the street where everyone can see them, thus causing more tongue-wagging scandal. Her mother determines that she should make it appear as if she and the duke were courting, then she can give him the cut direct when the family leaves for the country in a few short weeks. However, Livia soon realizes she has lost a precious memento somewhere during the encounter and enlists the duke's help in recovering it. In this process, the two spend a good deal of time together and Adrian begins to consider developing something serious, meanwhile Livia is wholly committed to ending their relationship. Both Adrian and Livia initially struck me as typical pompous aristocrats. Even Adrian's taking in of a thief to train as a page was handled rather sloppily and in a condescending manner. Once her secret was revealed, I also found the heroine to be rather melodramatic and her reason for determining to remain unmarried to be feeble. Her determination to keep distance between herself and Adrian was downright hurtful to him and I felt like at many times she was really just using him and toying with his feelings, when he was considering being truly vulnerable with her. He mostly treated her with respect and kindness and didn't deserve that. Her insistence on continuing to mention an old flame and toy with the idea of being with him instead of Adrian, despite the fact that said old flame has clearly proven himself to be a terrible person, was just ridiculous and made me lose respect for the heroine. I just found her to be inordinately insipid and it took her entirely too long to see the truth of her childhood love. It seemed like she just created a lot of problems unnecessarily. Thankfully, her twin sister had some sense and helped her see it too. However annoying, this is oftentimes how people behave and treat one another, so it gives this book a realistic air. At least Livia finally did see sense and begin to forgive herself and move on. Overall, Livia and Adrian finally learned to be honest with one another and grow together to build a solid and believable relationship and ignore scandal and rumors. I found this to be an enjoyable read that held my attention and now I want to go back and read the other installments of the series. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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    Great Story

    Step into history and lose yourself in a story that will pull at your emotions. Lady Livia Shaw had secrets that nobody should know. But in a unexpected encounter when she was being attacked by street urchins, none other than Adrian, Duke of Preston comes to her aid. Yes, one of the infamous Shaw's that she knew from the past when he was at a low point. The worst part is she later discovers she has lost her brooch that linked her past that she had never gotten over. What to do? She has to find it! Of course Adrian found Livia very attractive and was set on helping her find her missing piece of jewelry. As they spend time with each other, the attraction is off the charts. There was so much to this story that I could hardly put it down. Even though part of a series, this can be read as a standalone. Don't miss this fast paced read with with humor at times as well as dark and shocking revelations that will have you sighing as you turn the last page.
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    Such a great story

    Lady Livia Shaw has just left an orphanage when she is set on by a gang of young ruffians. Adrian, Lord Preston comes to her aid and sees that she is safe. They steal her purse but something in the purse is very important to her. It's part of a treasure that she is looking for. She asks Adrian to help her recover it but does not tell him the truth about what it means. He agrees and the growing passion between them cannot be hidden. He is a widower and known as a terrible rake who doesn't care what others think of him. Due to a situation that leaves Livia compromised, Adrian proposes. There is something between Sir Jeffrey Creasey, a neighbor and Livia. Something that he holds over her. Will Livia be able to tell Adrian the truth? Will he accept her when he knows? What secrets does Adrian hold close to him? I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are fleshed out and likable. I loved the storyline. It's one of my favorite books. I have to have the rest of them. I received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review and no compensation otherwise. The opinions and thoughts are my own.
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    Outstanding!

    Adrian, the Duke of Preston, had just broken up with his mistress when he sees a woman being attacked by street urchins, and he runs to her rescue. Lady Livia Shaw was not too badly hurt, her purse was stolen, but her most precious possession, a brooch, was taken. Adrian takes Livia to his former paramour’s house; he recognised Livia almost immediately, and he cannot resist adding to the already scandalous situation. To put it mildly, Adrian’s reputation precedes him: his birth was a disgrace, so why pretend? He has devoted his life to living up to his scandalous name. But he is intrigued by Livia’s determination to find her sentimental memento; he senses there’s more to it than she’s letting on. Livia has spent years keeping a low profile; her family, the notorious Shaws have endured their share of unwanted attention for years. Livia is past the first bloom of youth, she knows she will never marry, but could the Duke make her rethink her stance? He certainly is reconsidering that there could be worse things than marrying Livia. But life as a scandalous duke can become tedious, so Adrian will see to recovering Livia’s brooch first and see what happens next. I was eagerly awaiting BOUNDLESS, because the three previous books were so outstanding, and this fourth instalment of The Shaws surpasses my greatest expectations. The story is, in itself, rather tragic: Livia is in a serious pickle, but I laughed more than I would have thought possible because of the stellar dialogues. The verbal exchanges between Adrian and almost anyone are simply amazing: there is one instance involving Darius (one of Livia’s brothers) which is remarkable. And when it comes to Adrian and Mickey – one of the best secondary characters ever – the banter is at times hilarious, always clever, and fit the characters perfectly. And what stupendous characters they all are! The joy, the elation of being shown and not told: I could see for myself how scandalous and outrageous Adrian was! Livia was even better than I hoped for. And what a romance it was: no misunderstanding, no silliness. For readers who haven’t read the three previous books – after this, you will want to! – Ms. Connolly gives all the pertinent details in a few concise and crystal-clear sentences. The numerous plot twists were so exciting and totally unexpected, and better yet, some depended entirely on historical reality. Those who read my reviews know how sorely disappointed I have been recently with the endings of some books. A work of pure genius collapsed due to a bungled ending; one plot twist was based on inaccurate facts; a problem with continuity removed all credibility to another. There is none of that here: Lynne Connolly has crafted a story whose foundations are so solid, no argument could possibly make them crumble; where historical accuracy reigns supreme and adds depth, texture, and drama to the plot. A story with a superbly defined – and described! – antagonist who kept me guessing for most of the book, and Adrian’s extraordinary presence: he lives on the page. BOUNDLESS is one of this year’s most outstanding historical romances; it never let me down, it has it all: a fabulous romance, a stunning ending and a glorious epilogue.
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