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    Revenge - enemies to lovers

    The very moment Kate receives a letter from her cousin warning her of Lord Wesley, who does she meet? Lord Wesley. His home was gambled away and in order to get it back he must marry Kate. But in an act of revenge against the blackmailer, Wesley decides to seduce and ruin Kate, win his home back and marry an heiress. This story had a lot of push and pull from the main characters. I must say that I had a hard time with Wesley’s decision except each time he had the opportunity to ruin Kate, he did not. I did like him for that. However, there seemed to be a lot of holes in this story that kept me from enjoying it completely, although I’m sure there will be others who can and will enjoy it regardless of the inconsistencies that concerned me. I choose not to go into them in order to keep those things free from other readers locking onto them as I did. While this was a very well written story, and the steam was appropriate for the story (if not the era, IMO but which I was ok with) the secondary characters were well developed but not very likable. With the exception of a few, most of them treated Kate as a servant. Despite her desire to become a governess, I didn’t understand why they would treat her so, as she was still family. I loved the premise of this story and I tried to put the little things out of my mind, but in the end it did ruin my overall reading enjoyment of the book. However, I believe this could be an “it’s me not the book” situation so please read other reviews to determine if this one will work for you. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Entangled. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    historical romance

    A Mistress for Penndrake by Tammy L. Bailey Great meet-cute for Kate and Nathaniel when she chases her hat and he follows her… The fact that they had both received letters from the same person that in essence told them to do opposite things made for a great beginning to the story…she is averse to being with him and his goal is to be with her by hook or crook. There was a bit of an evil stepmother feeling in Kate’s Aunt Sophie and her cousins were a trial at times…much as Cinderella’s stepsisters were to her. The story had cousin Edward pulling strings from outside until he appeared on the scene and manipulated things in person. I liked most of the story and ended up happy with the ending of the book even wishing that this might be the first book in a series in which we will hear more about the two younger cousins of Kate and just who her manipulative but loving cousin Edward will end up with. The writing felt in keeping with the time period though the mixed emotions of Nathaniel got a bit old at times. All in all it was an enjoyable read and I would read another book by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing-Amara for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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    Had both endearing and exasperating moments :D

    A Mistress for Penndrake is a matchmaker trope with a twist. At the start of this story, Miss Kate Holden had received a letter from her cousin Edward telling her that he has made a grave mistake and to stay away from a certain Lord Wesley at any and all costs. Of course, Kate has no idea what Edward is speaking of because he gave her no history as to why Lord Wesley would even be trying to befriend her to start with. While Kate is pondering what illness may have overtaken her cousin, the story switches and then we get Wesley’s side of things. The Marquess of Wesley has been desperately trying to bring his ancestral home, Penndrake, back from the brink of ruin since his father died about a year ago. It had not been easy since his father, who was a major gambler, neglected his affairs and left Wesley with a world of problems. Wesley thought that things were finally coming under control and that he had a good chance of keeping Penndrake from going to the debtors when he had received a letter from Edward and what it contained had Wesley seeing red. Edward had won the rights to Penndrake from Wesley’s father fair and square through a card game and was only now coming to collect what was his because of an agreement he had with Wesley’s deceased father. Although Edward was the rightful owner of the estate, he was willing to allow Wesley to regain the rights to Penndrake, Wesley just needed to agree to marry Edward’s cousin in order to stay at Penndrake. This idea had Wesley completely furious because he had no real interest in marriage and if he did marry he was better off marrying a woman with a hefty dowry to help settle his estate. After digesting the news he had received from Edward, Wesley developed a plan and was keen to put his plan into motion. Once he learned where Kate was staying he wasted no time heading over there, while en route he came upon a most beguiling female who sparked his attraction. A beguiling female who refused to give him her name because it was Kate Holden herself and she did not know if this stranger was the “Lord Wesley” that he cousin had warned her to stay away from. This chance encounter started a hot-cold affair that was filled with many twists and turns where the outcome was never a forgone conclusion. I was never a big fan of Wesley’s dastardly plan and I felt that Kate kept asking for trouble. Although, I can’t say I blame her because she was indeed attracted to the rogue and fighting an attraction is not the easiest thing, ever. Wesley may have intended to get his revenge but he was also fighting an attraction that had him protecting Kate at times when it would have been more beneficial for him to have turned the tables in his favor. For me, A Mistress for Penndrake was both endearing and exasperating as both main characters were making emotional choices based upon only knowing part of the scheme they were in. There were plenty of humorous moments as well as romantic moments throughout this story and I believe this story will appeal to a wide variety of romance readers. This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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    A difficult hero worth waiting for

    When I started to read this story, I liked our heroine Kate right off the bat. I enjoyed the way she met Wesley, though I didn't care for him as a hero right away. As a matter of fact, the more I read the more l disliked him! He was the hero of the book....How could I possibly like this story if I couldn't abide the hero? Well, considering I couldn't put this book down, it was apparent I could like it very much! It did take me a while to warm up to Wesley, but I eventually did once more of his background was revealed. You could tell he was quickly falling for Kate, but didn't want to be. And then, in his own unique way, he was attempting to be honorable. But our Kate was strong and knew what she wanted, and what he needed. So I started out not liking the hero and worrying there would be too much of a Cinderella vibe going on with her aunt and three cousins, and ended up not being able to tear myself away from the story. I will definitely be seeking out more books by Ms. Bailey. I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
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    excellent book

    Kate Holden receives a note from her cousin, Edward Garrett, to stay away from Lord Wesley. Only one problem, she does not know a Lord Wesley. Eventually, she does meet him. She is concerned not knowing exactly what is the danger. Lord Wesley took over the title after his father died. He inherited quite a few debts. His father had even gambled away their home. An unusual story, so many things happen between the characters. The problems develop and you can see the growth thru out the story. I loved how the two main characters were so confused about what went on around them and their own emotions. It does keep you on edge. As you can tell the plot gets a little complicated, but it does keep your interest. I can't wait to see her next book. I received this ARC free and voluntarily reviewed it
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