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    Both women are unconventional

    I really enjoyed both of these novellas. Both of the women in the stories are unconventional. Hestia is always there to help and maneuver things to help everyone. In An Unexpected Encounter, Lisabeth finds herself in the museum waiting for James to come and help her. She will not be traded for a prize bull. James doesn't show up, there but there is a little girl who needs help. Hestia convinces Lisabeth to help the girl, then the girl's guardian comes along and ends up helping Lisabeth. He is almost a recluse and wants everyone to leave him alone. But, now he has a ward that he has to care for and she keeps going to the museum without permission. Will LIsabeth be the governess that she needs or will she be the woman that he needs? A Waltz in the Park - Addy is having her come out and she must be proper at all times. James has spent years being a thorn in his father's side. He isn't going to pay attention to such a proper girl. That wouldn't make his father mad. But, he can't seem to leave Addy alone. Addy has always been spirited and has to keep that under wraps if she wants to catch the right husband. At least that is what her relatives tell her.
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    enjoyable but a bit innocent

    This is a two-part book. Part 1, An Unexpected Encounter, focuses on a strong independent woman who has taken her future into her own hands on a gamble and appears to have lost. He is a bit of a cantankerous older gentleman who hated society and has to chase his new ward to the museum too many times to count. On one fateful trip to the museum, he comes across Lisbeth and is surprised at her protectiveness of his ward who she just met. She ends up coming home to become the girl's new governess and while there airs out more than his home and infuses new life into a bitter gentleman. Their story was sweet, there was one instance of budding passion but then it didn't go far. I would have liked to have seen their passion unfold further. In the end, it was a sweet, almost innocent love story. The second story, A Waltz in the Park, follows James Vickers, the friend who abandoned Lisbeth in her time of need. He is an infamous rake and at the point where the story picks up, he has evolved his quest for vengeance against his father into one where he is no longer drunk all of the time, but rather being more subtle and thought out in his schemes. Along the way, he meets the "Celestial", an innocent that everyone is talking about as being a great beauty who is very innocent and angelic. She ends up striking a bargain with him; he will help her meet Hestia Wright, the famous courtesan, and she will help him speak with her cousin who he needs information from to use against his father. As they meet up in secret to exchange information passions flair. They have several stolen kisses, but he continues to keep his distance because he cannot be connected to an innocent, one his father would love to see him with. Tensions flare, harsh words are spoken, all seems lost, and then all ends well. The conclusion was sweet; I really liked how she set the scene in the park and won him in the end. Overall, it was an enjoyable story, but again no passion beyond several stolen kisses. Out of the two in the bundle, I did like this one a lot more. I do expect certain behaviors from a man known for his rakish ways and James did come across a bit too tame in that department, but in the grand scheme of the story, it didn't hinder the enjoyment of reading it.
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    Two great novella's

    An Unexpected Encounter :- Miss Lisbeth Moreton is in danger of being traded for a prized heifer by stepfather but she knows she can do better than that and has run off for her date at the British Museum with James Vickers who hasn't shown up. But after a talk with Hestia Wright, she begins to chat to a little girl named Aurelia who seems to have lost her parents. Edmund Banke Lord Cotwell arrives on the scene and after explanations he decides he could use Lisbeth's help. An attraction blossom's between them and grows stronger as Lisbeth takes Edmund in hand. A nice story with a loverly ending. A Waltz in the Park :- James Vickers doesn't have a very good reputation, but he's reforming himself which he doesn't want his father to know, he still want's to frustrate him as much as possible, and find out what secrets he is hiding and with whom. And then Adelaide comes along. Miss Adelaide Stockton knows she has to be known for her behaviour that follows accepted social or moral standards in order to live down her mother's scandal and eventually find a respectable husband of her own. She meets James. They are not evenly matched at all, she is doing her best to keep away from scoundrels, rakes and generally stay out of trouble. This is a sweet romance. Both characters having to learn the others differences and motivations for their acts. Great chemistry between Adelaide and James and a very satisfying HEA
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    Two Novellas Are a Great Introduction to Series

    This book is a compilation of two separate novellas from the Half Moon House series. These are my first foray into this series and I did not feel that I needed to read the other books before appreciating these books. These novellas were so good that I purchased the other books in the series to enjoy. The novellas have been published previously, so check before purchasing. These books are a nice complement to one another as the hero of the second novella appears as a secondary character in the first. Readers get to see his growth and redemption by reading both novellas. AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER: Miss Elizabeth Moreton has run off to London to avoid her step-father's plan to marry her off to a local squire in exchange for breeding stock for his cattle. Unfortunately, she is abandoned by the person she expected to help her. Instead, she ends up pretending to be a governess for a young orphaned girl. The girl is the ward of Lord Edmund Cotwell, a gruff man who has cut himself off from society. Lisbeth finds herself mending the hearts of both Edmund and his ward and finding a purpose of her own. Novellas are difficult creatures. Compared to full length novels, they often feel incomplete and shallow. On the other hand, they give authors a chance to tell stories of beloved characters who might not otherwise have their tale told. I very much enjoyed this novella because I thought the characters were well drawn, their story was tightly told and engaging and I left the story satisfied with the whole. I really thought the characters were sweet and I admit I am a sucker for the historical guy who is interested in things other than drinking, whoring and socializing. Edmund's scientific interests made him sexier and far more intriguing than he would have otherwise been. I liked that all the characters here: Edmund, Lizabeth and the ward are out of step with what would be expected in society. They are so clearly meant for one another. Rating: 4 stars. A WALTZ IN THE PARK: Two people holding themselves out to society with a mask for their own purposes. James Vickers wants to be as scandalous as possible in order to frustrate his despised father. Even though he has reformed himself from his wild and rakish days, he doesn't want his father to know. James knows his father is an abominable man and wants to find out what he is hiding. This season, James meets Miss Adelaide Stockton who knows she must act with utmost propriety in order to live down her mother's scandal and find a husband of her own. The two should have nothing to do with one another and yet cannot help but be attracted. This was my favorite of the two stories because it had a a beautiful and unexpected arc to the story ending up with the title-tease waltz in the park. From the beginning, there was such a unique connection between the two main characters. James is a man who struggles with his demons and needs to find out who he can be apart from his desire to frustrate his father's ends. Addy doesn't know what she wants from life and slides into her family's expectations. The relationship between Addy and James manages to free them both to be who they want to be. The story has humor and drama and even some well placed angst. But what I loved most was the blatant romantic climax of the story. This was a story that I wished were longer, but I'd rather have the story than not. Rating: 4.5 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
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