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    Beautifully Written - A Gem in HR

    Full review appeared on Reader's Edyn on 11/03/17 Louisa Peabody has had a bit of a rough go – essentially sold to her husband for the cost of her father’s debts and a wicked experience with sex, she has sworn off men. Following his … errrr … untimely death, she has gone on to create a refuge for mistreated women and, in doing so, created a little family for herself. But she fancies herself a champion of the downtrodden. After accidentally freeing Sinclair, she enlists his aid in completing the rescue mission she had been on when she mistakenly saved him from the noose. She believes the worst of Sinclair, but as they spend more time together, her resolve against men begins to crumble and the life she never wanted suddenly seems tangible. Gabriel Sinclair has a lot of skeletons. Haunted by his childhood and tragedy and a possible legacy of madness, he’s run from his past. When an offer comes in for the sale of his island, he is drug back to the memories he has tried to escape. He didn’t bargain on the spitfire, Louisa crashing into his life, but the money she offers for his assistance isn’t something he can turn away from. Problem is, before too long, he doesn’t want to turn away from the maddening woman either. They both want different things and finding a middle ground might be impossible. Or they could both go mad trying. The first couple of chapters of this book really threw me. So much happened and I wasn’t familiar with the characters, so I spent a bit of time trying to wrap my head around everything. But I have to tell you how thrilled I am that I did so! Ms. Putman and Heather Snow demonstrate very similar writing styles. As Ms. Snow is a favorite of mine, Ms. Putman has now also joined my list of favorites. I very much enjoy historical with strong leads, wit, banter, sexual tension, and a bit of history lesson when intertwining a piece of fact within the fiction. In this case, the history of the development of the submarine is infused throughout the story and I absolutely loved how Ms. Putman used this snippet of history in her plot. Of course, HR is nothing without the brooding, tortured male lead, and this too was executed flawlessly with Gabriel’s character. Louisa was possibly a bit ahead of her time, but no less enjoyable in her quest to make the world a bit more equal for women. Entertaining was the instance and realization that not everyone needed or appreciated her aid. 😊 The secondary characters all held a special place within this book and with the absence of even one, it would not have been the same. I enjoyed getting to know them and their personal stories as well. While Ms. Putman wrapped the story up pretty nicely, I am sure there are other characters that would break out as leads in a subsequent story spectacularly. Probably the most interesting would be Drew Maitland. If I am not mistaken, I seem to remember reading him being involved in the next book. One thing is for sure – Ms. Putman has something special going on within this series and I will definitely be back for any following books. Lovers of HR are sure to become engrossed in this book in no time. I found myself laughing out loud several times and then looking around to see if anyone was looking at me like I was crazy. 😊 Anytime I do such a thing, I know I’ve found a gem that will always remain holding a coveted place on my shelf. Kindle version provided by Pump Up Your Book/Author in exchange for an honest review.
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    I connected with Gabriel right away!

    Gabriel Sinclair loves playing cards, seducing willing females and living the life of a rogue. Lady Luck is certainly with him when he wins a yacht but as he’s walking along the pier, an old woman curses him. He sluffs it off as a stupid gypsy curse, but her words echo in his head. What harm could it do? One thing leads to another and he winds up next in line for the hangman’s noose. In a last-ditch effort, he prays for a second chance, not knowing what he’s about to get himself into. Louisa Peabody hates men and thinks they’re all out to seduce, deceive and destroy women. She’s proof that they are nothing but trouble and makes it her life mission to help other women abused by men. Love is nothing but a four letter swear word and she’s perfectly content in her life, that is, until she mistakenly rescues Gabriel from the hangman’s noose instead of the woman scheduled for execution. One look at him and she knows he’s a rogue, sexy as sin but a scoundrel for sure. After he’s fully recovered, thanks to Miss Peabody’s care, Gabriel’s ready to be on his way. He doesn’t want to be in the care of a man-hater any longer than necessary. But when Louisa’s propositions him to help her in her mission, he can’t resist. Maybe it’s the heaps of money or maybe it’s the challenge of winning her heart, one thing’s for sure: both Louisa and Gabriel are destined to lose their hearts. This is my first book by Eileen Putman and I enjoyed reading the combative dialogue between Gabriel and Louisa. I connected with Gabriel right away yet found myself pulling away from Louisa. For a romance novel, she really hates men. Once they both confront their attraction to each other, it gets much more enjoyable. My heart went out to both of them for they’ve gone through a lot of pain and heartbreak. The ending was spot-on and very satisfactory. Highly recommend to all Regency Romance readers! Favorite Character/Quote: He lusted — if not for her, precisely, then for the possibility of shaping such passionate clay into raw sensuality. A woman who could face down death could surely face sex… My Rating: 4 stars

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