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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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