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    Lovers reunited

    You can't stop a matchmaker from matchmaking, and this is exactly what happens when Lucy, Duchess of Claringdon was looking for a governess. Upon seeing the name of Erienne Stone, Lucy's husband, the duke, lets slip out that he and his brothers had known a girl by that name in Brighton. Now, was she the reason why Derek's brother Collin had never married? And wasn't it a very fortunate coincidence - and it truly was! - that General Collin Hunt had to take a holiday, and chose his brother's country estate to rest. While part of the Playful Brides series, MR. HUNT, I PRESUME stands perfectly on its own. Valerie Bowman supplies all the necessary background details, as well as the story behind Erienne and Collin's young love and subsequent separation, which was lovely and touching. I was suitably impressed with Ms. Bowman's ability to make this novella as richly textured as a full-length novel. The descriptions of the surroundings sparkle, the prose is fresh and graceful, the characters are fully fleshed-out - Lucy is a veritable force of nature! - and the story progresses at a brisk pace. I was also pleasantly surprised that the lead characters are somewhat older: Collin is 35 and Erienne 32. The story was marvellous until the first intimate scene, and then the sex per se. Apart from some rather tense and somewhat impersonal exchanges in the company of Derek and/or Lucy, Erienne and Collin just never talked. They never had a real conversation, they never reconnected, they barely mentioned the past, and I never felt the passion. There was a gaping hole of fourteen years that was never filled. I felt regret and sadness at what might have been, what could have been, but not the overwhelming chemistry that would have made the physical intimacy unvoidable and believable. Often, you do feel it, even when a considerable period of time is magically erased, because of that pull between the characters; furtive glances, brushing fingers, but unfortunately there was no sexual tension, no sparks here. Fourteen years apart is a long time, people change, evolve; did they still feel the same? There were no visible signs, and for me, I never felt that the romance had been rekindled. I give 3 1/2 stars
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    Outstanding!

    Mr. Hunt, I Presume is a fantastic historical romance by Valerie Bowman. Ms. Bowman has once again impressed me with her storytelling abilities. Mr. Hunt, I Presume is a well-written book with characters that are just plain lovable. Collin was forced to take a break from work. He decided to visit his brother, only to discover the love of his life had been hired on as the governess. Erienne works as a governess to avoid being pushed into marriage and to help pay for her brother's surgery. Collin and Erienne's story is loaded with drama, humor and steamy sex. I loved every page of this book and look forward to my next book by Valerie Bowman. Mr. Hunt, I Presume is book 10.5 of the Playful Brides Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    Mr. Hunt I Presume

    This is the 10th in the series. It can be read alone, but the series is so good that you’ll want to read them all. Collin and Erienne were in love when they were young but war separated them. Then years later Erienne became a governess in Collins brothers home and Collins sister-in-law Lucy puts her match making skills to work. Sweet quick read.
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    Charming second chance romance

    I received an advanced reader’s copy of this story. I thought this second chance romance was charming. This story focuses on Collin Hunt and Erienne Stone. Both are lovely, sympathetic characters and enjoyable to read about. There was tension between Erienne and Stone from the start because of their past relationship. I felt the progression of the relationship between them went a bit fast for me. It was great to Derek and Lucy again and see their children. They rounded out the story and served as the mentors to Collin and Erienne. Novellas always leave me wishing they were longer and that’s the case with this one. I’m looking forward to Valerie Bowman’s next book in this series.
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    Historical Romance - 2nd chance romance

    Mr. Hunt I Presume by Valerie Bowman Playful Brides #10.5 Lucy Hunt LOVES to play matchmaker and is given the perfect opportunity to do so in this book! She needs a governess and just happens to have a name come across her desk that might be the woman her brother-in-law once loved...the only woman he ever loved. This is definitely a second chance at love for Collin and Erienne whoa re both now in their 30’s and never thought to be together ever again. The unfolding of why they did not get together years before and how they do get together in the end is a sweet and sometimes steamy story that left me happy when I finished the last page. Thank you to NetGalley and June Third Enterprises for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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