Debut Historical Romance from the Pen of Lisa Berne: You May Kiss the Bride (The Penhallow Dynasty #1)
GENERAL MARKET, HISTORICAL ROMANCE
In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.
Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow the 'Penhallow way': find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she’s from a decent family.
But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?
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Paperback ISBN: 9780062451781 | March 28, 2017 | Avon Books | $7.99 |My Thoughts:
As debut novels go, You May Kiss the Bride is sweet, smart, and sexy as I've come to expect from the Avon Romance line. Livia Stuart is the typical sassy but naive heroine and Gabriel Penhallow is, of course, a bit of a rogue who has decided to please his grandmother by settling down and producing an heir or two.
The journey to the happily ever after is certainly fun. When the heroine runs away not once, but twice, from a maddening beau to try to find employment as a scullery maid, you know things are gonna get interesting. A man who makes you want to do dishes is either the worst kind of guy or the best kind. *wink wink* That said, Livia is a little childish and silly and as such, slightly annoying to me, but she redeems herself by the end of the book. Anyone who rescues a stray dog, I like!
I wasn't really shocked or surprised by anything I read. When you've read as much romance as I have in the past few decades, not much sneaks up on you. However, You May Kiss the Bride, is still a romance to give one the warm fuzzies by the time all is said and done. This is a solid debut.
~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~
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