I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Valerie Bowman
Released: October 30th 2018
Series: Playful Brides #10
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
“While my expectations were not quite met, I still enjoyed reading about these characters and it was a sweet story even if it wasn’t be a favorite of mine.”
~ Under the Covers
This is the first book I pick up in the series but I couldn’t pass up a historical romance holiday read! I think it may have been interesting to have seen this couple interact in a previous book as this book opens up with the heroine wanting one thing for her 30th birthday. To lose her virginity to the sexy Bow Street Runner she met previously. She’s been comfortably a spinster for many years and didn’t want to take a husband until she found love, but she’s now being strongly encouraged to take one of her suitors and she wants at least control on who she gives her body to for the first time.
I really enjoyed Regina’s character. She’s innocent in many ways but also curious and yes, I daresay playful as the name of the series suggests. I think that brought a cuteness to the story because you can’t help but like her. And Daffin is certainly sexy and has to fight his attraction to her because he wouldn’t be right for her in any way.
But while this was a fun story to read, I think it lacked a lot of the holiday charm I was looking for. There’s a bit more mystery going on as there is someone that wants to hurt Regina, and maybe that overpowered the cute feeling of the holidays.
While my expectations were not quite met, I still enjoyed reading about these characters and it was a sweet story even if it wasn’t be a favorite of mine.
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