Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review: Trials of Artemis (The Haberdashers #1) by Sue London

Jacqueline "Jack" Walters and her two closest girlfriends created a special group for themselves known as The haberdashers when they were just eight years old. These Haberdashers prefer boyish pursuits like weapons over girlish ones. Amongst the ton, Jack is known as a bluestocking and would rather spend time reading books than attending balls. So after two seasons, she has come to terms with not marrying and becoming a spinster. That is until an accidental encounter with an earl changes everything.

Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has no intentions of on marrying. Ever. But when he is caught in a compromising position with Miss Walters, he does the only thing he: he offers to marry her. Jack is of course outrages as she has no intention on marrying either. She figures she will go along with the engagement for a few weeks and then break it off. But when someone leaks the scandal to the papers, it forces their hand into an immediate marriage. Can Jack survive a marriage to a brooding, overbearing man? And Can Gideon get used to his new wife's saucy mouth and headstrong ways?

While I may focus a lot on contemporary romance novels, I truly enjoy a good Regency Era historical romance story. The main characters in this are similar to what you may find on other books of this genre: a young virginal maiden and the older, rakish man. However the interesting twist here is the Haberdashers club and that Jack isn't your typical bluestocking. Not only is she smart and well read but she is also very accomplished in weaponry.

Gideon is exactly what I like in my English gentlemen as he has got that whole dark and brooding thing going on, with a slight air of danger. I loved how these two would butt heads and argue which would lead to incredible passion. I'm also a fan of stories in this era where the couple grows to care for each other after they are thrown together. This is a wonderful story that contained humor, a little suspense and a healthy dose of passion. I enjoyed all of it and dove right into book two: Athena's Ordeal.

“You hardly seemed shocked by my attentions."
Jack gasped and looked up at him in outrage. "How dare you! Shocked is exactly what I was." She looked around to see that they had garnered the attention of a good number of the dancers. She grabbed Harrington's arm and dragged him toward the French doors that let out “onto the veranda. Once outside she pushed him into the shadows and drilled a finger into his chest. "What exactly is this about?"
"You say you were shocked. You say a lot of things. But your body says something else. And I'm more likely to suspect your words to be lies."
"You are the most outrageous-"
Jack's retort was cut short by Harrington taking her lips in a swift kiss. She started to pull away but he wrapped one arm around her back, his other hand cupping her face as he deepened the kiss. He licked and nibbled the seam of her lips until she surrendered and let him plunder her mouth. She had never felt this before, as though she was floating, all of her nerves tingling in sudden awareness. The sensations were new, novel, wicked. The warm, solid strength of him pressed against her. The band of his arm across her back. The swirl of his tongue in her mouth. The gentle strength of his hand holding her head while his thumb stroked her jaw. As she melted into his embrace he turned and now she was the one hidden in the shadows with her back pressed against the cool stone of the townhouse wall. His mouth moved down to kiss the side of her throat, her ear. His hand caressed one breast, finding and teasing the nipple that had peaked.
"See?" he whispered to her. "Your body welcomes my attentions. I imagine that with very little effort I could have you out of that dress and begging me for more. Why should I trust a woman who can be seduced by a man she doesn't even like?"

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Trials of Artemis
Author: Sue London
Series: The Haberdashers #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Twitter: @cmdrsue

Book Blurb
Loving Lord Lucifer...

An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.

Jacqueline “Jack” Walters loves archery and Greek military history. In her third season she has failed to inspire so much as one marriage proposal and is planning to settle into the quiet life of a spinster.

Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has been avoiding marriage but a case of mistaken identity in the library has left him saddled with an argumentative and unwilling fiancee.


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