Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Review Borderland Beauty By: Samantha Holt

Borderland Beauty
By: Samantha Holt
Reviewed by:Tonya
Published: Jupiter Garden Romance
Source:Purchased Gene: Historical Romance R


Lord Dominic is in need of a wife. With the reivers, the wild and dangerous criminals that haunt the borderlands, breathing down his neck and his brother now married, he needs a strong woman by his side. So when he finds out about an old marriage contract between him and his neighbour’s daughter, he vows to give the mysterious woman a chance. Upon meeting the beautiful, feisty maiden, he vows to make her his wife.

Lucy Montgomery wants nothing to do with the arrogant lord. She doesn’t understand his interest in her. Surely a man like Dominic could never fall for a woman like her? Hurt by the past, she refuses to believe that she is anything more than a game to him. If only she didn’t find him quite so charming.

Can Dominic persuade Lucy that she is more than just another woman to him? And with the reivers growing bolder, are there worse dangers than Lucy saying ‘nay’?

Our Review

Borderland Beauty has everything you expect

 in a romance novel, good looking men,

 beautiful women, a bit of misunderstanding 

and struggles. Ups and downs and eventually 

happy endings. But author Samantha Holt 

takes it a step further, pushing the envelope

 by delivering real substance to her story. It is

not your average, every day romance novel

. There are real heart felt moments, you shed

 real tears at times, you are squealing in

 delight at others. Her use of historical facts

 and incidences from history lend to the 

believability in her stories. Making you crave

 the next page, the next moment, your

 adrenaline rushes for what will happen next.

 You find yourself holding your breath longer

 than you normally would and cheering out

 loud when the happy moments arrive, and

 yet tearing at the tissue box when the sad

 moments hit.

This is the second book in the Borderland Legacy Series and they just keep getting better. I am really looking forward to reading the third installment after reading the first two books.

Oh how I loved seeing the confident, always sure of himself, cocky ladies man Dominic thrown off his kilter by an unknown marriage contract that was arranged for him when he was but a wee thing by his mother. LOL and as such to a stubborn, spirited, head strong woman at that. That is so what he needs.

‘The guards parted as they came through the gatehouse and the taller rider led the way, partially hiding the other woman. His feet twitched and he fought the urge to peer around her. Christ, it was like waiting for an execution. If he could only see the damn lass that he would likely have to marry.’

OMG I roared when I read that – Dominic sweating bullets worried what she would look like, what she would be like. And you know Jake was just there egging on his misery. This book had just the right stuff. Complete with Dominic making a mess of things and Lucy stuck in rumors and stubbornness. The cat and mouse game was so well written I fell in love with this book almost from the start.

Jake and Dominic two super handsome men, both in their own ways. Jake now happily married to Isabel (from book #1 – Borderland Beauty), and they are expecting their first child *Squee* excited about that. This leaves Dominic, sexy, viral and on the market hottie in need of a woman to help him with the day to day stuff. She has to be able to ignore all the rumors (some true, some not so true). Have a back bone and handle this amazing man. Are there applicants qualified – because - *eh-hem* I want to apply for that position – in a heart beat I am right there...

Lucy, oh yes she’s the one to fill the position for Dominic’s wife & Lover. Wow, is she a spit fire right from the very start. She is going to be one tough nut for Dominic to crack. Dominic is going to have to bring his “A Game” and then some to win her heart over. She has that thing locked under some serious walls.

“I warned you, Thornewall,” her father

roared. “I warned you not to play false.”

“Father, pray stop,” Lucy begged, pulling on his arm. “I was as much to blame as he. I should not have even considered being alone with him.”

Oh I loved Lucy’s mother, she has a strength about her that still’s a man’s heart and his tongue. Very strong, yet very soft, and sensible. Reminded me a lot of my mother. And her father, not afraid to put Dominic in his place and do whatever it takes to protect his daughter’s virtue.

“Come to me,” she blurted out as he

turned from her. Her cheeks filled with

heat as he froze and arched a brow. “I

mean, should you wish for company.

Pray come to me.”

Staring at her, his blue eyes flicked over her and her skin tingled. With a sharp nod, he left her, striding into the slowly darkening night.

Sweet Mary, how wrong she had been about him. Lucy prayed he would come to her this night.

When the Reivers attached Thronwall my heart was in my throat. Then like a knight in shining armor Dominic was there. But the loss from the attack had me crying. And Lucy for the first time really saw Dominic, for who he truly was, not the rumors she had always believed. It is so very sad that sometimes in death the truth about things, about people become apparent. And with Lucy, that is what it took, that among several things that is.

“Christ, Luce...”
The heat in her face rapidly gave way to a flush of desire. Dominic gulped and stared, extinguishing every doubt Lucy ever had about herself. Dominic wanted her. He needed her. He thought her beautiful. This eloquent, charming man had done more with one look than he ever could have done with a thousand words.

In the end we have two happy borderland brothers – all is right in the world. Two strong and spirited women bringing this strong, arrogant, handsome brothers to their knees. You really do have to read Borderland Bride. But make sure if you haven’t already that you read Borderland Beauty first. Job well done Samantha

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