Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: The Bartered Virgin by Chevon Gael

Title:  The Bartered Virgin
Author:  Chevon Gael
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  January 2011
ISBN:  9781426891038
Publisher:  Carina Press
Source:  eBook via NetGalley


Sold to the highest-ranked aristocrat!

That's what Winnifred Percy, New York City heiress, considered her engagement to Sir David Knightsbridge, Earl of Wolshingham. It's 1902 and she wants to be a modern woman, free to travel the world. To do that she needs to show the Earl she is a completely unsuitable bride.

Smoking and cursing doesn't have much effect on David so Winn reads him a very naughty French book. That leads to unexpectedly passionate kisses, and David's declaration that he wants to marry her. Drat! Even when she takes him to Coney Island to mingle with ordinary people and eat exotic hot dogs he's intrigued...and intriguing.

When desire leads them into scandal, Winn realizes she's ruined his hopes for restoring his family's honor. Can she let him go to find a more suitable bride?

My Thoughts:

I wasn't sure about this book when I first picked it up.  Most of the historical romances that I read tend to be a little be earlier.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this book!

Winnifred or Winn, is a proper young woman - she likes her parents to think that!  She wants to travel and be independent - turning away suitors by pretending to be much too frail.  Hoping that one day she'll be able to go off on her own.  With the help of her best friend and brother she gets away with quite a bit!  That is until Sir David comes into the picture!

Sir David Knightsbridge, Earl of Wolshingham needs to get married.  He wants to save his crumbling estate and finances - the only way to do this is to marry an heiress.  After meeting Winn, he's intrigued and isn't scared off by her ploys and naughty pranks.

I loved the budding relationship between David and Winn.  My favorite part of this book is when Winn takes David to Coney Island.  David gets to experience soda pop, hot dogs, a fortune teller and gets cozy with Winn and almost gets caught!

These two had some major obstacles to overcome before they managed to get together.  This story had me hooked right away, which I always love!  I couldn't put down the story, I actually finished it all in one sitting.. dinner was a little bit late (poor hubby!)

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who love historicals!


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