Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal
Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…

Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal Details

TitleLord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Historica
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal Review

  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    5☆ An Enchanting story Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal is the second book in the series but my first book. I had no problem at all getting stuck into this beautiful story.I love reading Regency books and this one swept me away.It had Family Dramas, Romance, memorable characters, passion, New Beginnings.The dashingly sexy Lord Alan Ravenscar is on his way to make a deal on the house he wants... Hollywell House   however he has recently found out the current owner is deceased and he is des 5☆ An Enchanting story Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal is the second book in the series but my first book. I had no problem at all getting stuck into this beautiful story.I love reading Regency books and this one swept me away.It had Family Dramas, Romance, memorable characters, passion, New Beginnings.The dashingly sexy Lord Alan Ravenscar is on his way to make a deal on the house he wants... Hollywell House   however he has recently found out the current owner is deceased and he is desperate to find out who the current owner is.As he approaches the house he encounters the fiesty Lily Wallace. Lily Wallace has inherited Hollywell House.As far as she is aware he is trespassing and she wants him out.Although he intrigues her.Just as Alan starts a fight with Lily' s friend, in walks Alan's grandmother Lady Jezebel Ravenscar.It's clearly obvious they really dislike each other and he is not about to get involved with her. Jezebel is one strong formidable women. As things progress Alan and Lily's relationship develops and there is clearly a spark. The banter between them was clearly hidden passion.So when Alan is taken ill Lily nurses Alan back to health.I really do think Alan railroads Lily into potential wedlock.Will the two of them ever express their feelings, will Alan ever get Lily to Marry him? You will just have to read to find out.I am definitely going to read the first book in this series as I want to learn more.Overall this is an enchanting yet passionate read with memorable Characters. Be prepared to be swept off your feet. The perfect Regency Read.Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my blog website:https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/0...
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  • Caz
    January 1, 1970
    In this second book of Lara Temple’s Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies  series, attention turns to Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, a former officer who, along with his friends Lord Hunter (Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress) and Lord Stanton fought in Spain and Portugal and is a veteran of Waterloo. All three gentlemen are handsome, wealthy and have cut a dash through society since their return from the war; they’re known as rakes and scoundrels of the highest order, although their wartime exp In this second book of Lara Temple’s Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies  series, attention turns to Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, a former officer who, along with his friends Lord Hunter (Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress) and Lord Stanton fought in Spain and Portugal and is a veteran of Waterloo. All three gentlemen are handsome, wealthy and have cut a dash through society since their return from the war; they’re known as rakes and scoundrels of the highest order, although their wartime experiences and hardships have driven them to try to make things better for the many veterans who returned from the war unable to find work. It’s not widely known that they run a charity called the Hope House Foundation, which provides accommodation and employment for former soldiers and their families; there are a number of Hope Houses across England now, but unfortunately, one of them – the one in Bristol – recently burned down meaning that its inhabitants have had to be temporarily re-housed. The gentlemen are planning to purchase an alternative property in Somerset when the owner – a childhood friend of Alan’s – dies unexpectedly and throws their plans into disarray.Alan avoids Somerset like the plague, even though – in fact, precisely because - it’s the location of his ancestral home, Ravenscar Hall. He and his sister, Catherine, spent a miserable childhood there under the tyrannical rule of their grandfather after the deaths of their parents; and although the man is long dead, Alan can’t forgive his grandmother for the way he and his sister were treated and interacts with her as little as possible. He does, however, have very fond memories of the neighbouring Hollywell House, where he spent many happy hours as a boy, bathed in the warmth and comfort of friends – and his happy memories are, in part, what prompt him to propose the place as a suitable site for a new Hope House.He arrives at Hollywell - not in the best of tempers, as is always the case when he’s close to Ravenscar - and strides into the library only to find it in complete chaos – and in the midst of it, an auburn-haired, rather pretty young woman wielding … a mace.Heiress Lily Wallace is just as surprised as her unexpected visitor to discover she has inherited Hollywell House, but she has hopes it will mark the beginning of her life as an independent woman. Recently arrived in England, she had lived abroad with her parents all her life, firstly on the remote Isla Padrones in Brazil and then, after her mother’s death, in Jamaica, where she found the strictures imposed upon her by the ex-pat British community to be unbearable. After her father’s death, she discovered his fortune was tied up in such a way as to make it impossible for her to access it without months of legal wrangling, and the only thing she can currently say belongs to her is Hollywell House. She is presently a guest of Lady Jezebel Ravenscar (the dowager marchioness), a friend of her family, and is now secretly contemplating removing there from Ravenscar Hall while she decides what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Not surprisingly, the unwanted intrusion of an undeniably handsome stranger who seems to think she is responsible for the mess in the library immediately puts her on her guard, and she and the gentleman – who also seems to think he has some claim on the house – embark on a round of evasive remarks and sharply honed barbs which only ends when Lady Jezebel enters and furiously demands to know what on earth her grandson is doing with her guest.Wanting nothing to do with his grandmother, Alan immediately assures her he is leaving – but when she tells him that his old nurse and his niece are unwell, he finds he can’t leave without visiting them; and in spite of his determination to stay away, he ends up staying at the Hall for a few days.The sparks fly between Alan and Lily right from their very first meeting, and the air is thick with sexual tension as they match wits and hurl verbal daggers at each other. Alan is disgruntled because she doesn’t show the slightest inclination to throw herself at him as most women do, and later, Lily admits to herself that she’d been a bit put out that, on discovering her to be an heiress, he had shown no signs of wanting to pursue her. They both try hard to deny the strength of their mutual attraction, and they tread carefully around each other over the next few days, telling themselves they will be glad when Alan’s visit is over and he returns to London. Fate has other plans however, and when Alan is unexpectedly taken ill, he and Lily end up spending a few days together, unchaperoned. He may be a rake and a scoundrel, but he’s not unaware of the likely consequence of such an occurrence. Alan has actively avoided marriage all his adult life, but he could do worse than leg-shackle himself to a spirited beauty who challenges his mind and fires his blood, and he bows to the inevitable. But Lily insists she won’t be forced into anything. She has options and she will make up her own mind, especially when Alan insists their marriage will be on HIS – extremely selfish - terms. Both characters have sound reasons for being wary of marriage, but while Lily is prepared to open herself up to the possibilities, Alan wants to remain closed off – and Lily isn’t sure if loving him will be enough.Lily is a terrific heroine; she’s smart, independent and determined, she gives as good as she gets and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself, and while Alan is perhaps somewhat stereotypical – the rake whose terrible childhood/tragic background causes him to swear off close personal relationships – he is, for the most part, an attractive hero. I have to admit, though, that the speed at which he reverses his position on matrimony and goes from confirmed bachelor to determined – and somewhat jealous – suitor could cause whiplash, and I wasn’t wild about the fact that he doesn’t tell Lily the reason he wants to buy Hollywell House until fairly late in the book. It’s a too-obvious contrivance, dragged out simply to satisfy the demands of the plot.Even taking those reservations into account, the story is well-written, the chemistry between the protagonists is palpable and Lara Temple excels when it comes to writing believable, snappy dialogue. While I don’t think it’s quite on a par with the previous book in the series, Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal is nonetheless an enjoyable romance featuring a couple of strongly drawn, engaging characters, and is well worth your consideration if you’re looking for a relatively short, but emotionally satisfying read.
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  • Gwessie Tee
    January 1, 1970
    Naughtiness 3.5*Another beautiful read from Lady Lara, absolutely loved this book has a lots of everything we love from Laras books, romance a lil adventure, a love that needs to be won.I won't give spoilers but I will say those who love regency romance who haven't read Laras books before will love it as much as those who have had the privilege of reading the books written to date. Lara definitely does not disappoint I defy anyone to not love this who loves romance especially regency.Thank you L Naughtiness 3.5*Another beautiful read from Lady Lara, absolutely loved this book has a lots of everything we love from Laras books, romance a lil adventure, a love that needs to be won.I won't give spoilers but I will say those who love regency romance who haven't read Laras books before will love it as much as those who have had the privilege of reading the books written to date. Lara definitely does not disappoint I defy anyone to not love this who loves romance especially regency.Thank you Lady Lara for writing this beautiful book and the honour of reading it xxx
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  • Frankie Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Can I give more than five stars?? This is book two in was has fast become one of my favourite series; The Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series, this series is just amazing I have been hooked by it since reading book one; Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress which grabbed my attention. The three lords Hunter, Ravenscar and Stanton are three of the most eye-catchingly sexy and golden hearted men you will ever meet, and I have been looking forward to reading Raven’s story since meeting him in the prev Can I give more than five stars?? This is book two in was has fast become one of my favourite series; The Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series, this series is just amazing I have been hooked by it since reading book one; Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress which grabbed my attention. The three lords Hunter, Ravenscar and Stanton are three of the most eye-catchingly sexy and golden hearted men you will ever meet, and I have been looking forward to reading Raven’s story since meeting him in the previous and all I can say it was well worth the wait. He and Lily are such a beautiful and remarkable couple.Raven is such a complex man he has got so much buried in his past that he tries to keep at the back of his mind, he has got shadows lurking in every corner. He hasn’t had the best of starts after the death of his parent’s he and his sister were sent to live with their grandparent’s only for one thing to led to another and his grandmother ending up disowning him. To me Raven isn’t your stereotypical aristocrat, he has trued to distance himself from that as much as possible never really fitting in or being accepted that is until he joined the army and later when he met Hunter and Stanton. You can see just how much those two men mean to Raven, with Hunter and Stanton and their work with Hope House he has finally found something that he hadn’t thought he could ever have.Lily understands him so much more than anyone else, she has been through her own trials and sadness, he carries around with him so much self-loathing and guilt that it took a very special woman to be able to tackle that part of him and Lily is just the woman for him, Temple has done a wonderful job at pairing these two together.Raven is a blatant gruff, sex-god and Lily a wild, cunning fox then you have a stonking good romance. Temple really is my go to author for passionate, cleverly witty and sensitive books that grip you from the onset and keep you hooked.I just love it and I cannot wait to see where Temple takes this series with the next instalment; Lord Stanton’s last Mistress. Very highly recommended!
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  • Roses R Blue
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-JN Heiress Lily Wallace and Alan Rothwell, Marquess Ravenscar, strike sparks off each other right from their first meeting. Lily's unconventional upbringing has made her bolder and more outspoken than the society ladies Alan is used to. She's no pushover to his good looks and charm. Though he has sworn never to marry, he unwittingly compromises Lily when he falls seriously ill with fever, and she cares for him, alone, for two days."Ra 4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-JN Heiress Lily Wallace and Alan Rothwell, Marquess Ravenscar, strike sparks off each other right from their first meeting. Lily's unconventional upbringing has made her bolder and more outspoken than the society ladies Alan is used to. She's no pushover to his good looks and charm. Though he has sworn never to marry, he unwittingly compromises Lily when he falls seriously ill with fever, and she cares for him, alone, for two days."Rakehell Raven" immediately tries to bulldoze Lily into marriage, but only under his terms. He secretly carries guilt from a past incident, one that affected him so greatly, that he swore he'd never have a family. Unknown to Alan, Lily is also carrying guilt, but her desire is to embrace having a family. Marriage to Alan will put an end to her dreams. Still, she won't be bullied into marriage - she'll make her own decision.Alan and Lily have a fierce physical attraction, but even Alan is surprised by how much he wants to marry her. No one else has ever intrigued, yet, infuriated him this way. Lily spent a lifetime watching her father be unfaithful to her mother, and has to weigh her options. She realizes that she somehow has fallen in love with this complex man. Can she take a chance on a rake and live a life without children?I love Lily's strength and how she was no pushover. She is intelligent, forthright, and honest. Unlike Alan, who served bravely as a soldier, yet chooses to run and hide from his past, she elects to embrace the future with open arms. Though Alan is slower to realize his love for what it is, his eventual capitulation is very rewarding. LORD RAVENSCAR'S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL isn't a soft or sweet romance, it's bold and earthy, and very satisfying. Lara Temple has written an absorbing and passionate story of two people carrying the baggage of their pasts, and finding the way to be free of it with each other. I greatly enjoyed, and recommend, this well written adversaries to lovers tale.
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  • Michelle Cunliffe
    January 1, 1970
    Oh Lara, not only did I love Alan and Lily, I also loved Grim. I'm sure Lara wants me to have a dog. (On going joke between Lara and myself). I adored reading this book and for me comes highly recommended.Oh don't you just love it when you open a book and it instantly grabs you, and it was also a journey for Alan, because he had some grievances with a family member, who he thought wasn't on his side, and at first I thought that as well.So for that reason he has kept away from the family home, bu Oh Lara, not only did I love Alan and Lily, I also loved Grim. I'm sure Lara wants me to have a dog. (On going joke between Lara and myself). I adored reading this book and for me comes highly recommended.Oh don't you just love it when you open a book and it instantly grabs you, and it was also a journey for Alan, because he had some grievances with a family member, who he thought wasn't on his side, and at first I thought that as well.So for that reason he has kept away from the family home, but Alan comes back, not to patch things up but to buy Hollywell House, which for Alan is the only home he has felt loved and it was a safe haven from his grandfather, which from the sound of him was horrid. But Alan can't buy Hollywell until he knows who has inherited the house, and Alan needs the house for a good cause.Now how do I describe Lily, who yes a maze wielding woman, you will see why when you read the book. And Lily is the one that has inherited the house, which for Alan isn't too bad, until he realises that she also under the care of the person who he doesn't like. I really can't say much more, this is just a little snippet and if you've read the first book then you will love this one.I will give this book 5/5 stars. The book is available to buy from 22nd Feb, from Amazon and all other retailers.I received this ARC in return for a honest review, and this book is part of the blog tour.
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  • booksofallkinds
    January 1, 1970
    LORD RAVENSCAR'S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL by Lara Temple is exactly what you want from a historical romance and a lovely way to entertain yourself for an evening. Alan Rothwell is a man with a past - a past that he has blocked out as much as possible - but he is used to getting what he wants when he turns on his infamous charm. But when the spirited and feisty Lily Wallace does not fall at his feet and allow him to buy her property, it infuriates and confuses him. But he is also confused by this u LORD RAVENSCAR'S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL by Lara Temple is exactly what you want from a historical romance and a lovely way to entertain yourself for an evening. Alan Rothwell is a man with a past - a past that he has blocked out as much as possible - but he is used to getting what he wants when he turns on his infamous charm. But when the spirited and feisty Lily Wallace does not fall at his feet and allow him to buy her property, it infuriates and confuses him. But he is also confused by this unique woman too. And when he falls ill and she nurses him through it, Rothwell knows that there is one way to solve all of their problems ...LORD RAVENSCAR'S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL by Lara Temple is a romance that centres around friendship, passion and allowing yourself to open up so someone no matter how difficult it may be. While this is the second book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone which is what I did. With likeable characters, that are sometimes exasperating, this is a great read for historical romance fans and I highly recommend it. *I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    You are never disappointed whenever you pick up a Lara Temple historical romance. The author brings to the table diverse characters, genuine plots and engaging storylines that whisk you back in time. Her heroes are strong, capable men, though deeply flawed but with hearts as gooey as honey when it comes to the ones they care deeply about. Her heroines are vibrant, intelligent and independent to say the least. Alan Rothwell and Lily Wallace in her latest, Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal, You are never disappointed whenever you pick up a Lara Temple historical romance. The author brings to the table diverse characters, genuine plots and engaging storylines that whisk you back in time. Her heroes are strong, capable men, though deeply flawed but with hearts as gooey as honey when it comes to the ones they care deeply about. Her heroines are vibrant, intelligent and independent to say the least. Alan Rothwell and Lily Wallace in her latest, Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal, is all of the above, if not more. They are both defiant in ways only they can understand and what starts out only as a stubborn decision soon evolves into so much more, a relationship so passionate, so marvelously good. I couldn't get enough of Lily and Alan! Just a perfect read that is entertaining from beginning to end. Highly Recommended 5 Stars
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  • Monique Daoust
    January 1, 1970
    Miss Lily Wallace returned to England from Jamaica to see to her inheritance, she knew she would probably have to get married in order to do so. Her main concern is what to do with Hollywell House, and Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, already has ideas. Upon meeting, Lily and Alan mostly agree to disagree, but an inexplicable attraction sizzles between them. When Alan falls ill, Lily takes care of him for two days, and ends up being compromised; Alan tells Lily they have no choice but to ge Miss Lily Wallace returned to England from Jamaica to see to her inheritance, she knew she would probably have to get married in order to do so. Her main concern is what to do with Hollywell House, and Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, already has ideas. Upon meeting, Lily and Alan mostly agree to disagree, but an inexplicable attraction sizzles between them. When Alan falls ill, Lily takes care of him for two days, and ends up being compromised; Alan tells Lily they have no choice but to get married.From the very first pages, I adored the strong, formidable, independent, wilful Lily, until she slowly melted into a shivering puddle of lust. I liked Alan well enough at first; he’s your typical charming rake, until he presented Lily with his condition to their marriage, which I found appalling. I didn’t find his explanation justified his reasoning for his outrageous demand – or maybe it’s because it’s one I have seen too many times recently. Lily didn’t have much choice but to marry, she was pretty much caught between a rock and a hard place; so she chose the lesser of two evils, I suppose: Alan who made her mad with lust. I could, to a point, accept her choice, but I couldn’t understand how she could fall in love with him. I pitied Lily; I felt sorry for her, and I found LORD RAVENSCAR’S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL sad and depressing because the magnificent character that had been Lily was reduced to a shivering mess. I have lived this pull of sexual attraction, but having one’s intelligence and values insulted made it easy for me to resist; not so for Lily it seemed. Alan’s stubborn determination to marry Lily because he wanted her felt too much like bullying to me, but the straw that broke the camel’s back was being privy to Alan’s thoughts before the deed was done. I was livid; had the author chosen not to include Alan’s unsavoury thought process at that particular moment, maybe I would have bought it. I love strong heroines, and it pained me to see Lily shivering her way through half the book consumed with desire and lust. The attraction was certainly there, they had much in common, epiphanies were had in the nick of time, but I would have wished to see it handled otherwise. Lara Temple’s prose is sumptuous and lush; the descriptions vibrant and vivid; the pace lively; the dialogues superb, and the author’s use of language is flawless, always in tune with the era. LORD RAVENSCAR’S INCONVENIENT BETROTHAL didn’t work for me; I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me, but it’s a question of perception, I suppose.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    After reading book one in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series I couldn't wait to pick up book two. Even though this book is part of a series I would easily class it as a standalone. In this story we meet Alan and Lily who I couldn't help but love. Alan is determined to purchase a property that Lily is reluctant to sell but there is so much more to this story with themes of loss, family and of course love. The sparks really flew when these two clashed and it made me whip through this story After reading book one in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series I couldn't wait to pick up book two. Even though this book is part of a series I would easily class it as a standalone. In this story we meet Alan and Lily who I couldn't help but love. Alan is determined to purchase a property that Lily is reluctant to sell but there is so much more to this story with themes of loss, family and of course love. The sparks really flew when these two clashed and it made me whip through this story even more quickly.This truly is the perfect romance to be swept away with, I couldn't help but smile pretty much all the way through as Alan and Lily struggle to contain the simmering attraction between them. Lara Temple has created some wonderful characters that make you root for them right from the very beginning. In Alan you have someone who appears at first glance to be a typical rake and full of charm but slowly but surely the layers are revealed and show a much deeper vulnerability that made his character so much more loveable. The same can be said for Lily she is strong willed but as you find out her back story there is more to her personality too and I was hoping that things would work out perfectly in the end. Their interactions are lively and entertaining providing some lighter moments that just made this book so much fun.Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal is a truly charming story with romance, passion and two wonderful characters.Five stars from me!With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Christie72
    January 1, 1970
    Very enjoyable, charming historical romance!Alan Rothwell returns to a place he vowed never to return…anywhere near his family. He does have a purpose to buy a property, but there is a problem. The man he was supposed to buy it from passed away. Now, he must deal with his heir. To his surprise, it’s not a man but a beautiful, fiery woman…Lily Wallace. She refuses…something he isn’t used to. Most women either run away from him or towards him. She does neither, standing her ground. These two are o Very enjoyable, charming historical romance!Alan Rothwell returns to a place he vowed never to return…anywhere near his family. He does have a purpose to buy a property, but there is a problem. The man he was supposed to buy it from passed away. Now, he must deal with his heir. To his surprise, it’s not a man but a beautiful, fiery woman…Lily Wallace. She refuses…something he isn’t used to. Most women either run away from him or towards him. She does neither, standing her ground. These two are on fire…whether lust or hate remains to be seen!I enjoy books with not only strong males but strong females. Alan and Lily strong, independent, and yes, stubborn, which makes their chemistry electric. She is a woman ahead of her time. She was raised to be independent. Being back in England and with her father’s death, she feels suffocated by the strict rules of English society. She bucks convention, needing some time alone, she retreats to the home she has inherited when Alan shows up. When he falls ill, she offers to take care of them, now they are victims of the society they find stifling. Since they have been unchaperoned, now they are betrothed to one another. Each wants different things, so can a marriage like this survive?As the two spend more time together, they begin enjoying each other’s company and developing deeper feelings towards one another. Both have trust issues, especially Alan. He had his life ripped out from under him as a child, and he has erected walls around his heart. Maybe Lily is just the woman to break them down….I haven’t read this series, and I am always happy to find one I like, and I really liked this book. If you like strong, sexy heroes and independent, intelligent women and a sweet, sexy romance, I highly recommend this book.***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Brought up on an island off Brazil, and later in Jamaica, Lily Wallace is far from the conventional society miss. Unexpectedly finding herself heiress to Hollywell House, Lily encounters the dashing Lord Alan Ravenscar who was in the process of purchasing the house when the previous owner suddenly dies, thus beginning a joyous and heartwarming story of two lonely souls who don’t play by the rules and have no intention of falling for each other, although fate clearly has other ideas.Lara Temple c Brought up on an island off Brazil, and later in Jamaica, Lily Wallace is far from the conventional society miss. Unexpectedly finding herself heiress to Hollywell House, Lily encounters the dashing Lord Alan Ravenscar who was in the process of purchasing the house when the previous owner suddenly dies, thus beginning a joyous and heartwarming story of two lonely souls who don’t play by the rules and have no intention of falling for each other, although fate clearly has other ideas.Lara Temple creates wonderful characters who don’t fit the typical Regency Lord and Lady model, and in Alan and Lily she has written two vivid, likeable characters who need a little help realising that happiness is within reach if they would just let the other in to their lives.Lily has been brought up away from the rigid structure of society, so, the first time she meets Alan, thinking him an intruder, she threatens him with a mace, and she has no qualms about confronting him, being alone in his company, or looking after him by herself when he falls ill. A betrothal is the last thing on Alan’s mind, but, after two days and nights alone with Lily whilst he fights a fever, he knows an engagement must be announced to avoid a scandal.Unfortunately for all concerned, Lily already has a bit of an understanding with Philip Marston, but Alan is unconcerned; he will marry Lily if only to satisfy their mutual attraction to each other. In this context, Lily really comes into her own, and her sparkly wit leaps off the page as she gives as good as she gets, refusing to bow to Alan’s decisions and the decrees of society. Indeed, she will make her own mind up, and if she decides to stick with Mr. Marston, that is what she intends to do.The supporting characters are also delightful, particularly Alan’s grandmother, Lady Jezebel (yes, that really is her name!) whose relationship with Alan is strained to say the least, and they give extra depth to a strong story with some well timed witty exchanges. Alan’s niece, Nicky also deserves a mention as she plays matchmaker and has her uncle wrapped around her finger with him realising.Whilst there are comedic moments, the author has a talent for weaving tragedy into the story, and writes strongly the emotional scene regarding the death of Alan’s brother, and a young Lily’s experience with a premature baby during her time abroad. These insights give the characters extra depth, and it is a moving moment for the reader as you really feel for Alan and his loss, whilst also wanting him to move forward.As this is the second book in the ‘Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies’ series, it was nice to hear about Hunter and Nell from the first book, and learn a bit more about the mysterious past of Lord Stanton who is to be the subject of book three. However, this story easily works as a stand alone novel, and the reader is not required to know what happened in the first book in order to thoroughly enjoy this story.I look forward to reading Lord Stanton’s story and re-visiting Alan and Lily in the next book.Thank you to Lara Temple for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I do love historical fiction and books set in this period are some of my favourite!This is a really well written book that is easy to read and that flows very well. The characters are great and I loved their interaction. Everything about this book works from the cover to the ending, it is an excellent book and a brilliant regency romance full of drama, family issues, passion and romance - superb!Looking forward to reading more books in this series - five s https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I do love historical fiction and books set in this period are some of my favourite!This is a really well written book that is easy to read and that flows very well. The characters are great and I loved their interaction. Everything about this book works from the cover to the ending, it is an excellent book and a brilliant regency romance full of drama, family issues, passion and romance - superb!Looking forward to reading more books in this series - five stars from me - such an enjoyable story!!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Lily Wallace is off her beloved island and in England to find a suitable match with her inheritance. She runs into Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar who wants to buy her property she has just inherited. She refuses. Fate would have them cross paths again and they are left alone for a couple of days while Rothwell is down with a fever. Convinced that she has been compromised he declares them betrothed. If only it were that simple she gives him a run for his money.In an Oyster Shell – A tantali Lily Wallace is off her beloved island and in England to find a suitable match with her inheritance. She runs into Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar who wants to buy her property she has just inherited. She refuses. Fate would have them cross paths again and they are left alone for a couple of days while Rothwell is down with a fever. Convinced that she has been compromised he declares them betrothed. If only it were that simple she gives him a run for his money.In an Oyster Shell – A tantalizing romance that has a palpable tension that will get your heart racing and your fingers turning the pages quickly.The Pearls – The author had a deft hand with words. She had great word economy. I appreciate good books that make me have to look words up. It was entertaining but I also learned some new words. That is always thrilling for me.The romance was intense. The tension between Lily and Allen was jumping off the pages and captivating me. There were real struggles for the two as they were both stubborn and had to fight to be open with the other. It was a riveting adventure to read what happens with the two of them.Full Review: Writing Pearls
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  • Harlequin Historical
    January 1, 1970
    Miniseries: Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies
  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    How does one review a book when one has already used all possible superlatives in the English language while reviewing previous books by the same author?Amazing? Stupendous? Hot? Sexy?Yes, all of those plus incredible and wonderful.The story of how Alan Rothwell, Lord Ravenscar, finds love and how that changes his entire outlook on life was worth every minute I spent reading it. Lily is an original – a highly intelligent and passionate woman who is ready and willing to take chances to fulfill he How does one review a book when one has already used all possible superlatives in the English language while reviewing previous books by the same author?Amazing? Stupendous? Hot? Sexy?Yes, all of those plus incredible and wonderful.The story of how Alan Rothwell, Lord Ravenscar, finds love and how that changes his entire outlook on life was worth every minute I spent reading it. Lily is an original – a highly intelligent and passionate woman who is ready and willing to take chances to fulfill her dream.I was going to say that Ms. Temple’s writing goes from strength to strength but I won’t because that would mean future books would have to be an improvement on Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal and I’m not sure how she could better this.
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  • Zeba
    January 1, 1970
    Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal is exactly what the title suggests. A betrothal inconvenient to both protagonists actually, not just Lord Ravenscar; but their chemistry is irresistible.Lara Temple has created a story packed with internal conflict in both characters and the way they both solve their conflict and better understand themselves, each other and even others around them is remarkable.Alan is a rake with a stellar reputation to go with it, full of intensity and charm. The reader Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal is exactly what the title suggests. A betrothal inconvenient to both protagonists actually, not just Lord Ravenscar; but their chemistry is irresistible.Lara Temple has created a story packed with internal conflict in both characters and the way they both solve their conflict and better understand themselves, each other and even others around them is remarkable.Alan is a rake with a stellar reputation to go with it, full of intensity and charm. The reader gradually explores the layers of Alan’s character throughout the story and it’s a thoroughly enjoyable journey.Lily Wallace is absolutely brilliant. She is somewhat insecure but hides it well behind her sharp wit and quick comebacks. Her verbal sparring with Alan is particularly enjoyable to read.On the whole, a wonderful book to read with humour, emotion, conflict, chemistry and plenty of sizzle!
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  • Adele
    January 1, 1970
    Each book in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series I believe can be read as a standalone but to be honest you’d be missing out on a delicious treat of a read if you don’t get the chance to read about all the Wild Lords!Alan Rothwell, Lord Ravenscar, is a tall, dark, handsome moody rake and one third of the Wild Lords who are part of the Wild Hunt Club with a reputation known throughout the land and society.  However, Alan Rothwell has a kindness to him especially with his work around the Hop Each book in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series I believe can be read as a standalone but to be honest you’d be missing out on a delicious treat of a read if you don’t get the chance to read about all the Wild Lords!Alan Rothwell, Lord Ravenscar, is a tall, dark, handsome moody rake and one third of the Wild Lords who are part of the Wild Hunt Club with a reputation known throughout the land and society.  However, Alan Rothwell has a kindness to him especially with his work around the Hope House, a refuge home for war veterans.  He also hides a vulnerability about him which comes with a sadness and guilt surrounding tragedies in his past.Lily Wallace is now a wealthy heiress following the death of her cousin who bequeathed her the property of Hollywell House.  A house that Alan Rothwell has set his sights on buying for the use of Hope House.When Alan and Lily first meet sparks certainly fly but a different emotion is soon felt between them.  However, Lily is almost promised to another but now her heart and mind is becoming confused with this rather arrogant gentleman who has unsettled her.Lily has also suffered with tragedies in her past and Hollywell House at the moment is giving her an escape and a time to reflect on her future.This was another glorious regency romp from Lara Temple filled with heat and emotion and a love that surprises the recipients.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Taking the book as a whole, it was enjoyable but I didn't like the verbal sparring and intense looks exchanged throughout most of the story. This made it a bit tedious and the story dragged because of it. Also the model on the cover didn't do him justice. He was much more macho in the story.
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