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The Blacksmith's Son
     

The Blacksmith's Son

4.1 6
by Rebecca Thomas
 

The Blacksmith's Son by Rebecca Thomas

Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his Naval commission ends to find a young groom being beaten in the village stables. Weary from his travels, Quentin only wants a good night's sleep, but refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad's mistreatment. He intervenes, taking the lad to his room, only to discover a woman

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The Blacksmith's Son 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and honestly, I am not a huge historical fan. It was a very quick read and I found myself pulled into the story immediately. The writing was crisp, concise and intriguing. As for the plot, I was genuinely surprised with the twists and turns of the plot. The mystery was well preserved and the romance was steamy.  I loved the heroine, Alexandra Lockwood, and her motivation. After being falsely accused of stealing from her employer and witnessing a stabbing, she goes into hiding as a stable boy. The hero, Captain Quentin Drake has a fiery personality and in my opinion, teeters on obsessive, which is why I gave the book a four stars. I understand the alpha male, but he's just a "little" too alpha to be a hero that I would drool over. Ally, is a great heroine that I could identify and really root for. I love gender-bender plots, but they are often hard to pull off as believable and must be unfolded properly, and it was done very well in this novella. I would recommend this novella if you like mystery, historical, romance and a fun gender-bender plot.  *** Received this novella free from publisher for unbiased review ***
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These-Pretty-Words More than 1 year ago
Lovely Novella Romantic and mysterious, The Blacksmith’s Son will quench your thirst for a little historical love story. When Captain Quentin Drake returns to England, the last thing he expects to find is a beautiful woman masquerading as a blacksmith’s assistant…and son. Alexandra Lockwood’s luck seems to be firmly in the bad category. First she sees a crime that forces her to run away from her home and job, and then she’s hunted after being falsely accused of thievery. With no money and no reputation to help her, she decides to hide in plain sight as a young man adopted by the local blacksmith. When Quentin unknowingly discovers what’s hiding beneath her baggy clothes and bindings, the two become entwined in a story filled with mystery, deception and wanting. I loved this novella. There was just enough mystery to keep me turning pages, and the romance blooming between the Captain and the blacksmith’s assistant adds a lovely slow burn to the overall plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A lovely little novella, The Blacksmith's Son was an enjoyable read. Romantic and full of secrets, this novella was a wonderful read. Ally was a great heroine. Having been falsely accused of stealing from her employer after seeing him with his knife embedded in a dead man's chest, she went on the run and hid to avoid being arrested. However, in this case, not all was as it seemed....but I'm not going to give away those secrets. I really liked Ally. She was a tough woman. My one complaint was that I didn't understand why she couldn't just accept Quentin's help. He was offering it with no strings attached and she definitely needed help, so I didn't get why she stubbornly insisted on running away from him. Otherwise, I thought she was great. Quentin was wonderful. He was so sweet and determined to do what was right. He was strong, clever, and a worthy hero. I thought he was just perfect. There was some steaminess, of course, though it wasn't too much. These two were lovely together. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. The truth of what really happened took me by surprise and I wonder if we're going to get another story out of that. We'll see. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely. The Blacksmith's Son was a wonderful historical romance novella. I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, if you want something light and quick to read, then you should check this book out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Literary_etc More than 1 year ago
By now you know I can’t resist a historical romance and when I read the synopsis to Rebecca Thomas’ novella and saw that it involved a female character disguising herself as a boy, my interest was piqued. As for characterization, we have good character development within the confines of a novella. Ally Lockwood is feisty and isn’t afraid of hard work. She disguises herself as the son of a blacksmith and is biding her time before she can leave the country. The reason? She’s been accused of stealing from the Earl of Linford and when she comes face to him in her disguise she knows her time is up. Then we have Quentin who has just left the Navy and is going home to visit his family before leaving to the US. He’s honorable and very much a proper gentleman. I really liked him! All he wants to do is help Ally, but she doesn’t want it. Of course we have to have a villain and that’s Linford. He’s really difficult to like even if Thomas attempts to rectify the situation involving him. While I liked Thomas’ THE BLACKSMITH'S SON, I still have a few unanswered questions. But first, I was disappointed in how quickly the false accusations against Ally were resolved and Linford leaves much to be desired. Sure we’re given a glimpse into how he treats his horse and how he reacts to Quentin, but I wanted more. Quentin has this guilt regarding his sister and her past relationship with Linford and yet there’s nothing to feel guilty about. Now for the unanswered questions, I feel a little more background regarding Ally and what she was doing in Linford’s employ was needed. Thomas gives a little information and I’ve gone back to that section several times, but I still am not exactly sure what Ally’s position was. Was she a companion to his sister? If so, wouldn’t her sudden disappearance raise concerns? The whole accusation against Ally was a bit far fetched, but necessary if we want her hiding her identity. Also, I just don’t understand why Ally didn’t Quentin’s offer of help and instead just decides to run away from him. I loved that Thomas gave us a headstrong female character. While Ally drove me nuts with her refusal to accept to Quentin’s help, I admire her strength. This is no shrinking violet and I liked how she wasn’t helpless. The initial scene when Quentin realizes the boy is a girl had me laughing and I really enjoyed how he handled the situation. Overall, THE BLACKSMITH'S SON is a satisfactory read. If you enjoy historical romance and are looking for quick read, then I recommend Rebecca Thomas’ THE BLACKSMITH'S SON.