An Unexpected Giftby Katherine Grey
Haunted by the memories of war, Olivia St. Germaine wants nothing more than to live a
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Known only as Lazarus to the band of cutthroats and thieves he leads, William Prescott will do anything to find his missing sister, even blackmail a fragile young woman into helping him. But he never plans to fall in love with this mysterious woman with a troubled past.
Haunted by the memories of war, Olivia St. Germaine wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But when her brother, a doctor, suddenly leaves town without a word, she is forced to use her medical knowledge to help an injured man who puts her life in danger. Can she keep herself safe as she tends Lazarus, or is her heart more vulnerable than she realizes?
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Such a brilliant historical romance! I loved An Unexpected Gift! It was a different historical romance, but that's what made it so wonderful. Olivia was a great heroine. She used to help her brother care for soldiers on the battlefield and that has left its mark on her. She is frequently plagued by PTSD symptoms, especially during thunderstorms. She had survived a lot and she remains strong anyway. After she meets Lazarus, she doesn't let even one of the most ruthless crime lords get her down. But, she's not stupid about her safety. She was intelligent and clever. And her past gave her a greater capacity of compassion and understanding, which was definitely needed with Lazarus. Honestly, she was a perfect heroine. One of my favorite romance heroines. Lazarus was just as amazing. His past is fraught with even more horrors than Olivia's. And, yet, he still manages to be a good man and a gentleman (in his own way). Despite being a crime lord, he isn't a cruel man. And his past has made him very protective over all women. Through all of his dealing, he would not do anything that would cause harm to a woman. I found his unique code of honor do be so endearing. Underneath all of that ruthlessness, there was a genuinely sweet man who would do anything to protect those he loves. Though he comes off as somewhat frightening at first, it didn't take long for me to fall for him. He was just amazing. The romance in this book was brilliantly done. It was a perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Olivia and Lazarus were an adorable couple. And when sparks flew between them, it got hot! I loved this couple. They were just perfect together. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked from the start and on the edge of my seat the rest of the way through. There were thrills and surprises in store. I loved that this book showed the darker side of London, rather than just the glittering ballrooms displayed in most other books. It made this book stand out. And the ending was so wonderful. An Unexpected Gift was an excellent historical romance. Lovers of the genre, you have to read this. *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
The heart wants what the heart wants. The Setting of this of this story is in historic England which this author beautifully described. I really liked her writing and how realistic it was. The era it was set in also brought about numerous problems for our heroine being a 24 year old unmarried woman. It helped to keep the suspense too since I was always wondering what may befall her, especially since her brother left and she was left to fend for herself with an unknown man. I really liked Olivia and respected how much courage it must have taken to be on your own back then. She was definitely no wilting violet, which is what I liked most about her. She could hold her own against William and that made for some interesting scenes in the book. William is a bit overbearing sometimes, but I admire is determination. He is not necessarily a bad man in this story even though he is forced to do some underhanded things to find his loved ones. I can’t fault him for that since I would do whatever I could to save my loved ones. He has a kind heart and is honorable. His relationship with Olivia starts out a bit rocky under the circumstances, but I enjoyed seeing there interactions with one another and that it was not just insta love between them. I also liked that there was plenty of action to keep me in suspense about how things would turn out. This was an exciting romance that I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend!
Historical romance was what hooked me into reading when I was in high school and even though I don't read this genre (outside of a very few authors) I occasionally like to revisit my first love from time to time. Katherine Grey sent me an excerpt of An Unexpected Gift and I couldn't resist the pull this book had on me. I had to read it! I am very glad I took a chance on a new (to me at least) historical romance author, because I definitely have a new author to add to my historical romance list! An Unexpected Gift, was an unexpected treasure for me to read! I had been in the doldrums of New Adult and Contemporary romance and this was the perfect book to get me excited to read and dive into new books again! Katherine Grey has a great "voice" in her writing, the pacing, the tension, the unfolding of the story was so well executed you easily get lost in her words and the rest of the world just falls away. Lazarus and Olivia were a fascinating pair! Lazarus is dark, mysterious and immensely intriguing. Olivia is a strong, independent, yet fragile woman that is not your typical London miss. The sparks that flew between these two was fantastic and the dialogue kept me turning pages way past my bedtime! I loved that both of these characters had flaws that made them less than perfect and watching how they came together was beautiful. I really got swept away by An Unexpected Gift and was very sad to have it all come to an end. I would love to read more about Lazarus and Olivia, or any of the other secondary characters we met in this book. Katherine Grey stood out as an author that I will keep a look out for in the future and snatch up her books as soon as she can write them. If you have a love of historical romance that is different than the typical Regency romances out now, you will be pleasantly surprised with how wonderful An Unexpected Gift is! Grab a cup of tea and curl up in a chair soon with Lazarus, you won't be disappointed!
I enjoyed reading this book.