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Posted October 11, 2014
Lady Elizabeth Thornhill is finally a widow, away from her depression home, but has made a huge error moving back under her scheming mother's roof. Cade Cameron is many things, like an owner of Cameron's Bookstore, started publishing many authors (his newest a scandalous courtesan) & a totally rake, rogue or if prefer BAD BOY! He doesn't deny it & when the London's rain pushes the sexy Elizabeth into his bookstore, he CRAVES her surrender. Elizabeth is all things proper, but Cade tickles & teases her hidden inner NAUGHTINESS! They affair is steamy secret, a utter decadent indulgence, Elizabeth's 1st screaming orgasm & the 1st light into Cade's hidden heart, but can a Countess & bookstore owner every be together? What about the new Earl of Thornhill arrival? How will her dysfunctional family screw it up?
Ms. Maxton does it again & made me HYPERVENTILATE, ROFL & scare my furry reading body with my full belly laughs. She writes with spicy scenes & hilariousness galore & I love some good steam & laughs! Elizabeth's sister, Anne & Olivia, are such characters with their own stories to tell. Anne with her unladylike wagering, Olivia head always in a gothic books & I can't wait to read Olivia's story next. Ms. Maxton has created so many "what did that Middleton's daughter say" moments with her absolutely fabulously fantastic Middleton sisters, with the "scheming for a higher title" mom & a dad who just want to read his paper in peace. There was a scandalous affair afoot, some helpful advice from the courtesan author & laughter aplenty, so Ms. Maxton gets my score of 4 fingers up & 9 toes & my only complaint was I wish it was longer!
Posted May 4, 2014
A well-written novella is like a happy sigh...and Lily Maxton's historical novella The Affair is a very, very happy sigh indeed.
Other than the fact that I'd love to hear more, more, more about Elizabeth and Cale--because I absolutely adored them both--I have not a single complaint about this book. Unlike with some shorter works, I don't feel as if I need to know more about them. Their characters are well developed and sympathetic. The progression of their relationship feels realistic and not at all rushed--much is left to the imagination, due to the abbreviated format of the novella (GR says 81 pages; will Amazon ever give us Kindle page numbers?) but it's still well-fleshed out and has a timetable that feels real. There's just the right blend of sexual chemistry, foreplay, and romance--with a nice dollop of steam for flavor.
Even though there's probably a million books out there featuring a young widow who finds real love for the first time with a so-called rake, this story made it seem like a fresh and new plot idea instead of a rehashed and tired one.
There's a crazy amount of bookmarks in my ereader for such a short piece--here's just one of my many "I had to highlight that" scenes:
His gaze met hers. “Who were you dancing with before you left the ballroom?”
“The new Earl of Thornhill, my husband’s cousin.”
Her back stiffened. She turned to gaze in front of her. “I can already tell he’s much kinder than my husband. And I’m not young and foolish anymore.”
“Your parents would be in favor of the match, I assume.” The careful neutrality of his voice made her feel like she was being accused of something.
“But what do you want?”
“I want to please my parents and further my sisters’ chances at good marriages,” she said. As an aristocratic daughter, her duty in life was to marry well. Useless desires didn’t signify; it was who she was.
“You never wish for something different?”
“Such as a bookseller?” she asked lightly.
She saw his smile in the dim light. “Contrary to common perception, booksellers are rather exciting people.”
“I have no doubt of it.” At least when it came to one very specific bookseller. She was sure she could walk with him until the sun crested the horizon without experiencing a second of boredom.
Honestly, every time Cade and Elizabeth's banter includes a reference to his being a bookseller, my bibliophile heart did a little extra flutter. There's just something about book characters who appreciate books, isn't there? Seriously, it made me love him even more--and trust me, he's very lovable. Plus, he has Clark Kent-like glasses. Swoon! ;)
I was thrilled to note that this book is the first in the Sisters of Scandal series--I'm sincerely hoping that the sisters in question are Elizabeth's younger sisters Olivia and Anne. The handful of scenes they're in in this novella are enough to convince me that their books should be just as entertaining. (The scene where the three sisters make a wager at a ball about their mother's social prowess is just too funny. I can just imagine what havoc they could each wreak with their own storyline--can't wait!)
Rating: 5 stars/ A
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review...and ended up buying my own copy before I'd even finished it!
Posted May 1, 2014
Quickie that is Scandalous, Reckless, Desirous. This is one historical romance that does not beat around the bush at all. With in not time Lady Elizabeth is captivated by Mr. Cale and all his wicked charms.
Cale is an intriguing man that has a bad reputation. Lady Elizabeth is the lady that is out of his reach. She is stepping out of mourning into something completely out of her realm of reality.
There is not pomp and circumstance with this romance. This author gets right down to it. No big chase, dastardly deed, kidnapping, or evil villain. This progress at a quick pace and I want to get more. More of Olivia and Anne, Lady Elizabeth's sisters. They seem to be serious characters.
Thanks, Net Galley.
Posted April 18, 2014
Lady Thornhill is a widow from a loveless marraige. She enjoys finally being free to be herself and do as she likes. She has no intention of falling for the notorious rake, Cale Cameron, when she stumbles into his store one there is an obvious attraction. While Elizabeth is determined to not fall prey to his wicked ways - she may end up in his arms anyways. Cale has no interest in a lasting relationship, he's more of a love them and leave them type. But Elizabeth has managed to wiggle her way into a part of him he thought was dead.
While this was a very cute read, the characters just didn't have the impact I've seen in other books. The storyline is sweet - who can resist a love conquers all attitude?
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Posted April 15, 2014
This is book one in the Sisters of Scandals series.
Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is ready to shed her widow's weeds. Walking home from replenishing her wardrobe, it starts to rain. She quickly dashes into the bookstore to get out of the rain. In the process, she literally runs into the owner.
Cale Cameron, the owner of Cameron's lending library is intrigued by Elizabeth and invites her to a dinner party at his home. Elizabeth is unsure if she should go, but since her husband's death she has been looking for some adventure.
Elizabeth has one of the best night's of her life and doesn't want it to end. Neither Elizabeth nor Cale can fight their attraction any longer and begin an affair. Elizabeth is sure that Cale will break her heart if she gets anymore involved with him, so she ends the affair after a week.
Can their week of passion lead to a life-long commitment?
I have to say that I am blown away by Lily Maxton's writing. This is her first story and it was a novella. There are long established writers that can not pull off a well written novella and Maxton did it her first time out of the gate.
Cale and Elizabeth's story was sweet and passionate. Both were lonely in the lives they were leading and fate put them in the right place at the right time. Had they met any sooner, Elizabeth wouldn't have been ready to embark in an affair. Cale made a point to get to know Elizabeth when her husband had made no effort at all. This was very refreshing to Elizabeth and I think made Cale more attractive to her. Not that they were lacking in chemistry, because it practically jumped off the page.
I'm so glad that I found Lily Maxton's work and I CAN NOT wait for the rest of the books in the series.
Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Posted April 15, 2014
THE AFFAIR by Lily Maxton is another delightfully entertaining Regency Historical Romance. A quick read, a novella of only about 68 pages, but a great read! Follow, Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill and Cale Cameron on their journey to their HEA, hopefully. For only one week, Elizabeth would be Cale's, oh, but things don't always happen as expected or as is supposed to happen. As these two learn. Passion ignites between the two and the rest as they say....is history!
Well written with very entertaining and sensual characters. Very well done, Ms. Maxton. I would recommend this quick novella to any and all Historical Romance readers! You will not be disappointed! Received for an honest review.
HEAT RATING: HOT
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted April 14, 2014
A short, quick historical romance that kept me intrigued from beginning to end with good characters, a captivating premise and juicy sex scenes.
Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is our heroine. She thankfully now finds herself free of her loveless marriage due to the Earl's passing. As the story opens, she has just shed her widow's weeds, gets caught in a rainstorm heading home, and ducks into a bookstore for shelter. Soaked to the bone, Cale Cameron offers her a place by the fire to stave off her chill until the storm has passed. With her life's direction controlled by both the ton and her family, she knows what she must do. Enjoying Cale's company is not on the list.
Cale Cameron, owner of Cale's Lending Library, is our hero. He's a known rake and he finds himself insanely attracted to Lady Thornhill after meeting her during that storm. He's determined to get her into his bed as his mistress.
Even though this is a brief read, it's a well-written, engaging romance with some twists I didn't foresee.
Posted April 14, 2014
Very short (less than 68pgs) but sweet & it didn’t feel rushed or incomplete with a wonderful writing style.The rake who protects his heart falls for the proper lady (a widow) after an affair which lasts a week she calls it off knowing that she has fallen for him. In their ensuing separation, he realizes how much he misses & needs her.
I like that even though the story was short, you get a sense that their love develops through a kindred spirit, that Cale genuinely appreciates Elizabeth as an intelligent, caring woman & not just for her beauty whereas Cale speaks to Elizabeth as someone who values her opinion and who makes her smile. & of course how could one not adore a hero who owns a lending library & bookshop? Who gifts the heroine with a book after their 1st meeting?
A beautiful quote at the end of the story:
I only let you go to protect myself, but staying away was far worse. These three months have been
hell. I can’t,” he drew in a breath, “I can’t live without my heart.”
Posted April 14, 2014
A charming and enjoyable historical romance, The Affair was a lovely novella. I really enjoyed reading this sweet book.
Both Elizabeth and Cale was great characters. Elizabeth started off as a bit of a pushover, but she grew stronger and became determined to life her own life. By the end of the novella, I liked her. Cale was very sweet and adorable. I really liked him, as well.
The romance was lovely. These two were sweet together and the chemistry between them was definitely hot. I thought they were a perfect couple.
The plot was quick and I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.
The Affair was a wonderful historical romance novella. It was sweet and a truly enjoyable book. Romance lovers, if you're looking for a quick, lovely story, then you'll want to read this
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review