4 ½ stars!—RT Book Reviews
Wayward Oneby Lorelie Brown
He’ll protect her with every vicious bone in his body.
During her ten years at the prestigious Waywroth Academy, Sera Miller clung to a strict code of propriety to shield herself from rumors that she isn’t an orphan at all. She’s a bastard. Now she wishes she had never allowed her friends to talk her into snooping into the/p>/p>/i>… See more details below
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He’ll protect her with every vicious bone in his body.
During her ten years at the prestigious Waywroth Academy, Sera Miller clung to a strict code of propriety to shield herself from rumors that she isn’t an orphan at all. She’s a bastard. Now she wishes she had never allowed her friends to talk her into snooping into the mysterious source of her tuition.
Her benefactor isn’t the unknown father she dreamed of one day meeting, but Fletcher Thomas—underworld tycoon, gambling den owner, and a man so dangerously mesmerizing that he could spark the scandal Sera has worked so hard to avoid.
Fletcher is only two steps away from leaving the life of crime he inherited from his father. First he plans to join an aboveboard railroad consortium, then claim the one thing his ill-gotten gains have kept safe all these years—Sera.
With every wicked caress, Sera fights harder to remember society’s rules and reject the painful memories his touch resurrects. Accepting Fletcher’s love means accepting her past—a risk too great for a woman who has always lived in the shadows. No matter how safe she feels in his arms.
Warning: This book contains a do-gooder heroine, an accidentally charming hero with tendencies toward caveman-itis, inappropriate household décor and fabulous sex against a wall.
4 ½ stars!—RT Book Reviews
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After a semi-nomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she’s returned home to California. But not the cool area. She can’t afford that yet. Lorelie has three active sons and a tiny shih-tzu who thinks he’s son number three—not four, he’s too important to be the baby. Writing romance helps her escape a house full of testosterone. In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie co-writes contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter.
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Seraphina (Sera) Miller has known life as the poorest of the poor. Sera has been given the opportunity to be groomed into a lady at Waywroth Academy. Sera is every inch the lady in Fletcher Thomas's eyes. Fletcher has been secretly given Sera the opportunities she wouldn't have otherwise. Fletcher and Sera knew each other as children but Fletcher has never forgotten her. Sera hopes to get a job at Waywroth Academy as one of the teachers. When Fletcher learns of Sera plans he moves to change them fast. Fletcher hopes to make himself suitable to society by going legit. He's been working hard to make that happen but he's missing something valuable Sera. Sera sees the disaster that Fletcher's home is in and moves mountains to fix everything that is wrong. Sera helps Fletcher see how out of control things are in his home. Rick Raverst doesn't like the idea of Fletcher going to legit. He especially doesn't like Sera because of how she influences Fletcher's behavior. Fletcher has be trying to get into Lord Linsley's railroad consortium for a very long time. Fletcher surprises Sera with her mother's locket and touch by his thoughtfulness. Will Sera let Fletcher into her heart? Can Fletcher admit his feelings and dreams to Sera? What does Rick Raverst fear? Will Lord Linsley admit Fletcher into the railroad consortium? What is special about the locket? Your answers await you in Wayward One. Wayward One is the most aptly named book title I've seen in a while. From beginning to end this book rocked as a page turner that you had to know what happened next. I was constantly telling myself just one more page and chapter through out the whole book. Historial romance novels have always been a favorite genre of mine since I could read Harlequin novels. I loved all of the characters presented but I have to admit that Sera's character is my favorite. Sera's personality of having to control everything in her life is so relatable to modern times and families. Every plot point and mystery only added to the fun of reading this book. I will continue reading this genre and author's works. I look forward to the next work presented by this author.
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog “A story that kept you turning the pages.” ~Under the Covers WAYWARD ONE is a different historical romance than what I’ve been reading lately, and I mean that in a good way. It’s a bit darker storyline without really being dark. This book, although unexpected for me, was a good mix of sexy and emotion with an interesting storyline. A story that kept you turning the pages. Our hero, Fletcher Thomas, is a man who has made his fortune by not so traditional means (ie underworld) and he’s not necessarily a respected member of London society. Sera Miller has grown up at a boarding school, knowing she was an orphan, and without knowing who her benefactor was. She’s now the epitome of proper. Sometimes way too much for my liking. Fletcher finally reveals himself as Sera’s benefactor and the true reason why he was doing it was very romantic. See, Sera’s mother used to be Fletcher’s fathers’ “lady of the night” and, as kids, Fletcher and Sera spent time together. One could say he fell in love then and always wanted to take care of her. And that’s what he’s been doing for years, from afar. That is until she would be of age and he could snatch her up and marry her. In his mind, she could make him better. I really liked Fletcher, he’s the good bad guy. He’s wanted so bad to fit in and to be part of society that he doesn’t quite understand it really isn’t all that’s cracked up to be, nor that it may not be a good fit for him. The connection between Fletcher and Sera was a bit lacking at first for me but it slowly developed and when I wasn’t wanting to club her to snap out of her tidy ways, then they were actually fun together. There’s nothing better than seeing the oh-so-proper Sera get all hot and bothered in the most inappropriate places because she couldn’t fight her attraction to Fletcher. There’s even a bit of action in this book adding a nice layer to the story. There’s the issue of Sera’s mother and Fletcher’s fathers’ death. We get to find out the truth about that and how this was still affecting their lives today. I am extremely happy I gave this book a try. I’ve loved the author’s work while being one half of Katie Porter and wasn’t sure how that would relate to her historicals. This is not a Katie Porter book, I was happy to see a distinct voice coming through WAYWARD ONE. But at the same time, I’ll definitely have another author that I need to read from now on. Favorite Quotes: “I die with wanting you, every day.” “I can’t wait to unwrap you.” *Review copy provided by author
The first book in the Waywroth Academy series by new-to-me author Lorelie Brown, this is a very impressive and original working class romance set in Victorian England, about two childhood friends who find love and acceptance in society, with themselves, as well as with each other. At first, the premise of a young lady (the daughter of a woman who felt she had no choice but to become a whore to survive) clinging to society’s strictures for proper etiquette and decorum despite her wildly passionate feelings for her childhood friend (a man raised in the streets but who has loved the heroine forever) might seem unrealistic to our twenty-first century sensibilities. But the only way that Seraphina (Sera) can even fathom acceptance by the ton is to marry Fletcher yet restrain her love and attraction for him to the bedroom; she holds herself back from all other affection. Fletcher desires a passionate wife in the bedroom (and elsewhere, of course) and a proper society wife, but above all else, he also hopes for her love. This is a sweet romance with beautifully portrayed sexual tension. When Sera insinuates herself in Fletcher’s household and brings order out of the chaos that are his servants and inappropriate decor, he lets her have her way. He is trying to get ahead himself and let go of his unsavory businesses so that he can deserve Sera and marry her. But when circumstances bring about their marriage precipitously—due to a threat to Sera—they must face the truth about their own expectations of marriage. I liked Fletcher though we don’t get his point of view as much as I wanted. It felt much more like Sera’s story. What does shine through beautifully, however, is his unwavering love and protection of Sera at every point in the story. He pays for her ladies’ education at a girls’ school—Waywroth Academy—reminiscent of one that Harriet Smith attended with Mrs. Goddard in Jane Austen’s Emma. Sera must settle the origins of her birth in order to realize she can be free to love Fletcher with all her heart yet still be accepted by society. With him, she sees that he will always be there for her no matter what happens. And that’s just about the best thing you can hope for in any relationship. They are kindred spirits. Sera’s precocious friends, Charlotte (Lottie) and Victoria, will have their happy endings in future installments in this quiet and nicely written series.
I had reservations but throughly enjoyed this book and the main characters. I'd definitely recommend reading.