Grant's third Blackshear Regency romance (after A Gentleman Undone) leaves no doubt of her talent. Kate Westbrook feels robbed of her social standing due to her blue-blood father's scandalous marriage to her mother, an actress, and is determined to make a better match for herself. She takes a bumpy path through high society using her brains and her beauty, but her heart has other plans. Family friend and barrister Nicholas Blackshear has carried a torch for Kate for several years. Knowing of her plan to marry up, and believing himself to be a poor match for her, he reluctantly agrees to introduce her around at society functions. Their feelings for each other soon become more passionate than passive, shocking them both. Grant has successfully given screwball romantic comedy a decidedly Regency flair. Her witty dialogue, flawed but relatable characters, and precise attention to detail make her an author to watch. (July)
Praise for A Woman Entangled
“In the third of her Blackshear family series, Grant tackles class distinction and complex family dynamics in a wonderful sensual romance and witty tale in the style of Jane Austen . . . Grant skillfully takes a shallow, immature heroine and develops her into a likable, admirable grown woman. Grant is a smart, innovative, clever writer.”—RT Book Reviews
“Wielding a deliciously sharp wit that even Jane Austen would envy, Grant delivers yet another cleverly conceived and deftly choreographed Regency historical that is both lushly sensual and thoroughly romantic. Readers who have yet to discover Grant’s impeccably written romances are in for a rare treat.”—Booklist (starred review)
“An emotionally rich, sensually lush romance.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Cecilia Grant is swiftly becoming one of my favorite historical romance authors, with her complex characters and thoughtful explorations of how their historical period shapes them. If you love multifaceted stories, definitely give her work a try!”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“The writing and characterization is every bit as good as I’ve come to expect, and Ms. Grant’s economic, restrained style works beautifully to allow the depth of emotion that bubbles under the surface throughout the story to speak for itself. There is no verbiage for the sake of it; this author pays her readers the huge compliment of trusting us with her material and letting us work things out for ourselves.”—All About Romance
Praise for A Lady Awakened
“I’m in love with this author’s voice. It is hard to explain why I love her style of writing so much, but as I read I didn’t want to miss a single word.”—Mandi Schreiner, USA Today
“Wickedly sexy . . . Grant [is] one to watch.”—RT Book Reviews
Tired of being considered unacceptable by the ton and by her father’s aristocratic family simply because her father fell in love with an actressand had the audacity to marry hercharming, stunningly beautiful Kate Westerbrook is determined to redeem her family’s social position by avoiding love and marrying a title. From the day she turned 13, Kate has been focused on that goal, and she’s not about to let anything or anyone get in her waynot social snubs, not family disapproval, and especially not Nicholas Blackshear, her barrister father’s far-too-attractive but untitled and ineligible protégé. If only she weren’t drawn so inexplicably to that annoying man! But Nick has been secretly charged with keeping Kate safe as she navigates the treacherous, unfamiliar social scenewhether she likes it or not.
Verdict Class issues and one’s place in society are at the heart of this engaging, insightful Regency romance that features top-notch character development, wickedly sweet sensuality, and witty humor. It adds another chapter to the fascinating Blackshear family saga (A Gentleman Undone).Kristin Ramsdell, Libn. Emerita, California State Univ., East Bay
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Beautiful Kate Westbrook is bound and determined to find the perfect mate who will usher her back into her rightful place in the haut ton; she is absolutely not interested in handsome, honorable Nick Blackshear--no matter how much her heart may tell her otherwise. As the daughter of the estranged second son of an earl, Kate wants nothing more than to find her way back into the highest echelons of society, a position out of her reach since her father married her mother, an actress, and was shunned by his family. When a door of opportunity opens a crack, she intends to make the most of it but is stunned when she is continually thrown into contact with Nick Blackshear, a handsome barrister whose suit she shut down firmly but kindly in the past. The more time she spends with him, the more attractive he becomes, which is problematic, given that he can in no way further her social goals. In fact, Nick's family has a juicy scandal more recent than hers, so she should be spending less rather than more time with him, but she can't bring herself to deprive herself of his company--a decision that threatens to send them both down the dangerous, irreversible path of passion. For his part, Nick has been in love with Kate since the first time he set eyes on her, and he once thought to spend his life with her, until he received the message loud and clear that he wasn't good enough. Now, with his family's scandal hanging over him and negatively impacting his career, he knows he has nothing to offer her. But when circumstances throw them together and attraction flares, he's too intrigued to walk away. And while their odd dance of attraction and denial is the initial impetus for their covert romance, and their blazing chemistry is extraordinary, ultimately, Kate and Nick must decide to honestly open their hearts to love--for each other, their families and their true selves--before they can ever be whole and happy. An emotionally rich, sensually lush romance.