Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Summer House Party - A Timeless Regency Collection

Summer House PartySummer House Party by Regina Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance novella collection

Book Description:  Join three bestselling Regency Romance authors, Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, and Sarah M. Eden, for three new novellas in SUMMER HOUSE PARTY.

A ENGAGEMENT OF CONVENIENCE by Regina Scott: Kitty Chapworth is nearly a spinster, and an orphan living on the charity of her uncle, with nothing to recommend her for the marriage mart. Her primary purpose is relegated to acting chaperone for her cousins until she can see them successfully married. Kitty remains focused on her duty even though she knows her future is bleak. When Quentin Adair returns from a long ten years working in Jamaica and proposes a wild charade to Kitty, she agrees, although the plan might reawaken her old feelings for Quentin. Can a reformed rake convince the perfect chaperone to overlook propriety for love?

A PERFECT MATCH by Donna Hatch: Genevieve attends a summer house party hosted by her best friend who can't wait to introduce her to a gentleman she wants to marry, Christian Amesbury. After meeting him, Genevieve determines Christian is perfect . . . for her. Torn between loyalty to her best friend and the yearnings of her heart, Genevieve must first escape the attention of a powerful lord who's obsessed with her and who tries to rob her of any hope for a happily ever after.

THE PAUPERS’ HOUSE PARTY by Sarah M. Eden: It’s a rare event that Edward Downy and his brother are invited to a house party by a member of the ton. But when they arrive, Edward quickly realizes this house party is different than any other. All invited guests are quite destitute, fallen members of Society barely hanging onto their homes. The hosts of the house party, the Warricks, then make a stunning announcement—they intend to gift all their properties to one fortunate guest. As the guests race to impress the Warricks, Edward finds a fast friend in Agatha Holmwood, who shares his same aversion to the horrible expectations. But their growing fondness for each other only makes the game more painful.

My thoughts: I know that whenever I pick up one of the Timeless Romance Anthologies that I will be reading wonderful stories. This collection has three stories that take place at house parties in Regency England. All three were excellent!

The first story: A Engagement of Convenience, you have two characters who have history coming together for their own purposes. As a reader, you know their motivation. It was fun to see them figure things out. It was cute and full of humor.

A Perfect Match is a prequel to Donna Hatch's A Perfect Secret. It was a wonderful introduction to Genevieve and Christian. Seeing that I have read the book it made this installment bitter sweet for me.

I love reading Sarah Eden's books. The Pauper's House Party is witty and full of great characters. It is an unexpected plot for a story and works well. I enjoyed how she showed human character at it's finest and weakest.

This book is clean with some kissing.

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