A ROMANCE OF THE UNEXPECTED STARRING A SASSY SOUTHERN HEROINE & SOUTHERN SCOUNDREL
(Monday, October 6, 2014)
Reviewer: Patty McKenna Van Hulle
To find their true soul mates, a sassy Southern Belle & a wealth shipping magnet must travel a path through love, jealousy, stupidity, misunderstandings & even across the untamed wilds of America!
Pregnant Celine Kirkland buried her mother-in-law in the unforgiving Louisiana downpour, climbed aboard the carriage with her hubby & father-in-law & on their way home tragedy struck. While trapped under a carriage wheel, she stared into the dead eyes of her hubby & gave birth to dead child in the rising river until she was rescued. Justin Andrews lost his eldest daughter & as a friend of hubby's dad, took Celine into his family home & over the their mutual grieving, she became the family of his heart. Within the last 12 months, the Andrews family has won a place in her heart, but she is ready for next step & plans to go to San Francisco to stay with her BF from childhood, Dianah, after her Bday ball at Carlton Oaks.
Trevor Andrews is the eldest son, has lots of brothers, his cousin, uncle & only 1 spoiled sister in his large & loving family. He is the head of his family shipping company, has traveled the world & has came home to await the delivery of their newest clipper ship, before he takes the maiden voyage to China. But what he finds at his family plantation, Carlton Oaks, is a gorgeous woman with sad, but sultry green eyes.
Celine sees the scoundrel Trevor from the balcony, their eyes lock & she feels it down to her curled toes & he feels it straight to his cojones. Trevor isn't the only new addition to the family gathering, but his BF & Cousin Cameron is also slightly smitten with the pretty widow. Trevor pushes, pulls & twists her into a web of seduction, but she refuses to be another of his conquest. As a terrible thunderstorm comes, Celine is helpless with terror, dosed with laudanum & unknown to her, soothed by none other than Trevor. Everything changes after that, as Celine discover her inner BAD GIRL, she plans to seduce him & then hop aboard the next ship to San Francisco. With a few stolen pantalettes dropping kisses, thumpty thump heart caresses & quivering girlie parts, Trevor stirs up her world & awakens her dead heart, but she rocks his foundation & cracks up his walled up heart!
With insane misunderstands, another terror filled storm, a ho of a widow, a night of hot, raw & dominant loving, too many jealousies to count, a pair of dueling pistols & a male ego the size of the Mississippi to send a girl packing for the West! Celine races to get away to only wound up in trouble, with Trevor on her heels, a mysterious tracker named Wolf, a wagon train, Indians afoot, a well placed arrow, snail paced mail & a fast Boston clipper ship to make this romance hit the dusty road for the unknown West! Can Celine get out of the trouble she is in? Does she even want to? Will Trevor raise HADES to find her? Is a relationship possible with China in Trevor future? Who is this mysterious Wolf & how can he help? Who fought in a duel?
This is my 3rd book by Ms. Roth & that are all so different from each other, but she touched the hidden places in my heart & made me CRY UGLY! All the sassy Southern Belles I have had the pleasure to have as friends, are unique creatures with their polished manners, endless cheer, gigantic hearts & if you make them mad, BOOM, you had better have a will ready! Celine lost so many people during her young life, but how she got up each day was a testament of her strong inner strength (that I called her Steel MagnoliaNESS)! She protected her bitterly fragile heart by wrapping it up in cotton & that was just 1 reason why she was a true sister of my heart! Trevor was my 1st Southern rake/rogue, but he could put a Duke to shame! And like all rake/rogues when they fall it is hard, fast, messy & they always screw it up with use their heads instead of their hearts. Trevor didn't only not use his head or heart, but he unleashed his massive EGO & let her slip thru his fingers! I will be honest & say that at some points in this tale Ms. Roth took me into many an unseen twists, turns & rutted paths that seem kinda iffy to me, but the romance was so worth the bump, dusty & uncomfortable ride! Ms. Roth didn't just write about sweet & spicy burn passions between them, but she made Celine & Trevor spoke to me using their bodies as they tangled lips, tongues, legs & finally their hearts together! The Andrews family was a character in it self with their large, caring & loud selves that were meddling PITAs (pain in the a$$es) & they will always have a special place in my own personal book COSMO! Now Wolf was an interesting character with a mysterious background that is in Ms. Roth's next book in this When Hearts Dare series, Alanna, & I can't wait for that romance! Again Ms. Roth has WOWED me with yet another totally different romance filled with UNEXPECTED, so I give her my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes, AGAIN!
NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.