Saturday, 22 March 2014

Book Review: Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy



Compromising Willa (Accidental Peers #3)
Author: Diana Quincy
Publisher: Entangled, Scandalous
Release Date: 9 December 2013

England, 1805

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.

No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.

Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?

Review

This was a very sweet and engaging historical romance, with a very determined hero and a heroine who is not easily wooed.

Willa has learned her lesson from her past and scandalous rumours still follow where she goes. I loved that Willa no longer wants to be married, she has interests that lie outside of marriage and in fact a husband would only hamper her plans. She wants her independence and freedom, but she doesn't count on finding a man that steals her heart away.
Hart is a great hero, he's a determined flirt and has his flaws but he admits to them and is sure in himself. As soon as he meets Willa, he's captivated by her and sets his mind on wooing her, regardless of the rumours about her reputation.

Willa and Hart are great together, he's happy to grant her the kind of freedom she craved but they also grow to have a passionate love. I loved how protective Hart was of Willa, especially in the face of Augustus' persistence in trying to claim Willa as his.

The plot is fast-paced and whilst I thoroughly disliked Augustus' character, he does provide an element of tension and suspense to the plot.
I really enjoyed this book, which is the third in the Accidental Peers series. It works perfectly well as a stand alone, so don't worry if you've not read the previous books!
I've not read anything by Diana Quincy before, but I certainly will in the future and I'm definitely going to catch up on the previous books in the series.

*I received a review copy from the author for my honest opinion. Thank you!

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