Series: Lady Lancaster Garden Society #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Entangled Publishing on December 2, 2012
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Everyone knows William Bredon, the earl of Pembroke, has a reputation as a captivating rogue, determined to never marry until his duty to produce an heir requires it. So when he invites Lady Hannah Rochester to dance, Hannah vows to keep her distance. But the undeniably gorgeous William, with his dark humor and seductive gaze, draws her in nonetheless.
Of course, Lady Hannah is not completely what she seems, either. A member of the dowager Lady Lancaster’s Garden Society, she secretly spends her days solving mysteries and uncovering intrigues, and when she brings William into the fold, a sinister plot develops that brings the two closer together. William’s protective nature ensures he remains by Hannah’s side, but he will not surrender his anti-marriage stance.
Can intrigue, passion, and maybe even a little bit of scandal reform the most notorious of rakes?
It’s a known fact that I love historical romance novels, especially ones that offer a unique spin such as time-travel, or maybe a little paranormal activity thrown into the mix. Taming Her Forbidden Earl by Catherine Hemmerling had neither of these things, but it did have the Young Ladies’ Garden Society. Headed by dowager Lady Lancaster, the Garden Society consists of a group of five exceptional young women of the ton dedicated to helping out those less fortunate, seeing justice served where needed, and providing support and friendship for its’ members.
This book was a fun read, with relatable quirky characters and provided lots of humor, intrigue, danger and romance. I really enjoyed getting to know courageous and outspoken Hannah and protective and reliable William, who were both great characters with tons of chemistry and presence. However, some of the secondary characters stood out as well. There was clumsy Sarah, who provided a couple of laugh out loud moments; sweet and shy Rose Warren, who was a force to be reckoned with when it came to helping others; and brave little Roddy, who acted much older than his young age.
As mentioned before, I did like both Hannah and William. Their attraction was undeniable, and the chemistry was definitely there. I especially loved their playful banter and the way their admiration and respect for one another grew with each interaction. I loved how well they worked together as a team while thwarting the advances and nefarious plans of the thorn in both their sides and their brothers’ sides, Lord Shrewsbury. However, I must say that I felt as though they fell in love a little too fast. After all, they’d only known each other a week before they admitted to feelings of love.
All in all, this was an entertaining read. If you’d like to visit this world of romance, danger and mystery, then be sure to pick up a copy. And be on the lookout for future books featuring the other ladies of the Garden Society, Rose, Emily, Hope, and Sarah. I know I will (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).