Author: Vivienne Lorret

Book Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

Posted August 20, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 8 Comments

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Finding Miss McFarland
by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Wallflower Weddings #3
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Published: August 5th, 2014 by Avon Romance
Format: Paperback/eBook, 300 pages

Book Description:

Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all.

Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn’t been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin’s noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney’s wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death … a life without love.

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Excerpt

The instant he said the words, he released her. Delaney felt the loss of his touch as quickly as a bucket of water douses a single flame. “Mrs. Shaw said it belonged to the late Viscount Brinley.”

“And he was the Earl of Marlbrook’s son,” he said succinctly before he began to walk up the drive again. “Without an heir, the courtesy title passed to my father, who bequeathed the estate to me.”

She’d known Mr. Croft would eventually inherit an earldom and therefore wasn’t a pauper, but she’d had no idea he had a considerable fortune of his own. That was why he didn’t care a fig for hers. He’d never cared. A strange, terrifying thrill sprang to life inside her. All he wanted was her. The words kept turning around and around in her head as she followed him the rest of the way in complete silence.

Within half an hour, he stopped in front of the wide white door and spoke briefly with the manservant.

Once the servant disappeared, Griffin gestured to dark brick facade of the house. “Here is Brannaleigh Hall,” he said with a measure of resignation before he stepped over the threshold.

Still reeling and stunned, she followed him inside. An expanse of white marble tiles veined with grays and silver covered the foyer floor. The furniture and the chandelier overhead were draped in white sheets. The walls were painted and trimmed in white as well. She was very glad that she wasn’t holding a glass of red wine, for she’d be the first to spill it.

Griffin swept his arm into the space around him. “Here is the hall where I first arrived yesterday, exhausted and weary, but also exhilarated because I’d just come from seeing your face.”

She drew in a quick breath. There was no mockery in his tone but only more resignation. Lifting her gaze to search his face, she caught only his profile before he turned and began up the stairs.

At the very top, he walked down a wide hall trimmed in white wainscoting. More white? Imagine the disaster she would bring to such a pristine hallway. The lack of color was starting to tweak at her frayed nerves.

At the end of the hall, he turned and walked through an open door. It wasn’t until she followed that she realized it was an expansive bedchamber, accented in pale gray silks, from the walls to the coverlet.

Griffin didn’t look at her but stared at the bed, his expression hard and inscrutable. “Here is the bed where I spent hours dreaming of you last night.”

Of her, not her fortune.

And then he walked past her and out into the hall again. The other doorways were closed and likely had sheets covering all the furniture. At the end of a second hall was a wide window facing west, with the light from the setting sun filtering in. The room beside it opened up to a grand portrait gallery.

About Vivienne Lorret

I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.

Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.

My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.

I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at vivienne@vivlorret.net.

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Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

Posted August 20, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret
Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Wallflower Weddings #3
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Regency, Romance
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-08-05
Format: eARC
Pages: 300
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all.

Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn't been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin's noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney's wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death … a life without love.


Reviewed by: Sherri

She would trust a stranger with her fortune, but she wouldn’t trust the man she claimed to love with her heart.

Why I Choose this Book:  I absolutely adored this cover! Typically historical romances feature pastels and this with it bright yellow and red just drew my eye. Oh, and the hunky guy without the shirt didn’t hurt either.

Short and Sweet Summary: An enjoyable historical that has a classic historical romance story line; girl must marry, male must produce heir and the two main protagonists end up wanting what they said they didn’t.

The Courtship:  In what has to be the most memorable introduction of two characters, Delaney McFarland creates “an incident” while being introduced to Griffin Croft (and no I’m not saying).  But I can say that having suffered a similar incident in my life; on the receiving end mind you,  let’s just say it is something not easily forgotten and definitely leaves an impression.

What I Liked:  Delaney is independent, stubborn, passionate and has a clear vision of what she wants her life to be.  She is determined to live it her way and under her own terms.  Griffin is a bachelor that will be inheriting a dukedom and is being pressured to find a wife and beget an heir.  The two characters are well written and believable with solid reasons for not wanting attachments.  But when the two are together there is an attraction that is hard for them to deny and makes them question their original intent.  Also memorable are the characters sisters; they are just too darn clever and there matchmaking efforts made me smile.  I’m hoping we see more of their plotting in the future.

What I didn’t Like:  There are a couple of story threads that left me going “huh.” Mainly, I just didn’t understand Delaney’s cousins and the viciousness that they had against her and I also wanted more interactions with the other Wallflowers.  They are mentioned but dialog between them is very limited.

The Recap:  Overall, Finding Miss McFarland is a cute read. It does have some wonderful banter between the two characters and Delaney’s ability to totally drive Griffin crazy is amusing. His speech near the end of the book is so heartfelt and endearing I wanted to hug him.  He is not an alpha male, but the perfect beta.  Finding Miss McFarland is part of a series but it can be read as stand alone.