by Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, and Sarah M. Eden
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 Review: 5 Stars
I'm totally in the mood to go to a summer house party now! The drama, the fun and games, the romance...I loved it! I found each of these stories to be very delightful.
In AN ENGAGEMENT OF CONVENIENCE, Kitty and Quentin hatch a plan to pretend to be engaged. I always love this idea in a story, as it always seems to result from a few sparks that fan into flames. There's a great chemistry and plenty of humor, which I wasn't expecting to find. I adored the characters and found the story to be very...engaging.
I'm a big fan of the Amesbury brothers and was thrilled to find a story revolving around perfectly perfect Christian in this set. A PERFECT MATCH has another favorite idea--love can't be forced and is often found unexpectedly. The tension of fighting off feelings, as well as precious stolen moments, completely captured my heart. The way the story progresses is natural and inviting. I could picture the exuberant characters and loved the house party descriptions.
THE PAUPER'S HOUSE PARTY has a very interesting twist. The Warricks don't have heirs and decide to host a party for those less fortunate to try and find someone to inherit. Edward and Agatha each have no desire to play along, yet they do for a time. Their time together is well spent. I adored Agatha's sense of humor and her interactions with others. This is a good match, although doomed, and the way it all came together is very gratifying, as well as entertaining.
This is a fantastic book for those who love clean Regency romances with some great, spunky characters. These stories all made me feel so light-hearted and happy and I loved them all!
Content: mild romance. Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*