4.5 Stars This is a book that deals with the difficult subject of sexual assault and the impact it has on victims as fantasizes back in the Victorian era I applaud the author for how she dealt with the subject as I m sure it would have been even difficult to dealt with it in a time when the man would certainly had no impact on, but it would have completely ruined the woman.That said, I thought the story line was engaging and the outcome satisfying It was a sweet romance and I ll probably read from this author. Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Generally I don t give such a low rating for an historical romance considering I m biased towards that genre than New Adult and Contemporary also but this book just didn t do it for me The story was too shallow and it just developed way too fast But the real turn off for me Daniel Fallon was to feminine for my taste He could have been a bit better manly Maybe that s not the word but whatever it is I didn t like him Also by the end Sophia started acting like a brat It annoyed me I skimmed the last bit. ARC REVIEW I love books like this, books that I know have been a labor of love and healing for the author It s a very emotional and heartfelt story and knowing that so much of the author s self is put into makes it so much better In her acknowledgements in the beginning of the book she says this book was part of a healing process, you can tell the emotion behind the hurt and the tragedy was palpable The writing was beautifully done, the character development was clear and well done Lady Daphne is a great supporting character, she was exactly what Sophia needed Dorothea was another great supporting character outspoken, straightforward and fearless and the voice of reason when Sophia needed it the most Sophia and Daniel are perfect for each other it s plain as day but the process of them realizing it is a difficult one but so sweet of an outcome Sophia was foisted on to her great aunt so she could have a season in London after an event that ruined her first season in Philadelphia three years ago Sophia has resigned herself to never get married she plans to just go through the motions to appease Aunt Daphne but she won t marry Even after meeting the dashing Daniel Fallon the Earl of Marlton who makes her stomach go aflutter she can not allow herself to love him Daniel had no immediate plans to marry but just after one night, one ball Daniel can think of noone else but Sophia Daniel has reservations, he feels like he can t trust himself after what happened last time, and he won t be taken for a fool this time When the villain from Sophia s past who ruined her shows up in London, Sophia is scared and shocked especially when a rumor about her not being innocent comes out in the paper Daniel can t help but believe what he heard but something about how Sophia acts doesn t ring true about the rumor Sophia tells Daniel the truth about what happened three years ago and why she can never marry Daniel does the unexpected and proposes and after some convincing that Sophia can stand the touch of a man as long as it was done in love Sophia agrees But it s only the beginning, tragedy strikes and Sophia falls into a bout of depression Daniel is trying to find out the way to ruin the blackguard who ruined his Sophie and deal with his distraught wife until Daniel disappears Overall, it was a great story Sophia learns that friends and family can help you get through whatever tragedy may happen and love heals. This story deals with a very touchy subject that may be triggering for some readers Yet somehow the author manages to approach it in a way that not only comes across as realistic, but also straddles the line of seriousness without becoming depressing The characters were also very well done, each of the main players having a distinctive personality, although there were times when I didn t agree with how they acted or reacted to certain situations For example, while I understood Sophie s depression and Daniel s required absence from her during a difficult time I did not understand why she suddenly seemed to do a 180 personality wise transforming into a spoiled brat that I hardly recognized as the original character Thankfully, this behavior was eventually corrected, again in a way that seemed consistent with the overall story, so while I felt it was worth mentioning, it wasn t something that made me like the book any less Overall, I am certain that this book will appeal those who enjoy a well written historical romance I will definitely read from this author DISCLAIMER I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review This has not affected my review in any way All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. Only Trust Can Save Her Sailing To London, Sophia Braighton Only Hopes To Escape Certain Ruin But When She Arrives, Her Great Aunt Daphne Has Other Plans For The American Born Beauty Determined To Marry Off Her Niece To A Man Of Means, She Propels Sophia Into London Society, Not Knowing That The Young Woman S Trust In Men Is Shattered In Fact, Sophia Never Expects To Ever Feel Anything For A Man Then Again, She Never Expects To Find Herself In The Company Of The Dashing Earl Of MarltonFrom The Moment He Sees Sophia, Daniel Fallon Feels Alive In A Way He Has Not Since His Broken Engagement Though The Vulnerable Beauty Shies From The Passion Burning Bright Between Them, Daniel Is Determined To Court Her And Make Her His Bride And When He Learns Of The Painful Secret She Harbors, He Is Equally Determined To Take Revenge On The Man Responsible But Will The Quest Destroy Him And His Future With His Beloved I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review While I thoroughly liked the book, I don t care for the title because it makes it sound like she did something wrong and she didn t I understand that that was the way it was thought of during that time, but I just don t think we have to support it by making titles sound that way Just sayinA S Fenichel is a new author for me but I ll definitely read of her books in the future.I usually steer clear of novels that contain rape and probably wouldn t even have looked at this one if I d realized this book dealt with it However, this author dealt with the whole thing beautifully The rape was several years in the past and while we were told some of the details, they weren t terribly graphic You knew what happened, but it wasn t so plainly spelled out in great detail What the book dealt with so wonderfully with grace and tenderness was the journey through the aftermath of that and on to the healing.The villain was a real nasty piece of work He was into all sorts of bad stuff and didn t care who he hurt or how badly We can all agree to just hate him thoroughly I really liked the hero, Daniel Fallon loved Sophia Braighton from the first moment he saw her He is loyal, loving, steadfast and caring throughout the entire book He s exactly the kind of man someone like Sophia needs to help her to recover from her trauma You couldn t ask for a better hero But like most hero s in romance novels he could communicate a little better.The story was so beautifully written and the characters so well developed that you could just feel Sophia s pain, heartache and self doubt There are some really fun, quirky secondary characters in the book as well.So I ve told you what I did like now for the couple of things I didn tToward the end of the book as we re working toward the solution with the villain Daniel disappears So Sophia decides he s taken a mistress and has run off with her Now where did that come from I understand it is supposed to be because of her own self esteem issues, but goodness Daniel had been loyal and steadfast since the day he met her and had NEVER given even a hint that he might do something like that, yet that is the first place she goes I don t understand her welcoming her parents back into her life they are from America so joyfully without ironing out the nasty things they tried to do to her She was raped and they wanted to marry her off to somebody in order to save face They didn t even tell her brother anything, just let him dislike his sister because of her reactions to the man who raped her because he liked the man.Anyway I really enjoyed the book. I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.Sophia is being sent to London, to her Great Aunt, for a Season in hopes that she will find a husband Sophia has no intentions on marrying, she just wants to get through the Season and then she can go back home and live her life without hearing any about finding a husband The reason she is in London She has been ruined by actions that were none of her own, by someone who was a trusted friend of the family and someone she had known all her life She is afraid of men now and knows she could never trust one.Daniel has lost his trust in women after finding his fiance with another man He wants nothing to do with love, he doesn t believe it is possible any He knows at one point he will have to marry to provide an heir but he doesn t have to deal with that right away.When Sophie meets Daniel she is taken by his handsomeness an Daniel is feeling something he hasn t felt in awhile, attraction They begin to spend time together which they both enjoy but when he gets too close it sends Sophia into a panic.Sophia finally tells Daniel why she can never marry, the whole story It also comes out that the person who victimized her has been around and tells her she is his , like a possession Daniel is livid and does his own investigating on this person He also tries to convince Sophia that relations between two people is not like her experience.Can Daniel save Sophia from the danger stalking her Can he convince her to take a chance on love I loved this book Sophia is a great character as she is strong, smart and very giving of herself She is fairly direct toward people and has a great sense of humor Daniel is such a good man whose heart was broken It doesn t take long for him to feel protective of Sophia.The author does a good job in character development I felt like I knew enough about all the main characters There was a good range of personalities.In the end I loved how Daniel and Sophia saved each other, and showed the other they could love again What a wonderfully charming book that handles a terrible personal trauma with grace and tenderness Sophia is no shrinking violet she has spunk and engenders loyalty quickly upon arriving in London The author has created a strong setting of support and friendships for Sophia The friends that surround her are as developed as our hero and heroine With her friend s help she is able to move on with her life ad embrace the possibilities the future holds In Lord Daniel Fallon, the Earl of Marlton, we are given a hero who is jaded and carries a wounded heart But underneath that pain and disappointment is a tender, understanding and deeply possessive man HE is a man who will defend his family and friends and will stand up for those who have been oppressed or misused This book as kidnapping, travel between the colonies and England, a house party, threats, moments of extreme happiness and also of great fear The author, A.S Fenichel, wraps all of these along with Sophie s personal trauma in a story of love and coming out the other side in triumph in a realistic and touching way.This is one to read, enjoy and come away with a gratitude for good people Thank you for a wonderful read.I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Sophia is a beautifully strong yet feminine main character and I found myself wanting to hug her She s gone through so much pain and abuse, no thanks to that villain scumbag She flees to England to her aunt s care Once there, she discovers that life is indeed worth living and there are men in the world willing to avenge what s happened to her.I m a huge historical romance fan, especially stories about Colonial Americans who travel to Britain The premise of this story grabbed me right away What I wasn t prepared for was the honest, non romanticized, portrayal of rape and female slavery in Tainted Bride Well done, Fenichel Filled with interesting characters and circumstances, Tainted Bride is a historical gem Daniel and Sophia sizzle between the pages and when the scumbag returns to England to claim Sophia as his own, Daniel risks everything he owns and holds dear to avenge Sophia.Disclaimer I received a copy from Lyrical Press via Netgalley in the hopes I d review it.My Rating 5 starsReviewed by Mrs NThis review first appeared A rich historical with true to the time descriptions.Sophia is sent to London to the marriage mart after the scandal in Philadelphia by her parents in hope that she will find a match Greeted by what appears to be a stuffy Aunt Daphne, she quickly sees through the stiff upper lip facade to the warm woman she hides from the ton James is not looking for a match, indeed he caught his former fiancee in flagrante delicto and has trust issues.Read the tale of their budding relationship and the travails that follow.I received an ARC copy for my honest opinion and found it to be an engrossing read.I plan to buy for a friend who also enjoys sweet historical romances with a touch of heat.
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- 232 pages
- Tainted Bride
- A.S. Fenichel
- 26 July 2019 A.S. Fenichel