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Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: Tainted Bride (Forever Brides #1) by A.S. Fenichel


Print Length: 232 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press (September 27, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: 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 Marlton….

From 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?



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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 more 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.

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Tainted Bride (Forever Brides #1)  is available from Amazon.com

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