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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review: When You Wish by Alexandra Ivy


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Publisher: Lyrical Press (November 8, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: THE CHRISTMAS WISH
Sarah Cresswell leads a peaceful life—until she’s asked to help a handsome nobleman unearth a thief. Soon the unlikely duo is navigating London’s seamy side—and an undeniable attraction. But it’s a love that can never be, unless intervention comes from a most unexpected source…

THE VALENTINE WISH
Emma Cresswell has escaped gossip-plagued London to start anew as a lady’s companion. She does not expect to contend with her employer’s reckless nephew. But Cedric, Lord of Hartshore, senses that beneath Emma’s conservative veneer is a heart as passionate as his own—and he’s determined to win it…

THE WEDDING WISH
On a lark, flirtatious Rachel Cresswell plots to seduce the man intended for her sheltered young cousin, Julia. Her success is no surprise, but she’s shocked to fall in love with her unwitting conquest—and strike up a friendship with Julia. Now Rachel is determined to keep her scheming secret from them both. But has she lost her taste for mischief in time to gain what means most to her?
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A word of warning to long-time readers of historical romances - these stories were originally published in the early 2000's under the author's pen name Debbie Raleigh. So if they seem overly familiar to you that may be why. 

That being said - I LOVED these stories! One of the things I noticed is that while the sisters themselves (as well as the circumstances leading up to the romances) couldn't be more different, the author managed to retain the charm and overall sweetness of the overall story. I also very much enjoyed getting to know their father - although I would have liked to have learned more about his escapades before he was captured. 

Something else worth noting (and something that stood out to me) is that these stories are all CLEAN romances (meaning there is nothing shared between the Hero and Heroine aside from a handful of passionate kisses and embraces. A rare treat from today's typical "jump into bed" stories. 

Overall, I highly recommend this collection to those who enjoy sweet and well written romance novels. I will 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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When You Wish is available from Amazon.com


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