Review: The Offer (Brides of Beadwell #2) by Sara Portman

Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (October 24, 2017)

From Lucy Betancourt’s future looks bleak. The daughter of an ailing vicar in a village with no eligible bachelors, her only hope is to find employment as a governess or companion. As she helps her childhood friend, the new Duchess of Worley, through her pregnancy, the ever-practical Lucy makes her plans. But life—in the way of the dashing Bex Brantwood—has something else in store for Lucy…

Upon meeting Bex, the duke’s cousin, Lucy offers herself up to him. But Bex is no family man looking for a governess. And Lucy is not exactly mistress material. Still, the misunderstanding ends in a kiss neither can forget . . .

Bex finds the proper vicar’s daughter and her most improper proposal endlessly amusing—and attractive. But, saddled with debt, he’s in no position to keep a woman, much less marry one, which is what a woman like Lucy deserves. Little does he know that even with her reputation at stake, Lucy will take the biggest gamble of her life by following her heart—straight into his arms 


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This is the second story in the Brides of Beadwell series, and while you do not have to have read the first in this series, it may make this one more enjoyable for you as the characters from the first story are featured in this story as well. 

That being said, this story was an OK read. It doesn't really stand out among the crowd of other books in its genre, but I am sure it will still appeal to those who enjoy historical romances all the same. 

After reading the first story, I was really excited for Lucy's happily ever after. And Bex was an interesting character, albeit not the sort I would have chosen for Lucy myself. While the aspect of his investments at first was an unusual one, it quickly become somewhat of a bore as they almost seemed to take on a larger role in the story than the romance itself. 

I do however enjoy this author's writing style, and I am looking forward to reading more stories by her. 

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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