Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Miss Winters Proposes by Frances Fowlkes

Title: Miss Winters Proposes
Author: Frances Fowlkes
Source: Entangled Scandalous
Genre: Historical Romance - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

An unseemly proposal...

Juliet Winters has come up with a wonderfully devious plan to avoid marrying her vile cur of a cousin. First, she'll propose marriage to her handsome, reclusive neighbor, Lord Colwyn. Then, once she has both name and financial support, she'll be able to pursue her true (if rather unladylike) passion -- breeding dogs. But when Lord Colwyn rejects her proposal... Juliet must take matters into her own hands.

The last thing Benjamin Colwyn expected was for the spirited Juliet to blackmail him into marriage -- especially not by kidnapping his beloved canine companion. Yet despite his yearning for peace and isolation, he finds himself wanting to help her, if only to protect her from a marriage to a disreputable scoundrel. He certainly doesn't expect the woman who pilfered his dog to steal his heart, as well...
I really liked Juliet from the beginning.  I love when a historical heroine takes charge and steps outside their traditional role - it's what makes it exciting.  When she not only insists on marrying Benjamin, but kidnaps his best friend (even if it's just a dog) to make sure he plays along, I was all for her little scheme.  I was even more for it once I met her alternative <shudder>.

Where the book lost me a little was Benjamin himself.  I never really grew to like him.  He was overly concerned about his dog and while I understand why he would be upset with Juliet - he really treated her like crap.  He does defend her against others that would harm her, but he isn't all that great himself most of time.

I really enjoyed his sister and her husband - they were a bit of comic relief for the two very serious main characters.  I just really wanted a guy I could fall in love with.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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